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Monday 7 February 2011

Review: Rocket Your Child Into Reading

Jackie French’s experiences with dyslexia encouraged her to write this book as a reference for parents. Providing hope to countless children, proof that pushing through to achieve your dreams is possible despite signs indicating otherwise, French says: “my experiences have allowed me to see how reading problems can take over a child’s life, so that even when they become adults, they secretly remain convinced that they are dumb”.
So, you know you want your child to enjoy reading. You know they need to learn how to do it. But perhaps you don’t know where to begin with fostering this love of books. Maybe your child is struggling a little, and you don’t know what to do next.

Enter Rocket Your Child Into Reading.

The book begins divided into age brackets – from babies (yes, it all starts right at the beginning of your child’s life!), two years on, three years on, five years on, eight years on, and teenagers.

We then move into helping children learn to read, with twelve helpful steps, helping with handwriting and spelling, and assisting children to write stories. Following this is a section on reading difficulties, with practical advice to encourage and help your child overcome these problems, and an explanation of how different people learn.

For me, one of the best parts of this book is saved for the lucky last section: Encouraging a reading culture. This is such an important part of the whole process, to show children – on a daily basis through their whole lives – that reading is fun and worthwhile. Letting your child see you read, reading together with them (even after they learn to read) and ways to help foster this culture in your family – all are included in this section.

A great guide to helping your child learn not just to read, but to love it.

Title: Rocket Your Child Into Reading
Author: Jackie French
Publisher: HarperCollins, $19.95
Publication Date: 2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780207199264
For ages: Parents
Type: Information Book