With the growing percentage of illiteracy in the country, education has been the subject of studies of organizations, companies and communities. The most important constituent of education is reading. If people can read well, barriers of miscommunication can be minimized and it’s a step into deeper literacy. There should be reading programs in your child’s school that offers their students a program that can boost their reading skills. But the question is, are you sure their program is really effective? What you can do is to question your child’s school reading program. Here’s how to do it.
- Research on the school’s reading program. Each school has different programs that they use for their students. Meet with your child’s teacher and ask her what program they use. Go online and research on the program to give you more information. Read about its methodology and the rate of effectiveness by reading testimonials from mothers. Ask your child’s school how they came up with the decision to use the method of reading program they had currently. They should tell you how they have specifically studied each program that prompted them to choose it.
- Ask for the elements of the reading program. There are five important elements identified by the National Reading Panel. If the reading program they use is research based, be sure that these five elements are present:
- Phonemic Awareness Instruction. This concerns the ability to think and notice distinct sounds of words that are spoken.
- Phonics Instruction. This element refers to the ability of the child to know the relationships between letters and sound.
- Fluency Instruction. This shows the child’s ability to read accumulatively fast.
- Vocabulary. This element gives your child the ability to understand words and use it everyday sentences.
- Comprehension Instruction. This element of the program may increase your child’s ability to understand what he is reading.
- Ask how large your child’s learning group is. The number of children in your child’s class has an impact on his education. Ask your child’s teacher about the number of children is in one classroom. Remember that the bigger the size of the class, the lesser chances your child can participate in reading lessons. You should know how they select the children in the class. Make sure that the selection of each class is based on each child’s reading level and capability.
- Ask about the pacing of the program. Let your child’s teacher explain to you the pacing of their reading program. Let him explain how fast the program goes so you can make sure your child is not forced into activities he can’t keep up with. High expectations eventually lead to developing a dislike for reading.
- Check the teacher’s credentials. Find out the credentials of the teaching staff. Your child’s teacher should be trained specifically in reading. Ask for certifications and you should know if the teacher has mastered any other learning style. Ask the school board what made them choose the teachers of the reading program at your child’s school.
Education is the foundation of every nation’s success. Reading is the first step to gaining knowledge. Be sure that your child has the effective reading curriculum that he can have. You owe it to him and he will surely be grateful for it. Wouldn’t it be nice when he can get you a greeting card and read it out to you?