Online Reading Programs
Making reading & comprehension automatic
The 3 steps to reading are:
- Learn the language by listening
- Learn your letters
- Map the language you hear to the letters you see
Of course, there’s more to it. For many, the challenge is in the very first step. For them, language processing is not good enough to clearly hear every sound in every word, and so the language they hear does not always match up to the letters they see. Their word memory is muddy, not accurate or reliable.
That’s where our online reading program can help.
Or software presents quick-fire, adaptive exercises that speed up and strengthen language processing. Once “word memory” is more accurate and reliable, mapping to the letters is easier, more automatic.
And if reading is automatic…
Reading is easier, less of a chore. And so your child will be less reluctant to read. Furthermore, if reading is automatic, if the mind does not have to concentrate on decoding, it will be free for comprehension and thinking — making connections, making inferences, thinking critically, reading comprehension with metacognition.
With comprehension comes interest and a reading habit. This is the path to being a great reader, reading practice, effortless comprehension and a love of reading.
Signs of Reading Delays
Do any of these describe your child or teenager?
- Hates to read
- Can’t read for long periods
- Isn’t understanding what he is reading
- Is a slow reader
- Has been diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD or a language-based learning disability
We help with all of these concerns.
How we prepare the brain for reading
An NIH study: 88% of struggling readers have weak phonemic awareness.
Steps To Reading Proficiency
First: Prepare for Reading
Our self-paced exercises are the equivalent to hearing tens of thousands of words in just a few weeks. This intensive practice helps develop phonemic awareness and the other fundamental skills required for reading automaticity:
- Cognitive — language processing, working memory, attention
- Text — decoding, eye tracking, phonics
- Language — vocabulary, spelling, grammar, literal reading comprehension
Improvements in cognitive skills removes the muddiness from word memory, making reading more automatic.
Second: Reading Comprehension
Our goal is reading comprehension with metacognition, defined as understanding, thinking while reading, making connections, putting the text in context, self-correcting while reading. To broaden reading skills and to cover the common skill gaps, we have a series of reading programs with these strands:
- Spelling – conventions, rules, exceptions
- Grammar and language structure
- Sight word growth
- Reading accuracy
- Reading comprehension
- Thinking while reading
Reading comprehension for elementary age children is the ability to connect to prior knowledge or personal experience while reading. Our ultimate goal is the 8th grade reading standard, reading comprehension exercises that align with most state standards.
Every person is different, and so every outcome is different. We do not claim to be 100% effective in every case. That’s just not realistic.
We make every effort to only take students we expect to help. If we think your case is high risk, we’ll tell you so before you start. We are proud of our record. If there are no undetected learning difficulties going on, we normally make a significant difference in a few months.
However, sometimes there are other issues involved, which neutralize the impact of our software. And sometimes for unexplained reasons our program is not as effective as we’d like. We do offer a guarantee, but in the world of learning nothing is certain. More about our claims here.
Our clients are not alone. Unlike most online reading programs, we provide constant oversight and guidance. Call today to find out if we can help. If you are still not convinced, watch this video.
Because we address common reading problems, we have a high success rate. Students average 2+ years of reading gain in 4-6 months.
“Just this week he has finished an over 200 page book (the second in a series) in two days. Before the program, he was reluctant to read short chapter books, and it took him a month or so to finish the first book in the same series.”
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“His reading score went up almost two full grades over summer due to Gemm Learning! …his confidence when reading and his reading fluency is so much better that he will be out of special ed soon. He picked up a big chapter book to read! This is from a boy who before Gemm would not even look at a book.”
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