The new reading solution for a 'visual' child : From Oxford Learning Solutions

“Highly effective and deceptively simple, the Easyread System succeeds in making learning to read fun.”
Rebecca Abrams
Daily Telegraph
Families Columnist

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Easyread: A new attitude from Day 1, substantial progress in 3-4 weeks

Your Questions And Answers

Here are the most frequent questions that we get:

What does Easyread cost?

If you click to the information page on each course, you will see a link to the pricing at the bottom of the page.

How much support do I get?

Lots! We will be coaching you consistently through the whole process, to be absolutely sure we get the right result for your child. Every child is different and so we adjust the materials to fit each child.

We are available during all normal office hours on the phone or the messaging system within your account. We will also have routine phone meetings with you to ensure that all the patterns you are seeing are correct.

It all sounds great, but why have I not heard of you before?

Easyread has been in development since early 2000 and thousands of children have been through our courses. However, to date we have avoided pushing for publicity because we wanted to be sure to two things first:

1 Our systems were as good as they could get

2 We could handle high numbers of children coming through the system as a result of mainstream media publicity

We are pretty much there on both scores. In the meantime you can benefit from Easyread "before the rush", while we are still in direct control of the number of people using the system.

I can put you in touch with one of the thousands of parents and schools that have used Easyread. They can tell you what they have seen with their own eyes.

How do I know you are bona fide?

There are some scams out there and it is reasonable to be concerned on the Internet! All I can suggest is that I put you in touch with a parent or teacher in your area and you can discuss with them what they have experienced with Easyread.

Or just ring up and talk to the team. You will get a good sense of what sort of people we are.

Finally, if you look around the Internet you will find plenty of mentions of us by parents who have used our help.

I have wasted money before. How do I know this will be different?

It is certainly possible to waste a lot of money in this area. A tutor will cost hundreds of pounds quite quickly, some of our competitors charge thousands of pounds and a school for dyslexics will cost tens of thousands of pounds. Nobody I know of offers the sort of guarantee we do.

Who is David Morgan?

That is described in detail in the book manuscript that you will find here.

Is Easyread a Charity or Business?

Oxford Learning Solutions is run as a social enterprise. All profits have been ploughed back into developing new systems for making all learning easier for every child. We are currently working on a foundation reading course, an adult reading course, language learning systems and a dyscalcula aid.

As a social enterprise we retain the facility to pay a moderate dividend (around 3 to 5% of turnover) to those who have helped finance the development of the organisation.

I am in the USA/Africa/Australia/NZ... Can I sign up?

Yes, we can deliver Easyread anywhere in the world without a problem. We currently price Easyread in Pounds Sterling, American Dollars, Australian Dollars and New Zealand Dollars.

How Long Does It Take?

We recommend a daily lesson where possible and most people average 4-5 per week. On that basis, with normal breaks for holidays, we usually expect to see the following progress:

Day 1
A new enthusiasm for the task and new belief in progress
Month 1
A steady building of confidence with decoding within the Easyread lessons and less and less guessing
Months 3-4
Normal reading begins to respond to the daily decoding practice in Easyread after 60-90 lessons. That then steadily builds over the coming months.
Months 5-7
Spelling begins to improve after 150 lessons, using a phonetic encoding approach, built on the decoding practice done over the preceding months.
Months 9-12
Reading now becoming a pleasure and reading of normal books and magazines increasing steadily.
Months 12-18

6-9 Year-Olds. Reading and spelling now secure and appropriate for the child's age, with a target of being in the top half of his or her class.

10+ Year-Olds. Reading and spelling now in the normal range for the child's age, with further relative progress achieved as the amount of daily reading being done allows ongoing catch-up of the children who have been reading well for several years.

Of course the exact timings of progress do vary from child to child. These are just an average benchmark that we work from.

What happens when we are away for holidays or cannot log on?

The system just waits for you to return. That is no problem.

What if I want to stop the lessons?

You can stop at any time.

We can only do 2-3 lessons per week. Is it worth it?

As you know, we prefer a daily routine with the lessons. But if you have to choose between something that isn't ideal and nothing at all, then something is definitely better than nothing. After all, tutors normally only do one lesson per week.

And we can extend your account as necessary so that you can finish the course.

How do I get the second child discount?

Once you have created your account, with one child subscribed, you will be able to access the sign-up process for the second child from within the Administration Zone of your account.

My child is 9. Would Easyread still be suitable for her?

Yes. We have a lot of children come through in the 7-9 range, because that is where you start to see a child drop behind. We also have teenagers work through the course successfully. As each year goes by the bad habits get more ingrained. So progress can be easier for a 7-year-old than a 9-year-old. But we get there in the end.

My child is pre-school. Is it too soon to start?

We have a steady flow of younger children do the course. You can repeat the lessons as much as you want, so we recommend going through the foundation course quite slowly. But the good news is that your child will be going in the right direction. And there is no hurry. You can take a break and come back to it if necessary.

My child is 14. Is that too old for Easyread?

This will depend on your child. Easyread is formatted to be fun and easy for 6-9 year-old children. If your child is happy to work with the format we use, then it can get the same results with a teenager that it does with a younger child.

Really you want to get a solution now, which means using Accelerator or Spellmagic. But you can wait for Maximizer (our new youth/adult version) if you prefer, or your child is unhappy about doing the other versions.

How do we access the lessons?

You create an account on our website and then log on for each lesson using the link at the top left corner of our home page. All the lessons are delivered over the Internet and so you can access them from anywhere. And each lesson will wait until your child logs on the next time.

How long is each lesson?

We keep the lessons very short. The absolute maximum time we suggest that you ever spend on a lesson is 15 minutes. Many are 5-10 minutes.

People sometimes comment "I have seen amazing progress, but I can't believe it is coming from your very short lessons". Yes, I can get a little irritable about it, when the child has gone nowhere in 3 years and is now progressing well after just 2-3 months!

We keep the lessons very short for a whole rack of neural and psychological reasons. The short lessons get much better results than longer lessons. With a very demanding brain activity like learning to read, doing more than 15 minutes can become a waste of time or actively detrimental to progress.

How far does Easyread go?

The text through the second half of the course is long and complex. It is certainly well above the average level of text read by most elementary school pupils.

However our main aim is what we call "reading takeoff". This is the moment when you walk into your sitting room and find your child lying on the sofa reading something by choice, without having been prompted by you. At that point, it is your child's own enthusiasm and interest in the reading materials available that will deliver a lot of the progress.

My child is dyslexic. Will Easyread help?

We have never detected a difference between children diagnosed as dyslexic and thos not diagnosed as dyslexic.

My child has learning difficulties. Would Easyread be suitable?

We have many children with learning difficulties do Easyread and get good progress. It does take longer and they may still be quite slow readers. But it almost always does get good progress for them, particularly for visual children with aspergers syndrome or mild autism.

Do I need to sit with my child?

Over the early weeks your input will be critical. We need you to monitor and assist your child.

Once the foundation is built, we like you to keep in touch with the lessons, but some children can do them unassisted.

Will it conflict with what my child is learning at school?

Most children doing Easyread are also learning to read at school and we have never had any instance where a problem has arisen from confusion over two parallel courses.

The truth is that Easyread gets results about 4 or 5 times faster than most conventional teaching systems. So what's happening at school becomes fairly irrelevant and the children seem quite capable of dealing with two approaches at once. In fact, I think it is usually a help.


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