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Play is the work of children – through play and interaction, children learn how to talk, listen, read, and write. Alicia was no exception, and her shyness actually kept her from asking her teachers for help. SAYL helped bridge that gap and now Alicia is a little less shy and has a lot more confidence and skill for reading and writing.

Between the ages of four and nine, your child will have to master some 100 phonics rules, learn to recognize 3,000 words with just a glance, and develop a comfortable reading speed approaching 100 words a minute. He/She must learn to combine words on the page with a half-dozen squiggles called punctuation into something – a voice or image in his mind that gives back meaning. (Paul Kropp, 1996)