Since 1984, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to developing and perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons products are based on a methodology that provides explicit, systematic, sequential instruction in decoding, spelling, and pronunciation strategies—strategies absent from many classrooms, despite extensive research highlighting their important role in proper reading development. This reading system has helped hundreds of thousands of beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners find reading success for the first time. Using the program, the average student gains two-to-three grade levels in reading upon completing the program (typically 40-60 hours of instruction) and is empowered with all of the skills needed to continue to improve their reading ability.
In the 1970's a seasoned educator, Charlotte Lockhart (also known as the "BiPhonic Woman"), published the original Discover Intensive Phonics for Yourself curriculum due to the success she had working with struggling readers in her school. By combining research-based strategies with a simple framework, Lockhart was able to quickly teach struggling students effective skills for decoding the English language.
In 1984, Reading Horizons was contracted to create corresponding software to Lockhart's effective methodology. After Lockhart's passing, Reading Horizons purchased the full copyright to the curriculum in 2001.
By embedding Lockhart’s effective approach into all of its products, Reading Horizons has been able to empower over 50,000 educators with teaching strategies that prevent and remediate the reading difficulties of beginning readers, struggling readers, and ESL students.
The following represents some of the key dates and changes throughout Reading Horizons history:
Reading Horizons respects the inherent dignity and worth of every individual. We believe, in a very real sense, that the effective or ineffective functioning of people is this world’s greatest source of progress and happiness or its greatest source of regression and frustration. We are concerned about the growing population of youth and adults who cannot participate in the mainstream of society because they have not learned to read.
We recognize that illiteracy ties us to our past, with all its limitations; learning to read connects us to our future, with its unlimited potential. We are equally concerned about the lack of proper instruction for teachers at all levels, especially elementary school teachers who are entrusted with our children and, thus, our future. It is imperative that students and teachers alike are given the tools and training that they need to succeed.
As our company name suggests, our goal is to provide a dynamic, successful way for people to reach beyond their limitations and discover new horizons by learning to read. Accordingly, Reading Horizons is dedicated specifically to helping people learn to read so they can be better prepared to accomplish real-life tasks that face them every day and so they can create opportunities to expand their horizons in the future.