Teaching Reading is Based on These Beliefs

Reading programs should be child centered.
Reading for meaning is paramount.
 Reading must always be rewarding.

Children learn to read by reading, and also by experimenting with writing. 

Children need to be read to every day.
Children learn best with books that have meaning and are rewarding.
The best approach to teaching reading is a combination of approaches, offering instruction in phonics and discrete skills as well as experience with good literature. This is the essence of "Balanced Literacy."
The best cure for reading failure is good first teaching.
The foundations of literacy are laid in the early years.