Welcome to the Nardagani Reading Program
Sven learns to read!
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Watch these student testimonials, they learned to read in four lessons:
1) What is Nardagani?A) A method to teach reading. It is so simple that anyone can learn to teach anyone to read by watching the 30-minute Instructional Video.B) A method for challenged readers to learn to read in four lessons; each lesson is two hours.C) Once a challenged reader has learned to read with the Nardagani Program, they are inspired to teach this simple program to the challenged reader who still struggles.
Literacy will grow exponentially because of A, B and C.
2) How does Nardagani work?
- It is based on the Japanese coding system called Hiragana. The Japanese have one of the highest literacy rates in the world because of their simple coding system. Despite the fact that they have 10,000 characters, or Kanji, in their written language, they only have 48 sounds. Hundreds of years ago the Japanese created a simple code, one for each sound. The codes are symbols, which “live” under the Kanji. To read Japanese, you only need to know the 48 symbols. Narda memorized the 48 symbols in one week; she could read Japanese. Within three months she learned to speak Japanese well, because of this visual way into the language. Narda has adapted the method for the English language using just 12 easy-to-learn symbols.
- English has 38 sounds and only 26 letters, so why is it the hardest language in the world to learn? Fourteen of our 26 letters do not play fair; they make more than one sound. The Nardagani symbols tell the reader what sound the letter is making if it is not playing fair; there is no more mystery. Challenged readers rapidly learn to decode words.
- Once the student understands the many sounds that are made by the letters that do not play fair and they are confident in reading with the symbols, reading without the symbols is easy.
- Watch the short video on our website, nardagani.com, called The First Five Symbols, to understand how Nardagani works.
3) What is our goal?
- To reach and to teach the challenged readers who still struggle.
- To provide people with a fun and powerful new teaching tool that allows challenged readers to achieve immediate results. By using the Nardagani Reading Program, lagging students now have the opportunity to quickly catch up with their peers, regaining the confidence they need to succeed.
4) What do we mean when we use the term “challenged readers?”
- Anyone who feels that they can’t read at twelfth-grade level. Many of our students are bright people who simply weren’t able to learn to read using the traditional, lengthy method of memorizing confusing rules and lists of sight words.
- Some of our students have been diagnosed with dyslexia, Asperger’s or autism. Nardagani is also an effective tool for patients with head injuries.
- Many of our students grew up in a home where their parent(s) were challenged readers or English was the second language; consequently, it was not part of their family-life culture and there was not a focus on reading beyond the classroom.
- Students who, for whatever reason, move often from one school to another frequently fall through the cracks. Many of these people can read at a second- or third-grade level, but they never feel they are full participants in society.
5) What are some of the other literacy statistics that concern us?
- One out of every four children grows up not knowing how to read; in Idaho, it is one in three.
- Many states are doing capacity planning for prisons based on third-grade illiteracy rates, as this is considered to be one of the greatest predictors of future criminal activity.
- Between 65 percent and 85 percent of people incarcerated in the U.S. are functionally illiterate. One of our goals for improving literacy in detention centers is to implement an “Inmates Teaching Inmates to Read” program.
- According to an NPR story on October 31st, 2013, 30 million adults in our country are illiterate.
6) How long did it take to create and test Nardagani?
- In 2002 Narda began to adapt the Japanese system to English. In 2006 the first Nardagani Practice Book was printed for adults. From 2006 to 2011 Narda taught men and women in the Wood River Valley to read using Nardagani.
- In 2012 Nardagani was adopted by the Idaho State Department of Education to be used in Idaho schools as an auxiliary program to help challenged readers.
- On December 6th, 2012 Narda and Leslie Andrews began teaching Nardagani at the Blaine County Detention Center. Our students provided an opportunity to help us refine the program.
- On February 6th, 2013 we began teaching our first child, Sven, Nardagani. Sven is now reading. Prior to working with Nardagani, Sven was unable to read a single word. He is proud of his success and is now the strongest reader in his classroom. In June of 2013 the first Nardagani children’s Practice Book was completed.
- In July of 2013 twelve challenged readers from the Blaine County School District participated in a four-session Nardagani Reading Program class. The students and their parents report that, as a result of the class, they are now more invested in school, their grades are higher and they experience a greater degree of self-confidence.
- In September of 2013 we had the great fortune to connect with multiple special education teachers from Hawaii to Vermont. Each one has used the program to teach their most challenged readers. With the feedback from these teachers, the program was finalized on November 3rd. On November 4th we had our first of many sales!
7) How much does the Nardagani Reading Program cost? How does the cost compare to other programs?
- Other reading programs can cost thousands of dollars and take months to learn. The Nardagani Instructor’s Kit costs $149.95 and includes the Instructional Video, a written Teaching Script which instructors can literally read, word for word, as they teach a student and all the materials necessary to teach one person of any age to read. Student Kits are available for $99.95.
When nothing else is working, teach Nardagani!
Watch this short video to see how The Nardagani Reading Program works:
Why does Nardagani work? Because of 12 simple symbols. These symbols tell the challenged reader what sound a letter makes. There is no more guesswork.
An example: Do you know about the ‘H?’ A 55 year old challenged reader said to me; ”Finally, I am not afraid of the letter ‘H’”.
1. ‘H’ has a main sound as in ‘horse.’
2. ‘H’ is soft with ‘th’ in ‘teeth.’
3. ‘H’ is hard with ‘th’ in ‘feather.’
4. ‘H’ is soft with ‘sh’ in ‘sheep.
5. ‘H’ is ’hard with ‘ch’ in ‘chair.’
6. ‘H’ helps ‘p’ make the ‘f’ sound in ‘phone.’
7. ‘H’ helps ‘g’ make the ‘f’ sound in ‘laugh.’
8. ‘H’ is silent with ‘gh,’ in ‘light.’ ’H’ is silent with ‘ch’ in ‘yacht.’ ’H’ is silent solo in many words such as: ‘school,’ ‘exhibit,’ ‘when,’ ‘chemical’ and ‘why.’
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