It’s hard to say for certain, but it’s easy to point out that it’s difficult to teach a child to read and write when they can’t understand them.
And if that’s not enough to send the kids into a frenzy of tantrums, the next step is for parents to ask a child if they are ready to learn to read.
That’s what happened with the Yakima school students in their “read” days.
“They’d come home from school and they’d be like, ‘I can’t read,’ ” said Melissa Schumacher, a parent at a Yakima elementary school.
“So I was like, I’m going to have to do something about it.”
It was the perfect time to start, she said, and she had a few ideas.
First, she decided to buy a book for her child to get her started.
“It was like I had a book that was just for me, a little bit more, like a bible,” Schumaker said.
She bought it on Amazon, and the book was a classic, “How to Read” by William H. Gibson.
It had pictures of the letters that would be on the cover, and it was easy to read because of the simple instructions.
She also wanted to show her daughter that she could read without the help of a teacher.
But that’s where things got a little tricky.
“I’d say about half of my children’s first language is written,” Schumsacher said.
“And I’m just like, how do you make it easy for them to learn?
How do you give them the opportunity to just sit in front of the TV and read the word?
And they’d just be like ‘You’re not gonna do it?’
“Is it something that’s going to be a challenge? “
Is it something I can do for my kids? “
Is it something that’s going to be a challenge?
Is it something I can do for my kids?
Is there something I could teach my children?
And that’s when I’d have to say, ‘It’s a really difficult thing to teach kids,’ ” Schumakers said.
The books and the instructions were confusing, she added.
“But I had no choice.
I had to find out.”
She found her answer when she started reading to her child.
She started to read aloud at a certain age, and by the time she turned six, her son was reading to his younger siblings.
“My daughter and I started to go back and forth,” she said.
Schumachers daughter said she loved the book.
“Everytime I’d open it up, it was like a new world to me,” she told CBC News.
“You can read anything you want to read,” she added, but “I was a little scared to start to read at six.”
She said she read the books to her son for the first time at the age of five.
She’s now seven, and now reads to her daughter and son at the same time.
“Reading books is hard for a lot of reasons, but especially when it’s about a specific subject that I want to learn,” Schumiers daughter said.
But she is now learning that the books are important for a reason.
“The reason they’re important is because they allow us to understand our world, and we can make sense of what’s happening,” she explained.
“Because if you don’t understand it, then you can’t learn it.”
Schumers daughter says her daughter has been able to read the book and understand the story, even though she was in elementary school at the time.
But even though the books help her learn to write, she’s still learning how to read, which is something she says she would like to do more of.
“Now that I’m a teacher, I need to teach her to read like I teach my son to read — not like I taught my daughter to read but like I do it,” Schuems daughter said, “so I’ll probably be teaching my daughter in a little while.”
The book she bought was a book about learning, not reading.
“There’s a lot that goes into it, and I want that for my child,” she continued.
“We’ve got to do a lot for our children.
We’ve got a lot to learn.
And so I’m excited about that book because it will allow me to do that.”
She’s also excited to share her story, because it shows what happens when parents step back and ask for help when they need it.
“A lot of times, parents say, I don’t know what’s going on, and they just need to tell me.
But if I can teach them, I can make a difference,” Schumann said.
In fact, many families are now taking steps to teach their children to read on their own.
In one recent study, researchers found that parents of preschool-age children are starting to teach