What is Reading without Comprehension?
Wave after wave of kids go through school who hate reading. Why? Because they never learned to understand what they were reading. What have we been doing wrong?
We're making two mistakes.
1. We've been teaching reading for Performance instead of Enjoyment. Instead of a focus on enjoying great stories, our methods aim for no more than a mechanical ability to pronounce words.
Perform for the teacher.
Perform for tests and grades.
Reading has been made into a boring job instead of a joy.
2. We've believed something that just isn't true. "If we just teach them to read, then the understanding will come later."
According to the 2011 NCES test results, two out of three fourth and eighth graders are reading below government standard of proficiency.
Our present reading methods actually ruin comprehension. We make reading boring and painful, so kids give up long before they can get good at it.
There comes a moment when students decide that "reading is too hard, and I'm never going to be good at it." That's when they just give up on reading. Think back to what it was like when you were in school. Most of us struggled through school reading as little as possible. Half of us never picked up another book after graduation.
If you don't like reading, it's not because there is something wrong with you, or because reading is hard and boring. We went through a battle which few survive.
Let's not do it to our kids.
1. Make reading fun and easy.
2. Focus on understanding the story. The ability to read will come. Very quickly.
How? Point to Reading.
Things You'll Miss Out On If You Do Point to Reading™
- Reading tutors at $40-$50 per hour
- Your kids in remedial reading classes because they can't read well
- Summer vacations scheduled around summer school
- Meetings with teachers about why your child can't learn to read
- Your child saying "I'm stupid" or "Why can't I read like other kids?"
- Years of anxiety about whether they will even graduate high school
- Battles over homework because they can't read the textbooks
- "I'm bored because there's nothing good on TV."
If you can live without these problems, then the benefits of PTR just might be worth the effort.