Have you ever wondered what
makes some children thrive
while others seem to struggle?

Myths & Facts

Over the years, Diane has encountered a range of concerns from parents and teachers about children and reading. This lead her on a mission to dispel any misleading assumptions that may be standing in your child’s way of learning.

Myth A parents job is to teach their child to read before they enter school.
Fact No, a parent’s job is not to teach their child to read before they enter school. A parent’s job is to make sure their child is ready to learn to read when they enter school. This is accomplished by reading aloud and talking to children about the stories they hear. This is how children acquire a healthy/robust , choose which word works best vocabulary which is the linchpin of literacy.
Myth Learning to read before a child enters school will make them a better reader.
Fact Not necessarily—Learning to read is a developmental skill and a child’s readiness factor is essential. Being able to read when entering kindergarten is no guarantee a child will be a better reader in 3rd grade than someone who learned to read later.
Myth Offering a child difficult and challenging books will help him become a better reader.
Fact No — a child becomes a good reader when he/she reads books he/she understands and is able to talk about what happened in the story.
Myth My child will be a better reader when he is able to increase his reading speed.
Fact No — children need comprehension, not speed in their reading.
Myth Children understand everything they read.
Fact No — don’t confuse a child’s ability to read a story with their ability to understand a story. Play it safe and assume they do not understand everything they read and a conversation is one of the most effective ways to ensure they to understand what they read.
Myth Once my child learns to read on their own, they don’t need me to read to them any longer.
Fact No, the books a parent reads with their child builds a child’s appetite for more complex and sophisticated stories. Reading aloud, sharing ideas, and talking about what matters with your child is not something that anyone outgrows. Let there be no doubt—children who talk about stories, better understand and enjoy the stories they read.