The trend in reading instruction during the past few years, has strongly focused on the whole child, his individuality, his feelings, beliefs, and goals as well as his cognitive abilities. All of these constitute the child's life space and are the "parts of the whole" that teachers must deal with. Consistent with this learning theory, the teacher's role has changed. Teaching now consists of the promotion and enrichment of the interactive learning process between the child and his environment. The teaching environment of the reading program is most important to the young reader's success. The acceleration of the reading process depends on the ability of the teacher to create an environment that both challenges and facilitates this interaction.
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