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Toe by Toe: A Highly Structured Multi-sensory Reading Manual for Teachers and Parents Paperback – 1 Dec 1993

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Toe by Toe; 1st Edition edition (Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952256401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952256403
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Toe by Toe


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Having tried lots of other ways to help my severely dyslexic but very intelligent oldest son, aged 8, I had almost given up. Having four young children my time is limited and so many other systems seemed to ask the impossible - and to blame you as a parent if you were simply unable to provide the sort of help that really only parents of only children can!
This system is different. Yes, you do need a few minutes of peace a day, but even I can do that. There is no huge barrier to overcome - it starts with the letters of the alphabet and moves on not step by step but as it says toe by toe.
After three weeks on the system my son gained nearly six months in reading age and better still he looked forward to doing his exercises each day. I showed him the end of the book and explained that reading that was where we were going to get to - together, toe-by-toe. He wantes to make it and he can see that he can do it - little by little. Now we are two months in - we haven't reassessed his reading age but he read a whole page of Harry Potter to himself recently, just like his friends do. Nine weeks ago he couldn't read the word 'dam' or 'set'. He seems six inches taller almost!
This has a lot to do with the fact that the book also implicitly boosts self confidence - there are no huge gaps to fill, and the exercises are each only minutely more advanced than the previous one so there is a good deal of familiar territory mixed in with the new things.
I simply have no criticisms for this book. As far as I am concerned this book is IT for dyslexia. Buy it and use it!
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This book goes through every small step of learning to read. If you like structure and rules then this method will help. You need a long term committment as with all dyslexic progress it is slow but it definately helps. You need a helper as well as the dyslexic. Not just for teachers, I work ten minutes a day with my daughter and we have both benefitted. I feel this is something I can do to help. You can make positive progress with this scheme but you need to keep at it.
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I can't stress enough the difference this book has made to my son. We are only two months into toe by toe and already his reading has dramatically improved. Its the best £25 you will ever spend.
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Our daughter had severe difficulties at school. When she was in "special needs", she learnt nothing, when she was in mainstream she was easy meat for the bullies. While we were fighting this, we believed what the teachers said ("English - good, arithmetic poor" and so on). When we asked "What can we do at home to help?" the answer always sounded like "well, not a lot. You can trust us to do the very best for her. But, you understand it is difficult" "Are you sure we can do nothing?" "No, really, don't worry"
This went on for years.

One day, about the age of ten (! yes, I had to check it, too, but we signed the book and dated it, so it must be right), she came home so pleased with herself. "We learned lots of new words today". So I asked "What were they?" Answer - "Elephant, Underground, Umbrella". "Hey that's really good. Show me". So she did, and she could read all the look and say cards for that day. Which would have been the end of it, except one of them was upside down. That seemed a bit too good to me. So I changed some more around. She could read all of them them upside down and sideways. At this, I became very suspicious. She could even read the three long words in a mirror. Well, I can only read upside down because of long experience negotiating across a desk with colleagues, and I can't do mirrors much myself, so that was really strange.

So I wrote down "Ground" and asked her to read it. Complete blank. OK. How about "ground" (small 'g'). Still blank. How about "Under" Still blank. So I said to my wife "This doesn't make sense" and we went through it all from the beginning. She could read "mat" (with great difficulty) and "cat" and "dog" with ease but "The cat sat on the mat" took minutes to puzzle out. "Janet and John" was simply impossible for her.
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3 months ago my 10 year old son, who is dyslexic, could not read the word 'say' and was very frustrated and angry with himself. I took him out of school to teach him myself a year ago because he was so unhappy. I have spent a lot of money and time trying to help my son learn to read.
Then I ordered toe by toe and it is the best thing that I have ever done for my son! It is realy simple for me and my son to follow and after just 3 months he is reading words like 'flakes' and 'children'. Best of all he is happy.
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I used to help out with young people at my school who had problems with their reading, writing and spelling during my final year at Secondary School. This book helped all of the people who used it, and now many of them have managed to stay on at school and complete their GCSEs successfully. Anyone who has difficulties with their reading, writing and spelling should get this book, it is one of the best investments they will ever make!
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Our daughter is dyslexic and we were advised to purchase this book. The book has been invaluable in helping our daughter to understand the sounds and learn to read words. She has greatly improved in her ability to read words although she does still struggle to read fluently. The book is very addictive both for ourselves and our daughter and it is very difficult to keep to the designated 20 mins maximum - she often wants to continue. I would thoroughly recommend this book to any parent/carer who is responsible for a child who is struggling to read. Absolutely fantastic.
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