Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write -- from Baby to Age 7 (Paperback)

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Raise a Child Who Loves to Read

How do kids really learn to read? And how can you encourage interest in reading and writing from the start? In Raising Confident Readers, based on the five phases of literacy development, Dr. J. Richard Gentry provides fun and easy ways to teach your child to read and write successfully.

When it comes to language, the most critical brain growth happens in early childhood. Raising Confident Readers shows you how to activate and accelerate this capacity for learning: The key is to introduce the right activities at the right time. Whether your child is a baby or toddler, in preschool or kindergarten, or first or second grade, Dr. Gentry helps you identify your child's literacy phase and take the next steps to build writing, reading, and spelling skills. You'll discover:

  • How your child's brain learns to read—and why encouraging drawing and scribbling is as essential as reading aloud
  • The best at-home activities to develop literacy early, naturally, and joyfully
  • Recommended children's books for each phase
  • Strategies for overcoming dyslexia, delayed reading, and other challenges
  • Checklists and a milestones diary to celebrate your child's progress

As your child moves through the five phases, they'll soon be sounding out and spelling words correctly, reading chapter books independently, and writing creative stories on their own. Complete with samples of children's writing throughout, Raising Confident Readers is an essential resource to foster your child's lifelong love of reading.

About the Author

J. Richard Gentry, PhD is a nationally acclaimed expert on childhood literacy, reading, and spelling development, with more than thirty years experience working with beginning readers. A former university professor and elementary school teacher, he is currently an educational consultant living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Praise For…

MomDivas.com, 8/2/10
“The information you’ll glean from Raising Confident Readers is invaluable and will have you hooked on the book, whether you choose to follow his system or not.”
Reading2008.com, 8/3/10
“If you want to help your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartner learn to read—in fun and satisfying ways—Raising Confident Readers is the book for you.”
Plymouth, August 2010
“Offers a phenomenal look into the phases of reading development, and offers quick and simple exercises for parents to use to get their children to an appropriate reading level…A must read for any parent looking to improve or enhance their child’s ability.”
January, August 2010
“Gentry’s book is clear, loving, lucid and simple to use. If you have a very young child at home or are expecting one in the future, read Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write -- from Baby to Age 7. Anyone could follow Gentry's gentle program. And everyone should.”
Bookviews, September 2010
“If you have a youngster returning to school with poor reading skills you need to step in and help. This book will show you how.”

Library Journal, 7/8/10
“Gentry provides concrete teaching examples that are easy to implement; his user-friendly lessons offer opportunities for parents to have fun with children while they learn.”

Booklist, August 2010
“Gentry offers sound advice on how parents can develop strong reading and writing skills in children starting at birth through age seven…An abundance of graphics add to the value of this useful resource for parents.”

Blogcritics, 7/17/10
“An excellent handbook for caregivers of young children to prepare them for a lifetime of reading…In addition to a thorough explanation of what to teach and how to teach, this book lists a variety of fun materials that can be adapted for in-home use…As an educator for over 30 years who spent much time each day attempting to teach slow learners how to read, I must recommend Raising Confident Readers to anyone with a small baby or toddler at home. Why? Because of the emphasis the book places on what can be done from birth until the child enters school that will foster good reading skills.”
Tucson Citizen 7/29/10
“In his book, Dr. Gentry offers a user-friendly plan so that parents can help their children form a solid foundation for developing reading and writing skills.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780738213972
ISBN-10: 0738213977
Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Publication Date: July 13th, 2010
Pages: 256
Language: English