South Bend, IN (PRWEB) May 28, 2014
Developed by Madreen Karle, a retired first grade teacher, and her daughter Meeghan Mousaw, who has a Masters in Special Education, http://www.sightandsoundreading.com instructs and tutors children to learn to read using phonics and the 250 sight words found in 80% of what children read. In each learn to read video, Mrs. Karle teaches the children to read a "story" composed of sight words which she introduces each day. Mastered through repetition and practice the child gains confidence in reading the new sight words before moving on to the next day's story. Each video builds upon itself and in very short time, children feel confident and proud in their reading abilities –which helps drive their desire to learn. In the daily videos, Mrs. Karle weaves phonics, spelling, punctuation, comprehension and reading with expression into the lessons. Illustrations by ArtemisB make the stories and words come to life thereby reinforcing learning concepts and comprehension.
“If you search ‘learn to read for free’ on any search engine, there is no site quite like ours. Other sites may highlight phonics, or sight words, or use animation, but, we use an encouraging teacher to explicitly guide the child in learning to read,” explained Meeghan Mousaw. “We selected ‘YouTube’ videos as the best way to reach parents and caregivers who want to help their child learn to read but cannot afford the expense of a personal tutor. We also wanted to empower parents and show them that they can help their child learn to read.”
“As a retired teacher, and, more importantly, as a grandma of nine, I want to help children learn to read! Each day children can join me for a 15-minute session and fully master reading. Many children know me as ‘Mrs. Karle’ but I want to be a caring ‘grandmother’ in encouraging them to learn,” Madreen Karle added.
The site also offers helpful insights to teaching reading for parents and caregivers. Additionally, workbooks, sight word books, and completely scripted teachers’ manuals are available for modest prices. Teachers and homeschoolers will find these resources very helpful in tutoring beginning and struggling readers. Mrs. Karle’s website and products are extremely helpful for all students, especially students with special needs, and children for whom English is their second language. Teachers love the program because it is so easy to use, parents love the program because it is so easy to share, children love the program because it is so easy to learn.
Sight and Sound Reading has been operating for just over a year, gaining a steady following and many fabulous reviews from homeschool blogs, moms, and teachers using their program. More information about online program is available at: http://www.sightandsoundreading.com. Subscribe to Sight and Sound Reading through their YouTube channel.
According to the National Assessment for Educational Progress, 67% of fourth graders were at or below reading proficiency. The percentage is the same for eighth grade students. If children do not learn to proficiently read by fourth grade, they are not likely to improve. The creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading Program believe they offer a free solution to this national reading problem.
About the Authors
Madreen Karle taught first grade, developmental first grade, and preschool over a long career in Highland Park, IL, Shaker Heights, OH, and Wilton, CT. She enjoyed much success and loved teaching children of diverse backgrounds through the years. She is thrilled to be able to teach many more children through the internet.
Meeghan (Karle) Mousaw, a mother of five, has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s in Special Education from Assumption College. She also shares her mother’s vision of teaching children with a comprehensive online reading program.