Early Readers - PreSchool Readers - Play your way to reading success!

Start with Sounds and Start Younger

Take advantage of the fastest growing period in your child's life.

From gooing and cooing, books and rhyme, teaching sounds, singing and interacting with your children, our videos and resources will further enrich your loving bond in ways you never imagined.  Early on, you can strengthen your child’s developing language and more pointedly target phonemic awareness.  Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate individual  sounds in spoken words.  It is the greatest predictor of reading success.

  • Raising Robust Readers uses Wordy Worm to teach 72 phonograms (the sounds we read) through play.
  • If phonograms are introduced through song and play as toddlers, many children can be reading before they start kindergarten.
  • Raising Robust Readers and Wordy Worm provide you with the information to make it fun and the tools to make that happen!

We invite you to scroll down to read more and find out more about how the Raising Robust Readers course can help your child start on the path to reading success! 

The Raising Robust Readers Course:

Sing and play your way to reading success!
Struggling readers, especially those with Dyslexia, can be helped by the Raising Robust Readers Reading Program

Research-Based + Fun-Filled Play

Raising Robust Readers incorporates the best practices of  the National Reading Panel, the National Right to Read Foundation, and the International Dyslexia Association.  This multi-sensory, explicit and systematic instruction of phonics, is at the core of our program.  But, even more important is the built-in, fun-filled play.  Play promotes brain growth and creates an additional pathway to learning.

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Easy for Parents to Teach

The Online Course with 18 step-by-step modules includes everything you need to teach your child how to read, including downloadable worksheets, fun-filled activities and more! The course will show you the most effective ways to teach your child.

Teach Reading the Right Way

What Sets Us Apart

Our multi-sensory instruction will teach your child auditory, visual, tactile and kinesthetic instruction, simultaneously, through songs, gestures and play.   Our sequence of instruction is a carefully crafted departure from traditional approaches.   Blending begins very early so learners experience the joy of reading, not just saying sounds and recognizing letters.   Each phase is designed in small successful steps from simple to complex; from sounds to syllables to words.   

Raising Robust Readers in Real Life:

See how incorporating play helps early readers

Teach  Sounds with  Songs

Teaching sounds with songs makes learning fun and memorable. Sing along with Wordy Worm to learn the phonograms!

Connect Sounds to Pictures

Connect sounds with pictures and incorporate sounds in everyday interactions. Early readers learn easily when parents make it fun!

 Make Sound Puzzles

Sound puzzles are fun for early readers when phonograms are incorporated into everyday activities. Join your preschoolers on phonogram and sound hunts when you are in the grocery store or out and about. You can teach the phonograms on the go!

Play Your Way to Reading

Play together when you are on the go.  Early readers are so eager to show what they know and have so much fun doing it. Play becomes fun AND meaningful!

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"I was TERRIFIED for my child to start first grade and considered holding him back. I started doing the little songs with him and incorporated fun activities. I can't believe how much confidence he has gained from something so simple! Wordy Worm has worked wonders for us!"


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"Your program has taken something that felt impossible and riddled with tears and transformed it into a simple daily task that empowers Gabe, and to me, that is so beautiful, since literacy is the foundation for ALL learning."


Course FAQs:

What is phonics?

What is phonemic awareness?

What is a phonogram?

At what age can I introduce phonograms to my child?

My daughter is non-verbal.  How long do I wait until I start teaching her?

My son is in a special education kindergarten class.  I have been using your program with him at home with great success.  The teacher uses sight words and consonant-vowel-consonant books.  How can I get her to use phonograms?

When my older children were in pre-school, they learned the ABCs in order.  You don’t teach them in order.  Why?

How long should I spend each day teaching reading?

I don’t feel qualified to teach reading.  Won’t I be hurting my child?

Get Started on Your Way to Reading!

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"I wish you could see the tears of joy in my eyes as I share with you how successful my boys were with Wordy Worm this school year.  One year of Wordy Worm, actually 10 months of Wordy Worm, and Fore has gone from not being able to read, to reading on a 3rd grade level!!! That is how wonderful the Raising Robust Reading program is.  Yes, we were diligent working through the Fun-O-Guide book.  Yes, we required him to read to us throughout the year.  But the bottom-line is: Fore has just completed his kindergarten year and is reading at a 3rd grade level because Wordy Worm gave me the tools to teach him how to read. Thank you!"


Awards and Accolades

Moonbeam Children's Book Award

Authors Judy O’Halloran and Marilee Senior received a 2015 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for literacy for “The ABCs of the Sounds We Read: Going Beyond the Alphabet to Discover the Reading Code.”

GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

Raising Robust Readers has been  chosen by GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers to be used internationally with their literacy programs. 

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