June 18, 2019

M. J. Maddox, PhD
is the American English Doctor.



The first academic skill a child is expected to learn is that of reading. All further education is built not just upon the ability to read, but the habits of study developed by the beginning reader.

Educators do not agree as to the best way to teach beginning reading. They will never agree.

This is one educational debate in which parents had best separate themselves from the experts on either side.

The reading instruction on this site is phonics-based, but it does make use of word lists used by teachers who use “whole word” methods.

On this site you will find everything you need to know to teach your child to read. The main thing to remember is to do the work in baby-steps.

First your child must master the sounds of English speech and learn to recognize word units. To do this, the baby needs to hear A LOT of spoken English.

I can’t emphasize this enough: TALK TO YOUR BABY.

From birth to three years, lay the groundwork for writing and reading by talking often to your child and by playing with speech sounds.

Remember: Learning to read does not begin in kindergarten. It begins at birth. Send your child to school prepared for reading success.

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