IN THE USA, ONE CHILD IN FOUR GROWS UP UNABLE TO READ WITH PROFICIENCY ABOVE A THIRD GRADE LEVEL. In 2022 only 32% of public school 4th graders performed at grade level. NAEP Report Card.
What a child hears lasts a lifetime. Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. How sad, if believed. If a child has any kind of disability they will encounter hurtful words. The feelings of not feeling good enough, or smart enough, are universal themes that resonate around the world.. A Disney CEO, after reading the 'Snow Queen' thought the main charterer's power to turn everything into ice was a disability. And that is what the theme of 'Frozen' became. And it is this writer's belief not being able to read proficiently above a third grade level is a disability.
The success of Iceland's beginning reading program, despite the complexity of their language, produces a 99% literacy rate. Educators in Iceland understand when a child learns letters have their own special reading sounds, a child learns to read. Educators in Iceland teach beginning readers, not through ABC stories, but through adventure stories–stories in which children within the stories teach the reading sounds alphabet letters make. In Iceland these storybook children become as well-known as the Disney Princesses and Marvel Super Heroes.
'I CAN READ'
Nineteen 15-minute adventure tales
Teaching the reading sound of letters
The US ranks 23rd among developed nations in the ability of our children to read (OCED reference). Jessica Winter writes in her article, 'The Rise and Fall of Vibes Based Literacy' highlighted in the 2022 September issue of the New Yorker: “Something must be done in lieu of the troubling fact American children are falling behind children around the world in literacy." And even though the most important thing in life is not reading or writing, and the value of someone should not be measured in how smart or strong they are, but on qualities such as kindness and love for others, when a child falls behind in their ability to read they often face a harder time achieving a successful future. https://hechingerreport.org
Shepherd Siegel, PhD, author of Disruptive Play.
Carla Janes-Heneghan has spun a tale as delightful as it is unique. With stunning illustrations that bring the reader into this fantasy world; we ride along with Keiko in adventures with Babu Mischief, Bright Star, Captain Renaissance Red, Sir Turtle, The Wild Wild Wind, and many more. Meant to be read aloud, Taylor Keiko Mochizuki & Sir Rubén Rainbow in the Land of Sounds teaches struggling readers how to break through to fluency, and teaches other children empathy for them...plus it's a wild and dazzling ride.