reading difficulties among the current generation of children in America, we must provide them with opportunities to:

  • explore the many uses and functions of written language and develop mastery of them,

  • understand, learn, and use the relationships between the spellings of words and the sounds of speech to recognize and spell written words,

  • practice and enhance vocabulary, language, and comprehension skills,

  • have adults read to them and discuss and react to the literature,

  • experience enthusiasm, joy, and success in learning to read and write,

  • use reading and writing as tools for learning,

  • receive effective prevention programs as early as possible if they are at risk of potential reading difficulties, and

  • receive effective intervention and remediation programs, well-integrated with their everyday classroom activities, as soon as they begin to have difficulty.

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