As too much information tends to overwhelm struggling students, remedial sessions should be as simple and concise as possible. Therefore, until a student has made genuine progress, only the truly essential skills should be focused on.
The essential skills consist of the short and long vowel sounds, syllabication (the bane of weak readers of all ages) and comprehension. This information is based on the exciting results the Darwin Reading Program has been achieving for over a decade.
To summarize, an uncluttered approach tends to promote rapid progress which in turn develops confidence, and it is the powerful combination of success and faith in one’s ability which fosters further growth.
The next entry will address the issue of parental participation in the remediation process.