These questions and Lorraine’s comments were asked several months ago. Please respond to them with your thoughts. Also, if you wish, add a question of your own.

Question:  I read that 90% of those struggling with reading, can overcome their problems if they get help at early ages.  Do you agree?

Lorraine’s Response: Even though I don’t know about the percentage, I definitely agree that by identifying and remediating problems in the early grades most reading problems can be overcome. I also think communication and co-operation between school and parents is of high importance. I also like to include the student when goals and plans for remediation are made and

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Question:  I just had this year’s first conference with my son’s third grade teacher.  She observed that he was not reading well, and was clowning around during reading class.   She asked me to read with him.  I am waiting for your book to arrive, but is there anything else I can do now?

Lorraine’s Response: His teacher gave you good advice but you can do even more. It is time to identify what the specific problems are. While waiting for the book, here are some suggestions for you: When selecting books for him to read to you, choose topics that interest him. Ask a librarian to help you find ones written at a second grade level.

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Question:  I wonder how to interest my kid in reading.  She spends all her time in sports and gymnastics.  Should I be concerned?   Her reading grades are high.

Lorraine’s Response: Obviously, she likes activity and challenges. She may be doing more reading than you think. I’m going to suggest you talk about the subject with her. Let her know you are proud of her reading grades, but concerned about the amount of time she reads. Listen to her response. After talking about it, offer a challenge something like this: For 3 days, we will each

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Question:  My grandchild can’t sound words out.  Isn’t this skill still taught?

Lorraine’s Response: Yes, it is still taught, but is sometimes using a method called Whole Language. Research indicates that phonics is an important skill, but that children also need exposure to books as well. I personally believe phonics provide a strong foundation for reading success and should be taught systematically, building the blocks necessary for a good foundation. I also

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Comment:  My wife speaks Chinese, but understands English.  I used your book to teach her to read.  I am not a teacher, but I became one by following your book directions one by one, in the order you wrote them (as you told me to do when we spoke on the phone).  It was easy and didn’t take her long to learn.

Lorraine’s Response: A major key in your comment is “she understands English”. That needs to occur first if possible. It takes much longer to teach both understanding and learning English at the same time. I do just that, however. I’ll share this story. This activity was a good one for bonding with my student and motivating her.

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You Can Teach Someone To Read is a how-to step-by-step reading program that presents you, a reader, with the ability to teach a child, teen or adult to read. You do not need a teaching background in order to use this program.