Ask Phyllis your questions about Turbo Reader and the importance of phonics.
E-mail Phyllis: Phyllis@EagleForum.org
Who can use Turbo Reader?
Turbo Reader is right for every age group! Whether you are teaching a child just
learning how to read, or a teenager or adult who needs to improve reading skills,
Turbo Reader is the right choice.
Is Turbo Reader a phonics system?
Absolutely. But what is different about Turbo Reader's phonics is that it is logical,
straightforward, and uses a particular sequence of sounds and words that makes
learning easier and more lasting. Also, Turbo Reader does not confuse the student
with games, music, or hard-to-master rules.
What is "phonics" and how is it different from "whole language"?
Phonics teaches the sounds and syllables of the English language so you can put them together like building blocks and be able to read big words. Whole language teaches (1) guessing at whole words from pictures on the page, (2) skipping over words you don't know, (3) substituting words that seem to fit (e.g., pony for horse, holiday for vacation), (4) predicting what you think the word could be based on the context of the story. In whole language, you do not learn the letters, sounds and syllables; you just look at the configuration of the whole word. Guessing, skipping, substituting and predicting are NOT reading; they are a fraud.
For more complete information, see "Phonics vs. Whole Language", PSR July 1996
What is the best age to teach a child to read with Turbo Reader?
Age 5 or 6. However, it is best to teach a child to read by a phonics method before the
school teaches the child to guess at words. It is hard to unlearn bad habits, and
guessing is a bad habit. Phonics teaches a student to sound out the syllables so
eventually he can read big words.
How can I tell if my child needs Turbo Reader?
Give your child First Reading Test.
Print out the test (PDF file -- get FREE Acrobat Reader), or call our toll free number at 1-866-TRY-TURBO (1-866-879-8872) so we can mail you a free copy.
Note: The test is also in the back of TURBO READER.
Is it important to teach reading at home?
Let me tell you about Elena Chavez who graduated from Harvard University this
year, the fifth child in her family to do so. Elena is the daughter of poor Mexican
immigrants who didn't have money or education themselves, but who taught their
children to read with phonics before they started school. The mother Rose Chavez
said, "If you know how to read when you go to school, you never fall behind."
Don't let your child fall behind because the school failed to teach him to be a
good reader. You can start your children on the way to a good education by teaching
them how to read.
Turbo Reader is a system to teach a child of any age to read, or to read better if
the child is having difficulty. Every family should have a copy of Turbo Reader to
improve the reading skills of every family member, regardless of age. If you are well
grounded in phonics, you will be able to read the great books written in the English
How is Turbo Reader different?
Education Reporter, Sept 2001
Who wrote Turbo Reader?
What is the cost of Turbo Reader and is there a guarantee?
$49.95 (Illinois residents add $3.30 sales tax)
We are able to offer you this special price because Turbo Reader does not force you to
buy things you don't need, such as music, games, cassettes, picture books, or other
clutter to make you think you are getting more for your money.
30-day full refund if returned in saleable condition.
Is a Workbook available?
First Reader Workbook is available at $19.95. This is an excellent
way for a child to learn how to form the letters.
How do I order?
Mail your order to Turbo Reader, P.O. Box 495, Alton, IL 62002
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