Help Your Child Learn
Are you interested in helping your child learn? Does it break your heart to see them struggling? I am going to tell you a true story that will help you to help your child child.
In the 70s, I was given my first group of eight children that had not learned to read with the traditional method of teaching. That method was the “one size fits all” approach that plagues the public schools. That is because of Government Central Planning/ Government mandated curriculum and testing) has not allowed teachers to individualize the curriculum.
That group of 8 were all first graders from the same class. They were given to me shortly after Christmas. That is when teachers are suppose to decided which children they were going to fail. This decision is traditionally made by that time of year, because it allows teachers to prepare the other children for the year end test. She (the teacher) told me that I was to help these children learn to read. She continued to work with them on every subject except reading. So I knew that I was to be their babysitter for the remainder of the year. These eight children were considered dumb by their classmates. It was absolutely no fault of the teacher…It was just kids logical observations, and conclusions.
Seven were hands on learners, and one had a short term memory problem. I knew these kids, and their families, because I was in the “Follow Through Program . Thus I knew they were smart, and had the ability to learn. So I just could not give up on helping them by simply babysitting. Perhaps you can imagine how inadequate I felt. To be honest, I was scared. So I did the only thing I knew to do, and that was to pray for guidance. I asked a Higher Power to show me how to help these children. That very night, in a dream, the whole method was presented to me. So the next school day, I was well prepared. The children loved the game from my dream.
Parents often approach me with the same feelings I had. They are concerned that they are not capable of teaching their children phonetic reading. So I ask them, “Can you read?” When they say, “Yes”, my reply is: “Then you can teach your child to read. With the right tools it is a ton of fun, and much easier than you think.” We have even provided you free videos so you can make sure you are teaching the phonic sounds correctly. This is import for some children, and the first video explains the most commonly mispronounced sounds….Free Phonic Sounds Videos Here
One little boy (the tallest in the group) was advancing more slowly than the others. So one child declared, “He is dumb!” You can imagine how that child felt being called “dumb”. The tallest child lowered his eyes, and his face. He looked so sad, and devastated. It was heart breaking. Is that happening to your child?
I knew that he lived on a small farm, and could drive a tractor. So I quickly said, “Oh no, he is not dumb! Did you know that he can drive a tractor?” The other kids exclaimed, “He Can?” I said, “yes”! The little boy who thought he was the dumbest of the dumb, was suddenly aroused. He raised his face, and his blue eyes widened with surprise. From that day forward, he was considered the hero of the group, and, more importantly, he learned more quickly. In fact all seven of these children began learning faster in other subjects too. That was simply because they discovered that they were not dumb after all. A child’s attitude about themselves can affect their learning ability.
Because there had been so much divisiveness and shame in the group, I told them: “once you all learn your first 8 sounds, we will read your first book together”. That day arrived rather quickly, and the kids were so excited (me too). We all giggled in delight as the reader rapped their arms around themselves in a hug, and giggled with joy. As a result they had become a team eager to help one-another.
Finally I went to the teacher, and told her that seven were reading at grade level, and were ready for her to put back in her reading groups. However, She did not believe me. So I was their only reading/ phonics teacher for the remainder of the year.
I did not know it then, but the method that came in that dream is whole brain teaching, which involves as many of the senses as possible. Scientific Studies show that with this method, children learn faster, retain more, and it improves the health of the brain. That means it is excellent for hands on learners, and for children with learning disabilities. I will tell you more about that below.
Traditional Method Fails Too Many Children
These 7 children didn’t learn with the traditional method (flash cards and workbooks), because they were “hands on learners”. Forty Five percent of children are hands on learners. With this game, their self-esteem was better, and their stress dissolved, because they were playing. I was teaching. But, in their mind, they were playing. Dr. Stanley explains why this method is so effective (A Vygotskian Perspective) in the video below. Whole brain teaching helps children learn, and studies show that it even reduces stress, and improves the health of the brain.
To the teacher’s surprise, seven of my group passed the end of the year reading test, and were moved on to second grade. Over the years I repeated that success with children from kindergarten through sixth grade, using that very same method. Adults began asking me to teach them how to help their children who were struggling with their reading/ phonics. So my daughter, some home school families, a game designer, and an English college professor, helped me to develop the learning game Ring Around The Phonics. It is now easy for you to help your child, because of their loving efforts. (Customers can buy this product on our website).
I am excited to tell you this: To my surprise other educators began to show me that they were using it to help children learn:
- Phonics, Reading and Blending of Sounds
- Comprehension, Communication and Listening Skills
- Spelling and Vocabulary
- Foreign Languages
- All sorts of language arts subjects
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Over the years, I have been blessed with that dream. Because I have been able to help many more children (home school and public school) using that very game, which we make available to you on this site..
Now You Can Help Your Child learn, Even If The Teacher says Otherwise
Nile Stanley, Ph.D. reading professor, University of North Florida
Dr. Stanley explains why this method is so effective (A Vygotskian Perspective).
Note: Studies show that when children discover their natural talents (that which lights their fire), they will learn previously difficult subjects just to be able to do that which sparks them. Read more about that on our blog.
Homeschooling provides more of an opportunity to do healthy whole brain teaching than is possible in today’s public schools.
If Your Child Has Trouble Reading But:
Is your child having trouble reading (struggle as a slow reader, difficulty blending the phonic sounds to form words, or is a poor speller? There can be many reasons that can cause children to have trouble with reading and spelling, such as hearing problems, and vision problems. However, as a professional tutor, I have found the most common cause is as follows:
Most Common in Poor Readers
Computer games teach several of the following phonic sounds incorrectly: B, C, D, G, H, J, K, (occasionally M), P, T, W. Computers add an u sound at the end of many of these letters to make them more audible to the listener. But this causes problems for some children. We do not say Hu-a-Pu-Y for happy, nor do we say Du-a-du-y for daddy. Think about how difficult it is to hear happy when pronouncing it as hu-a-pu-y. Most of the struggling readers I have helped were pronouncing one or more of these sounds incorrectly.
For one child, it was simply the letter w. Because she was having trouble sounding out words with w in them, she concluded that something was wrong with her. It became a self-fulfilling prophesy. She freaked out every time she was asked to read from her early reader books… proclaiming, ” I can’t”. By using the game “Ring Around The Phonics“, I re-taught her the correct way to say the sound of the W, and also used the board to help her blend the sounds. Because games are [whole brain teaching]), stress was reduced, and she quickly learned.
However at first, the books still stopped her in her stacks. She still had trouble reading from books even though she could read any word placed on the board game. So once I was sure she knew the phonic sounds, and could read words placed on the board, we stopped playing the game and did as follows:
When she came to a word in the book that stressed her, I simply placed that same word on the board using the static cling letter cards provided. She could read it on the board, but not the book. So I kept pointing to the word on the board, and then to the same word in the book. I repeated this process until she finally realized she could read! She went from failing to top reader, and the teacher even said it improved her spelling. [(Click Here To See The Teacher’s Review)]
So don’t underestimate the problems that phonic sounds learned incorrectly can cause. It does not effect all children. So if they have learned the phonic sounds incorrectly, and are not having trouble reading, don’t fix it. But for many children, it is important to get the basics right. Therefore we recommend you, the educator (not an electronic device), teach the phonic sounds so that you are sure they are learning the basics correctly. Click Here To Hear The Phonic Sounds (video format for adults). And remember that we are always here for you. Feel free to contact us.