Learn to Read at Any Age
It’s not that they can’t learn to read, it’s that when they were very young they didn’t receive the proper foundation in phonics. And then, as I said, beyond the second grade, most children never receive phonics instruction, or they receive it in an incidental manner, it’s not taught in a systematic way. And so if you don’t get it by the second grade, or by the very latest the third grade, most people never get it. And so the tragedy is that millions of people, and I literally mean millions of people in our country alone, have poor reading skills that they will have to deal with for their entire lives because of something they didn’t get at a very young age. That is the bad news.
But the good news is anyone, virtually anyone, can become a successful reader regardless of that person's age if that person receives instruction in systematic phonics. And that is what this program is designed to do. I am going to provide you in a very structured, sequential way with all of the information you are going to need to be able to look at a word, sound that word out, and accurately read the word. Not only that but you will also gain the skills necessary to be able to spell words with a high degree of accuracy. And that is what systematic phonics is designed to do.
So what I want to tell you is that if you are an older student, or if you are an adult, and you do have a feeling that phonics is something that is not appropriate for someone at your age level or the grade that you happen to be in at school, I understand why you might feel that way, but I want you to know that this program called We All Can Read is unlike any other phonics program you have ever heard about, and it was from the very outset designed for older students and adults.
And I want to make a promise to you. If you will follow this program through from the very beginning, the first lesson through to the very end, then I want you to know you will experience profound and lasting gain in your ability to read to spell and to comprehend. This program will work regardless of your past experience with reading.
What has happened is – and I have worked a lot with older students and adults. I have been a teacher, and I operated a reading clinic for many years where I worked exclusively with students with reading problems. And I had many students come to my reading clinic who had an entire history of difficulty in learning to read. And many of these students had entered into remedial reading programs as older students or adults and even then had failed to become good readers. And each time a person enters a reading program again and experiences defeat again, then that person’s belief in his inability to learn, unfortunately, enlarges.
And so what I want you to know is that regardless of your past experience with reading, if you go through this process that I am about to begin with you, step-by-step – it is very sequential. It is critical that you do not skip steps. And you start with Lesson 1, and you take the test at the end of each lesson, and once you demonstrate mastery in each lesson, you are allowed to go to the next lesson, if you follow the sequence through, you will, as I have said earlier, you will see profound improvement in your reading skills.