I just wanted to take a minute to warmly welcome Preschool Crafts for Kids* newest Sponsor, "Children Learning Reading". I don't normally do this, but I'd like to recommend this product to all our readers. The Children Learning Reading program is an easily downloadable set of e-books as a guide for parents, educators, and homeschoolers to teach very young children to read.
This is a very simple and effective reading program to teach kids to read in only 12 weeks! I was amazed at the results, seeing 2 and 3 year old's reading at levels many years older. A 4 year old reading at a 3rd grade level!
The Children Learning Reading program is based on the latest reading and phonics research. When reading the book, I was impressed how Jim Yang, the creator had exhaustively researched many alternatives to help his own children to read. He's really done his homework. Whether you're a teacher or parent, whether you have a background in phonics or are a complete beginner, he simply and clearly explains how to use phonics in simple and short daily lessons. He also doesn't just follow the status quo, citing problems with traditional sight word memorization and clearly defines the different blending methods to use when reading with your child.
Reading is the key to a better education and fuller life. The earlier kids can start, the better, but this program is not only for teaching very young children. Older kids who are behind their classmates, children with learning disabilities, or kids learning English as a second language can all benefit. The latter is the case with me. I decided to use this program with my own children for 2 main reasons:
1. I live in Japan and am trying to teach my 2 daughters, 8 and 5 to read and speak English. Of course, I've spoken English with them since they were born, so they have an advantage over other Japanese kids their age. They can understand most of what daddy says and can speak and read, but it's been an uphill battle as my time with them is limited. I work full time and they spend most of their time with Mommy(who mostly uses Japanese if I'm not there) or Japanese friends, classmates, and relatives. Recently, I've been particularly concerned with their reading skill which is of course, below other American kids their age. I wanted to read and teach them more at home, but wasn't sure exactly the best way to do that. The Children Learning English program was the answer for me. It's a simply and logically laid out 12 week curriculum that only takes minutes each day.
2. I'm an English Teacher to Japanese children. I'm familiar with phonics and use it at school, but the Children Learning English program is teaching me things I didn't know before. I really think using this program will help me become a more effective teacher for my students at school.
No matter what you situation, if you want to help your kids to read better, please take a few minutes and watch their demo video. I think you'll be as impressed as I was. This incredibly affordable e-book (ridiculously low priced) program can be downloded instantly and takes only minutes a day, but will give your kids rewards that will last a lifetime.