"The task is not to see what has never been seen before, but to think what has never been thought before about what you see every day." -- Erwin Schrödinger (1887 - 1961)
my blog post on Tim Rasinski and his tweets before continuing with this. LINK
Tim Rasinski says that reading is not natural and he bases his argument on what David Boulton and his team have depicted in Children of the Code.
is natural, then reading is just as natural. As pointed out in my blog at LINK kids learn to talk by imitating others. A child living in India picks up
several languages by being exposed to them but cannot even speak a word of
English if he has not been exposed to it.
If I take a 6-year-old child, sit him beside me and start off with reading a simple book in Malay and asking him to repeat it after me while following the words in the book he will be able to read within 3 months. All it would take is to do this for half an hour every day. When a child learns to speak he is listening to speech every waking minute and we call learning a language natural. So, if a kid just repeats what he sees in a book, with no explanation whatsoever he will be able to read. Is that not natural?
Learning to read in Malay is easier than learning to read in English because in the Malay language, the only letter that represents more than one sound is the letter E.
To say that learning to read is unnatural therefore is inaccurate.
The people with a vested interest misinform the public because dyslexia is big business.