A student who fails to read adequately in first grade has a 90% probability of reading poorly in fourth grade, and a 75% probability of reading poorly in high school.

⅔ of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade will end up in jail or on welfare.

Low literacy costs the US at least $225B each year in non-productivity in the workforce, crime and loss of tax revenue due to unemployment.


Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong

“There’s an idea about how children learn to read that’s held sway in schools for more than a generation — even though it was proven wrong by cognitive scientists decades ago. Teaching methods based on this idea can make it harder for children to learn how to read. In this podcast, host Emily Hanford investigates the influential authors who promote this idea and the company that sells their work. It’s an exposé of how educators came to believe in something that isn’t true and are now reckoning with the consequences children harmed, money wasted, an education system upended.” Emily Hanford

Florida Center For Reading Research

Phenomenal free resources for parents and teachers. You will find:
– Information on the building blocks of reading
– What reading skills should be taught and mastered in kindergarten and first grade
– How to measure reading skills – How to use reading assessment results to guide your reading instruction
– How to determine effectiveness of your reading instruction

Parker Phonics

Free Phonics Books for Parents and Reading Teachers by Stephen Parker

The Phonics Page


Free online phonics lessons. The Phonics Page is a ministry of , a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives by improving educational foundations through the Word of God. The Phonics Page has information about improving reading and spelling with phonics. Free phonics lessons and spelling lessons for adults and children in the 2nd grade and older are provided in online movie format. There are also written instructions for teaching older remedial children and adults and for teaching young children to read.

Is Your Child Ready to Read? (English and Spanish)


We help anyone with reading and spelling problems, anyone who has been diagnosed as dyslexic or needing to learn English as a second language. We help schools needing a literacy intervention programme which can be delivered one-to-one by learning support staff, parents or volunteers.

Reach Every Reader: (English and Spanish)

https ://reacheveryreader.gse.harvard.edu/our-tools/pre-k-and-home-apps/

Reach every Reader was launched in 2018 with the goal of making significant progress on the crisis in early literacy. The initiative formed a dynamic partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), and the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and College of Communication & Information (CCI) at Florida State University, to impact early literacy. https://reacheveryreader.gse.harvard.edu/our-tools/pre-k-and-home-apps/


Help your child to read and write. This free course for parents and carers will help you get your child off to a good start!