Literacy is Everything.
Imagine your child is 12. They’re sitting at the table in tears. They can’t process what they just read because every ounce of energy and working memory they had was expended just trying to read the page.
That is 20% of American children.
Children like that example can’t build fluency or automaticity because they weren’t given a foundation for reading. Because reading doesn’t come natural to humans, we must build those neurological pathways to make reading automatic.
Early readers need explicit and systematic instruction. Children that are dyslexic or struggling readers need explicit and systemic instruction to become fluent readers.
Like my grad school professor said over and over again – Practice Makes Permanent – including those bad habits that inhibit reading.
Let’s practice something worth making permanent.