Since 1934, schools nation-wide have used the Carden Method to help children learn to read. The Carden Method teaches children to read utilizing: Small Group Learning: The teacher works with children individually and in small groups, asking questions and ensuring that each student is learning to read. Phonics as the foundation: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students learn the consonants and vowels and the sounds associated with them. They begin to learn the various rules by which the sounds of vowels and consonants change. They acquire the ability to sound out words.
The Carden Method Teaches Children Reading Comprehension Skills:
Creating a Mental Image. Children develop the ability to form a mental image of the word. Carden readers do not contain pictures. A child is expected to form a picture in the mind's eye of the meaning of each word and of each sentence and be able to describe that picture.
Emphasizing Rhythmic Grouping. Children learn that there is a rhythmic grouping of words in a sentence. Miss Carden emphasized that this rhythmic phrasing of sentences is essential to reading comprehension.
Analyzing Sentences and Mastering English Grammar. Children learn to analyze sentences. They learn to pick out the key word - the word that most carries the meaning of the sentence- and to emphasize it in reading and speaking. They also learn to identify the parts of speech; for example, the "who-word", the "what-word"; and the "when-word."
Finding the Main Idea. Children learn to summarize sentences, paragraphs, and chapters and to give a title to groups of sentences. They learn to comprehend the meaning of the text and to express it in their own way.
The Carden Method Teaches Children to Love for Classical Literature:
The study of classical literature begins in the First Grade and continues through the Eighth Grade. It covers a broad spectrum of literature to enhance the child's view of the world, their knowledge of history as well as stretching their reading comprehension and vocabulary. By the end of Eighth Grade, the average Carden student has a vocabulary of about 20,000 words.