What kind of reading program is Reading Kingdom, and how does it work with phonics?
This question really gets to the heart of what reading instruction is all about.
Previously, educators relied almost exclusively on the sounds of phonics and the whole words of sight reading to teach reading skills. Using these methods, between 35%-40% of children are failing to master reading (US Dept. of Education statistics) and those who are succeeding are taking longer to learn than they need to. There are many reasons for this and if you are curious as to what they are, you may want to read my book, “The Reading Remedy.” But in a nutshell, the sounds that letters make in English change in ways that are often too unpredictable for a child to make sense of (for instance: rough-through-thorough or real-realm-reality).
The Reading Kingdom program offers a 6 skill model of reading instruction that incorporates elements of phonics and whole language while teaching additional skills needed for reading and writing mastery.
How Reading Kingdom Works
The Reading Kingdom teaches:
1. Sequencing: Processing and retaining the visual materials in reading
2. Motor Skills: Writing by using a keyboard and mouse (and by hand)
3. Sounds: Learning the sounds of language (phonics)
4. Meaning: Learning how words are used in our language (vocabulary)
5. Grammar: Learning sentence structure
6. Comprehension: Understanding the meaning of written language
All of these components – not just “sounding it out” with phonics – are needed to ensure reading and writing success. And the Reading Kingdom teaches them all through fun activities that are easy to do, require minimal adult supervision and only require 20-30 minutes a day.
Dr. Marion Blank is the creator of the Reading Kingdom, the author of the Reading Remedy and the Director of the Light on Learning program at Columbia University in New York. She has spent over forty years studying how children learn to read and is recognized by her peers as one of the world’s top experts in literacy.