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LISTEN, WRITE AND READ

Letters from the Author

December 2012

Dear Parents and Teachers,

For nine years, I taught reading and writing to children and adults in Los Angeles. At the end of each school term, all my students could write clear, coherent sentences and paragraphs that developed a central idea.

The dramatic improvement in their reading and writing skills over a single school term was attributable to the use of dictation exercises I developed to introduce and review the use of high-frequency sight words. The list of sight words consists of 220 of the most frequently used words in printed English.

Training in the whole-word recognition of sight words is clearly superior to phonics instruction for these words. Learning to recognize these words instantly by sight is essential to developing reading fluency and comprehension.

LISTEN, WRITE AND READ® Sentences for Sight Word Dictation is a collection of the specific sentences I used for this instruction, arranged by grade level. A series of five activity books provide students with an illustration of each sentence. The illustrations were designed to have universal appeal to students of all ages. The illustrated sentences have been translated into Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Modern Standard Arabic, and Russian.

My primary goal is to help students on the threshold of literacy. I have written Volumes II and III following the same format as Volume I and preliminary designs have been made. Additionally, I want to continue to translate the LISTEN, WRITE AND READ® activity books into as many languages as possible.

This work has been a labor of love.

Paul J. Wickham
Long Beach, California

August 2018

Dear Parents and Teachers,

Research shows that students who fall behind in the early stages of reading instruction are at increased risk for failing to graduate from high school. Struggling readers rarely catch up with their peers academically.

Failure to read proficiently by the end of the third grade is linked to ongoing difficulties in school. Millions of American students get to the fourth grade without learning to read proficiently.

CHALLENGE TO SOCIETY

The most important academic challenge is learning to read. The ability to read is essential to a student’s success in school and beyond. The third grade marks a pivot point in literacy. Reading proficiency by the end of the third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation.

Fourth grade students transition from learning to read to learning through reading. Students begin encountering a wider variety of textbooks: Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. Students must be able to extract and analyze new information and expand their vocabularies by reading.

LITERACY SOLUTION

I’ve created a series of short activity books to help students at all levels of beginning literacy. The dramatic improvement in my students reading and writing skills over a single school year was attributable to the use of materials that I’ve developed to introduce and review high-frequency sight words.

Sight words consist of 220 of the most frequently used words in printed English. By the time that students begin to read and write, sight words are already part of their oral vocabularies. Learning to recognize these words instantly by sight is essential to developing reading fluency and comprehension.

I’ve written meaningful sentences consisting only of sight words that make learning to read and write interesting and enjoyable. When students are paying attention and their minds are focused, they’re absorbing the information that you’re giving them.

Using my resources, your students will read and write at grade levels, kindergarten through fourth grade.

Best regards,

Paul J. Wickham
Long Beach, California