When it comes to reading instruction, this Website is predominantly focused on reading COMPREHENSION (see the "Comprehension 101" page), not phonics. However, I'm including this page to ensure that users of this Website are aware of the importance of phonics instruction for early readers.
If you are the parent of a struggling reader, it may help you to know that you are not alone and that there are some research-supported things that your child's school can and should be doing to help.
Here are some useful links:
- "Hard Words: Why Aren't Kids Being Taught to Read?" APM Reports podcast by Emily Hanford, Sept. 10, 2018.
- "Why Doesn't Every Teacher Know the Research on Reading Instruction?" by Susan Pimentel in Education Week, Oct. 26, 2018.
- Here are two eye-opening videos about how reading is taught in school: Is My Kid Learning How to Read? Part 1: Purple Challenge and Is My Kid Learning How to Read? Part 2: Our Friend "Ur"
If you believe your child is struggling with dyslexia, it may help to listen to this podcast:
"Hard to Read: How American Schools Fail Kids with Dyslexia" APM Reports podcast by Emily Hanford, Sept. 11, 2017.
Also, "dyslexie" font may help: Check out https://www.dyslexiefont.com