Reading skills are the gating factor determining students’ success in school and beyond. Proficient reading skills lay the foundation for success in all the other academic subjects such as literature, science, math, and history. Students who become literate by the third grade have greater high school graduation rates. The current reality is that a small number of children learn to read effortlessly, while upwards of 60 percent of children require extra attention and specialized teaching to learn to read and to improve their reading proficiency.
Teaching of reading using the English alphabet is generally considered to involve auditory events. The child must learn what sound each letter represents, however the letters do not give any clue as to the way or how the sound is produced. The new and groundbreaking Uniskript Writing and Reading system of learning, introduces new and never before used graphic representations that give students an extended multi-sensory approach (VAKT) that immerses children in the crucial practice which builds phonemic awareness skills.
We believe that a child, who has strengthened phonemic awareness skills from learning Uniskript, will then be able to carryover those skills to learn to read using the English alphabet. Uniskript has the potential to build a child’s ability to recognize, articulate and manipulate the sounds in words and thereby secure a strong foundation in the fundamental skill of phonemic awareness which is crucial for successful reading development.
The very characters of the Uniskript alphabet are instructive to children of how their mouth produces the sounds that are the basic building blocks of words and speech. It is our hypothesis that children who learn UniSkript with a focus on the kinesthetics of the vocal tract and how their mouth makes sound will learn much quicker than engaging them with traditional approaches that begin with the latin characters as the basis for decoding and encoding in the reading and writing process.
UniSkript Research and Literacy Institute launched focused classroom-based trials in 2015 to prove and examine the efficacy of Uniskript measured against common pedagogical practices currently used to teach reading and writing to pre-school and primary school aged children.