Do you know someone whose style of learning is primarily visual? Is the phonics-only approach not working? Does the demand to "sound it out" cause frustration and resistance?
Picture Me Reading could be the help you are looking for!
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Children who can recognize on sight 8 of the 10 words in a sentence can read that sentence and, generally, decode the remaining words by means of context, phonics, or illustrations. Most importantly, they can understand its meaning!
Picture Me Reading teaches the 220 Dolch high-frequency words. Traditionally, it has been considered impossible to teach these abstract "service words" using pictorial aids, but our program solves that problem. A former primary teacher and school psychologist, Dr. Marlys Isaacson, developed this unique, visual-conceptual program. Pictorial cues are embedded in the words, and an auditory cue (a catchy sentence which explains each pictograph) enables students to memorize these important, frequently non-phonetic, words such as "the", "one", "could", "they", etc. When a child has mastered a number of sight words, phonics then begins to make sense. This program is especially useful for "right brain" visual learners, students with dyslexia, developmental
delays, Down Syndrome or other special needs, English as an additional language, and for the very young. The 220 Dolch words comprise from 60 to 85% of the text in children's early reading material. What's more, 50 to 70% of any general reading material is made up of Dolch words. Mastery of these vital words is important for all readers.