Teaching Kids to Read isn’t strictly a book for children, but it could have an enormous impact on their ability to read and consequently, their future.
I am a big supporter of literacy and as a long time parent helper in classrooms, I have seen the anguish and frustration experienced by children who struggle to keep up.
It’s estimated that around one in five children have some sort of learning difficulty and that’s why books like Teaching Kids to Read are so important.
Fay Tran, the author of Teaching Kids to Read is has more than twenty five years experience as a teacher and this book contains a wealth of research and anecdotal evidence.
Peter Westwood, Associate Professor (Special Education) mentions in his foreword,
“The results from research conducted in many English-speaking countries have indicated very clearly that the early stages of teaching reading and spelling must include an emphasis on explicit instructions in phonemic awareness and letter-to-sound relationship, because both are necessary for decoding or writing unfamiliar words.”
It’s well known that kids learn differently – some learn by listening, some learn by reading and some learn by doing. It’s not that any method is right or wrong, it’s just that we’re not all the same and neither are our children.
Teaching Kids to Read will help you identify what type of learner your child is, if they have a learning difficulty and what you can do about it. There are also great resources at the back of the book showing where you can get help.
Phonics, which Fay Tran believes is the key to developing adequate literacy skills, is the method of learning embedded at the heart of Australia’s new National Curriculum.
In Teaching Kids to Read, Fay explains how phonics works and how you can develop phonemic awareness in your child. She discusses techniques that work especially well for kids with learning difficulties and her book is full of word lists and lesson plans that can be used in the classroom or at home.
Fay also examines how learning issues can affect a child’s behaviour and how lack of sleep can affect their ability to learn.
As Professor Westwood says about the author,
Her approach to their problems reveals a thorough understanding of how children learn.
Teaching Kids to Read is a great resource for teachers, but it’s also an important book for parents of beginning readers or parents of children who are having difficulties learning to read and write.