Nardagani Reading Program
- What is the Nardagani Reading Program?
- How does it work?
- Can Nardagani help?
- What’s the right age for Nardagani?
- Why hasn’t my child been progressing faster?
- What if my child has a learning disability?
- What if my child’s primary language is Spanish?
- Is Nardagani cost effective?
- How can Nardagani help me as a parent?
- How is Nardagani different from a tutor?
- My child is already behind in school. How long will it take to catch up to grade level?
- Does Nardagani duplicate my child’s school curriculum?
- Will my child get bored in school after advancing with Nardagani?
- What are some tips for helping my child do Nardagani at home?
What is the Nardagani Reading Program?
Nardagani is based on Japan’s reading system called Hiragana. Japan has one of the highest literacy rates in the world. The founder of our program learned to read Japanese in a week when she lived there. She has since adapted this system for English. Both Hiragana and Nardagani use symbols to help students learn to read quickly and easily. The Hiragana method uses 44 symbols. The Nardagani method uses only 12 simple symbols. Nardagani students learn to read in six to eight one-hour lessons.
Nardagani is a carefully crafted symbols-based, interventive reading program taught in a blended learning environment. An instructor teaches students how to read and properly pronounce English with the use of games, exercises, coded practice books and interactive software containing eight lesson modules.
An instructor can be a school teacher, parent, friend or tutor. Students master the necessary reading skills through a blend of software and direct instruction. The software allows students to receive differentiated instruction by virtue of the symbols concept itself while the teaching materials provided make it easy for instructors to implement high-engagement, multisensory reading instruction.
The Nardagani Reading Program is research based, yet revolutionary in its simplicity, virtually disrupting the way English has been taught for the last 100 years.
The Nardagani Reading Program comes in a kit. Everything an instructor needs to teach a student of any age to read is included: an interactive software program that takes you through the process of how to teach Nardagani, which is about a two-hour training; an instruction booklet for quick referencing; games and exercises to help students learn the 12 symbols; and 12 coded practice books for students to build confidence in reading. The symbols are like training wheels; once the student has confidence in reading, he/she will no longer need them. Once students have read all the coded practice books, they are guided to our suggested reading list of non-coded books. These are books from the library or bookstore. They begin with entertaining, low-level books and progress to higher-level books. This secures a student’s ability to read without the symbols.
How does it work?
With the help of 12 simple symbols, a challenged reader can understand and pronounce every sound of each letter with no ambiguities. The guesswork in reading is eliminated. Words go from being confusing to being fascinating. Symbols “live” under letters that make more than one sound, acting as signposts telling the student which way to correctly pronounce the letters and whether the letter is silent or not. Once students learn the meaning of each symbol, they can see at a glance what the word is, effectively creating sight words out of those words that are otherwise difficult to learn and memorize because of the multiple sounds so many of our letters make.
Nardagani is a multisensory learning method with auditory, visual and kinesthetic teaching techniques embedded throughout the online learning software and the teaching materials, so students stay actively engaged and retain the information.
Nardagani is carefully crafted based on the most effective principles for teaching struggling readers as outlined in the Orton-Gillingham Approach to learning: reading instruction that is multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible as well as providing students with phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm, a distinguished professor of English education at Boise State University and a nationally recognized literacy expert (www. jeffreywilhelm.com), conducted a research study to explore the efficacy of Nardagani on the decoding skills and reading fluency rate of struggling readers in a school setting.
Dr. Wilhelm is a highly regarded author or co-author of 24 bestsellers about literacy and literacy education. He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project, which supports over 1000 teachers nationwide each year, with over 30,000 contact hours of professional development.
Dr. Jeffrey Wilhelm:
“The initial results of our teacher research studies demonstrate that Nardagani is easy for teachers to learn and use (significantly more so than traditional teaching methods for decoding), and for students and parents to use in the role of teacher or thinking partner, as well.
The studies also demonstrate that the approach has benefits to readers that go well beyond decoding and assists them to comprehend on literal and then inferential levels.
Given the significance of reading to modern life, and the finding in recent studies that reading ability and time spent pleasure reading in youth is the most significant factor in cognitive progress and social mobility and attainment over time, any method that can help students to read in the way Nardagani does is actually helping to address a civil rights issue of tremendous moral and economic importance.”
Annette Wall, seventh-grade teacher, Saint Paul School, Nampa School District:
“The Nardagani Reading Program uses a simple, structured method to help students improve their decoding skills and thereby improve reading fluency. With the scaffolded support of the Nardagani symbols, readers do not have to guess, analyze or remember rules and exceptions; instead, the consistent phoneme sound correspondence allows them to immediately recognize, and verbalize, the necessary sounds to produce the words in the text.”
Can Nardagani help?
Absolutely! Reading Guaranteed. ™ If a student uses one of our certified instructors and follows the program as instructed, but hasn’t learned to read, we have a money-back guarantee.
What’s the right age for Nardagani?
We have taught students from 4 years old to 77 years old to read with Nardagani.
Why hasn’t my child been progressing faster?
Watch our nine-minute TEDx Sun Valley talk, http://nardagani.com/ This video offers an answer to this question and demonstrates why English is one of the most difficult languages in the world to learn to read.
What if my child has a learning disability?
We have taught people with autism, dyslexia and other undiagnosed learning disabilities. The symbols that are underneath the letters anchor the words to the page, thus stabilizing the text. This symbols-based reading method provides a new way to look at letters and words.
It is a challenge for some students to learn to read because they may experience problems with reading in any of the following areas:
- Breaking words down into their individual sounds
- Recognizing words
- Reading fluently
- Understanding what is read
Often times, a student simply needs a new perspective and they can learn very quickly what they were struggling to learn when being taught the traditional method. There are “fast” and “slow” routes for reading in the brain. In the beginning stages, one learns to decode words using the connection between sound and symbol in the brain’s dorsal stream. But the fastest way to read a word is by sight, which is important for reading fluency and comprehension. Without reading fluency, word reading takes all of one’s working memory, and comprehension is impaired.
Watch this short and very inspiring video about a boy with autism who learned to read in eight lessons with Nardagani, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkwR8ZA3lVM
Dyslexia no longer prevents Orion from enjoying reading. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pHSgljeV-c
What if my child’s primary language is Spanish?
If your child can read Spanish, he or she can easily learn to read and pronounce English with Nardagani.
If your child cannot read Spanish, they can learn to read Spanish in two (one-hour) lessons with Nardagani. We have found great success with first teaching our Spanish course and then follow with the English course.
Is Nardagani cost effective?
The cost of the Nardagani Reading Program is $499. The top reading intervention programs will cost anywhere from $250 to $4000 annually per student and require up to a year or more to gain any real significant increase in achievement levels.
It’s important to factor in the time commitment. If a student is below grade level and struggling to learn, you want him or her to come up to speed (or better!) as quickly as possible. Reading intervention programs at many of the learning centers require two to five lessons every week and will take up to a year or more for the student to increase one grade level.
Many of the reader programs and online learning programs promise an increase in reading achievement, but they don’t put a time frame on how long it will take. Many of these programs require continued learning on an ongoing basis with no promise that the student will indeed learn how to read. Believe it or not, some of the top reading intervention programs have been reviewed and given a rating of “no discernable increase in achievement” upon the conclusion of randomized controlled trials.
How can Nardagani help me as a parent?
As a parent, you can purchase a kit and go through our two-hour training course (included in the software) and teach your child to read. Or you can hire a tutor to take the training and have the tutor teach your child. We have Nardagani-certified instructors which you may contact through our website.
There are two teaching plans to choose from: Six one-hour lessons or eight one-hour lessons. We suggest teaching a lesson every other day. This gives the student time to cognize the lesson by working on the coding sheets and playing the lesson games. We highly encourage the parent, a sibling, or a friend to becoming the student’s “reading buddy” for these activities in between lessons. Having a buddy or mentor to work with on the practice materials has a substantial impact on the student’s enthusiasm and success.
After the final lesson, there are nine delightful coded practice books for the student to read and then many non-coded books on our suggested reading list to insure success.
How is Nardagani different from a tutor?
Typically, tutors will use traditional teaching methods which simply amount to teaching more of the same method that wasn’t working for your student in the first place.
The most well-known tutoring centers in the U.S. will recommend that the student come to the center three to five times per week for one- to two-hour lessons for up to a year or more to come up one grade level. Depending on how your student advances, this could add up to $9,000 – $11,000. Nardagani’s six to eight hours of instruction costs $599.
My child is already behind in school. How long will it take to catch up to grade level?
Six to eight (one-hour) lessons and then three weeks of continued practice reading the many coded practice books, then non-coded books from our suggested reading list. This process takes about five weeks.
Does Nardagani duplicate my child’s school curriculum?
Nardagani is designed as an interventive and quick solution that will actually allow your child to fully engage in the school’s curriculum. If a student is struggling to learn how to read, their efforts are likely hampered in learning the other subjects. We have seen our students’ knowledge accelerate across all subjects due to their new ability to read and comprehension for countless topics and subject matter.
Will my child get bored in school after advancing with Nardagani?
Reading skills are necessary for learning all subjects, even math and science. Once a student learns to read, they become much more engaged and self-confident in school. After a student learns to read, a transformation takes place that is life-changing for the student and amazing to experience for the parents, family members and school teachers. The ability to read unlocks the door to boundless opportunity and possibilities.
What are some tips for helping my child do Nardagani at home?
Be sure to read the Reading Buddy Guide included in our kit. This guide will teach you exactly how to help your child every day for 20 to 30 minutes during the Nardagani program. Your involvement will help your child learn the 12 symbols easier. Nardagani is super fun!
NARDAGANI – A Radical Change in Learning to Read in the 21st Century
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
~ Albert Einstein
Pat Burke Guild, John Hopkins University:
“Despite acknowledgment of important differences among learners, uniformity continues to dominate school practices.
Students who do not learn through whatever the current ‘best approach’ happens to be are too often labeled ‘disabled’ because their way of learning does not respond to that particular method.
For example, in reading, remediation in phonics, which is a strategy, often becomes the target for learning. In a typical situation, a young learner who initially was not successful learning to read with a phonic approach receives additional instruction in phonics. The overarching goal, in this case the ability to read, is lost as the instruction emphasizes the specific practice of the deficit technique. Remediating a deficit technique rather than teaching the desired skill through the student’s strength is the norm in too many schools.
Distinct approaches to teaching methods, content instruction, curriculum organization, and special education programming come and go over the years. It is unrealistic to expect that a particular approach will be successful for all learners. This expectation only leads to disappointment and another swing of the education pendulum. Instead of an either-or mentality, many experienced teachers know that using the best of a variety of approaches benefits many learners. Instructional tools must be carefully and intentionally adapted to accommodate individual learners. Only in this way will all students have an opportunity for success.”