There are three basic types of reading programs that your child is likely to encounter; they include the basal reading approach, the language experience approach and the individualized reading approach. The major components, strengths and weaknesses of each approach are presented in Figure 1 at the end of the article. The basal reader approach is used in the majority of elementary classrooms.
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