|Teach a Child to Read
Auditory Skills and Tri-Method Instruction
Learning to Read
Teaching Alphabet Sounds
Teaching How to Rhyme
Improving Short Term Memory
Putting Sounds Together
To, With and By
Phonics vs Whole Language
Components of Reading
Make Your Own Book
Good Books for Kids
Literacy Websites for Parents and Teachers
Education and Family Info Websites
Questions & Answers
Reading Rescue 1-2-3
About the Author
A Weak Link is Auditory Skills
A common weakness is in auditory discrimination skills. For example, many poor readers do not "hear" differences in letter sounds. To them, the five short vowels sound almost exactly alike.
This causes poor readers to expend more effort for less return.
They have a harder time rapidly and accurately recalling letter sounds. Inefficient letter-sound recall makes it more difficult for these children blend letter sounds to make syllables or words. Finally, their brains are inefficient in recognizing and recalling words.
But their brains work well in other areas, which explains why they can be bright, yet functionally illiterate. The good news is that children's brains are not etched in stone. Auditory skills and letter sound memory can be strengthened. Your son or daughter can become a good reader—with your help.
The Tri-Method Instruction to Literacy Success
It's clear from research that using one of these methods will help only a few children. In fact, using two out of three methods will still leave numerous children illiterate. However, when auditory training, phonics and whole language are merged, literacy rates increase significantly. Hopefully, you will see all three methods reflected in curriculum and used in American classrooms soon.
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