How to catch up at school even if you are well behind
Elementary school children up to five years behind in their
reading are now catching up in as little as eight to ten weeks.
And children around the globe are learning to read up to
three languages before they turn five.
From widespread research, the co-authors of The Learning
Revolution summarize the world's best practical catch-up reading
Tape-assisted reading, where underachievers select
their own books, on subjects that interest them, as ever-increasing
reading levels. They then hear the words of each story, from
audiocassettes through Sony Walkman, while they read the words from
their selected book.
Peer tutoring, where students tutor slower learners
using "pause, prompt and praise" techniques
The four-minute reading program, where teachers
identify the sounds that five- and six-year-olds can easily identify
in writing, and those sounds they can't. The teacher then provides a
daily checklist involving words with the "difficult"
sounds. Four minutes of swot each night, and a four-minute check
next morning – and the results are outstanding.
Finger phonics, where youngsters are taught to match
"finger actions" to phonetic sounds – an effective
method of "muscle learning".
Co-authors Gordon Dryden and Dr. Jeannette Vos outline
these and many other methods in a chapter entitled The world's
greatest catch-up programs – and why they work.
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