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Native Reading: How To Teach Your Child To Read, Easily And Naturally, Before The Age Of Three Paperback – March 5, 2008
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I decided to shelve the teaching for a while and seek out another teaching method, when my copy of "Native Reading" finally arrived. I gobbled up the book in three or four nights, and found it so fascinating that I re-read it again while taking notes so as to absorb even more of the tips. It's a shame that this book is not more well-known because it's something every parent should read from day one. It's a quick read, with plenty of simple, easy-to-implement techniques to help your child become a native reader. A native reader learns to read naturally, from exposure by the parent to a variety of activities which help link spoken language to written language. The focus is on keeping things interesting, engaging and fun for your child - which is something other reading programs advertise, but in all honesty, don't do well.
Native reading techniques are so fun, natural and unobtrusive for children that they don't even know they are learning. That is the beauty of the tips that Timothy Kailing shares.Read more ›
However, his conclusion that most (if not all) children would naturally learn to read with these straight-forward suggestions doesn't really hold up. His only proof that his method works is that his 2 children learned to read using this method. He, therefore, assumes not that his children had any sort of predisposition to early reading (as some children clearly do) but that it should work for everyone. I did nearly all of these things naturally without reading his book (and I cannot image that I am the only one) and my 5 year-old never naturally learned to read. I honestly would not have been surprised if she had because she was very aware of written language from a young age and met all of his other "signs that it's working," but she never just naturally started reading. In the last year, she has started reading because of some very laid-back phonics instruction, but she is still not fluent.
Additionally, this whole book could have been easily shortened into one nice article without all the babbling and repeating in the book.
Bottom-line: I can't see any down-side to an early and consistent introduction to the written word but don't hold your breath waiting for your 2-year-old to start reading Shakespeare.
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I ordered this book back in 2010-2011 before my baby was born. I just sent the link to someone and decided it was time for me to put my review, since there are so many reviews... Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Inga Goodwin
This book was very interesting for me to read. It was reccomended by a friend and I did like a lot of the ideas. Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Jen-nay
I would echo the content of all the other favorable reviews for this book regarding the book itself. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Nicole
This book is superb. The approach makes so much sense -- I can't believe it hasn't been more universally accepted (yet). The techniques are easy. And it's intelligently written. Read morePublished on January 12, 2011 by SFmomma
I first started using the techniques when my daughter was 4 months old. It was really easy because all the 12 techniques listed were just a part of our play time routine. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by T. Maggard
As someone who began reading at an early age, I wanted to impart this same skill and a love of reading to my child. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by Emma Sarkozy
I don't think I'll be able to force myself to read this all the way through. This is definitely browse and highlight what you find most useful material. Read morePublished on January 12, 2009 by Roy Pickering