For a busy parent, why might a special reading program be the right choice for your children?
The Reading In Preschool program, takes a child from a beginner to a first grade reading level. This is a fun, play-based program with light homework, designed for children as young as 3 years old who want to learn to read before they are taught in school. These are one-on-one, at-home sessions that allow each child to go at his/her own pace.
There is no contract. Every month you decide to continue based on results and how much your child is thriving because of the program.
As busy parents, you don’t have time to teach your children to read, and you don’t want to waste those precious years, waiting until they start teaching it in school.
WHY START BEFORE FIRST GRADE:
Besides learning a few letter sounds and some sight words, children aren’t taught how to read until first grade. When they are taught, they are bombarded with new words to memorize every week. Many are failing reading because of an emphasis on sight words, and a lack of education with phonics. Learning how to read phonetically is the only way a child can learn to sound out unknown words on their own.
There is nothing worse than having your children come home in tears because they aren’t reading as well as their friends in school. A lot of NYC children have tutors, but their parents don’t like to admit it because of how competitive it is in this city. Having a tutor is nothing to be ashamed of. If anything, it shows that you’re aware of how the failing reading curriculum works, and you’re going to do what it takes to make sure your child doesn’t fail because of it.
Having tutoring sessions will also help your children practice learning to focus in a fun way. Being in first grade after preschool and kindergarten can be a huge shift. Learning to sit and listen doesn’t have to be a big shock when they start school. In our reading lessons, children are taught to use playful games to practice focusing skills.
How can you tell if your child might benefit from advanced studies in reading? What is a good age to consider this?
Every child is different, but in general, 3 and a half or 4 years old, is an age where both boys and girls show that they want to learn to read.
With every family who is interested, I meet with each child personally, to assess whether they are ready or not. With one lesson, you’ll be able to see if this is something they are interested in or not.
Signs your child is ready:
1) Asks to learn to read.
2) Is over the toddler phase of throwing things, or flipping through pages of
books quickly and moving on to the next.
3) Is older than 5 and saying “I hate reading”. This is usually a child who has seen other children reading, and is embarrassed that he/she doesn’t yet know how. This child needs extra praise for effort, and needs a patient teacher who can use games, and other fun tools to show how much fun learning can be.
4) Asking to learn to read.
FiDi Families Insiders: Are you interested in trying out a reading class with Reading In Preschool in NYC? Want an assessment done to see how much time your children will need to study over the summer to be ready for their new grade in the fall? Mention FiDi Families in an email to info@readinginpreschool and take advantage our free trial classes for children ages 3 and up.
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