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How to Help your Child Read and Write: A Groundbreaking Guide for Every Parent of Children from Birth to Eleven Years [Paperback]

Dr Dominic Wyse
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11 May 2007 1405840242 978-1405840248 1

It seems that concern around the literacy of our children has never been more prevalent in the press and media. Every day we hear new stories of failing schools and young adults leaving education without the basic reading and writing skills they need to fulfil their potential.

This groundbreaking new book will help you to help your children to develop a love of reading, writing and learning in general. It will prove vital to the thousands of parents who know that their child’s early successes in reading and writing could hold the key to a successful academic and professional future.

The book sets out to answer all the questions that parents ask themselves about their child’s reading and writing development:

·        When should I start reading to my child?

·        What should I read to them?

·        When I should I encourage my child to write?

·        What level of reading and writing should my child be at now?

·        What books should my child be reading?

·        What about school? Shouldn’t they be teaching my child the basics?

Offering independent support to parents, the book will to help you to respond positively to the demands of your child’s literacy needs. Covering ages from birth right through to age 11, and conveniently split in to age specific sections, the book will help you to ensure that your child’s learning is an organic, natural and highly enjoyable experience.

You don’t need to be an expert English teacher yourself either. Just by following the simple guidance and advice contained in this book will help you to give your children the head start they need.

·        Find out what kinds of books are suitable for your child.

·        Discover a world of engaging and fascinating literature for children of all ages.

·        Learn from the author’s extensive 10-year study on literacy.

·        See how you can actively support your child in their reading and writing and how you can get involved.

·        Learn about the impact of computer games, TV and modern technology on your child’s literacy.

 



Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (11 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405840242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405840248
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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... this book is less about gaining extra academic points and more about helping your child enjoy learning to read and write. Dr Dominic Wyse ... has researched the process of reading thoroughly: here he advises on what books to read with children at what ages as well as what games to play to make this a more interactive experience. -- Junior, October 2007

About the Author

Dominic Wyse has a strong international reputation in the field of the teaching and learning of reading and writing. He is a Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education at the University of Cambridge. His main research interests include the teaching of English; creativity; and the study of childhood. He has appeared recently on BBC Newsnight, the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 and BBC News 24 to offer academic comment on government proposals for the teaching of reading and the National Literacy Strategy.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read! 13 Nov 2009
As a mother of two young children I wanted to read this book for advice and encouragement on helping them learn to read and write. I was not disappointed. The book is very helpful in explaining the stages children usually go through and it was great to be able to identify these in my own children's behaviour and learning. The author does make it clear that there are no hard and fast rules about the age a child will be able to do certain things though so I did not feel I was having to compare or assess my children's progress. I enjoyed the way the author combines theory and practice as he relates his experiences with his own children. I have successfully tried out some of his suggestions such as book making and now understand and appreciate some of the things I have observed in my children's behaviour as valuable steps in the learning process. As a parent and a teacher I found this book helpful, informative and easy to read and thoroughly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent guide to early literacy 12 Mar 2008
Such an interesting, well-written guide to early literacy. This book would be useful for every parent - but what a pity it isn't compulsory reading for every teacher!! The author is extremely knowledgeable on the subject and this knowledge is backed by well-documented experiences with his own two children. At last someone writes with sense about how children begin their journey to literacy in a way that isn't influenced by current fads and trends.
The book is very well-presented, is clearly laid-out and is beautifully illustrated. A book to keep on the bookshelf and 'dip into' but also easy to read at a sitting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent book from Dominic Wyse 19 Aug 2007
Although printed on the cover ' for every parent of children from birth to eleven years' it is a worthwhile read for everyone with an interest in children's learning. It provides a readable overview of the process and interweaves perceptive comments on what education is all about ( politicians please read as well) The reader is respected in the quality of the text and there are relevant references to the author's personal experience with his own children. The book not only makes suggestions it is written to enable the reader understand the principles of how to make choices. It will prove invaluable.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
I looked forward to reading this book, both out of professional interest and as a parent, and found much to appreciate and enjoy. Dr. Wyse is a lucid and engaging writer, a passionate advocate of reading with children and encouraging their own reading and writing from the earliest age. He includes some excellent ideas and recommendations of specific titles for particular stages, and lively supporting examples of reading and writing approaches from children themselves.

However, Dr. Wyse does quote his experiences with his own children - clearly very bright and able, and with plenty of informed parental support - extensively, drawing general conclusions from their very particular circumstances. I'm not for underestimating children, but even parents committed enough to buy this book might find some of the expectations in it daunting. And as a synthetic phonics sceptic, Dr. Wyse gives very little book-room or credence to phonics teaching - a pity, given its increasing importance in early literacy teaching in the UK.

Those details aside, on the whole this is a highly useful and encouraging book, and especially valuable for its emphasis on communicating and reading with children in the early years, the foundations of confident and enjoyable reading for life.
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My boys are 6 and 8 and although this book is geared to parents of children as old as 11, I think that a lot of the information provided for that age group is less interesting. I think parents of children just learning to read and write would benefit much more.
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