Case Study 1: Early Reading Progress
Teaching a 2 (3) Year Old and a 5 Year Old - With Updates Over a 1 Year 9 Months Period
I've been teaching kids - and teaching parents how to teach their kids - to read for quite some time. My schedule is super packed with my kid's school and extra curricular activities during the school year (Sept. to June), but during the summer months, I run a reading camp teaching many children to read. most of the the children I teach are 4 to 6 years old, with the occasional 3 year old or a 7 or 8 year old who are having reading difficulties.
To complete both stages of my reading camp, it typically takes about 4 months - attending 3 times a week and each session is 1 hour long.
This case study is on 2 little girls (sisters) that I taught. When they started (June), the older sister P. S. was 5 years 4 months, and the younger sister A. S. was just 2 years 11 months old. Probably most reading teachers would not even consider working with a 2 year old - since when can a 2 year old learn to read!?!
Well, no problem for me, as I've taught all my children to read by age 2. So when their mom asked if she could bring her almost 3 year old, I said: "sure, why not? I'll have both of them reading for you in a few months." Certainly, she had a healthy degree of skepticism.
So by the end of 4 months, after completing my reading program, her older daughter was reading at a grade 2 level (reading age 7.3 years), and her younger daughter was reading at a grade 1 level (reading age 6.8 years).
The Initial Reading Assessment
When I get new studentsto my reading classes, I always do a quick reading assessment to get a feel for where they're at. The younger girl A. S. did not need an assessment as being just 2 year 11 months old, she did not know any letters or sounds, yet. The older sister P. S. knew most of the alphabet letter names and "sounds". I put quotes on sounds, because she was pronouncing some of the sounds incorrectly.
No surprises there, as almost every single student I get at my reading classes are taught many phonemes incorrectly (!!), either at preschool or in Kindergarten. Such is the state of our education system.
Learning to Read
Being 3 years apart, there's a big difference in how quickly the older sister will learn compared to her younger sister. I start off with my reading program as usual, except after a few lessons, adjustments were made to accommodate for the different learning paces of the older sister and the younger sister.
My system of teaching reading is a unique combination of synthetic phonics with phonemic awareness that produces amazing results in children of all ages. Obviously, one of the initial goals was to REALLY correct the incorrect phonemes the older sister had learned in pre-school! She was starting kindergarten in September. The primary goal of my reading program, however, is to always develop rock solid phonemic awareness skills. After just the first week, the older sister P. S. caught on and was doing great with PA activities such as blending and segmenting. Little A. S., being a lot younger, took about 2.5 weeks before she started catching on.
With my teaching methods, the results are always phenomenal, and parents are almost always flabbergasted at what can be accomplished in just 3 to 4 months.
By week 4, the older P. S. was already reading simple, short, decodable sentences, and the younger A. S. (just turned 3 now) is able to phonetically read many many words. After 2 months, every time they came to their lessons, their mom (always with a big smile) was always telling me stories about how the 2 of them are reading everywhere they go!
After 3 months - at this point, we're about 3/4 way through completing my reading program - the older sister P. S. was already reading simple, short stories independently! Little A. S. (now 3) could also read (phonetically) an amazing amount of words, sentences, and even some very simple short stories. Keep in mind she just turned 3. At 3 months of classes is when their reading abilities really took off, and their mom just could not believe the type of results she was seeing in her children - she constantly told me that she did not think this was even remotely possible.
Indeed, it is. You just have to have the right techniques and methods when it comes to teaching reading, and one of the favorite comments I've received about my teaching methods is that:
"It totally de-mystifies reading."
The girls completed my reading camp by end of September, and their mom told me it was unbelievable how far ahead both of her daughters were compared to other kids. In the video above, you can see just how well P. S. was reading by the end of 4 months.
Teaching reading is something that I do extremely well. While you may not live in the same city as me (or even country) as me to attend my classes, my reading program is available for parents to purchase online. Thousands of parents have used my methods to successfully teach their children to read with amazing results.
Here's what their mom had to say about their experience:
My children loved the program and so did I. I am extremely pleased with the results. My children started the program at 2 years 11 months and 5 years 4 months with Jim, and neither child was reading before the program. My children loved the program, and Jim is an excellent teacher. After 4 months, my 3 year old is reading at a grade 1 level, and my 5 year old is at a grade 2 - 3 level. I never expected such amazing results.
Jim's program takes the mystery out of teaching children how to read. It is so well organized that any child can learn to read with it. The outcome exceeded my expectations. At the start of the program, I thought my 3 year old might learn some letters and my 5 year old would learn some words, but after completing the program in 4 months, my 3 year old could read long sentences and simple short stories, and my 5 year old could read level 2 books on her own.
Follow Up - 5 months later
About 5 months later, their mom sent me an email update along with 2 videos showing both Puneet and Amrit's amazing reading progress since completing my reading program. Here's what she had to say, along with the videos below:
I have attached 2 videos of Puneet and Amrit reading. I think you will be amazed at how great they are doing. You were right, it took 3 months after the program finished and everything seemed to come together for them. In those months they reviewed your book a lot and read every day and then they were off. I am truly amazed with your program, learning to read has been effortless.
Puneet is 6 years and 1 month and reads all the time on her own and does a lot of spelling. The other day she drew a picture and wrote "poppy garden". I asked her how she knew that poppy had 2 'Ps' and she said she saw it somewhere and remembered it. I find she catches on quickly to everything. She started journal writing using simple sentences. She started the early chapter books like Katie Woo and Mercy Watson and she reads non fiction.
I am truly amazed with Amrit. She is 3 years and 9 months and after 3 months she went on her own. She reads all the time, anytime I see her she is reading. She will read cereal boxes, newspapers, letters, anything that has words she will try and figure out what it is. I find she wants to read the same books as Puneet (that's how she got into Robert Munsch-she's read several of his books). She is also a big time speller. She is always spelling. She reads so much that when spelling words she can figure out when a word has an 'er' or 'ir" in it. She can also spell words and figure out when it ends with a silent 'e' or 'y'.
I just want to thank you so much for teaching them how to read last summer. It has changed their lives. Your program is the best out there.
All the best,
Below are the videos Parminder sent to me. The original videos are around 10 minutes long each, showing both Puneet and Amrit reading the complete book. I had to shorten the videos showing just a small portion of it.
Have you ever seen a 3 year old read so well? I have, because I teach many young children to read. My reading program is not a miracle quick fix, but it is a logical and sequential order of learning based on tried and tested teaching techniques that makes it incredibly effective at teaching anyone at any age to read phonetically.
Update - 1 year later
1 year after the previous email, I received another update on Puneet and Amrit's progress.
I am sending a video and scan of Puneet and Amrit's reading and writing. Amrit is 4 years and 9 months. She is in preschool and doing phenomenal as you will see in the video and her writing sample. Your reading program achieved results that I did not even think were possible and it was so effortless for the children to learn. Now she reads on her own about 5-10 books a day that range in reading level from level 1 to chapter book. She has been writing for some time now but about 3 months ago is when it became more sentence formed and overall better quality.
Puneet is 7 years and 2 months and is in grade 1. The teacher said her reading and writing is beyond grade level. She is doing great in school. Her writing is very good, neat, proper grammar and mature sentences. She reads on her own about as many books as Amrit and writes every day. She is doing great.
Thank you so much for developing your reading program. Once a child learns to read using your methods it is a very simple transition to writing because words can be decoded so easily. This is why Puneet and Amrit did not have any problems with their writing.
The videos were about 7 minutes each showing both children reading an entire chapter from "Magic Tree House". I had to shorten it showing just a short clip from each.
Below are the images of the writings I received.
Amrit (4yr 9m) Puneet (7yr 2m)