I was very excited to review What Children Need to Learn to READ because I have a literacy endorsement and was also a literacy specialist for two years. One thing that I noticed a lot when working with struggling readers is that parents often don’t know what they can do to help their child. This book would have been a fabulous tool for me to suggest to parents. It would also be an excellent resource for homeschooling parents.
The first thing that caught my eye was the Children’s Language Accomplishment Checklist in the front of the book. It covers language skills that children should master from birth to age six. These foundation skills are integral to a good foundation in reading.
A proficient reader uses certain skills together in order to read. What Children Need to Learn to READ has games and activities that parents can use with their child in order to increase those foundational reading skills. The games teach letters, sight words, and phonics. The book also includes songs & rhymes with a complimenting CD. Other components include read alouds to increase listening comprehension and writing activities.
The book is very thorough and uses techniques that teachers use in the classroom. It is written by Michelle Vallene who has a teaching degree with specialties in both reading and English. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Washington State Foundation for Early Learning.
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