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Teaching Children to Read and Write


Most parents, at one point or another, frets over the education and the development of their children. Many concerned parents research and seek information on the topic of teaching children to read and write. I for one, am glad to see so many parents wanting to get an early start for their children in reading and writing, because studies have shown that developing these abilities early on before entering school provides numerous benefits and advantages later on as the child progresses through school.

More worrisome should be the fact that over one third, 38% to be exact, of all grade 4 students cannot even achieve a basic level of reading ability according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). This is an alarming statistic. Will your child become one of the 38% who cannot reach basic reading achievement by grade 4? For most children, this poor ability to read can be easily prevented with early phonemic awareness teaching.

Reading must begin early in the life of a child, whether it is just an alphabet letter, a word, a sentence, a paragraph, or a story. Teaching children how to read must begin early on, and children should be exposed to books, stories, rhymes, and be read to on a daily basis. Children as young as 2 years old can learn to read if you teach them to read with the proper instructions. Please watch the video below of a 2 year 11 months old reading randomly constructed sentences.

As Lida Williams said, almost 100 years ago:

Phonics is not a method of teaching reading, but it is a necessary part of every good, modern method. It is the key to word mastery, and word mastery is one of the first essentials in learning to read. A knowledge of the sounds of letters, and of the effect of the position of the letter upon its sound, is an essential means of mastering the mechanics of reading, and of enabling children to become independent readers.

100 years later, this still holds true. There has been a great debate on what method of teaching is best to teach children how to read: whether phonics or the whole language method is better. The whole language learning to read method is more of a “word memorization” plan, where a young child is supposed to memorize the “shape” of the word, and say it.

It is important to distinguish the difference between phonological awareness and phonemic awareness. Phonological awareness is very broad, and includes phonemic awareness as a sub category. Phonemic awareness is very narrow, and it is only focused on the phonemes, which are the individual sounds of letters. There are no shortage of studies which have repeatedly found and concluded that teaching phonemic awareness to young children produces exceptional reading and spelling abilities. You can read more about research on phonemic awareness here.

The whole language method simply expects a child to “read” when presented reading material, and by memorizing sight words. The phonics method is a bottom up approach where you teach children to read in a logical and sequential order. You first teach children the alphabet letters and the sounds they represent; then you teach children to combine (or blend) various letter sounds together to form words; which is then followed by reading sentences and simple stories. This is a logical progression for children learning to read, where they develop accuracy in decoding words and pronouncing words. This method of teaching also helps the child to spell correctly.

There’s no doubt that phonics and phonemic awareness instruction is the superior method to teach children how to read. We have successfully used phonemic awareness instructions to teach our children at age 2 to read words, sentences, paragraphs, and simple story books. If you would like to learn about our simple, step-by-step method to teach your children to read and write, please click below:

Teach your child to read today using our step-by-step, proven method for teaching young children to read

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Educate your Child without Yelling


My name is Lori Petro and I show you how to create teachable moments with your kids. Today’s question comes from Alex who told me how he is desperate to stop yelling at his kids. He doesn’t even

know how it got this bad but he feels like he yelled all day long and it’s really the only thing that works. He wakes up every morning promising himself that he won’t yell because he knows it’s causing his kids to scream when they want  something but he doesn’t know what else to do. This is really harder than he thought it was going to be.

How can he stops the cycle of yelling ?

The first thing I want to say is congratulations on even knowing that this is a challenge for your and even recognizing it and wanting to change. Because I think that so many people don’t even realize the impact that their own reactions are having on their kids behavior so you should be proud of yourself for even taking that first step. I know how you feel because I myself come from a very long line of yellers. In fact, I have more than a few family members that who speak at a tone just a few decibels of a ear-splitting and the younger me was an honorary member of that Club for quite a few years. Then I am very familiar with it.

Yelling for me, it was also a challenge, it is for that reason I want to give you a couple of tips to stop the madness.

The first thing you want to do is start tracking when you yell. Each time you find yourself triggered in, where you want to go aheadand scream notice it and then go ahead and jot down.  You can keep a notebook close by and write down the most important details about the event to remember. If you don’t have time to investigate in that moment, then just write down as much as you need to remember or call the significance of the event. Therefore you can do some root-cause investigation later. You can note who was present, what happened, how did you feel in that moment, what feelings were present for you and how did the experience affect you. What did you need was to be heard, to be understood, to be respected, to feel acknowledged.

Knowing why you get triggered into yelling is the first step to the investigation process because yelling is a sign that we’reoverwhelmed and we’re needing to self-regulate before we can open up our  perspectives and see a new way out of our situation. We often avoid looking at our own motivations because when we lead with the left brain Rule Center focus we want to control and that usually means directing the external instead of investigating the internal.

How to find the root-cause?

To get to the root cause take that tracking sheet and start to notice what sets you off and when is there a pattern to your triggers ?

Is it a certain time of the day ? Is it the pressure maybe to get the day going or the exhaustion at the end of the day that triggers you ? Is there a memory that this trigger is linked which did you get yelled at when you were kid or feel like you weren’t able to safely express yourself when you were younger ?

It might be an explaination of when your kids don’t listen, you might be triggered into an emotional memory or maybe your body is craving the gas that it needs to go blood sugar or nutritional imbalances can easily affect your tolerance to stress and your ability to cope.

I had a client track her child’s triggers and she returned to class the next week to say that they now meet conflict with a hard-boiled eggs. She never would have known had she not investigated her child’s behaviors a little more deeply that those negative behaviors were actually linked to a protein deficiency. Now once you have awareness of your yelling and your habits and your patterns the next step is to give yourself the time to fall down and the space to breathe. It’s not easy you’re gonna yell you’re going to be overwhelmed and sometimes you may overextend yourself and to your breaking point so be kind to yourself when you fall off that yelling wagon. You won’t do any better if you punish yourself for messing up and at the same time, take some personal responsibility when you feel yourself getting triggered that is the time to stop and breathe

Just breathe, don’t talk as long as no one is in danger or getting hurt. I want you to just be a yogi master.

Shut your eyes  breathing in the breath of ignite if you breathe through your first reaction to conflict will be less likely to lose control of your impulses which might lead you to want to scream and yell. You know it’s likely that your kids or even other people are going to give you practice yelling or being offended but if you’re willing to take some time to be conscious of your actions. You’re going to be able to create a new pattern and head it in that direction that you really want.

My final step is to know where you want to go what exactly do you want if you’re not going to yell anymore. You must have a plan when you feel like yelling. You don’t just try and talk to yourself out of it or look away or run away. You have to engage your senses breathe through and use some sensory tools and so your thinking brain comes back online and then decide what you want next. How do you want to feel and take some action steps to move towards that feeling meeting your own needs on your own terms instead of demanding that others change ?

You can feel better yelling.

It comes from powerfully intense feelings, perhaps connected to a need to be recognized, to be valued, to be heard, to be considered, to feel in control those powerful emotions.

It requires that you take an honest look at why you yell and how you would actually like to express yourself. What you really want to experience regardless of how you want other people to act on your behalf.

When we can take a look honestly and express what we would like without making others responsible for our emotions then they are more inclined to willingly contribute to our needs because we have shared without making it a threat to their own sense of purpose or dignity or to what they want.

Then Alex that was my teachable moment for you I hope that you feel encouraged to investigate a little deeper the root-cause of your own yelling and take control of the situation without feeling like you’re losing control.