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Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success
     

Starting Out Right: A Guide to Promoting Children's Reading Success

by M. Susan Burns, Peg Griffin, Catherine E. Snow, Committee on the Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, National Research Council
 

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ISBN-10: 0309064104

ISBN-13: 9780309064101

Pub. Date: 01/07/1999

Publisher: National Academies Press

A devastatingly large number of people in America cannot read as well as they need for success in life. With literacy problems plaguing as many as four in ten children in America, this book discusses how best to help children succeed in reading. This book identifies the most important questions and explores the authoritative answers on the topic of how children can

Overview

A devastatingly large number of people in America cannot read as well as they need for success in life. With literacy problems plaguing as many as four in ten children in America, this book discusses how best to help children succeed in reading. This book identifies the most important questions and explores the authoritative answers on the topic of how children can grow into readers, including:

  • What are the key elements all children need in order to become good readers?
  • What can parents and caregivers provide all children so that they are prepared for reading instruction by the time that they get to school?
  • What concepts about language and literacy should be included in beginning reading instruction?
  • How can we prevent reading difficulties starting with infants and into the early grades?
  • What to ask school boards, principals, elected officials, and other policy makers who make decisions regarding early reading instruction.

You'll find out how to help youngsters build word recognition, avoid comprehension problems, and more—with checklists of specific accomplishments to be expected at different ages: for very young children, for kindergarten students, and for first, second, and third grade students. Included are 55 activities to do with children to help them become successful readers, a list of recommended children's books, and a guide to CD-ROMs and websites.

Great strides have been made recently toward identifying the best ways to teach children to read. Starting Out Right provides a wealth of knowledge based on a summary of extensive research. It is a "must read" for specialists in primary education as well as parents, pediatricians, child care providers, tutors, literacy advocates, policy makers, and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309064101
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
01/07/1999
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
738,808
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Introduction 1(4)
Guide to This Book 2(3)
Promoting Children's Reading Success
5(10)
Circumstances That Promote Reading
8(7)
Growing Up to Read Birth Through Age Four
15(46)
Key Aspects of Language and Literacy, Activities for Very Young Children
19(23)
Extended Vocabulary and Language Development
Phonological Awareness
Speech Discrimination
Knowledge of Narrative
Book and Print Awareness
Functions of Print
Print Concepts
Letter and Early Word Recognition
Comprehension
Literacy as a Source of Enjoyment
Literacy--from Parent to Child
42(1)
Talking to a Baby: Day Care Environments
43(1)
High-Quality Preschool
44(2)
Language and Literacy Activities in Preschool
46(12)
Phonological Awareness
Sociodramatic Play
Listening
Oral Language
Shared Reading
Exposure to Books
Letter-Naming
Writing
Computer-Based Literacy
Accomplishments of the Very Young Child
58(1)
Early Childhood Educators
58(3)
Becoming Real Readers Kindergarten Through Grade Three
61(66)
Individual Children
61(4)
The Kindergarten Challenge
65(1)
What Must Be Accomplished--Goals of Kindergarten
65(1)
Activities and Practices for Kindergartners
66(18)
Book and Print Awareness
Phonological Awareness
Language, Comprehension, and Response to Text
Letter Recognition, Decoding, and Word Recognition
Spelling and Writing
Accomplishments of the Kindergarten Student
84(2)
First Grade: An Important Year
86(2)
Features of Success
88(2)
Activities and Practices for First Grade Classrooms
90(16)
Continuing Phonemic Awareness, Letter Knowledge, and Book and Print Awareness
Decoding, Word Recognition, and Oral Reading
Language, Comprehension, and Response to Text
Spelling and Writing
Accomplishments of the First Grade Student
106(2)
Directions for Second and Third Grades
108(5)
Strategies for Comprehension and Fluency
Words and Knowledge
Comprehension Techniques
What Happens in Second Grade
113(2)
Decoding, Word Recognition, and Oral Reading
Language, Comprehension, and Response to Text
Spelling and Writing
What Happens in Third Grade
115(2)
Decoding, Word Recognition, and Oral Reading
Language, Comprehension, and Response to Text
Spelling and Writing
Accomplishments of the Second and Third Grade Student
117(3)
Computers in Classrooms and at Home
120(2)
Excellence in Primary Grade Teaching--A Career-Long Process
122(5)
Preventing Reading Difficulties
127(20)
Who Are the Children Who Have Reading Difficulties
130(4)
Children Who Attend a Chronically Low-Achieving School
Children with Low English Proficiency
Children Unfamiliar with Standard English Dialect
Children Living in Communities in Poverty
What Can We Do Before Children Reach School?
134(3)
Health Care Professionals and Reading
Screening by Early Childhood Professionals
Children Whose Parents Have a History of Reading Difficulty
Developmental Interventions for the Youngest Children
137(2)
Reaching Out to Children's Homes
Summary
139(1)
Help in the Early Grades
140(1)
The Need for Reading Specialists
140(1)
The Community Is Needed
140(2)
Volunteer Tutoring
142(3)
Conclusion
145(2)
Glossary 147(6)
For More Information 153(12)
Internet Resources 165(4)
Acknowledgments 169(2)
Credits 171(2)
Index 173

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