Children Learning Reading: Step by Step Lessons to Teach Your Child to Read
By Jim Yang
I had the opportunity to read this book by Mr Yang, to help me teach my children to read. I was impressed by the amount of research he had done before he wrote his book. Also, I was delighted to discover that he was a parent of three children and had tried his teaching methods on two of his three children. (The only reason he had not taught his youngest child to read yet was because the child was an infant at the time of publication). His opinion has much more credit with me, as he is a parent who taught his own children to read.
His teaching method focuses on phonemic awareness. He teaches a child to read by recognizing the sounds of each letter and letter blends so that the child can learn to naturally sound out words one phoneme (sound) at a time. He stresses the importance of reading to children every day, and following the text with a finger while reading, and sounding out key words while you are reading. He started this program with his two oldest children when they were 2.5 years old. He outlines 28 lessons in detail to teach a child to read.
I have a 3-year-old boy, which I have read to every day since he was born. I have not done all of the lessons, but only the first few (Lesson on A, B, and AB/BA), and have seen some improvement in letter recognition. The biggest area of improvement is in blending when he sounds out words: putting the sounds together in a smooth and natural manner. I am going to try my best to do all of these lessons with both my children (age 3 and 5) to help them both with phonemic awareness. I know it will take patience, consistency and proper enunciation, but it is worth it for my children and their futures.
The 200-plus-page book is a great resource for any parent, Early Childhood Educator or Educational Assistant to help teach young children to read.
Andrea (mom of two, with an Educational Assistant Diploma from Conestoga College)
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