Read the title of this blog post and you will think it is some kind of harmful advice. It is not. The thing about books is that they contain information. Sometimes this information is helpful and sometimes it is not. I believe the most important thing is for parents to find books that offer helpful advice on how to raise their children. I have written a blog post that discusses books that I believe should be on all parents bookshelves. Here is the list:
You have a kid in your household, and you’re probably already aware that they’re capable of learning anything they want to learn. But do you know how they learn? It’s a good thing your child can learn what they want to learn, because they might have a problem doing it, thanks to the path of least resistance. This is the path your child has to take in order to learn, but it’s not the most efficient one. If your child prefers to take the easy, self-centered route, and take only what they want to learn, and not what a teacher or parent says they should learn, they could be in for a lot of trouble.
When you have a child you might think you need to read to him or her from every book you can get your hands on, but if you don’t have the time, you might not know where to start. One site that can help people find a child’s interest is Bookmonsters. It can be a great way to find books to read together as a family, and it can also be a useful resource for those who want to find what they would like to read.. Read more about how to be a better parent and let us know what you think. There is no shortage of material on what parents can do to help their children learn to read. For helpful information, see Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap, and a blog and articles in The Atlantic and Forbes. Unfortunately, well-meaning but ignorant parents continue to publish. Last year I wrote about the book How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo. This year we are offering ‘Raising Bookworms’: A joyful way to make your child a fearless, unleashed reader Amber Ankowski, PhD, and Andy Ankowski. Both books contain a mixture of useful advice and seriously flawed recommendations. Both organisations have also failed to support parents of dyslexic children and overlooked important opportunities for equal access to reading. When I read Book Samples, I saw a lot of familiar advice – advice that I followed. Read early, read often. Talk to and with your child. Read the signs on the street; read the signs in the museum. Listen to books if you can’t read them aloud. All these suggestions are useful and important, but they are not enough for the parents of a difficult reader or for the victims of poor teaching and low expectations in school. When they proposed how this measure should be implemented, their advice also seemed to ignore people who live in the city, walk, cycle and use buses and subways. Walking with a stroller or pulling a child on a bike is definitely a good time to talk to your child, pointing out things to watch out for and building their vocabulary. Family cycling is mentioned later, but not as a means of transport for young children. Residents of cities with good public transport have an additional opportunity to read to their children, but this is not mentioned. Home libraries are discussed, but no advice is given for those who cannot afford a home library. That’s why we have public libraries. However, in some cities, public libraries are underfunded and operate at hours that are inconvenient for some employees. Later in the book, the Ankowskis refer to libraries as a place where children can go on reading excursions at home. When the authors move on to homeschooling, they first discuss the definition of syllables before discussing sounds. Experts believe the opposite to be true: Phonemic awareness leads to phonological awareness. They suggest that parents pronounce the letter sounds to help children learn them, but they add a schwa at the end of many consonants, for example. B. J says yes. You don’t eat the juh-am of the juh-ar. This video explains how to reinforce the sounds of phonemes so that children learn the sounds that make up letters. While young children may not yet have the dexterity to write our alphabet, we know that reading and spelling reinforce each other. Although magnets and alphabet blocks are mentioned, the close connection between reading and spelling is not addressed. You can see that your child hears and emphasizes all the sounds in a word when he chooses a letter that stands for each sound when he says it – even with magnets and blocks. Apparently, the children of the Ankovskis, who are often held up as examples, are among the 35% of children who learn to read despite the messy phonics instruction we provide in most classes. They had enough of their parents and could easily understand the rest of the English language code. My son was not one of those kids. There are many other children like him. Although 90-95% of children can learn to read, our actual literacy rate is much lower than that. You can read the details in the national newsletter and see how much it costs on the Education Consumers Foundation website. But it is not only in the test results that we see bad results. We see the consequences in the episode: Tutoring in high schools, special education in middle and high schools, college tutoring, adult literacy programs, and illiteracy among homeless and incarcerated people. Clearly, we need more accessible books, podcasts, and a national campaign to help parents understand how children learn to read and why so many schools don’t teach them to read. Books about teaching children to read are designed to help parents understand what to expect from schools and to prepare them to be good advocates for their children. Unfortunately, Bookmonsters does neither. Here you will find more useful information. APM Reports has compiled Emily Hanford’s radio documentary series and other articles in one place. The Hechinger Report published this article for parents. And Faith Borkowski, a reading teacher, counselor and advocate, has written guides for parents and others. Even a dyslexic child who got good help late in life can tell you more about learning to read: Mom, do you remember that magnetic toy on the fridge that said: Each letter makes a sound, and A says aahhh? It should have said: Almost every letter produces many sounds, and the combinations produce even more. This article was originally published on Project Forever Free.
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