Reading Remedy: Six Essential Skills That Will Turn Your Child Into a Reader

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It’s shocking but true. Forty percent of children experience significant difficulty in learning how to read. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this groundbreaking new book, internationally recognized developmental psychologist and educator Dr. Marion Blank explains why current reading education is failing our children. She goes on to describe her revolutionary new reading system, Phonics Plus Five, which is based on her forty plus years of experience in teaching children from all backgrounds to read. The ...
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Overview

It’s shocking but true. Forty percent of children experience significant difficulty in learning how to read. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this groundbreaking new book, internationally recognized developmental psychologist and educator Dr. Marion Blank explains why current reading education is failing our children. She goes on to describe her revolutionary new reading system, Phonics Plus Five, which is based on her forty plus years of experience in teaching children from all backgrounds to read. The Reading Remedy offers step-by-step instructions, reproducible forms, and mini-books that parents can start using right away to implement Dr. Blank’s system.
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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

Children's Literature
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471742043
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Marion Blank has spent over forty years studying how children learn to read and is recognized by her peers as one of the top experts in literacy. She has lectured extensively around the world, authored over sixty articles and six books on language, and developed the award-winning and highly successful “Sentence Master” computer program that teaches reading. She has used her reading system to help literally thousands of children – both strong and struggling readers – learn how to read.  Dr. Blank is currently on the faculty of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University and has a private practice in New York and New Jersey where she is a licensed psychiatrist.  She serves as a consultant to a wide range of school districts in the NY, NJ, CT area.
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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Part One: Understanding Reading.

1. Teaching Reading: Why Isn’t It Working?

2. What Reading Really Requires: The Six Essential Skills.

3. The Hidden Abilities in Reading.

Part Two: Teaching Reading.

4. Teaching Sequencing.

5. Teaching Handwriting.

6. Teaching Content Words.

7. Teaching Noncontent Words.

8. Teaching Through Books.

Part Three: Constructing the Programs.

9. Sequences in Sight.

10. Letters to Write.

11. Teaching Activities for the Words.

12. Creating the Books.

13. Progress Check and Review.

References.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    Personal Experience

    I know from personal experience that any parent who wants to improve a child's reading ability will enjoy and benefit from this book. I used Dr. Blank's easy-to-use reading program with my son and it worked wonders. It is great to see her making her ideas available to all parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Wonderful!

    'The Reading Remedy' is Wonderful. For the first time, I can truly understand why my daughter was having problems in learning to read and what she needs to succeed. After using the Phonics Plus Five techniques for just three months now, I can already see a major difference in my child's skill and self confidence. If you're a parent and you're concerned about your child's success in shcool, I urge you to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Turn Your Child Into a Reader

    I highly recommend 'The Reading Review.' The Phonics Plus Five reading system explained in the book is the only solution that makes sense in a world of misleading information and false promises. It is easy-to-read and it offers so much to parents who are seeking answers about helping their children to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2006

    Fascinating

    It is great to see a book that so clearly shows what is required for children to become successful readers and to see how easily it can be achieved with the right instruction.

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