Q: Which program should I use, Right Track Reading Lessons or Back on the Right Track
Reading Lessons? My child is __ years old or in __ grade, which reading program would
be best to use with him?
A:While there are individual differences in which program would be most appropriate
for a student, the determination is usually based on age and grade level with consideration
to other factors. The author’s recommendations are:
Right Track Reading Lessons is specifically targeted for teaching young children
how to read proficiently. Right Track Reading Lessons is ideal for beginner readers
age 5 to 8 years old (in kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade) and for novice readers
(1st or 2nd) who need to advance skills in complexities and learning how to handle
The author recommends Right Track Reading Lessons for:
young children learning to read - beginner level (K, 1st, 2nd or age 5-8)
novice readers 1st, 2nd and some 3rd graders who have basic skills but need to advance
skills to better handle the complexities and multisyllable words
Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons is specifically targeted to the needs of
older struggling readers or for improving skills in older students. This effective
reading remediation program is ideal for students 3rd grade and older who struggle
with reading or who need to further build their skills in handling multisyllable
words and complexities.
The author recommends Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons for:
older struggling readers (upper elementary, middle school, high school and adults).
students 3rd grade and older who have basic phonologic processing skills but need
extra instruction in some of the advanced skills particularly in addressing complexities,
and handling multisyllable words. The program also includes instruction and techniques
for building fluency, expanding vocabulary and developing reading comprehension.
Other situations and considerations:
**Students in 3rd grade/ 8-9 years old: This is usually where the author makes the
break between the two programs. If the child is lacking foundational skills or has
limited literacy background she tends to use the Right Track Reading Lessons program.
If the child has basic background skills, a strong literacy background and higher
maturity, she tends to use Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons.
**Older students who have limited literacy background, face other special challenges,
are learning the English language, or who encounter other special situations or learning
challenges may benefit from the slower presentation, extra emphasis on letter formation,
and inclusion of simple decodable sentences that are a part of Right Track Reading
If you are unsure of which program would be best for your child or student, send
an e-mail to Miscese Gagen and she will assist you in selecting the most appropriate
program for your situation. Remember both programs are guaranteed effective.
The National Right to Read Foundation www.nrrf.org independently rated Right Track
Reading Lessons preschool-adult and Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons for 3rd
grade through adult.
This question was answered by Miscese Gagen a mother with a passion for teaching
children to read proficiently by using effective methods. She is also a successful
reading tutor and author of the reading instructional programs Right Track Reading
Lessons and Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons.The purpose of this article
is to empower parents and teachers with information on teaching children how to read.
We CAN improve reading proficiency, one student at a time! More information is located
at www.righttrackreading.com ~ Copyright 2004-2010 Miscese R. Gagen