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Teaching Reading

Teaching Reading

The NICHD (discussed and referenced in the previous section) chartered a 14-person National Reading Panel(NRP) that reviewed over 100,000 documented studies of reading methods and results. From the results of his research, Duane Alexander, M.D., Director of the NICHD, says "For the first time, we now have guidance based on evidence from sound scientific research on how to best teach children to read."

The panel concluded that the research literature "provides solid evidence that phonics instruction produces significant benefits for children from kindergarten through 6th grade and for children having difficulties learning to read. The greatest improvements in reading were seen from systematic phonics instruction."

The series of Reading Activities provided in the Phonics Lessons and Reading Lessons on our website are based on the principles of this systematic phonics instruction.

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