Teach a Child to Read With Children's Books 4ED

Teach a Child to Read With Children's Books 4ED

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ISBN: 9781883790257
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If conventional phonics is not working with your child, or if phonics instruction is turning your "eager to read-er" into a "do we have to?" reader, here's an approach you should try. Based on techniques used in the Reading Recovery program and on observations of methods used by "natural" readers (children who learn to read at young ages despite no formal instruction), this approach takes a middle road between phonics and "sight reading." It is designed to be used one-on-one in a tutoring situation not in a classroom environment so it works very well in a home school. The first ingredient is reading, reading, reading to your young child. Predictable readers are used heavily in beginning instruction so that the child can begin to "read" successfully without knowing all of the rules, and can begin to recognize letter-sound correlations in familiar words. Some separate phonics instruction is done as part of the lesson. Initially, letter sounds are taught. From there, instruction depends on the previous day's experience. However, most of the phonics instruction is done within the context of reading and writing about real stories in real books. Phonics rules are not learned in any set sequence, but as the need to use them arises. Books are reread until mastered, then rotated out, with a book on the "cutting edge" of the child's ability added to the mix. A list of recommended children's books is included.

The author is no stranger to the "great debate" on reading instruction. He has sixteen years of experience teaching in both public and private schools and, as headmaster of a Christian school, oversaw a home education program in which he worked with parents teaching their children to read. He realizes the strong preference homeschoolers have for phonics, but he makes a great case for considering a less "pure" approach. I do think this book is worth reading. After reading it, I realized that my children all learned a little this way, despite my attempts to teach them strictly phonetically. When Mark was learning to read, he just wouldn't wait for me to slowly make it through our phonics program. Armed with the essential basics, he wanted to read, and proceeded to do so; reading and rereading familiar books until they were mastered, demanding explanations of unfamiliar constructs as he went, and then applying this knowledge the next time he encountered a similar phonetic construct. All this from a child who seemed almost dense to me (compared with his older sisters) when using a strictly phonetic method. On reflection, I think he might have done much better from the start if I'd read this book and employed some of these methods. While not for everyone, and certainly not for those of you who won't even consider less than "pure" phonics, I'm hoping this will help with children who may "fall through the cracks" using a traditional phonics approach.

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Mark Thogmartin
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It is Bible based
Ed M on Aug 6, 2022
Cathy Duffy's top pick, and there are far too many reading programs out there for me to make sense of - I prefer a gentler, less worksheet-based approach. I've heard that this is a great simple approach that works well.
Julie B on Jun 25, 2021
It is Bible based
Ed M on Aug 6, 2022
Saw a good review on Cathy Duffy Reviews which described basically exactly what I thought I'd need for building our home-reading environment.
Jeremy Z on Oct 15, 2021
Cathy Duffy's top pick, and there are far too many reading programs out there for me to make sense of - I prefer a gentler, less worksheet-based approach. I've heard that this is a great simple approach that works well.
Julie B on Jun 25, 2021
Borrowed this book from the library and it is such a rich resource that we need it on our own shelves!
Trisha K on May 30, 2021
I'm so excited to read this book.
Nicole S on Oct 4, 2020
logical way of learning to read.
Krasi B on Jun 22, 2020
My son is still in pre-k but through the suggestion on the Cathy Duffy website I thought I would read this before deciding how to proceed with phonics/reading.
Kaitlyn W on Mar 6, 2019
I ordered this book after reading the 2nd edition from the library. I was really impressed with the program Thogmartin presented and I am looking forward to trying it with my homeschooled kindergartener.
Brandie B on Nov 1, 2018
LOVE the ideas proposed by this curriculum--will use it exclusively and/or in addition to other programs to supplement. I love to read! I want to pass this on to my children and I know that the satisfaction of being able to choose, read and appreciate real books can only increase her fluency, comprehension and desire to learn--in spite of struggling with this skill.
Tricia B on Oct 2, 2018
Cathy Duffy's top lists
Elizabeth M on Sep 27, 2018
Love that Jim Trelease wrote the foreword - I'm loving his Read Aloud Handbook right now!
Emily A on Sep 26, 2018
I would agree with many of the reviews I've found, that this book should be required reading for anyone teaching reading or any parent, whether or not they choose to educate at home. I'm purchasing it for myself since I've checked it out of the library so often and I'd prefer to have ready access to its contents.
Holly D on Sep 2, 2018
Great reviews!
Lisa M on Aug 22, 2018
For use with 2 young readers
Missy W on Aug 1, 2018
Great review by Cathy Duffy and seems like a good fit for my son who is a struggling reader
Terri E on Aug 29, 2017
Based on Cathy Duffy's recommendation as a Top Pick
Elizabeth W on Apr 28, 2017
I like the idea of not using a curriculum style reading program for my PreK child. I'd rather trying reading aloud in order to emphasize phonics skills. I'm hoping this book offers a lot of ideas.
ANGELA A on Feb 14, 2017
Easy and fast
Laura S on Oct 11, 2016
I was able to check out the 3rd edition from the library and just finished reading the whole thing. I am looking forward to reading the updated edition. There were so many great points I knew I would want easy reference to that I wanted to buy my own copy.
Jennifer R on Sep 12, 2016
Love of children's books, use books from library
Jennifer K on Aug 30, 2016
Highly recommended by Cathy Duffy reviews
Jovita L on Aug 15, 2016
Gives my son confidence in reading.
Renee B on Aug 8, 2016
I am hopeful this will be the answer for teaching my 6 y/o with special learning needs how to read. The phonics approach is not working.
Jennifer T on Jul 21, 2016
Because Cathy Duffy said she thought every parent should read it! And my oldest is a struggling reader, so I am hoping this helps me help her!
Chelsea D on Jun 6, 2016
Based almost entirely on Cathy Duffy's review. The way she told it, it was absolutely the best option out there.
Kelly G on Jun 1, 2016
It has received great reviews from others and I am looking for an alternative to the boring phonics curriculum that we currently have.
Rose W on May 16, 2016
I have been trying to teach my son to read with phonics for the last 3 years. The more phonics we do- the more he does not like reading. He is a visual learner and I hope this brings him to love reading again.
sherry y on Feb 4, 2016
Saw a good review on Cathy Duffy Reviews which described basically exactly what I thought I'd need for building our home-reading environment.
Jeremy Z on Oct 15, 2021
Borrowed this book from the library and it is such a rich resource that we need it on our own shelves!
Trisha K on May 30, 2021
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Rated 4 out of 5
Wonderful, Fun, and Natural
I have now read this book twice and have been following the teaching plan with my daughter for three months. We made a change to this book after a year of heavy phonics curriculum. At the end of that year, it was painful and unpleasant to get her to accomplish her reading assignments. She hated the "readers" that came along with the program, and hated "sight words" even more. She didn't even want to read for fun anymore. One of my greatest goals for her early years of education is for her to love to read, so we made a big switch to this book. The process is very natural, and my daughter loves having a voice in what books she gets to read. She's found some favorite authors, and I has made huge progress in her reading in that short amount of time. I love the book suggestions at the back of the book, but we live in a small town, so our local library has a few of them. It still gives a great starting point, and if you had a large local library, almost all of them would be at your disposable. Such a great blessing to find for my daughter!
August 3, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I highly recommend this book, it has made a huge difference in teaching my son to read. He was struggling with reading before we started this curriculum and now he looks forward to his lessons everyday. The lessons combine story reading, phonics, and writing. Writing his own short stories is his favorite part of the lessons.
March 9, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this book!
I was able to check out the third edition through our library's book loan program and quickly became convinced that since the fourth edition had improvements that made it better it was going to be worth buying. The content suggestions give you the ability to adapt with practical suggestions that I am excited to implement with my own kiddos. I now fully understand why it is so highly reviewed in Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Homeschool Curriculum book. Highly recommend!
January 2, 2017
over 6 years ago
Rated 1 out of 5
Not impressed
I was expecting something much more in the way of instruction and what books to read with your child. This book basically is a long winded explanation about why reading with your child will help them read. Synopsis: read some simple predictable books often and read to them daily aloud.
September 29, 2016
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Excellent Concepts - Worth the read
I love the premise and research base of this book. The idea is that children learn to read in context. When phonics is taught as a separate subject, it is difficult for children to make the connection and see it as real reading. The authors share a different approach of using real books and your child's readiness and eagerness to teach relevant and practical skills and concepts to help your child read at the pace and in the order that he/she is able.

I have picked up many tips like having a bin of books available that my son can read on his own. The lists in the back are amazingly helpful for finding books my son can read and I generally felt encouraged after reading this book and armed with lots of other tips, tricks and strategies.

While I was reading, I was eager to get to the part about actual implementation, and that is where this book lost a star. I found a lot of the principles to be very helpful, but the implementation far too rigorous for many young children. To do a complete lesson as it's laid out in the book would take about 45 focused minutes a day, which just seems like too much. It's also a bit sad because it's so removed from every day life, and not in the flow of how a child naturally learns. I'm sure for some children this would work well, and I think the presented lessons would be great for teaching an older child who struggles with reading.

All in all, I think this is a great book with a lot of insight. I would go as far as saying that I think every homeschooling parent should read it. Just feel free to take the pieces that work for you and implement them as your child is ready. If you have a younger child (7 or younger for sure), don't feel a need to do a 45 minute reading lesson every day, but take all the tips and strategies and present them in ways that your child is ready for them. :)

This is a keeper and I will refer to it again and again. :)
November 2, 2015
over 7 years ago

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