Reading to learn is never ending. Learning how to read is fast! Learning how to read can be completed with the mastery and application of only nine Hanson Charts in the Hanson Reading, Phonics Chart System. Usually it can be completed in one year depending on the consistency of practice and age.
A typical first grader can learn how to read from beginning to end in one year. If a child begins in kindergarten, the child usually completes the process before the end of first grade. A factor is the amount of instruction time and practice. If I can teach children to read after school when they are tired in only two hours a week in one school year, think how much could be accomplished with a little more instruction and guided practice. I have been very successful teaching groups of six first grade children once a week for 2 hours each week after school during the school year. Within that time period with typical vacations, the children mastered and applied the 9 Hanson Charts and were excellent readers. Those who began to learn the Charts in kindergarten had more time to perfect their handwriting along with their reading and completed the last charts in first grade.
A more common issue with young children is their stamina level. Young children evaluate the quantity of print, and even though they could read every word, the pure volume will repel them. Therefore, I have limited the quantity of text in my beginning reading materials. With a quick thumb through, Hanson Reading materials are quite acceptable to the young reader.
Even if the child’s visual memory hasn’t matured yet, they can learn to read with the Hanson Reading, Phonics Chart System. The system is logical so students can decode words and don’t need to rely on their visual memory.
Don’t drag out the process of learning how to read. It is too important and is easily accomplished.
My best to you,