Students who experience complications with learning to read often become frustrated and fall behind with their learning. Students with dyslexia struggle in Washington State with only about 40% of Washington fourth graders being proficient at reading, according to a recent National Assessment of Educational Progress.

“Hamlin Robinson and many other private schools, including Our Lady of the Lake in Northeast Seattle, teach a version of “structured literacy,” which emphasizes step-by-step, systematic teaching that helps children understand the relationships between sounds and letters to decode words — a method broadly known as phonics.”

Read this Seattle Times story on how a fresh approach to reading instruction is long overdue in WA state school system.  

ABOVE: Hamlin Robinson School fourth grader Michael Parton writes in the air as part of the process of learning to spell and write in cursive. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)