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This site includes a lengthy page with advice do-it-yourselfers can use to implement the Rails Approach. If you decide to go this route, ongoing telephone and zoom guidance will be available throughout your journey (or until such time as resources become too scarce). You should know that all reading teachers have the same end goal. That goal is a child who instantly recognizes words with little or no effort and high comprehension). Some teachers approach that goal inefficiently, but the end result is the same. Whether you're walking to California, hitchhiking, or driving, you'll eventually get there‑if your student doesn't get frustrated and give up first.
There are 40 to 80 thousand words in the adult vocabulary. Such a collection can be memorized only by autistic savants. Normal students are sounding those words out (whether they realize it or not). Teachers using "whole-xxxx" methods either fail or slowly succeed because their students gradually teach themselves how to sound out words. Because the end goal is always the same, you can switch from one instructional method to another anytime the urge hits you. Tired of hitchhiking? Switch to walking or driving: All methods move towards the same destination. Switching methods will not confuse your student, but since some methods are better than others, switching may speed the student up or slow him down. In addition when the whole-xxxx methods are used on young children, they usually create some self-perpetuating abnormal memory formations that inject random sight words every paragraph or two. Naturally, this lowers comprehension. Most people I test have this problem. Even if you don't have it, you have experienced it in another form...
Think of all the account passwords you have memorized at your computer. Now imagine trying to memorize 40,000 of them. Now imagine opening 40,000 different bank accounts, each with its own unique incomprehensible password like this: t4Q6y@. Since the average word is about six letters long, that's what each new word looks like to a word memorizer (tQ46y@). Did you notice I got the symbols out of order the second time? When that error is translated into a written English, it's a spelling error.