Fall Report Card: Parents' First Sign of Trouble Ahead

    Five Keys to Enhancing Reading Readiness From Hooked On Phonics

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - The first sign that your child may be struggling
in school comes in a carefully worded notation on the report card that may say
"has difficulty recognizing key words and letter sounds." Because reading is
central to all learning, at the first indication that a child is having
difficulty learning how to read, parents and teachers need to intervene
swiftly and supportively.
    To raise a successful reader and ensure academic success, research shows
us that you need to develop the whole child. That means paying attention to
their physical, emotional, and cultural development as well as their cognitive
    Put another way, talking, listening, exposing children to new experiences
such as visits to the zoo and the museum, watching shows together and then
discussing them, engaging in physical activities like dance and sports, eating
healthy foods and playing all contribute to literacy.
    But one tried-and-true activity is the king of them all: story time.
    Since Hooked On Phonics was first introduced in 1987, this award-winning
learning system has helped millions of children and thousands of schools
enhance their reading and school readiness abilities. Hooked On Phonics shares
Five Keys to Reading Success:

    1.  Guide Your Child To Success. Your help is important to a child's
        success. Work side by side to help your child discover the joy of
    2.  Encourage and Praise Your Child. Make learning a happy experience.
        Reward progress with plenty of kind words, hugs, and smiles. And be
    3.  Master Each Lesson. Make sure you child has mastered the current
        lesson before moving forward.
    4.  Don't Overdo It. Whenever possible, schedule reading lessons that
        last 20 minutes, three times each week using a proven phonics
        learning system.
    5.  Read to your child every day. The more you share the world of reading
        with your child, the more your child will want to read it.

For further information:

For further information: Donna Piasentini, (416) 873-8824,

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