We provide materials to help you teach your child to read

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42%-54% of North American adults cannot read well enough to do everyday tasks.1

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This is preventable. Good readers result from good instruction. We are here to bring the best instruction techniques right to your home.


Millenial parents need both information and tools.

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It’s the Information Age. Those who grew up with Google now have kids. It’s about time that the best educational practices were at their fingertips.
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Our process

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We buy all the good curricula available to teachers or parents that we hear about. We try them out in small-group or one-on-one settings. Using the insights we’ve gained from these materials, we share easy tips for free on our blog or on social media. And because you need good materials to teach well, we develop tools specifically for parents and sell them on our website.

The Science of Alphabetic Reading

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Reading specialists know to teach sounds before letters. The greatest spelling teachers also know that alphabetic spelling beats memorized spelling in the long run, every time. At last, you have access to their secrets.

Teaching makes the difference

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Good readers are made, not born. You are called your child’s first teacher. Schooling is their second teacher. Materials, not curricula, are their third teacher . We take our role as the third teacher seriously.
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SIMPLE

  • No prior training is needed
  • A clean, beautiful, modern design
  • We aim to give everything you need on the page. No references charts or teacher guides to interrupt your flow.
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SOFT

  • Playing, not drilling
  • One thing at a time in baby steps
  • Make any page harder or easier so that they are always learning and having fun. Use your child’s ability to know the right difficulty by instinct.
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SCIENTIFIC

  • Expertly guided based on the best available child language acquisition research
  • Teach sounds first followed by immediate application. Avoids requiring skills not taught yet.
  • Illustrations enhance skills instead of providing enough information for a child to guess words
  • Meaning and vocabulary are never sacrificed
  • Meticulous consideration given to the order of language acquisition, cognitive psychology, ease-of-use and cultural inclusiveness across North America
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AT YOUR SIDE

  • Gain the satisfaction otherwise given to other instructors
  • Make time for other things by combining fun and education time
  • Parent more richly. Explore new worlds with your child, model skills, share questions and laugh together.

Why do so many kids still struggle to read?

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Many enthusiastic parents put out alphabet blocks, alphabet posters and piles of books as soon as their kids can keep their heads up. They often teach letters first, in alphabetical order, misled by song lyrics that reading begins with ABC. Unfortunately, adult intuition has time and again been proven to be wrong, because adults have forgotten what it is like to be a child. Overwhelming scientific evidence from studies on reading acquisition and the experience of effective teachers show that:
  • knowledge of sounds and of print must come before letters,
  • alphabetical order is not the easiest way to learn,
  • capital letters are not the most useful place to start,
  • the ability to blend sounds is fundamental to reading,
  • the relationship between sounds and letters is key to mastery.
These are just a few things from list of commonly made mistakes as long as a dissertation:

Common mistakes by parents

The English Cosmos Way

Diving right into letters without pre-reading education beforehand Expose your child to many forms of print literature, spoken language, and sounds
Choosing books that are too hard because there is not guidance other than an age rating Distinguish between age appropriateness and appropriate reading level
Using dated materials with visuals that are boring and not able to compete with modern distractions Engaging illustrations that will spark discussion and invite a child to explore on their own
Requiring quantum leaps in skill acquisition Acquire new skills that parents do not realize is learned
Drilling skills to mastery through exact repetition Reinforce skills via new methods and spaced repetition
Focusing on school-readiness at the cost of meaningful time between parent and child Teach while strengthening parent-child bonds
Mixing and matching programs Teach English systematically only once
Giving workbooks so that children can teach themselves Teach for mastery so a child’s growing mind is not wasted on busy work
Not preventing bad habits that can cause lifetime difficulties Focus on long-term development and real improvement
Reliance on free material leading to progressively diminishing quality and unsystematic instruction Provide high-quality materials so that children have the greatest chance of success

Why should parents teach reading when there are professionals?

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As an active parent, you are the “first teacher”

“Families are the first teachers, the primary caregivers, and the knowledge-holders of their children. Families have the most important role in promoting their children’s well-being and learning.” – BC Early Learning Framework 2019

Children learn best from the people they love

“Children learn best when they like their teacher and they think their teacher likes them.” ― Gordon Neufeld, Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
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Literacy begins at home

“The best time for children to start learning to read is when they are very young, usually at the preschool level. In the early years – whether at home, in child care, in a preschool program, or in Junior and Senior Kindergarten – children gain a definite advantage when they are given opportunities to engage in purposeful oral language and early print activities.” – The Report of the Expert Panel on Early Reading in Ontario, 2003

Children learn best from the people they love

“We can sum up very quickly what people need to teach their own children. First of all, they have to like them, enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness, and passion. They have to enjoy all their talk and questions, and enjoy equally trying to answer those questions.” – John Holt in Teach Your Own.
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Will my child like it when I teach?

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Kids are ferocious learners by instinct. That’s why they pursue time with caregivers who will aid in their development and resist any teaching that is too easy or hard. When you teach in the sweet spot from delightful materials, they will want to spend more time with you!

Be guided by our expertise

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Adults have forgotten what it is like to be a young learner because acquired, automatic skills have long been buried in the subconscious. Well-researched materials bring these skills back to your conscious attention for the benefit of your child. Our expertise can empower you to teach with expertise.
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Endnotes:
1. Adult Literacy Rate—Low-Level Skills, The Conference Board of Canada.
Low Literacy Levels Among U.S. Adults Could Be Costing The Economy $2.2 Trillion A Year, Forbes.
Literacy Gap Map, Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy