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Reading Curriculum

What reading curriculum your child learns with determines the methods used to teach him or her to recognize letters and sounds, words, and then their reading comprehension and reading application skills. It is a hugely important aspect of your child’s education. Different school systems use different reading curriculum with their students, for different reasons, and with varying rates of success. Whatever specific method used, each reading curriculum has the same basic educational goals.

Each reading curriculum involves some sort of phonics component. Through phonics, your child learns about letter, the different sounds letter makes, long and short vowels, the relationships between letters, and the different sound letter combinations they produce. Different approaches are taken to the “sound it out” method of word recognition, with some plans encouraging students to “memorize” whole words rather than focusing on basic sounds. Whichever method is used, the goal of phonics is to give your child the tools to advance in their reading and improve their word pronunciation.

Beyond basic phonics skills, every reading curriculum out there is also concerned with improving students’ reading comprehension skills. Though different curriculums approach this task using different techniques, every program is concerned with helping students read and interpret text independently in a meaningful way. Once reading comprehension is attained, schools work to ensure that students can apply what they have read. Most reading curriculums accomplish this by including cross curricular content in their lessons, having students reading material focus on historical, scientific, or literary information that they can take into their other subjects.

Each child has an individual style of learning, and some reading curriculum programs do not always work well for every child. Parents should familiarize themselves with the plans in place at their child’s school. If your child is struggling, there are resources out there through tutoring groups that can teach your child the skills they need from a different approach that may be easier for them.

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