the materials for this group of students are well-suited to their ability,
regression will occur. The following anecdote illustrates this well.
A student who had been progressing well surprised
me when she had two consecutive disappointing remedial reading sessions. When I
discussed this matter with her parents, I learned that she wasn’t using the
book I provided for home use but was using a library book that she had chosen.
Unfortunately, as it was beyond her ability, it tore away at her confidence. This
in turn led to a significant decline in her reading performance. However, once
things were straightened out, she was quickly back on track.
should you need assistance finding suitable materials, seek advice from your
The prime focus of the Program is on the vowels. The rationale here is that since they lack consistency of sound, they are the most difficult part of a word/syllable to decode. The other major points of concentration are on comprehension and syllabication.
It is important to keep the focus of a remedial approach narrow, especially in its early stages, as too much information tends to overwhelm and frustrate struggling students.
The Program’s simple nature allows students to experience success relatively quickly. This is significant because it develops the student’s confidence as it is the powerful forces of progress and faith in one’s ability that fosters further growth.
Re the Program’s Recommendations: In order to best address your students’/child’s needs, don’t hesitate to adjust them.