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A comprehensive reading guide that goes beyond the standard phonics method.
According to the author, a remarkable 40% of children have difficulty learning to read. The main problem, says Blank, is that most methods only cover one or two of the six essential reading skills, which make up her Phonics Plus Five system—rest assured, however, this is no flash-in-the-pan quick fix, Blank has over 40 years of experience in child psychology. After discussing the causes of the failures, she outlines the six skills of reading—sequencing (letter order), writing (letter creation), phonology (sounds), semantics (meanings), syntax (grammar) and text (books)—and offers in-depth treatment for each one. She maintains an even, simple tone throughout, encouraging readers to see the process through a child’s eye—with countless fun activities, word lists, sample content and pictures.
An invaluable resource for all child educators. 2005 Kirkus Reviews
Marion Blank uses current media attention and skewed statistics to scare parents into thinking that there is a reading crisis and that large numbers of children will leave school with no reading skills. Before you buy this book consider some of the realities: The more reading, language and storytelling a child is exposed to in the first five years of his/her life, the more likely it is that the child will become a strong reader. Most schools with a large number of children who struggle with reading are located in economically deprived areas where parents, for the most part, either do not know about the importance of reading to children at a young age, or are aware of this connection, but simply do not have the time to read to their children because they are working two or three jobs to make ends meet. It has been shown through a large body of research that there is no one correct way to teach reading that works 100 percent of the time for all children. Blank supports the Phonics Plus Five Reading System; work that she is committed to and has spent many years studying. Most of her teaching techniques are sound and should work for most children. The problem is that they will be redundant for the majority of middle class children whose parents are likely to read this book. Parents would be better off purchasing Steve Bialostok's Raising Readers: Helping Your Child to Literacy. Bialostok clearly explains the reading process without using scare techniques and helps parents to see what they can do to help their children become motivated readers and critical thinkers. 2006, Jossey-Bass, Ages 18 up.
Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
What People are saying about this
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"A new model for teaching reading—one that opens up all kinds of possibilities for children."
Paul Orfalea, Kinko’s founder and chairperson emeritus
"This simple, straightforward, and time-tested approach and call to action should be treasured but above all heeded."
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute
"In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Marion Blank draws on her extensive knowledge of how the brain processes language and the written word. The result is a practical guide that can help any child develop reading skills for a lifetime."
Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
"The Reading Remedy is a tour-de-force that will be of enormous use to the millions of parents who dream of reading success for their children."
Susan A. Rose, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Montefiore