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Early Reading treats understanding the printed word the same as the spoken word. Reading starts earlier and children start school reading.

Early Reading

Early Reading starts in Nursery School and the children start primary school reading. The procedure is simple and not expensive. Pair the printed word with an image and the spoken word and the child will learn both. In a 4-month proof of concept study 9 schools learned to read 3 sentence paragraphs. We have video tapes of the process. At this time there are 50 schools in Uganda and Kenya.

Early Reading

Robert Zenhausern, CEO Enabling Support Foundation
“Postpone the alphabet until the person can read. ”

Robert Zenhausern, CEO Enabling Support Foundation

History and progress 

Early Reading arose from research in 1983 that showed that dyslexics understood the meaning of a word, even though they could not say it.  It will help dyslexics and show slow readers, but is effective for all children and will work with adults.   

In a span of 18 months, Early Reading grew from nothing to more than 50 schools in Kenya and Uganda. 



The purpose of reading is to develop a connection between text and meaning.  Education has decided that because English is a semi-phonetic language, reading should be taught by phonics. 

That is an epic blunder for two reasons: 

It is effective for only 80% of readers.  The rest are called dyslexic. 

It postpones reading by at least 3 years, while the child learns phonetic decoding. 


How different speech!  Children learn to speak and understand the spoken word as part of maturation.  Why not reading.   Show the printed word at the same time as the spoken word, and the child will understand both.  Early Reading is a form of speed reading. 

How to get involved 

The Enabling Support Foundation has an Office 365 network called Peace Flame and invites anyone interested to register and get an account on Peace Flame.  Subscribers communicate others who are involved, individually or in special interest groups.  They will have access to the videos showining the process of Early Reading and the latest strategies and tactics. 

To register, visit 

To learn more about the Enabling Support Foundation, visit 

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The only new resource needed is a mind open to change. You must accept that reading means understanding the printed word. Saying that word is a tool to help in understanding, but it is not essential.
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