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987 University Ave. Ste. 20 | Los Gatos CA 95032 | 408 358-1292
2750 Yerba Buena Rd. | San Jose CA 95121 | 408 270-4548
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How to teach your child to Read

Almost 40 percent of children find reading a challenge. Fortunately with help at the earliest stage, most reading difficulties can be averted. But unfortunately an overwhelming majority of parents - 44 percent to be precise - who observe their children having a problem, wait as much as a year or longer before seeking help. The downside of this delay is that as the child becomes older it becomes increasingly difficult to teach them how to read. Most kids have a very narrow time span which shuts early in which to master the fundamentals of reading. If by the end of the third grade the child is unable to read well, then the odds of catching up at a later date are stacked against the child. To a child, the effects of feeling like a loser because of lagging behind and can be devastating.

PineconeLearning to read is a complex process that requires a grouping of many skills to be developed simultaneously. Since it is so complex, the most skilled teachers learn to teach keeping the objective of learners and readers in mind. Teachers who work with young children learn how to balance the various elements of reading in their daily teaching. These comprise of awareness, fluency, phonics, vocabulary and comprehension. Top-of-the-line teachers integrate the disparate elements while trying to instill a love of words, books and stories.

The core of most reading problems lies in difficulty in word recognition and decoding. Poor readers find it difficult to understand, that the various sounds in words are related to particular letters and letter combinations. The reason most poor readers do not achieve this understanding is because they have not yet established phonemic awareness, that words comprise of speech sounds or phonemes. When word recognition isn't a reflex action then reading does not flow, and comprehension becomes difficult.
Basics of Reading

The basic knowledge that preschoolers have acquired before they join school is closely linked to how easily they are able to assimilate reading skills in the first grade. Three basics of reading achievement that kids learn before they join school are:

     •    The capacity to recognize alphabetical letters
     •    Print fundamentals like identifying the front and back of a book and the ability to turn pages
     •    A rudimentary knowledge of phonemes or the sounds contained in words

Reading aloud is the best way of instilling this knowledge and skills. So it is vitally important that parents and caregivers read aloud and together with children so that they are reasonably proficient at the expected level before they join school. Even at a later stage, poor reading ability can be corrected in 85 to 90 percent of poor readers with proper intervention and prevention programs.
 
Testimonials

"Ever since I have been learning at Pinecone, I have very much seen an increase on my grades so far. I have advanced to Gold Honor Roll before but also AFTER I participated in Pinecone. Not only I improved, but I have kept the grades and kept my honor roll at the Pinecone Learning center. My name is Erica Nguyen and I am very thankful that Pinecone has lead me to many,many successes."

~ Erica Nguyen

"I am back in school again, senior year! It's pretty exciting to almost be done with high school. Algebra 2 went well this summer, I received a B+! I hope you are doing well, and thank you again! If it was not for your help, I know I would not have done too good."

~ Tracy
 
Pinecone's Strategy

childPinecone's methodology is to run the two foundation programs of Math and Reading at a pace which allows the child to assimilate the subject matter and apply the new acquired skills to practical problem solving. The coaching is structured so that the child is able to reason for him/herself to achieve the highest level of comprehension. Regular practice and support instills self confidence and stimulates an eagerness to progress to the next level. Each student is groomed to anticipate and surmount hurdles consistent with present day education. The end result is a happy and confident child who is justifiably proud of his or her academic achievements.

For more details of this Bay Area teaching center and its unique, result-oriented teaching methodology please visit its website at www.pineconelearning.com. For offers and special discounts call 408.270.4548.

 
About Vivian Hobbs

Ms. Hobbs is a qualified educator with an M.S. degree in Industrial Psychology and 30 years of experience in math and research design. Children's education and research into the best learning methods have always been at the forefront of her career.

Where can I learn more?

Pinecone Active Learning is on Facebook and can be followed on Twitter. For further information on enrollment and fee structure, please call 408.270.4548 or visit the center's website at www.pineconelearning.com.

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