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The Reading House: Blueprints for Building Better Readers

The Reading House: Blueprints for Building Better Readers

by Diane DiMemmo

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The Reading House is a collection of fun learning experiences, routines, and games that nurture literacy development in children from birth through the elementary school years. It was written for parents who want to be involved in, and positively contribute to, their child’s academic development. The Reading House describes nine skill sets that must work together for children to become strong, independent readers. Parents of babies and toddlers can use the foundational activities with their children to set the stage for future language development. Parents of preschoolers and kindergarten students can have fun loving literature and playing the alphabet games together. Elementary-aged children can participate in routines and experiences with their parents as they learn reading strategies, vocabulary, and language arts lessons. Lastly, parents of children who thirst for additional challenges can sink their teeth into the open-ended comprehension and story extension activities. The foundational, unique premise of The Reading House is the use of the literary experience. Literary experiences are instructional reading moments, games, or routines that can occur within the context of everyday life. Sometimes these events are planned and sometimes they aren’t. The defining aspect of literary experiences, though, is that they happen naturally throughout the course of a child’s day. It doesn’t make sense to isolate language learning as a once-a-day activity. Listening and communicating with others; taking meaning from text and forming new ideas; writing about unique ideas in a clear, concise manner are all methods for children to grow into progressive thinkers. The most natural way to effectively teach these skills is to introduce them within a child’s home and school environment as life is happening. The Reading House is different from other “how to teach reading” books in that it provides strategies to help beginning, challenged, uninspired, and advanced readers. Central to all of these activities is the importance of loving literature to make reading a fun, eagerly anticipated habit. Parents have said that they love The Reading House activities because they are easily assimilated into their daily habits, the kids have fun doing them, and because they are based upon tried-and-true educational premises, such as: • Patterning the Classic Reader – emulating the reading behaviors of independent readers through games, routines, and strategies • Loving Books – devoting significant attention to drumming up excitement and enthusiasm about reading quality children’s literature • Starting Early - engaging infants, babies and toddlers in songs and conversations, mimicking their utterances, and providing sensory experiences to lay the foundation for language development • Involving the Learner – providing cooperative activities, movement, and interaction while reading • Balancing Traditional and Progressive Methods – pairing traditional teaching methods with more progressive approaches for a balanced learning program • Adapting to Different Learning Styles – varying teaching methods so that our kinesthetic, visual, aural, and tactile learners all have an equal chance of success Arming parents with this educational know-how gives them more traction to truly make a difference in their child’s reading success.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483569598
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 1,087,845
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Diane DiMemmo loved every minute of teaching in several NJ elementary schools in the public education system. Her experiences included classroom and small group teaching in kindergarten, second and fifth grades; as well as Basic Skills for grades three, four, and five. She co-taught with Special Education teachers in a fully inclusive second grade classroom. Diane received intensive training on a variety of progressive teaching techniques and programs including: Reading Recovery, Dr. Kagan’s Cooperative Learning, various methods for Hands-On Instruction, full Classroom Inclusion, Traditional and Inventive Spelling Techniques, Whole Language, Spiral Learning, Developmental Learning, and Family Science. All of this knowledge greatly influenced her teaching style, which was defined by immersing students in the learning process, allowing them to collaborate, and giving them the ability to choose their learning path. Diane continues to work with struggling readers as a private tutor.

Table of Contents

Forward xiii

Introduction xvii

The Reading House 1

Perspectives on Teaching Reading 2

Reading House Premises 6

What Makes The Reading House Method Unique? 8

What Exactly is a Literary Experience? 10

How to Use This Book 11

Reading with Baby and Toddler 14

What Does Baby Reading Look Like? 16

Take a Nature Walk 18

Mirroring 20

Family Picture Words 21

Auditory Processing 22

Toddler Pre-Reading Activities 24

The Two-Minute Story 26

Real Rhyme, Fake Rhyme 28

Color Reading 29

Enunciation and Diction 31

Environmental Print 33

Build A Library 36

Loving Literature 38

The Book Fairy 40

Puppet Reading 42

Treasure Chest 44

Flashlight Reading 47

Sound-Effect Reading 49

Comfy Cozy Reading 51

Library Scavenger Hunt 52

Story Picnic 54

Book Birthday 56

Book Cents 58

School-Wide Book Swap 60

Make-Up Characters 62

The Reading Fort 64

"I LOVE This Book!" 66

You Can't Judge a Book By Its Cover! 68

ABC's, Phonics, and Book Conventions 70

Phonics 73

Print and Book Conventions 76

Name Games 80

Blending and Chunking Letter Groups 83

Sunny Phonics and Letters 85

Piano Reading 88

Lets Go in the C-A-R! 90

Stick It 91

ABC Basketball 93

ABC Bowling 95

ABC Memory 98

ABC Go Fish 100

Alpha Steps 102

Clay-B-C 104

Letter Exercises 105

Letter Fun! 108

Nickname Alliterations 112

Fabulously Funny Words 114

Troublemakers 116

Reading Routines 118

Character Voices 120

Learning Lists 122

The Reading Chair 126

Dinner Notes 128

Greeting Cards 131

Levels 133

Poetry Pictures 135

Clip-Clip Train 139

Echo Reading 141

The Reading Suitcase 143

The Magazine Subscription 146

Book Choice for the Struggling Reader 148

Robot Reader 151

Library Treasures 153

Reading Routines of the Home 156

Word Play 159

Snowball Fight 161

Spin a Spelling Yarn 162

College Word of the Week 164

Repetition Spelling Exercises 166

Scrambled Eggs 169

Money Words 171

Spelling Word Ice Cream Melt 172

Friends and Family Vocabulary 174

Vocabulary Balloons 176

Letter Groupings 178

Candy Egg Word Hunt 180

Obstacle Course 181

Word Pops 183

Rhyme Climb 185

Art Vocabulary 187

Word War 189

Word Frames 191

Reading Strategies 192

Engaging Strategies 194

The Strategy Bookmark 197

Dial-A-Strategy 198

The "Picture Clues" Strategy 200

The "Sound It Out" Strategy 202

"Just a Stroll through a Book" Strategy 204

The "Rhyming Pattern" Strategy 206

The "Skip It" Strategy 208

Memorize Me! 210

Rhyme Reading 212

Percussion Reading 213

Science Reading 215

Language Arts 217

Silly Noun-Verb Sentences 220

Mine and Yours 223

DIY Language Arts Lessons 225

Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs… Oh My! 230

Order Up Some Story 233

ABC Card File 235

Coloring Pages 237

The Sentence Game 239

Descriptive Window 242

Punctuation Reading! 245

Parts Of Speech 247

Fact, Fiction or Opinion? 252

Dictionary Skills 254

Comprehension 256

Illustrate a Story 258

Venn Diagram 260

Student Teacher 262

Comprehension Charades 264

Question in the Cards 266

A Serving of Story Elements 269

Comprehension Bookmarks 272

Character Diary 275

Story Mimic 276

Prediction 277

Picture Traces 279

Chalk Talk Mapping 281

Chalk Talk Maps 283

Effective Questioning 290

Book Talk 294

Story Extensions 296

Let's Debate It! 298

Letter Writing 300

Reflective Journaling 303

Time Capsule 305

Book Clubs 307

Community Action 310

Signal Signs and Story Ratings 312

Book vs. Movie 315

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