Teach Your Child To Read
Parents want the best for their children and it is frustrating when they struggle to learn to read. Summer is a time when many parents work with their child(ren) to enrich or strengthen their reading or math. For children struggling to read (decoding, fluency, or comprehension), the summer is a valuable time to try some different approaches to reading.
One book I recommend to parents is Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann (ISBN# 0-671-63198-5). This book provides a step-by step guide of lessons that parents can use with their child for 15-20 minutes per day. The book is written in understandable parent friendly language so it is straightforward to use. In fact, the instructions for each lesson are complete and tell parents exactly what to say and do. When compared to other commercial programs, this one was rated as doing the best job in teaching reading. The authors state the book is appropriate for preschool children and for children who have been in school but who have not learned to read. If you teach your child using this direct instruction program, there is a very high probability they will learn to read.
Another book that can help parents reinforce their child’s reading development is Games for Reading: Playful Ways To Help Your Child Read. This book is written by a former reading teacher and contains games for learning words, sounds, understanding, and has a chapter on reading every day. I have used many of the book’s games with my 5-year-old son and we both enjoy them.
Parents should find both of these books helpful.