School's Out! - Time to School-Proof for Next Year

    A Free Tool to Help Children Who Struggle with Reading Now Online

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - Summertime is finally here and most families are
thinking of sun, swimming, and fun; but even though school is out for the
year, in almost every Ontario classroom, there are at least four or five
children who are struggling with reading. This translates into thousands of
elementary school students who are in serious trouble.
    Naturally, the parents of these children are very worried. They know how
important it is to be a good reader in today's world.
    The Society for Quality Education announced today the launch of a new
website that makes a free remedial reading option available to anyone who has
access to the Internet and a printer. Parents who visit will find Stairway to Reading, a powerful and
user-friendly tool for teaching reading. Drawing on the latest research on how
children learn to read, Stairway to Reading is completely phonics-based.
    "Parents who can afford it are arranging for their children to receive
outside tutoring in reading or even transferring their children to private
schools," said Doretta Wilson, SQE Executive Director. "But lower-income
parents, many of them recent immigrants who cannot afford such options, are
desperate. Many try to help their children themselves, but they are not sure
exactly what to do and they lack proper teaching materials," she added.
    Stairway to Reading is a one-on-one remedial reading program for students
of any age who have already received some reading instruction but who are
struggling with reading. It was not developed for beginning readers, although
it can be used for this purpose with the minor changes noted in the program.
    Stairway to Reading comes complete with a diagnostic test, 40 lessons,
flashcards, and 128 pages of completely phonetic reading material. In
addition, there are supplementary materials, such as games to provide extra
practice. All of these materials can be downloaded and printed at no charge.

    The Society for Quality Education is dedicated to the significant
improvement of student learning in Canada. We invite the public to visit our
home website to learn more.

For further information:

For further information: Doretta Wilson, Executive Director, Toronto
Office, Phone: (416) 231-7247 (bus), (416) 526-1653 (cell)

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