JOAN KELLEY

mother, teacher,
former Harvard researcher,
and founder of Abound Parenting
“Why didn’t anyone ever tell me that?”
For years, Joan has been presenting to parents around the country about how kids learn to read, and the critical role parents play from a child’s earliest days. Her message is simple and straightforward – yet eye-opening. Parents leave her presentations with a newfound understanding of the easy, concrete steps they can take to help their children become successful readers. And they are energized by the opportunity for the kind of back-and-forth conversations that delight children and parents alike…while improving a child’s literacy skills.

Now, Abound Parenting has taken Joan’s presentation and created this new video series that reveals the secrets to a child’s reading success, and how you can make a huge impact from Day One.

You are the key to your child's reading success.

Joan switched from working with teachers to working with parents. Here’s why.

What to expect

from these videos

Reading is easy, right?

Humor us...read this passage out loud to yourself so you can truly understand what we mean.

"Easy Readers" serve a purpose.

Humor us...read this passage out loud to yourself so you can truly understand what we mean.

But reading will get harder.

Take a minute to read aloud this passage from an SAT test for high schoolers. (It’s a long way from Danny & the Dinosaur…)

Kids need to be prepared.

It takes more than just reading the individual words on the page.

Research shows there are 3 main types of skills children need to read successfully.

It takes more than just reading the individual words on the page.

Skill #1: 
(26) Letters and (44) Sounds.

Mechanical skills are essential. What you do at home will supplement the systematic phonics program your child should definitely be receiving at school (K-2).

Skill #2: Vocabulary and Knowledge

For children to make meaning out of what they read, they need to start with lots of vocabulary and background knowledge.

Skill #3: 
Awareness and Regulation.

Reading takes attention, persistence and perspective-taking.  

Families can help children accumulate these skills.

It's all about accumulation - you can make a difference in quick, easy ways every day; the small, meaningful moments add up.