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Thursday 7 October 2010

Review: Teaching Kids to Read

Experienced literary specialist Tran is a phonics fan – and it serves the basis for this new book on teaching children to read – something both parents and teachers will find enormously useful.

Proven by experts as the most effective way to teach literacy, phonics are well-established as the literacy core in the Australian and New Zealand National Curriculums. In Teaching Kids to Read, author Tran expounds upon this core with practical strategies and tips for using phonics.

Drawing on 25 years of hands-on experience, Tran uses inspiring success stories to illustrate her techniques, lesson plans and tips to improve the skills of competent children and help those who are struggling.

This well-edited book is divided into several parts, beginning with an introduction to the learning journey and how to use the book.

Chapters 1 and 2 focus on developing language and early literacy, as well as developing phonemic awareness and early phonics skills.

In Chapter 3, we learn how to diagnose learning difficulties, with information on screening tests and diagnostic assessments. In Chapter 4, we move onto understanding specific learning difficulties, which, of course, adds a whole new dimension to the teaching process and how it is approached.

The author also covers difficulties arising at school and reading comprehension strategies, providing real life case studies along the way. She talks of ADHD, Aspergers, homework, mathematics, computer programmes, and the need for individualization in teaching strategies – something parents can also become involved in.

Tran rounds out this extraordinary guide with an essential word list, reading and spelling lists, as well as phonogram charts and cards.

Written in a clear, approachable, intelligent voice with an obvious passion for helping children achieve their very best, this book is a wonderful resource for anyone working with children in an educational capacity.

I would have liked to see an index in this book, however, the comprehensive contents listing does help with navigation.

Title: Teaching Kids to Read

Author: Fay Tran

Publisher: Wilkins Farago, A$29.99RRP

Publication Date: August 2010

ISBN: 9780980607055

For ages: Adult

Type: Educational

Visit this link for a variety of resources including phonogram cards, word reading lists and sample chapters

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