“Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.”
—Mortimer J. Adler
The Institute of Reading Development values the importance of reading by teaching children how to be successful at it. They have created reading development curriculum for all age groups (4 years old to adults) that integrates skills instruction and meaningful experiences with good books.
The institute is a summer program that offers classes once a week for 5 weeks. The focus is on gaining fluency and comprehension by reading appropriate books. The classes are held at Colleges, Universities, and sites all over the United States. It is a structured program that encourages students to develop skills, confidence, and a love of reading. Parents are also learning with their children and will receive guidance on how to support their child's success through their stages of reading,
These are the stages of reading:
STAGE 1: LEARNING TO READ
STAGE 2: DEVELOPING INDEPENDENT READING SKILLS
STAGE 3: READING WITH ABSORPTION
STAGE 4: CRITICAL READING
I had the opportunity to take part in this program with my daughter over the past few weeks. Each class starts out with phonics instruction, including independent and guided reading practice and through workbook and audio program exercises. Different levels of assistance for beginning readers are modeled for parents and then parents try out these techniques with their children.
Choosing books at the right level for a child is stressed. As a teacher, I have seen many of the problems starting out when children, parents, and teachers aren't able to select appropriate books. A Book-Level Recommendation and Booklist is given to each student after the teacher has individually heard them read and has made an assessment.
My daughter loved the pace of the class. They were able to read, play decoding games, complete workbook activities and even build comprehension and develop a love of reading by listening to books read aloud. Her favorite part was participating in book discussions and role playing.
This class will teach you the foundation of how to help your child read on his/her own level. Then, it is up to you to carry it out at home. If you follow the program, then it will work and your child and you will feel success. However, just attending the five classes is not enough to help your child to be an independent, successful, and thoughtful reader.
It is obvious that the Institute of Reading Development's curriculum is centered around books. I definitely recommend this summer program for parents and children to build skills, boost confidence and have a lot of fun reading! What a great way to start out the new school year. Registration for the 2011 summer classes will be advertised in the spring of 2011.