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The Latest Literacy Coaching - on the Internet

Apr 3, 2008
While one in five of our children still cannot read at 11, many are now fixing that on the Internet

The Internet has proved an extremely good medium for that, despite some people's reservations. Here's why:

1 Children love doing things on the computer.

2 You can deliver immense technical expertise to coaching individual children. The truth is that teaching literacy well is a technical activity that takes a lot of training. And yet children need daily coaching. The Internet is an extremely practical way to do that.

3 Children are very proud and do not like to get things wrong. It is less stressful to be working unaided on the computer than with an adult.

4 The Internet can subtly adjust for each child, keeping their interest and engagement, without overfacing them.

5 The daily rhythm and dosing of new materials can be exactly controlled. 10 minutes of fresh, active learning is much more powerful than 30 minutes of trudging through materials.

The proof is in the pudding. Many children who were going nowhere with conventional approaches have learnt to read in just weeks with Internet coaching.
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For advice on phonics and literacy for children and details on Easyread, click www.EasyreadSystem.com
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