Parent Training Course
As outlined on our page, The Reading Crisis, schools are doing a terrible job of teaching our children to read. Let’s be clear. This is not because the teachers don’t care. Unfortunately, the teachers, themselves, do not understand the science of reading. Our underappreciated teachers are pouring from “empty cups”. According to the 2019 NAEP scores, scores are lower for 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students than they were in 2017. (Remember that 63% of graduating 12th graders were reading below the proficient level.) Teachers are striving to make a difference, but they do not have the skills. As a result, the number of parents who are taking back control of their children’s education is skyrocketing.
Newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that during the years 2003-2012, the number of American children between ages 5 to 17 who are home-schooled has risen 61.8 percent. In 2003 1,096,000 school-aged children were home-schooled in the U.S., representing 2.2 percent of the total number of students in that age range that year. In 2012, the number home-schooled was 1,773,000, or 3.4 percent of elementary and secondary school-aged children that year. The increase in the number of children home-schooled between 2003 and 2012 is 677,000—or 61.8 percent.
According to the August 21, 2017 issue of A2Z Homeschooling.com, each year since the release of the Department of Education data, the number of home-schoolers has steadily increased. While an exact number has proven difficult to obtain, what is clear is that the American parents have spoken.
The most important skill that parents are now teaching is reading. Towards this end, parents are looking for the most proficient methods to create proficient readers. There are lots of reading programs out there. Some have very attractive packaging that will pull on your heartstrings. Yet, the majority of these reading programs are way off target. The result: they’re just taking your money. You spend a small fortune, and you’re still in a bad spot.
At Cardinal Reading Strategies, we teach decoding (reading) and encoding (spelling) forensically. We strictly adhere to the findings of The National Reading Panel, that 14-member panel of reading researchers and experts who studied over 100,000 reading programs and methodologies. And whose members included Dr. Sally Shaywitz of Yale University. (Yes, that Yale.) While school administrators continue to sleep at the wheel, and book publishers turn a deaf ear, Cardinal Reading Strategies offers the evidence-based reading instruction that the National Reading Panel prescribes. Our reading instruction is multi-sensory, explicit, and diagnostic-prescriptive. And now our training is available to dedicated teachers and parents who wish to provide evidence-based reading instruction to children.
The Parent Training Course