Letter from Head of School
Have you ever wondered why children don’t learn to read at the same time? The answer to this is similar to why we don’t all learn to walk at the same time. The answer is rooted within development. Each individual develops at their own unique rate. Aspects of reading are developmental and require systems to develop that allow for us to be able to read. The developmental aspects ofreading involve one’s vision and the strength of theconnectivity between the left and right hemisphere of thebrain. To read one must sweep with their eyes laterally across the page. The eyes must move laterally with ease, as the child learning to read must be able to track across the page without losing their place.
In addition to eye movement, the connectivity between the two hemispheres of the brain must be strong. Reading requires tracking across the page. Once one reaches the end of a line, one must cross mid-line and begin thenext line without losing one’s place. This requires strong brain connectivity. Certain areas of the brain decode the differing elements of reading to decipher meaning. For example:
- “The temporal lobe is responsible for phonological awareness and decoding/discriminating sounds.
- The frontal lobe handles speech production, reading fluency, grammatical usage, and comprehension, making it possible to understand simple and complex grammar in our native language.
- The angular and supramarginal gyrus
serve as a “reading integrator” a conductor of sorts, linking thedifferent parts of the brain together to execute the action of reading. These areas of the brain connect the letters c, a, and t to the word cat that we can then read aloud.” – Source: Scientific Learning/Martha Burns, PhD
“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” – Margaret Fuller