How To Teach Kids To Read 2020+ - Free Excerpt of eBook by Helene Larsen

How to Teach Kids to read in 2020+ Chapter 1

How To Teach Kids To Read 2020+ - Free Excerpt of eBook by Helene Larsen

How To Teach Kids to Read in 2020+

  • What are the successful methods for effective teaching of our children today?
  • Why do so many students forget what they learned?
  • Why are we ending up with confused students that lack initiative and vitality?
  • What plan are we all following and what should be the child’s plan?
  • How do you best help children to Read?

This book will transform and inspire any parent, teacher or professionals who work with children.
Here, you will learn about the powerful methods that will benefit both you and the students.


Part 1 – The People
1 – How And What Kids Are We Teaching In 2020+?
2 – From Danger Zones To Safe Zones
3 – Where Is The Red Thread?
4 – Freedom Through Learning
5 – Kids With Different Challenges
6 – Forget The Past And Background
7 – Dealing With Parents
Part 2 – The Plan
8 – Working In The Moment For The Future
9 – Teaching Atmosphere
10 – Make A Simple Plan And Stick To It
11 – Everyday Routine
12 – Clear The Plate
13 – Dont Let Lots Of Things Happen At Once
14 – Stay Calm And Be An Authority
Part 3 – The Methods
15 – Memory And Repetition
16 – From The Abstract To The Concrete
17 – Master It Slow With Perfection
18 – Activating All Senses
19 – Practice Makes Perfect
20 – Short, Continually And Intensive
21 – Log It All
22 – Homework Or Not?
23 – Dont Teach How – Teach How To Find Methods


To overcome the pain we live with, it helps to prevent others from experiencing pain in their lives. Be it trauma, diagnoses, family, social issues, or behavior challenges.
When some of our children are struggling with issues out of our control, we need to be their guardians and establish a healthy foundation for planting new and positive memories. How they see themself, how we see them, how clever they are, and help them develop a better vision of themself and their future.

Who am I to talk about these subjects? First of all, I grew up in several foster homes and have lived through a rather traumatizing childhood and thereby developed a mental state referred to as complicated trauma. I have never been diagnosed or medicated, but I lived with several children who were. I have experienced countless situations where things could have been done a lot differently. Ex. if conflicts were better prevented instead of waiting for them to get solved.

Secondly, I studied in many different schools. I have been teaching adults and pupils in both Denmark and Jordan. I also observed the school systems and children in Jordan and Egypt. I found that they have many similar problems and no better solutions for this group of children. Children who have PTSD, have symptoms or diagnosed with some form of ADHD and medicated.

Also, I have been living as a multilingual family with three languages in our home. I speak five languages, and I studied as a teacher and worked on multilingual schools teaching kids to read and adults danish for 16 years. Furthermore, I have been teaching English, art, nature/science, and pc-courses.

Somehow I have always been able to find support in the resourceful adults around me. I have used their inspiration and motivation to empower myself by learning. They showed me great examples of how I can be one of these resourceful adults for others when I grew up.

I started to read as five years old, and I rebuild myself through learning, painting, music, writing, martial art, being with animals, kids, and in nature. By not nurturing the negative and making the positive things grow and expand, as I call it:

“Focus on the Flowers!”

I want to thank all the adults who motivated and cared for me, my teachers, co-students, friends, colleagues, and students. You have all helped and inspired me to develop my experience and methods so I could help others.
With this book, I hope to give back to our future the methods I have used and gained success. One may think that what I mention is nothing new, and that is true, but it is a combination of what works.

I also hope to inspire teachers and parents worldwide to believe in themselves and the things they experience in their work. It is valuable and essential for our way of teaching and treating each other as equal human beings in an ever-changing world.
Also, this is an encouragement and a confirmation on that what they know is right. They should trust it, develop it, be creative, and continue with confidence in what they are already doing. There is not a single ”only this way” to teach. It’s more a mindset of being open and expanding what works in a given situation and reevaluate when another situation and group comes around.

Throughout the years, I have learned and seen it proved countless times. It is not the child who has a problem learning. It is 100’s of issues surrounding the child daily, which have a massive impact on their ability to create a fundament for learning.

My intention is not to scold or criticize anyone, but merely to draw attention to things that are not noticed and could be corrected when people become aware of it. Also, I hope the text will not seem confusing or that I’m jumping around when I mention the same thing several places because it is woven in together.

These methods and tools are working for all children, even though I have developed and tested them in challenging environments with challenged people; they are universal and timeless. Because we as human beings have never changed, but our societies and narrative did. It is all about thinking about the fundamental needs of any human being. When we understand and know that every single one of us is striving to progress and dream of having success in doing so.

Watching and participating in changing the world to a better place, just by reading and learning is very powerful. Whenever someone is reading and gaining knowledge, they are improving not only themself but also their loved ones and society around them.

“No matter what challenges and difficulties our students carry with them, they are never more important or crucial to use time on than teaching that child to read.”

1 – How And What Kid’s Are We Teaching In 2020+?

Unique Groups of Children

Every group of children is unique, depending on their surroundings, age, and where they live. We know that children can master different things at different ages. We have to remind ourselves that we are not just working with children with a specific background. We are also working with an actual situation, and there is the universal access to any human being.

Let’s try to forget how the kids look and where they come from and what set of values you might think the children have. Let us consider the fact that: We are actually working with bodies and brains that come with their feelings and their rights. I will talk more about the brain in another chapter. For now, I will drag attention to observe what the children in our surroundings are stimulated by.

In The Old Days

In the old days, let me just cut it out in soft terms, most children lived in homes where they had to be quiet, disciplined, and work in the house. There was a big gap between being a child and an adult. The child had to obey the adults, sleep early, and make up their own games. So, where did all the fun come from? Where was the place they got excited, what was it they thought about and looked forward to doing the next day? Going to school!

Why? Because they were free without adults when they walked to school. Here they could make all kinds of plans. They were walking with friends, bullying other kids, forming groups, and going on adventure trips. In the classrooms, there were books with pictures, and they gained the information they did not have access to from home. There was group work, projects to plan and planches to create, art and paint and clay to experiment with. There were colorful pictures on the wall, stuffed animals, and big gyms and tools to play with, which they didn’t have access to from home.

Then the camera and pictures in picture viewers became available, and the television and film making. It became a revolution in making films and pictures for education. Again, information gained in ways that were not possible from home.


Now, everything has turned around if you think about it, but the teaching methods stay the same. The school and teachers are not the primary sources of knowledge anymore, and lots of teachers and parents don’t understand what’s wrong.

Why don’t the children learn what is intended after nine years? Why do so many multi-language children in the schools end up without the exam? And why are the kid’s daily schooldays filled with conflicts and wasting of time? Because they are pressuring the child to crawl before he walks… not noticing, he is already running but complain of the sound running shoes make. Metaphorical speaking.

After observing children for 30+ years, I have noticed that children have lost their disciplinary zone and skills. I’m not talking about recreating the black school. I’m talking about the fact that every human being has to learn some disciplinary skills if they should be able to learn anything all.

In this time, most children have seen all the films from home, read lots of books, made lots of adventures and when they come to school., they don’t need this as they did before. They need something else, and they want to learn under disciplined predetermined frames. Many times the students themselves crave it from the teachers. They want peace in their minds. And very quickly judge a teacher and teaching quality from unstructured teachings and the sound level in the classroom.

The School’s Role Today

I use a modern term to describe this, which I think covers pretty well what I’m trying to explain here. They are “spammed” with info and pictures and adventures, so how can the school compete with that, and should it?

I will say, yes and no. Yes, that we have to give the children examples that are exemplary in our context. And we as the school environment and teachers should give the children other experiences which they cannot get from home or from outside. One of the things I will return to several times, is ex. their own process of learning, as containing their project and plans.

The feeling of cooperating, focus, patience in practice, balance, planning, defining problems and solutions, being a team and solving our missions together. Not by telling them or ordering them, but by practicing what we preach and facilitate this environment in our interaction with the children in the learning process. So we have moved on from the ”What we do.” to the ”Why we do it.”

Self Discipline To Prepare For The Future

Also the area of disciplining themselves, through experiencing the advantages of being free while progressing. Using methods that need self-discipline enables them to enter a process where time, engagement, and producing create the value of the result. More than to be fast, correct, and strong or loud and rebellious. The process itself is the result and where the success criteria are to be found.

By encouraging the kids to set small goals and achieve them in small steps, their self-esteem increases, making them feel they can stand independently and be the captain in their own learning process. The children express they have greater courage, a feeling of security, and that the future is to be dealt with. Not to fear or worry about, but to prepare for, and they now know how to empower themself.

Use Their Knowledge As Content To Learn Basic Skills

The unexplored advantage we have in this urban time is to use the kid’s knowledge gained from home and environment, to teach them the methods of how to handle and analyze all that content they have been spammed with. To be critical thinkers that can talk, exchange information, and express themselves about e.x. ethics, source critique, and mastering simple methods as reading, designing, drawing, writing, conflict prevention, and calculating.

These areas are often neglected in favor of massive value related content, which is dealing with an actual political agenda. This agenda is utterly irrelevant to the child’s learning process while furthermore polluting the atmosphere.

“Our responsibility towards our collective future is too serious to waste any time on not teaching every child the essential tools to encounter and deal with the challenges life has in store for them after school.”

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