Today on Education Week, there is an article that says there is a gap between what schools teach and what employers want. This makes me chuckle, smile, and laugh!
For almost 100 years, our nation’s education has been declining in quality and our kids have diminished thinking skills and now we ask the question of what skills do students really need for work? The answer should be obvious, don’t you think?
But it isn’t.
“The goal of phonics instruction is simply and only to support kids progress as readers and writers…” Lucy Calkins said that. [Reading is more important than writing] Every message you send as you help the child learning to read proficiently should aid that child in decoding the English language and helping him remember the rules of phonics. Phonics has rules and the better the child can remember rules when he is reading the better that child will be at decoding. For example, when the
is at the end, it makes a vowel say its name or when the ‘e’ is next to ‘c’ and ‘g’, they change their sound to a soft c or g.
Usborne Reading program makes learn to read fun. And reading should not be treated like some boring subject. Reading is the life of learning. And if in the hurly-burly of classroom life, this should be the one subject you should not worry about spending so much time on. For, all subjects require that the students be engaged in reading. Reading is the heart and soul of education. Usborne doesn’t aim to protect time, but make sure every child succeeds and finds pleasure in reading. As educators, you must lay the foundations from the get-go.
“All reading experts agree that every individual needs to learn the full range of phonics to become an excellent reader.”
Yet, most programs on the market take learners to one level below full proficiency. Usborne Phonics however, enables all learners to full proficiency and have the skills they need to be outstanding readers at any level. No need to supplement with other programs.
Additionally, Teach your Monster to Read is an award-winning series of games which help children master the key first stages of reading. It’s been created by the Usborne Foundation, led by Peter Usborne (of Usborne Publishing).
We’re using it in our homeschool and your child will benefit more from the game if they can play at home.
It’s FREE to play on a PC and laptop at teachyourmonstertoread.com, or you can download the Teach Your Monster to Read app from the app store on phones and tablets.
You create a password or your teachers give you a password card (optional), then you can log in to your child’s game using these details.
Example player password card:
More about the game…
The games develop children’s speed and accuracy of letter recognition by taking them on a fantastic adventure throughmagical worlds where they meet island kings and collect letters to win prizes. Children adopt and customise a monster, who they guide through the learning process.
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