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Our Reading Program is an accelerated, "phonemic awareness" program that focuses on the crucial need to understand and hear reliably the sounds of a language before learning to read.

This enables beginning readers and even non-readers to progress at an accelerated rate of learning.


The success of this reading program is the result of a synergy of multiple teaching techniques. Each of the techniques have been rigorously tested for many years and proven to be the best approaches for struggling readers by leading experts in the field of education.


The following is a list of these teaching techniques:



Examples of types of poor readers

Unfortunately, when children are not taught the reading code correctly, they end up either using an incorrect decoding system or have to develop their own.


Perhaps you will recognize your child frequently making one of the following errors when reading:


  1. inability to sound out and decode the words
  2. guessing at words based on context
  3. guessing at the ending of a word based on the first letter or two and then supplying the rest of the word based on familiarity with another word


As a result, you will notice your child reading slowly with poor comprehension and not enjoying it.


Your child CAN learn to read and enjoy reading when equipped with the proper reading skills.


To Equip Your Child with these Reading Skills, a good reading program must...

Teach underlying skills

Since sounds (not syllables, blends, full words or rhyming combinations) are the key that unlocks our English writing system, successful readers must be taught to segment (pull apart), blend (put together), and analyze words at the sound (phonemic) level.


Use a sound to code basis

Good reading programs teach the sound code for the 43 phonemes (individual sounds) of the English language as well as the alternative spellings for those sounds. By learning that letters or letter combinations stand for specific sounds of speech, reading and spelling are taught concurrently.


Handle the alternative spellings of sounds and code overlap

After the student has learned the most probable spelling for each sound, the less probable (alternative) spelling should be introduced. Overlaps of the code, in which a letter or letter combinations represent more than one sound, must also be taught.


When a student can sound out words properly and with fluency, reading comprehension improves. They no longer have to spend all their energy just trying to read the words.


Why Our Think Smart Reading Program Works

Think Smart Reading Program uses special drills and activities to enable the skills necessary for reading to become subconscious and automatic which equips the child for more enjoyable, fluent reading.


This is a very accelerated therapeutic reading program administered by specialized private reading tutors.


Our reading tutors are licensed, private reading tutors that are dedicated solely to your child using individualized tutoring rooms. This allows for a customized program to fit the specific needs of your child.

 

Reading Comprehension: “the ultimate goal of reading”

Our Visual Reading Comprehension Program

     Extends reading comprehension to an even higher level.


 At the Think Smart Center, we are excited to share with

you our huge success with the administration of our

Visual Reading Comprehension Program.

 

Our students have benefited beyond our expectations from this new addition to our reading programs. It is our hope to share this opportunity with your child who may be struggling with reading comprehension.


Our Visual Reading Comprehension Program adds the new element of teaching the brain to form a proper image from what the student hears or reads. The student is then trained to use this image to remember what is expressed and also to incorporate the “HOTS” or higher order thinking skills necessary for complete reading comprehension.

 

This is a new approach that is very different from the standard teaching of reading comprehension that uses a series of reading material with questions.


For some students, repetition of this standard approach works, however, the student that struggles with making a proper picture to be used for reading comprehension is unable to obtain the necessary skills so crucial for good comprehension. Repeated effort of the same standard approach creates frustration for this child.


Our reading comprehension program is administered by licensed private reading tutors using specific one-on-one interactive exercises that are customized to fit the specific needs of each student.


The success of our program lies in its ability to teach and apply the concepts of gestalt imaging.

Gestalt is the concept that the whole or complete picture is greater than the sum of its parts. It is this whole picture that enables a student to understand and apply the material as opposed to the student who focuses only on the details but has little or no understanding of what they have read.

 

With proper building of this gestalt image they gain the ability to have sequential recall, to apply deductive reasoning, form analogies, and predict various future outcomes. Most importantly, they can now determine the main idea of what they have read.


Other benefits include improved writing and better verbal expression. To our delight, many parents have shared with us that their children are also displaying improved communication and social skills as a result of the program.



Transform your child into a fluent reader who remembers and enjoys what they read.


Schedule a free phone consultation with

Connie at Think Smart Center  (502) 245-1098.
















 


 



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