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PTR™  Frequently Asked Questions

Q:   Why should we be teaching our children to read so young?

A:   Is six really that young? Remember, our children learn to speak within their first year. Most little kids are crazy about books and love being read to. Point to Reading™ takes advantage of this excitement for books and their love of story. Learning to read is easiest during the Window of Opportunity around this age of six to seven: When they can learn languages quickly; while they still have a strong interest in books and reading. but before the desire to learn can be stolen by "other interests" (TV, videos, sports, friends).

Q:   If my child already reads well for his grade, why do I need Point to Reading™?

A:   Do you wonder why so many kids can love books before they start school and dislike reading in fourth grade? When learning to read takes too long, they often lose interest, or get stuck at a low to moderate reading ability. In a very short time, a child who is stuck, often decides that "reading is boring" or "I'm no good at it." PTR™ avoids this trap by rocketing him to a high reading ability as quickly as possible. Getting your child "Over the Hump" to the belief that "reading is fun & easy" locks in the love of reading, greatly increasing success in school.

Q:   My child is older and already having trouble with reading? Is it too late to try PTR™?

A:   If your child is struggling, it's probably because he got the idea that reading is boring or that he isn't good at it. There are two things which make PTR™  very effective:

  1. its focus on the Love of Reading, instead of grammar, vocabulary or sentence structure;
  2. the loving attention your child gets while reading the book with you. The boredom is cured by choosing the coolest book you can find that will catch his interest. The time they get reading the story WITH YOU  means more to your older child than you can possibly imagine. Time With You may be the biggest part of the success of Point to Reading™. Don't wait another day to get started. The older they get, the more distracted they become by things outside the family.

No matter a child's present reading level, Point to Reading™ starts at his or her current ability. With your encouragement (and no pressure), your children will build confidence and discover that they, too, can read well. Once they decide that reading is fun and easy, then your job is to keep supplying the books. Your child's confidence in his reading ability will change his future.

Q:   Shouldn't our kids be learning to read in school with professional teachers?

A:   Though some children learn to read well in school, national testing shows only one out of three are becoming proficient readers. In baseball, one out of three is a good average. With children, that means that two out of three are failing to reach their full potential.

You might not sign up your child up for Little League if he doesn't know how to throw or catch. Why not? Because he would be embarrassed by his lack of ability, and wouldn't have much fun sitting on the bench through most of the games. So, why do we send our kids to school, unable to read, and expect them to have any fun? Some might say, "School's not supposed to be fun - they go to learn." Well, maybe that's part of the problem. Who wants to learn anything that is hard or boring? Point to Reading™  is about reading being fun and easy, so kids learn quickly and become really good at it. Send your children to school prepared to learn.

"If you wait for someone else to build the love of reading in your child, there's an awfully big chance it won't happen."

"Imagine second graders showing up in school able to read and understand any book. They'd be able to learn and our teachers would be able to teach."

"Can we let go of the idea that our kids must go through the same tortures that made us dislike reading and school?"

Q:   Does your system use phonics?

A:  Yes, in a way it does, since English is a phonetic language and knowing phonics is a valuable skill. However, you will use phonics in a slightly different way in Point to Reading™. Some educators argue that phonics is the only way to correctly teach reading; others say that Whole Language or sight reading is the better way. Point to Reading says, "Why not both?" There are Asian languages which use pictographs instead of letters and have no phonics system at all! Not only do they seem to be doing fine, their students are doing as well, if not better than our own here in America. Point to Reading™ takes the best of both phonics and whole language, so that your child becomes the best reader and student possible in the shortest amount of time. The good news is that you won't have to learn a bunch of rules, or get special training to be able to do PTR™. All you do is read and discuss a great story with your child in a way that he enjoys, and that helps him learn very quickly.

Q:   I don't like reading. I'm not a teacher. I don't have the time. How can I teach my child?

A:   Any concerns about your ability to do Point to Reading™ get answered fully in the book. A parent doesn't have to be a certified teacher to read a great book with a child. You don't even have to like reading in order to help your own kids love reading. You just have to make your children and their education important enough to give them 30 minutes four times a week. Yes, there will be some sacrifice and effort. Your kids are worth it and you will be glad you did. You can do this.