Our Self-Taught Adult Reading Program

In 1999, we created our Self-Taught Reading Program to give students entering high-school, but were behind in their reading skills, a chance to quickly and easily catch up to their peers!  We wanted to create a fun and fast learning program that they could teach themselves in the privacy of their own home. The program consists of 21 sections... one section to be learned each day.  Depending upon what you already know, a complete reading program (Beginner - Adult) should be finished in 3 weeks... or less!!

We soon learned that 90% of the people purchasing our program were adults.  Many non-readers are making reading too difficult!!  At first, I developed and tutored a flashcard reading program.  But, it was when my husband, Knobby, started drawing his silly pictures for sounds, that we knew he had created a way to "connect a sound to a picture". We learn 4 to 5 times faster with pictures! Each of his pictures was "uniquely created" as a "visual way to connect you" to a particular sound.  It was amazing how fast I could teach sounds with the aid of Knobby's pictures!

We created our program with the hopes that we could help those who had  learning difficulties to read!  With our program, challenged individuals can go over the program as many times as they feel it is necessary.  Most everyone can learn; some just take a longer time to reach their goals.  

When adults purchased a program and viewed the program with younger children, the adults were amazed that their children were learning to read!  One mother of a dyslexic child said that her son memorized all of the pictures with his first viewing... he was special!  

In order to have comprehension, you can't be struggling over the individual words within a sentence!   "The lucky people" easily memorize words... but the rest of us require rules and "the whys" for the way a word is pronounced.  Here is a program for you to enjoy with pictures while you are learning all the phonics you will ever need to know!!

Love to all,
Babs & Knobby

Thank you again for being the catalyst for my success in reading. Your DVD series is great. I have always struggled with what to do with the vowels. Not knowing the vowel sounds and blends was my biggest obstacle. What worked best for me was to hear the letter sounds at the same time I read the words. Being able to play the information over and over again, helped me to grasp the concept of blending sounds. The pictures were also helpful in helping me to visualize the sounds.

When looking for a program on the internet, I found several reading programs out there. What stood out for me on your website was "self taught reading program", which would allow me to pursue my goals in private. (I was too embarrassed to ask anyone I knew for help.)

If you would identify me as "John", I would not have any problem with your using my letter on your website. I would prefer you not use my full name, or give out my e-mail address, but I would be glad to respond to anyone's questions if you send me their e-mail address.

J.J.