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Hello educators, librarians, parents, care-providers, volunteers, and anyone helping someone learn to read or improve their reading. On this site we will address you as a “learning steward”. 

Background     Getting Started      Get the PQ App

Printable PDF Guides   Background Articles   Additional Resources



This site contains a growing collection of stories and articles that help learners of all ages learn to read and/or improve how well they read.

Every word on every page is its own help button. Try it. Click on any word on this page to experience it yourself (and keep clicking in the box until it turns green).

Clicking/touching any word instantly results in a pop-up help box that guides learners through the process of recognizing and/or provides resources for understanding the specific word they clicked on.

Touch WORD for help recognizing, for help understanding, touch ICON.  

Decoding/Pronunciation/Recognition Guidance: Clicking through the available levels of support, learners can see the word broken into more readable segments (where applicable), can see and hear the words individual letter sounds, can see and hear the words group-letter sounds, can see and hear an animated sounding out of the entire word, and finally, can have the word read to them.

By forcing learners to step through the initial levels of help before having the word read to them, the system focuses and guides their learning to decode (rather than short-circuiting the process by just reading the word for them). By controlling the process with their clicking, learners choose just the level of help they need to recognize the word. Once they recognize the word, the popup disappears and they continue reading right where they left off.

This ‘live on the edge of learning’ guidance not only helps learners recognize the word they clicked on, it is the most neurologically optimal way to learn to read. Rather than abstractly teaching the relationships between letters and sounds (and hoping it will be later applied in the ‘live’ stream of reading), this approach supports learners while they’re in the ‘live’ stream of reading.

Word Understanding Reference Support:
If learners recognize the word, but don’t understand what it means, clicking the  WordExplore  button in the Pop-Up opens the Reference Panel, which provides definitions, synonyms, roots, and translations for the word.

Together these two modes of support turn every word on every page of a document or website into an instant access help button / portal that provides anything any learner (from any language background, or any level of reading skill) might need to both recognize and understand the word and keep reading. 

Getting Started:

Before you start helping learners, be sure to review “Using the PQ App” and the “Help Center“. If you want to deepen your understanding of PQs, visit: The ABCs of PQs.

Get the PQ App:


Every page on this site has the PQ App built in, but you don’t have to use the pages of this site to benefit from the App. The main purpose behind the pages on this site is to teach learners to use the App well enough that they can use the App on any page on the web that interests them (or you direct them to).


If your learner is using the Chrome browser with a Windows or Mac laptop, or a Chromebook, we strongly recommend that you install the PQs App. Once you install the PQ App on their device, your learner can go to almost any page on the web and the PQ App will be there to help them with every word on it. To install the Chrome browser extension click the following button: 



Printable (PDF) Guides:


Parents Introduction / Guide
Teacher Introduction
Pre-K Teachers
K-12 Teacher Guide
Chrome Extension – PQ App
Pop-Up Flow Chart with Ref Panel
PQs Key

Children of the Code – Key Points

Learning Stewards – Key Points

Background Articles:

The Hechinger Report: Magic Ladder
Hyper-orthography and the Phonics Debate of 2018

The #1 Cause of Low Literacy in America (Language Magazine)


Early Childhood Education: The Obstacle Course Wall

No More Instructional Confusion, Guessing or Mind-Shame

Adult Literacy: Overcoming Self-Sabotaging Habits

Additional Resources:

What is Reading – The Brain’s Challenge –  Reading Shame – Reading In The Brain – Oral Language and Reading ComprehensionChildren of the Code