Remember that first time when you brought your first born home & looking at that warm closed eye alien that you call your own ,with that amazing sensation of love & gratitude.
One Sunday afternoon you staring at this amazing gift of ours & your thoughts run wild imagining the future you will spend together, seeing what he or she will be come. Then suddenly it hits you like a bus, what school will he go to, is my kid good enough for the thought society out there, will he be bullied for not reading properly, 7000 high school students drop out daily on average; illiteracy is the primary cause .
With this I bring you READING HEAD START, this is one of the most well researched and highly successful reading strategies available for young kids.
Reading Head Start is a reading program designed explicitly for children aged 12 months to 9 years to give them a head start on reading (hence the name) or to help them catch up to and even surpass their peers.
Does Reading Head Start really work?
Reading head start works, because it follows common sense principles, such as teaching your child the sound value of a letter, so that the child can use their own logic when faced with unfamiliar words to read them correctly on the first try.
Yes, it does teach children the foundations of the English language, helping them read, and especially for younger children, it will likely put them ahead of kids their own age, because they’ll be learning skills that are normally reserved for older children.
The program is not just for young kids it is also for older kids, a lot of teachers leave reading and sound basics when it comes to teaching language, older kids can get depressed because of not properly reading. With Reading Head start this will help them improve there reading, catch up & give them advantage above the other kids by reading at higher grade level.
The Pros and Cons
- The biggest pro that Reading Head Start gives is that children seem to like the program, they will actually participate in it.
- Your child may view it as a sort of educational game, young kids love learning.
- Kids who struggle to read often hate reading, because reading reminds them of the hard time they’re having, so they avoid it. Getting a child who has struggled to read to want to read is a huge achievement on its own.
- Interactive reading games with help them to see it as a game & they will try to be good in it.
- But it’s not all fun and games; there are also workbooks, exercises and videos. But this may be a pro for the kid who likes to switch up their routine, or for kids who maybe learn in different ways.
- For instance, audio learners have access to videos where they can hear sounds; visual learners have books and kinetic learners have workbooks. Interactive video games engage all three learner types.
- It can also help you figure out which learning style your kid leans toward so you can focus on that.
- A practical pro is that after the free trial period, you’re billed monthly for the program. That means that once your child has the skills they need, you can move on.
- The con with this payment method is obviously what happens if you forget to cancel when the program is no longer needed—you’ll obviously be billed again, since it’s a subscription.
- Sarah Shepard, the program’s creator, promises your kid will be reading in just a few minutes after implementing her method, this is definitely a pro.
- But it’s also a pro for a child to have confidence & reading head start will provide the confidence that they need.
- One of the cons of Reading Head Start is the claim that it can prevent and reverse dyslexia.
- Dyslexia is a complicated condition, and while there are many tools to work around it or improve reading skills in children with dyslexia, a true dyslexia preventative would certainly be a first, so that may be a claim to take with a grain of salt.
- That doesn’t mean the program doesn’t offer skills to help children with dyslexia, however.
Why Use Reading Head Start?
The Reading Head Start approach is one of the most well researched and highly successful reading strategies available for young kids. And it’s so crucial to get a head start on kids’ reading success at an early age. Not only does early reading success predict reading success at older ages… it predicts success across the board, in any subject. And it’s impossibly hard to catch up if reading is not mastered early.