Two Moms are Fighting, and Winning the Battle against Illiteracy in America

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Two Moms are doing what the U.S. government canÂ?t - reverse the trend of illiteracy in America.

Two moms teamed up five years ago, determined to get to the bottom of the reading problems that so many children and adults face and to then do something about it. Some reports state that as many as 72 million Americans cannot read or write above a 5th grade level, resulting in the U.S. government spending billions of dollars every year on supplemental education services with little to no progress being made.

As their research progressed, these moms discovered the National Reading Panel report, commissioned by Congress to determine the best reading methods possible. The Panel reported that systematic phonics, combined with comprehension, are two of the five key elements to properly teach phonics. Other "newer" ideas such as "whole language" and "sight word" are far less effective than good "old fashioned" phonics instruction.

Sue Moore, from Pennsylvania, and Holly Haggerty, from Florida, created a reading program based on the exact elements needed to create strong readers. It's called “Smart Way Reading and Spelling” ( The program uses the most successful method of teaching available -- one-on-one instruction. And, the program is made simple enough to use that a child who can read at a 5th grade reading level can teach another to read!

This innovative system utilizes a patent-pending flip-chart system to give the reading coach the step-by-step lessons that can be used for beginner readers, as a remedial program and even English as a Second Language. Some reading instruction programs teach a child to read by learning songs and rhymes in front of the television or with games, but there’s no scientific evidence to back up this approach.

“Smart Way Reading” is revolutionizing the way systematic phonics is taught and there’s no training required - just open the first lesson and start.


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