Online Phonics Games & Programs
Do you really want to add more hours to your child sitting in front of a TV or computer screen?
Learning to read is one of the most important achievements each child must make as they enter school, and because of this, many parents justify their decision to sit their children in front of a computer or television screen because they are "learning". But are we doing more harm than good by using electronic means to "teach" our children - whereby we are replacing the human interactions and bonding opportunities with "digital learning".
Can we really replace a human teacher with computers and TV's?
Certainly, there is an inherent need and even desire on the part of many parents for their children to develop fluent reading skills, but is it really necessary to sit children in front of a TV or computer screen for an hour or two to learn to read, when personal attention and guidance from a parent lasting about 10 to 15 minutes (a day) is sufficient at achieving far greater reading advancement than using online phonics games or programs?
In some cases, it becomes a situation where the parent is simply taking advantage of an "electronic baby-sitter" to keep the kids out of their way. Sure, in these situations, it certainly is very convenient, but could this be causing more harm than good? Are we bringing up a whole new generation of electronic addicts?
Study Finds Children Spend More Time in Front of a Computer Than They Exercise
A UK news article had reported one study produced by ChildWise that stated that children in the UK spend over 4 hours a day in front of a computer or television screen, and that digital devices are increasingly being used as electronic baby sitters. The report also found that children spend more time in front of a screen in a day than they exercise in an entire week!
Another news report by the Telegraph indicated that UK children spend as much as 6 hours in front of computer or television screens. Regardless of which is more accurate, the fact of the matter is that kids today spend far too much time using electronic devices. It's no secret that too much TV and computers can get in the way of exercising, exploring, playing, and minimizes chances to interact and bond with parents and others, which could hinder healthy physical, social, and emotional development.
When children are already spending so much time in front of an electronic screen, do we, as parents, really want to provide more opportunities for them to do the same by hoping that they can learn to read through various online phonics games and programs? Do you really want to pay a monthly fee to sit your child in front of a computer screen some more?
You Don't Need Electronic Devices to Teach Children to Read
In fact, the best way to teach your child to read is to do it yourself! That's right, you can do it without any electronic devices, and it won't even take much of your time - 10 to 15 minutes per day of phonics lessons will achieve phenomenal results. I know because I've helped thousands of parents teach their children to read. I've also taught all of my own children to read by age 2, by spending a few minutes each day working on phonics and phonemic awareness lessons.
Take a look at how well my oldest child reads when she was just 4 years old.
Our reading program is designed to be simple, straightforward, and it is amazingly effective at teaching children to read phonetically. It does require some time, attention, and effort put forth by the parent. So if you're a hands-on-parent that believe in the immense benefits of parental involvement in your child's developmental process, then our program is for you.