Want to Teach Your Kindergartner (or Preschooler) to Read? Dr. Sears did and found success with American Reading at Home

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to nationally renowned pediatrician and author Dr. Bill Sears, "My daughter, Hayden Sears-Livesay, is using American Reading at Home with our 5-year-old granddaughter, Morgan, with great results and we're thrilled to share our enthusiasm for this terrific program with parents everywhere."

American Reading at Home is a reading program from American Reading Company that helps children ages 3-6 during the earliest stages of reading development. The company publishes books that work like training wheels on a bicycle -- because so much of the reading support is provided by the books, children gain confidence as they master just one new skill at a time. The narrow hierarchy of skills required at each level ensures children don't get frustrated, but experience successful reading practice.

Watch the 3-minute video to see how it works.

According to Founder & CEO Jane Hileman, "Without question, the most important thing parents can do is read aloud to their child. When a child is ready to start reading on his or her own, the last thing you want is for them to get discouraged. The problem with many books labeled 'for emerging readers' is that they are still too hard for the true beginner. That's why our books are so special -- kids can actually 'read' them before they can even read words."

With American Reading at Home, there are no workbooks, lesson plans or interactive screens. Instead, parents are encouraged to spend 10 minutes a day listening to their child read from "books that fit." The program deliberately puts the child in the driver's seat to own their reading progress. Children choose books they want to read and understand what skill they need to master to move to the next color level. According to mother Leslie Samaha of Media, Pennsylvania, "After 6 months of using this program (we got the Complete Bundle), my 5-year-old son went from not reading at all to knowing 100 sight words. The best part, though, is that he's so proud and views his newfound reading ability as 'amazing.' He puts on his super reader cape, and the joy of reading is now part of his daily routine."

"Ownership is very important," says Dr. Sears. "It establishes a child's internally motivated desire to learn. As with any activity in life, with confidence comes the desire to do more."

The launch of American Reading at Home is tantamount to the public unveiling of 20 years of development work by American Reading Company, a nationally recognized leader in reading programs for schools. The new website, www.americanreadingathome.com, includes free coaching tips that have been teacher-vetted, parent-approved, and kid-tested in thousands of schools across the country. Parents can get started with 5 free eBooks, which can be read online or with the Bookshelf app, available through iTunes.

Editor's Note: For interviews with Dr. Sears or program materials, contact Leza Raffel at leza@comsolutionsgroup.com or (215) 884-6499.

SOURCE American Reading at Home