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Teaching Kids to Read for Dummies


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Introduction. Part I: Preparing Your Child for the Road Ahead. Chapter 1: The Wonder and Power of Reading. Chapter 2: The Pre-Reader: Leading Up to Letters. Chapter 3: Tigers and Teachers: Listening to Letters. Chapter 4: m or n? b or d? Looking at Letters. Chapter 5: Blending Letters Together. Chapter 6: Four Special Sounds in Reading: ch, sh, ph, and th. Part II: Building Words from Letters and Sounds. Chapter 7: Getting Ready for Words and Sentences. Chapter 8: Reading Short a Words. Chapter 9: Reading Short e, i, and o Words. Chapter 10: Reading Short u Words. Part III: Advancing to Sight Words and Long Vowel Sounds. Chapter 11: Understanding Sight Words. Chapter 12: Making Big Progress with Little Rules. Chapter 13: y: A Letter Like No Other. Part IV: Scary Stuff Beginning with S:Soft Sounds, Suffixes, Syllables, and Silent Letters. Chapter 14: Soft Sounds. Chapter 15: Endings (a.k.a. Suffixes). Chapter 16: Chunks of Sound, or Syllables. Chapter 17: Time to Growl: ar, or, er, ir, and ur. Chapter 18: Silent (But Not Deadly) Letters. Chapter 19: Getting Beyond Sounds and Rules. Part V: Reading, Reading, and More Reading. Chapter 20: Choosing Just-Right Reading Books. Chapter 21: Writing and Workbooks. Chapter 22: Having Your Child Read Out Loud. Chapter 23: Keeping Your Child on the Reading Track. Chapter 24: When to Get Help for Your Child. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 25: More Than Ten Word Families. Chapter 26: Ten Phonics Rules. Chapter 27: Ten Things to Help Your Budding Reader. Chapter 28: Ten Reading Teachers? Resources. Appendix: A Word Family Tree. Index.

About the Author

Tracey Wood, MEd, is a children's reading specialist. She has been teaching children to read and advising their parents and teachers for 20 years.


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