What You Can Do
If you are the parent of a preschool-K child:
You can teach your child to read and be in the top group when entering kindergarten or first grade.
If a child can speak in complete sentences and participate in everyday conversation, then he/she is ready to start with 3RsPlus READ instruction. Some children learn to read with very little instruction, but as long as the experience is a positive one and the child is ‘ready’, then early reading acquisition can be a very fruitful and pleasurable experience. The stories that children learn to read beginning in the first lesson are gentle, appealing, and humorous. Children readily identify with the little weaknesses and vanities of the books’ endearing characters.
The READ Starter Kit includes 24 storybooks that the child reads to you, the parent, or to an older sibling acting as the 'Guide'. It takes but a few minutes to absorb the information in the Starter Kit instructions (see Free Resources). Armed with the information provided there and in the books themselves, the exciting journey towards fluent reading can begin. The hardest adjustment for the parent/guide will be to resist the temptation to over-help. Only the child can do the work, and over-helping can only make the journey longer.
The activities associated with each book can be conducted during one session, or they can be divided into shorter sessions. There is no fixed time or session schedule. Do whatever feels comfortable for you and your child.
Following the Starter Kit, BRI 2 and 3 continue to increase and expand your child’s reading expertise. By the end of BRI, most children are ready to be placed in the “top group” in the school setting and will easily learn the rest of the alphabetic code. Some will benefit from further READ instruction at home to supplement their reading instruction at school.