How does FirstStepReading.com compare to Leveled Readers?
FirstStepReading.com guides readers from the very beginning to Reading at a Middle of Grade 1 Reading Level. After finishing FirstStepReading.com children will be prepared to Read Beginning Readers Level 1. (F/G, Level 10/11).
First StepReading.com builds a Foundation for reading based on Understanding. After finishing FirstStepReading children will know why a word is a Short Vowel Word or a Long Vowel Word, be able to identify Digraphs, Exceptions, and Blends, and know over 50 Sight Words. FirstStepReading.com teaches Reading without leaving cracks in Understanding.
FirstStepReading.com knows the importance of Reading. Teaching Reading through Phonics and Reading Concepts enables children to excel in Spelling as well as Reading. Reading is essential in Math, Science, History, Language Arts and Education as a whole. FirstStepReading.com builds a solid Foundation for children to excel in their Education.
Q: Why should I teach my child to read?
If parents teach their children to read at home, they should be able to read when entering kindergarten. A child who can read when entering kindergarten, has a huge head start. With this head start, your child builds a sense of confidence in his/her ability to thrive in school. School will be a positive experience from day one.
When a child feels successful, they will look forward to going to school every day and want to keep learning. As a mother, my philosophy is “get ahead, stay ahead.” At the end of the day, school is a race. The children are competing with each other to get into the best colleges. The parents who invest the time into their children, generally end up winning that race. That race starts in kindergarten. The kids who get ahead, usually stay ahead.
Another reason to teach your child to read is because not all children start school, “school ready.” There are a variety of reasons why your child may not get the education he/she deserves in his/her early years.
It could be a learning disability, under funded schools, inadequate teaching, and the list goes on. You can’t control how your child is taught in the school system. However, you do have the power to get your child ahead, and ensure he/she starts school with a head start.
One of my favourite things about teaching your child to read is the bonding experience. Spendnig 15 minutes per day, teaching your child to read, is a great way to bond with your child. Its time that your kids will really look forward too. My kids would always remind me, “Mom, its reading time!”
Here are some unfortunate and shocking facts about childhood illiteracy in America:
1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.
Two-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare. Over 70 percent of America’s inmates cannot read above a 4th grade level.
Nearly 85 percent of the juveniles who face trial in the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate, proving that there is a close relationship between illiteracy and crime. More than 60 percent of all inmates are functionally illiterate. (Source: DoSomething.org)
Q: Why is this program so inexpensive? Why is your program not the price of an average "learn to read" program ranging from $99-$300?
The way we are able to keep the cost so low is by not spending money on advertising. We simply place samples of our videos lessons online and we hope people enjoy our product. We also rely on parents telling their friends about our program through Facebook.
This is how we have grown and kept the price so low. So please share this website with your friends and help us continue to keep the price so low.
Q: How does the program work?
These lessons are broken up into 9 sections and 44 lessons. For each lesson there is a video instruction. Once the child watches the video lesson, he/she goes to the corresponding lesson in the book. The lesson in the book will cover the material learnt in the video.
The video acts as the teacher and teaches the child each new concept. The book allows the child to apply the knowledge he/she learnt in the video and practice the new concepts.
Q: Is this program a Gimmick?
Q: What makes your system unique?
We give you over 50 videos, 3 reading books with over 250 pages and hundreds of flash cards. Second, this program was created by a teacher and a mother. The teacher makes the program fundamentally correct, the mother makes sure this program is fun, engaging, and something children will enjoy and want to keep doing.
Q: What age is this program for?
Q: What qualifications does Heather have?
Heather also has twin boys that she taught to read from the age of 6 months. By the age two, her children were able to sound out words and read simple books. By kindergarten, both her sons were both reading at a third grade level.
Q: Is this program good for ESL, English as a Second Language, students?
The program teaches the child from the beginning with letter names and sounds and does not expect that the child has any prior knowledge of the English Language. Each stepof learning to read from the very beginning is provided so that every child has the opportunity to be successful and learn to read step by step.
Q: My child is past kindergarten and first grade and is struggling with reading, will this system help?
Once you find your child’s level you will be able to use the system to guide your child to learn the following lessons and learn to be a better and more fluent reader.
If your child needs extra help learning to read certain words or learn to read concepts, you can also find those areas in the curriculum where your child needs extra help and let the program teach and assist your child in learning to read from that point on.
Q: How do I log-in once I've purchased the online program?
Simply login at this URL: https://firststepreading.com/my-account/
Your email and password is what you created when you purchased the product. However, if you lose the password, you can simply reset it with your email address at the same page as above: https://firststepreading.com/my-account/