Acorn to Oak has created a new method of teaching reading called the Rhythmic Reading Method. Children will learn to read using poetry. This method of reading is a collaborative process between caregiver and child using language rich literature.
Poetry is the integral tool used in the Rhythmic Reading Method. Reading poetry is a collaborative movement between caregiver and child. The caregiver reads the unbold text, and the child reads the text in bold.
Poetry is used to reinforce letter sounds, to discriminate between long and short vowels, hard and soft letter sounds, and to reinforce words that have been learned previously. Reading poetry reinforces the development of auditory discrimination. Poetry uses devices such as alliteration, rhyme scheme, assonance, onomatopoeia, to convey an image. The child is able to naturally pick up on these sound patterns, and predict words based on the patterns they hear.
In the Rhythmic Reading Method, children learn to read using real-world text. There is no transition between reading levels. The child reads real poetry from the start. Rhythmic Reading is taught in combination with phonics with sight words, setting the foundation for fully understanding our written language and how it functions. The Rhythmic Reading method combines the child’s natural curiosity and captures them with engaging text. The child learns to read new words intuitively, and is given the opportunity to become a natural reader from the very start of their reading journey.