Secret agent Jade is taking her reading training VERY seriously

“So far things are all good from this end. We’re seeing more confidence in trying to read both within Easyread program and any reading outside the program. Jade [11] also has no qualms to start on her daily Easyread lessons.

She is also very content with her special present: the magnifying glass with light and blue light. It came in handy – they have just released a new $5 AUD bill, which has a minuscule, in millimetres written declaration in to make it more fraud proof and can not be read with the naked eye. She got her magnifying glass out and read and spelled through the whole declaration ( with minimal assistance). So that was a great achievement and confidence booster.”

Jade’s mum

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Seeing attitude changes in first 10 days…

The initial words and work seemed almost too easy to me in the beginning. However, I understand the point to it in building confidence. Charlie’s attitude towards reading is beginning to change and this has made me the happiest in the initial trial. All we have tried in the past is to make him read. This has resulted in screaming, crying fights. He asks to do Easyread.

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15 minutes a day > hours of reading intervention at school…

Noah does find the reading text easier now than the decoding, this is certainly true for this sister Nevaeh. Noah has not yet developed fluently of reading as of yet but we are working hard to develop those skills by using all the suggestions you are giving us. He rereads all of the texts when there is obvious choppiness and mistakes. He is still struggling but Easy Read has truly made a remarkable difference, its a shame that his previous teachers have spent months and several hours teaching him to read with little to no progress and with just the course of the summer and 15 minutes per day the children are only now developing into competent readers. Thanks again for helping us, we will be staying with easy read until they are able to reach the level of their peers.

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I am close to tears (of joy, of course)…

“Thanks Maddie. Sasha is really excited about the fact that she is almost finished. She’s really been enjoying the lessons and I am close to tears (of joy, of course) when I see her decoding big complicated words. It’s phenomenal.”

A happy mother-daughter team and a happy Easyread team at lesson 200

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He’s turned a corner!!

Robbie seems to have turned a corner!! He is suddenly reading much more fluently and starting to recognize words correctly that he hasn’t seen before. He still try’s to guess sometimes, but is easy to re-direct. He has gotten 100% on his first to spelling tests at school as well. He is starting to move through the trainer text very quickly and might be ready for a little longer text? Things are going so well…

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Thank you for being there in our time of need

6 year-old Kaitlyn has finished the Easyread programme at lesson 125. It’s been a whirlwind adventure. Here’s what her mum has to say:

“We would like to thank you for the Easyread program and all the support you have given us and Kaitlyn over the past 5 months. Kaitlyn is now a confident reader and writer. She is at the top reading level for her school year and loves reading and writing. She also received a special award at school last week.

We have chosen to stop Easyread as Kaitlyn is now very keen to read books where she can enjoy the whole story.

Thank you for being there in our time of need!! We are so grateful that our little girl will never know she was ever behind in reading.

It’s been a great journey for all of us!”

Kaitlyn’s mum followed up with this message a few days later:

“A month or so ago Kaitlyn came running in to my room one Saturday morning super exited and said ‘Mum, look, I can read this book, look how much I’ve read’. That was a really special moment for us. The photo was taken the same morning, not long after she realised she could read it.”

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“The Flying Scot” Race Car Driver Speaks on Dyslexia

We’ve previously written a bio on the famous Sir Jackie Stewart, the star Scottish driver between 1965-1973. Forbes magazine has just published an interview with the charismatic champion, that touched on his reading difficulties in school many decades ago.

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Talking about his teacher, he says: “so therefore in front of the class she says, ‘Jackie Stewart, you’re stupid, dumb and thick.’…It got to a point where I was dodging school. Sports saved my life: first shooting, later motor racing.”

Thankfully, schools have moved on considerably from the days of public humiliation in the classroom. But, as last week’s article outlined, there’s still a long way to go…

Read the full interview here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimclash/2016/08/25/dyslexic-formula-one-legend-sir-jackie-stewart-on-being-bullied-more/#6de5de996a29

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Reading chapter books out loud to your little ones

A school librarian and mum to three girls has recently published a post with tips on reading chapter books out loud to your little ones – before they are doing much reading on their own.

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Chapter books contain richer imaginative worlds than simply board or picture books can pack into their brief pages… so they often are a big hit for those young developing minds!

Check out her top recommendations here, along with 9 great beginner chapter book recommendations.

http://www.everyday-reading.com/2016/08/tips-for-reading-aloud-chapter-books.html 

Do you read chapter books out loud to your kids?

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Easyread review from a parent who has used the programme with all 3 of her children!

“I am ever so thankful to have discovered you. It was after realising that our eldest was not learning to read quite as quickly as we were hoping. We moved to England a mere 18 months ago, and English was not the language we used at home. He was struggling to identify the sounds within words, and was quickly losing his confident manner. He came home telling me that he thought he wasn’t so clever as his friends were finding it easy, while he was really struggling.

I did a heck of a lot of research and, after speaking to David from Easyread for more than an hour, decided to sign up for the system. We haven’t looked back. My son enjoyed the lessons and was showing improvement every day. He got more confident and caught up with his peers very quickly. Best of all, he has developed a passion for reading! Now, 7 years on, our biggest problem is finding books for him to read, as he finishes them very quickly and then asks for something new. His understanding is very good and he has developed a good vocabulary, despite still speaking Afrikaans at home. He has grown in confidence and is now doing well at school. His teacher says he always has a book at hand, which also helps with his behaviour in class.

As we were so impressed with the difference that Easyread has made in our eldest’s life, we were keen to use it for our other children as well.

Our daughter started the program at the age of 4 and started school as “a reader”. This made a huge difference to her approach to school, as she just found everything easy and grew more and more confident every day.

Our youngest have just completed the Easyread program. He also started as a reader in Reception, and now loves reading. He rushes downstairs every morning to do his Easyread. He especially likes reading the books available on the system and is now convinced that he wants to be a “Penguinologist” one day. I don’t doubt that he’ll continue with the lessons even after he has received his remote control helicopter.

All in all, teaching our kids to read has been a pleasurable experience thanks to Easyread. David feels like part of the family as we have so often heard his voice in our living room over the last 6 years. All three of our kids are real “readers”, which I directly attribute to Easyread and its fun lessons. I cannot thank you enough for all your help and support over the years and won’t hesitate to recommend you to everyone whose kids are struggling with learning to read, or who just want to provide some additional support.

However, I would warn that you might need to purchase an extra bookshelf… or three. Either that, or a Kindle :)”

 

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