This week we've got some book reviews about 'being prepared'.
Today's entry, is about readying your child for Kindergarten and reading skills.
Synopsis: "Teach Children to Read Faster" is a supplemental self-teaching course for children and adults.
Both learn to read faster using pronunciation patterns, phonetics, syllabification, and memorization. The lessons teach reading in spite of hearing loss, speech impediment, or other learning problems such as dyslexia. The English language has two components, phonetic and alphabetic. The phonetic side stays hidden until we look up words in the dictionary. By knowing the phonetic side of the language, students gain important clues that help with learning to read. By practicing phonetic lessons, they will learn to recognize the clues and patterns quickly. Each word has phonetic and pronunciation forms to act as reading clues. They also have a vowel pronunciation pattern that students hear in the previous words or word groups. Most of the words also have a rhyming pattern. To read well, students simply study the pronunciation patterns.
Review: This book has over over 50 lessons and activities, plus tests, making it perfect for homeschooling or tutoring your child, to increase their skills. Dennis also provides a easy to understand guide to how children learn to read, starting with sight words, going to alphabetic sight words, then to abstract words, and then to simple sentences. But there are many words where a phonetic guide to learning makes them easier to learn, understand and read fast. So Dennis designed this book,over 20 years, to mimic that concept.
He has arranged the study words (and simple sentences) from smallest to largest, so a measured increase could be made. Dennis has dyslexia used the program himself, to improve his own reading skills. He has more than quadrupled his own reading speed, by using the workbook! We have started working with Kiddo on the simple words and sight words, and so far she is doing really well!I can see where we will be able to make use of the program, over and over during the school year. That's always a benefit, in these budget conscious days!
We highly recommend the book!
About the Author: Dennis Brooks dropped out of school at age fifteen because he couldn’t read and work word problems. That was in 1963, when he was reading at about 8 words per minute. He earned his GED in 1969, and his diploma in 1975. Still, he was reading only about 16 words per minute when he graduated from college in 1995 with his Bachelor’s degree. Yet after producing and using the material in this course, he has increased his reading speed to 250 words per minute. He now believes that anyone with dyslexia can read faster.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from the author, via the Bostick Communications, for review purposes. No other compensation, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all reviews/thoughts are my own.