See http://www.anseo.net/ for an independent review of the web version of the WordsWorth Literacy Programme in schools, posted June 10th 2012
The WordsWorth Literacy Programme is a Phonemic (speech sound) rather than Phonetic (letter sound) model and it is here where many older students are weakest. Always go back to basics and make sure there are good literacy foundations developed to build on!
The WordsWorth Literacy Programme model stresses the importance of collaboration. For best results parents are advised to do the programme at home and to follow the homework set in class.
The WordsWorth Literacy Programme is designed for students functioning within the average range of I.Q. If clearly functioning below that (i.e. all subtest scores on a cognitive assessment test like the WISC IV are in the borderline or below range) then this Programme may prove to be too complex for them. In this case another teaching approach would be recommended.
Just completed editing 16 hours+ of film showing the WordsWorth literacy Programme being used in a class room of 5th Class primary school students – using white board technology. Useful sections will be posted on the website soon!
The WordsWorth Literacy Programme was designed for 1:1 intervention, but can be used in a group setting. For best results in a group setting, match the students age and ability levels.
I fully promote the use of audio books not only to promote a love of literature, but also to improve oral language skills & vocabulary repertoire in reluctant readers.
As an Speech & Language Therapist with Dyslexia (neurological origin), I swear by Omega 3 fish oils, taken over time, as it noticeably improves my word-finding skills & general fluency when lecturing.
The earlier a child begins to read the better – but to stop it from being a negative experience, they must have reached a stage of ‘reading readiness’, where they are cognitively able to understand the basic concepts being taught and are interested in the written word. In the interim read to your child and discuss the content, ensuring they understand the vocabulary in use. Make it fun!
Being able to read & spell is key to reaching ones academic potential, that’s why the WordsWorth Literacy Programme is now affordable and widely available on the internet.