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How to teach reading, and improve English Literacy the Standard language.


Ask RingLeader Karen Ellis for Advice


Ask the Teacher if your child is reading on grade level.

9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level.
They're Probably Wrong. Parents held fast to this sunny belief no matter their own income, education level, race or ethnicity. Most state tests don't show 90 percent of kids performing on grade level, either — not even close. "About half of white students are on grade level in math and reading by fourth grade; the percentages are lower for African-Americans and Hispanics. The high school graduation rate is over 80 percent, and fewer than 2 percent of students are held back a grade, so perhaps parents can't be blamed for thinking their own kids are at least on par with their peers.

IEPs & National Statistics. Every student who qualified for an Individual Education Plan (“IEP”), had a right by law to receive certain interventions, accommodations, and other individualized services that every county is then required to fund. Federal guidelines were established for a student to qualify for an IEP, which were further supplemented in each state, with additional state guidelines. Although it varies state by state, the cost for one student in an IEP is about $15,000 per year. On a national average, 13% of all students are in IEPs, which results in over $100 billion dollars spent annually in the U.S. on IEPs. Of the students who have been approved for IEPs, approximately 75% of them have problems with reading. It is universally recognized by educators that reading problems are the single largest issue by far that have a negative impact on the process of learning. We have talked with many teachers and the consensus is consistent; 1 in 4 students have a reading problem in the U.S. and those we talked with relayed that all the teachers already know who these 1 out of 4 students are.

The vocabulary of children from the poorest backgrounds lags more than a year behind that of their classmates from richer homes by the time they start school. Educational inequality starts young and leaves children from the most disadvantaged homes struggling to keep up throughout their school years. The poorest children face multiple challenges, being less likely to be born to well-educated parents. Good parenting can triumph, with families able to limit the effects of poverty by, for example, reading to their children daily. Government hould provide 25 hours a week of education to the 15% most disadvantaged families.

CHILDREN UNDERSTAND WORDS LONG BEFORE THEY CAN SAY THEM. Research shows that the size of a child’s vocabulary and their ability to quickly connect meaning to those words depends on how adults talk with them.* Libraries provide resources, space and examples during story times of ways that caregivers can help children develop strong literacy skills.**



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Kids confused by printed squiggles on the pages of a storybook nonetheless understand that a written word, unlike a drawing, stands for a specific spoken word.
Kids as young as 3 have the insight that print stands for something beyond what’s scripted on the page,” says psychologist Kathy Hirsh-Pasek of Temple University in Philadelphia. Preschoolers who are regularly read to have an advantage in learning that written words have specific meanings. Preschoolers seemed more apt to treat written words as having specific meanings and drawings as having general meanings that can encompass various related words.


Babies Can Learn Words as
Early as 10 Months

Toddlers Understand Complex Grammar
Children are able to comprehend complex grammar at a younger age. Infants were able to learn two new words in five minutes with just five presentations for each word and object. A two-year-old can quickly link an object--whether a flashy rattle or a boring latch--to a word. And Research Confirms That Motor And Cognitive Skills Are Improved By Hand-Clapping Songs

Zeroing in on a critical benchmark

According to a report from the Annie E. Casey foundation, "the time is now to build a consensus" around the urgent fact that millions of American children get to the fourth grade without learning to read proficiently, putting them on the path to dropping out. By the beginning of the fourth grade, the ability to read is a "make-or-break" benchmark in a child's education, since until this point the curriculum is centered on learning to read, and after this point a certain literacy is assumed. Compounding the crisis is the fact that the definition of "proficiency" varies from state to state, leading to an underreporting via state testing data. The study therefore recommends that extensive efforts are made to address a "readiness gap" -- disparities between high-income and low-income children in readiness to learn -- that in turn develops into the "achievement gap." Current national policies and funding streams are too fragmented to yield widespread positive results. A coherent system of early care and education must be implemented; parents, caregivers, and families must be enlisted as "co-producers" of good outcomes for children; low-performing schools must be transformed; and practical and scalable solutions must be found to address chronic absence from school and summer learning loss.

This web site is an innovative dynamic model using the World Wide Web and integrating Literacy, Technology and the Arts, effecting a systemic change for the disenfranchised group of people created by illiteracy. Using technology this project will teach children to read and write Standard English and turn a destructive situation around by, addressing the root causes of social problems through a neutral, non judgmental process giving the child's home dialect the dignity it deserves. Improving literacy through arts education and advocacy by providing collaborative and interdisciplinary resources for understanding world culture. And lastly to help all children (especially girls), teachers, and regular folks to learn to use and feel comfortable with technology.

Learn how to read, how to write, how to use computers, how to find and evaluate information found on the net. Find out more about literacy and approaches to improving it.

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Integrate Literacy, Music, and Technology

Evolution of Language

How the Brain Works

From Quill to Keys
Old Pedagogy Problems to

New Pedagogy Solutions

Sync Sense
Social Rhythm Research Experts
Sync & Swim -- Find Connections Between:
Speech, Music, Reading, & Technology

The Key is Laughter ~ Play Using Multiple Intelligences and different learning styles

Culturally Relevant Content
Integrate literacy (Language Arts),
the arts (music) and technology into the classroom using Interdisciplinary, thematic, collaborative Online Curriculum


"The failure of inner-city schools to teach children to read is among the most serious social problems that our country faces."

~ Dr. William Labov Professor of Linguistics and Psychology Director of the Linguistics Lab at the Univ. of Pennsylvania

"The university is the last remaining platform for national dissent."

~ Dr. Leon Eisenberg Physician - 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award for Psychiatric Research
Maude and Lillian Presley Professor Department of Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus Harvard Medical School Dept. of Social Medicine, Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research Ethics Genes vs Culture - A leader for over 40 years, spanning pharmacological trials, neurological and psychological theories of autism and social medicine - from research to teaching and social policy. BOOKS

"In the social sciences, paradigms don't die; they develop vericose veins and get fitted with cardiac pacemakers."

~ Dr. Frederick Erickson SocioLinguist Rhythmic Microanalyist George F. Kneller Professor of Anthropology of Education University of California, Los Angeles

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

~ Max Planck

"Professors are running the scholarly stupidity model forward toward more future scholarly stupidity."

~ William Mason, Anti-Ph.D. Thinking About Stupidity In Our Scholars

The Chinese invention of moveable type, is credited to Bi Sheng in the year 1045 AD way before Guttenberg ever printed a bible.


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