Teach a Child to Read | Reading Rescue 1-2-3 Authored by Peggy M. Wilber
While Reading Rescue 1-2-3 is positioned as a remedy to reading issues, content applies to teaching your child to read from scratch and continues to apply through all grade school levels. I found the book an easy read filled with case studies, scientific support and practical suggestions on how to introduce a reading strategy with your child.
The book places a heavy focus on the phonics method of teaching to read and write. Based on my experience, the phonetic rules are often an area a parent has to brush up on; otherwise, you will struggle as much as your child and your child will potentially apply the techniques incorrectly themselves. The focus isn’t exclusively on phonics; one area we are focusing on right now with our Daughter is sight words. These are the words that phonics rules don’t apply. The author (Peggy M. Wilber) says it’s easier to have the child memorize the words versus trying to sound them out. We introduce a new sight word every day at home, simply writing it on the whiteboard and blending it in to our day. We can already see that she can pick out these words during story time, and when we say “what’s the word on the board?” She remembers it.
A clear message throughout the book is patience; if you are not patient, your Child will potentially resent picking up a book rather than being excited.
The methods are research-based, well explained, easy to use, and effective. There are lots of auditory games and recommended routines to introduce to your Child.
I highly recommend this book. I suggest you read the book entirely and then work on devising the most appropriate strategy for you and your Child.
You can check out the author’s site called Succeed to Read, and the book is available at all major bookstores.