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The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading Paperback – October 17, 2004
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About the Author
Sara Buffington has experience as a teacher and children's book editor. Now a freelance writer, Buffington is the co-author of The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and First Language Lessons, Level Three.
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The (231) daily lessons are very well structured, take about 10-15 minutes each, and provide excellent in-text directions for the teacher, so there is no preparation time. And I learned that because there are no pictures, the focus is on decoding the letters and applying the phonics rules without any distraction.
Optional activities/games are fun to choose from. I recommend getting the pre-printed index cards that go along with the lessons and games (directly from Peace Hill Press, about $5.00).
The book ends with "Reading a Really Long and Silly Word": supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Imagine your new reader to read that properly without problems, and YOU helped them to get there.
I gave the book 4 stars because it's simple, orderly, and lives up to it's name. However, I have a few issues so far that kept the book from getting 5 stars.
1) The poems in the first two sections. Yes, kids are great at memorizing things, but these are horrible. The very first letter caused problems for my son, who kept trying to say "first vowel" for both lines because the lines were so similar. Patterns are a wonderful way to memorize things, but these patterns weren't consistent. It made me wonder whether Jessie Wise had field-tested these on a variety of children before publishing them. I'm sure some kids will get them, but the combination of boring and inconsistent is a little too much for the short-vowel poem. The consonant poem is better - the pattern is consistent, and it's a little more fun (my son loved saying "/b/,/b/, bat" even though I didn't ask him to learn the poem), but after the short-vowel poem I opted to skip it. In my son's case it wasn't needed.
2) Other reviewers have noted a lack of phonemic awareness training, which I also noted.Read more ›
1) The layout of the pages is daunting for a child. There are lots of words, no pictures, nothing to visually set apart the words that the child reads except that they're a bit larger. It seems overwhelming and very un-child-friendly.
2) The practice stories often make no sense, and fail to capture my daughter's interest at all. An example from today: "The black snake did wish that he had a snack of mice. The snake did scan the grass to prey on mice. The grey mice sat on the rock and ate nuts. The snake came to the rock. Hey! The mice fled. They hid in holes. The snake will have no snack this day." Awkward wording, nothing particularly interesting about that, no pictures. The optional follow-up activity is to illustrate this story and label the items.
3) The practice sentences are way too long, and overwhelm new readers. For example, the child has just been introduced to the "fl" blend (lesson 50), and reads the sentence, "Ducks in flocks flit and flap on the flat pond." This sentence is too long, has onomotopeic words with which they may not be familiar (flit), and makes them use the new rule 4 times!!Read more ›
As a working mom, I only had time to work with her on weekends, school holidays and only a few evenings after school. By the middle of March, my daughter had moved 4 reading levels. My husband commented, "You are really the one teaching her to read." While I do think of homeschooling at some point, this book allowed me to impact my child's education now while I am working. As a beginning first grader, my daughter is already reading at a late third grade reading level and has moved up a grade for her reading lessons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is my go-to resource in explaining confusing concepts to an adult English language learner. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My daughter wanted nothing to do with reading unitl we started this book. I love the instruction it gives because I was unsure of how to teach. Simple and very helpful.Published 2 months ago by SS
This book has been a phenomenal follow up to the starter book my 5 year old began with: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. K.
Huge help for my 5/6 year old. She is reading wonderfully with this book as our guide. It's not flashy. It's straight forward and dry at times, but getting the job done. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SEKH
This is a great book for teaching reading. My son struggled at first but a few weeks into it he was doing great! Easy to understand and teach with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amanda Blakely
If you have been discouraged or if you are just nervous this book is awesome!! It lays everything out and makes it easy for you and the kids!!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has been an awesome addition to our curriculum and I feel my son is enjoying this method of teaching.Published 5 months ago by Mommy AC
I have 4 kids and my oldest daughter is 7. When we first started homeschooling, I tried several things to help teach her how to read. Read morePublished 6 months ago by H. Hill
So far, my five stars are based upon the honest description and prompt service of the seller. I am anxious to begin using the book now. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amanda James