Did you know that our brains are not really wired to learn to read? We come pre-programmed to eat, breath, walk, and even talk BUT there is no "reading center" in our brains.
Luckily, we as human beings are uniquely designed to communicate. We are born seeking patterns in sounds, movements, and facial expressions. We are experts in assigning meaning to those patterns. READING builds on this innate ability to SEEK PATTERNS and COMMUNICATE!
If we can't learn to read just by developing and growing...then how does it happen?
1. We build our spoken language. We learn as many words as we can. We watch for patterns when speaking. Kids listen and learn from hearing stories, exploring their environment, and talking with you!
2. We learn how letters sound individually and when they are in words. We seek out the patterns associated with these sounds. Kids love nursery rhymes and sound games for a reason! I love to "A"te "A"te "A"te "A"pples and Ban"A"n"A"s!
3. We learn what letters look like, what words look like, how to tell if a sentence is a statement or a question, we become familiar with what our language looks like when it's written down.
I have been lucky enough to be learning Structured Literacy instruction through SMARTER Intervention. "Structured Literacy is the umbrella term used by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) to unify and encompass evidence-based programs and approaches that are aligned to the Knowledge and Practice Standards and are effective for students identified with SLD/Dyslexia. This approach is beneficial for all children learning to read but is essential for students with SLD/Dyslexia."
SMARTER Intervention was created because there was a need for a more approachable, realistic, research based structured literacy program. I have been very impressed with the quality of their training modules and materials. As I begin utilizing their products I will write a more complete review about my experience with structures literacy instruction!