BUILDING COMPREHENSION, CONFIDENCE, AND FOCUS
The National Research Council, the National Institute for Literacy, and the National Reading Panel - a group commissioned by Congress to determine consensus in reading research - identify these as key skills to learn how to read:
Letter recognition is necessary for children to learn to read. The Quest Learning Online reading program starts with consonants and teaches students to recognize the letters and the letter sounds.
In order to read, a child must learn to break the alphabetic code. Our Phonic Tracks digital booklets assist students in a step-by-step method. This method helps students master combining phonetic sounds to decode words. These digital booklets start with the short vowel sounds and provide ample practice words to assist with mastery learning. Research has shown that students who are skilled decoders exhibit increased fluency and improved comprehension.
The Dolch sight words are also included in the Learning to Read program. These words are studied in first and second grades so children who master them establish a strong basis for beginner reading.
The Quest digital reading program includes an early comprehension series designed to promote reading for meaning. The beginning comprehension digital series booklets provides a variety of exercises while developing new vocabulary.
Our digital reading program continues with a nonfiction series containing great variety in subject matter and excellent questions designed to develop thinking skills.
STANDARDIZED TEST PREP
Test prep digital booklets are an important part of the Quest online reading program. They are designed to provide practice activities for appropriate application of reading comprehension and test taking strategies. The exercises cover a variety of word skills and real reading situations that are presented in a typical standardized testing format.
The Quest digital vocabulary program creates challenging activities to advance and strengthen basic language skills.
Quest Learning Online believes in a direct approach to grammar. This will help to build a strong grammar foundation. Our program simplifies learning grammar concepts, such as punctuation, capitalization, subject-verb agreement, and verb tenses. Good sentence construction and sentence diagramming are also addressed.
Knowing the relationship between the sounds of spoken language and the letters of written language is essential for reading. Phonics gives your child tools to recognize familiar words quickly and to figure out words not seen before.
Many common words in English, such as "the" and "one," do not fit the phonics rules, students need to memorize them. With increased reading experience, students learn to quickly recognize these and other words.
To read fluently, your child must not only be able to recognize words instantly, but also be able to divide the text into meaningful chunks. For example, "lock of hair" must be read as a group of words to make sense. Fluency is achieved with lots of practice and experience listening to teachers and parents reading aloud.
SPELLING AND WRITING
Students increase their personal knowledge of how print works when spelling and writing independently. At first, they may write "book" as bk because of hearing the /b/ and the /k/ sounds. With guidance and instruction, they learn both decoding skills and correct spelling recognition.
To read, your child must understand the meaning of the words. Comprehension is increased as the student discusses and summarizes thoughts about a book or story. Understanding increases as vocabulary usage expands.
The Quest Learning Online reading curriculum addresses all these key skills. Using our Learning to Read program and moving through the vocabulary and comprehension exercises, each student builds a strong foundation to succeed in school.