I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and have since lived in CA, HI, and AZ.
Most of my background has been either medical or finance but always at the personal contact level, which is where I realized how many folks were struggeling with weak reading skills.
This small book, "The Evolution of a Confident Reader" took years of research and rewrites to gather and present the many levels of thought and fact in an easy-follow, easy-flow conversational'storybook' fashion.
For instance, did you ever consider that reading through a period is exactly the same as running a red light?
Or that practice isn't always fun but polishing your skill usually is?
Did you ever realize that there is one vowel and one consonant that are total sound bullys to other letters?
Or that the same sound can have several different
spellings that are all correct? That's true! And the reason for that is just as we Americans were building a nation, we were building our language at the same time. As people from several different countries gathered, each using their native language to try to make themselves understood,it was the individual with the strongest writing skills who wrote information down so things could be remembered and passed on to others. The different spelling of different languages used to represent the same sound was the result.
For instance, the English used the letter habit of adding 'gh' with the 'oo',first and second 'a' sound, as seen and heard in (through, rough,and caught). The French language gave us the 'ou' to replace the English 'u' sound.
The familiar silent 'p' in the beginning of words like 'psychology', and the 'f' sound in 'philosophy' and 'sophomore' are linked to the Greeks. So see that? If words spelled this way seem like Greek to you, it is because they are! Aren't you the smart one!
When to use 'ance' or 'ence' was originally based on the word's definition, a lot like the more familiar 'woman' or 'women'.
But learning all this word history probably wouldn't help get the reading skills needed for today, as many of the definitions have been lost to time anyway, so we simply ask you consider spelling as "the way we've always done it", and happily move on.
Whoa- I'm giving away the story.
I feel very strongly this straight to the core, no nonsense way of explaining how the puzzle fits together will rescue many at every age level from reader's frustration.
It will let all of reading's parts and conditions be clearly seen, identified, and understood as to the 'what, when, where, how, and why' they are the way they are.
And why for some these parts didn't just fall right into place.
... and that they certainly can, when you are shown the rules and clues to look for in every way, in every day reading.
"Reading doesn't have to be hard any more." is my cry and my passion.
After seeing the rules, tools, and clues clearly sorted out, you can be the one to assist other folks who up until now were having trouble finishing-up 'the learning to read process'.
I look forward to hearing about what you have just read and how you feel about it.
on June 29, 2012 :
Well written and enjoyable, but a bit vague.
(review of free book)