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Children’s first teachers—their parents—get first crack at nudging them toward becoming readers. Drawing on 30 years’ experience as an educator and literacy expert, Gentry offers sound advice on how parents can develop strong reading and writing skills in children starting at birth through age seven. He provides plenty of activities through five literacy learning phases, from a child’s early attempts at scribbling to handling early-reader books alone. Gentry’s advice ranges from the well known (reading to children at an early age and talking to them at length and in an encouraging manner to help develop vocabulary) to the more neurological based (understanding the importance of drawing as a preparation for learning to read). He tackles the debates on reading theories—whole language versus phonics-based. Using age-specific vignettes, he describes capabilities and methods of teaching reading and writing, focusing on a child’s individual development, and advises parents on how to monitor development and “test” for progress. An abundance of graphics add to the value of this useful resource for parents. --Vanessa Bush

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Library Journal, 7/8/10
“Gentry provides concrete teaching examples that are easy to implement; his user-friendly lessons offer opportunities for parents to have fun with children while they learn.”

Booklist, August 2010
“Gentry offers sound advice on how parents can develop strong reading and writing skills in children starting at birth through age seven…An abundance of graphics add to the value of this useful resource for parents.”

Blogcritics, 7/17/10
“An excellent handbook for caregivers of young children to prepare them for a lifetime of reading…In addition to a thorough explanation of what to teach and how to teach, this book lists a variety of fun materials that can be adapted for in-home use…As an educator for over 30 years who spent much time each day attempting to teach slow learners how to read, I must recommend Raising Confident Readers to anyone with a small baby or toddler at home. Why? Because of the emphasis the book places on what can be done from birth until the child enters school that will foster good reading skills.”
 
Tucson Citizen 7/29/10
“In his book, Dr. Gentry offers a user-friendly plan so that parents can help their children form a solid foundation for developing reading and writing skills.”
 
MomDivas.com, 8/2/10
“The information you’ll glean from Raising Confident Readers is invaluable and will have you hooked on the book, whether you choose to follow his system or not.”
 
Reading2008.com, 8/3/10
“If you want to help your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartner learn to read—in fun and satisfying ways—Raising Confident Readers is the book for you.”
 
Plymouth, August 2010
“Offers a phenomenal look into the phases of reading development, and offers quick and simple exercises for parents to use to get their children to an appropriate reading level…A must read for any parent looking to improve or enhance their child’s ability.”
 
January, August 2010
“Gentry’s book is clear, loving, lucid and simple to use. If you have a very young child at home or are expecting one in the future, read Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write -- from Baby to Age 7. Anyone could follow Gentry's gentle program. And everyone should.”
 
Bookviews, September 2010
“If you have a youngster returning to school with poor reading skills you need to step in and help. This book will show you how.”
 
San Francisco Book Review and Sacramento Book Review, October 2010
“This book is highly recommended for a firm grasp on your child’s introduction to a world of reading and writing…a gem of a resource…Q&A’s and covered topics for reading challenges such as dyslexia make this read an investment for both your child and you.”
 
Learning Disabilities Worldwide Newsletter, November/December 2010
“If you want to help your toddler, preschooler, or kindergartner learn to read—in fun and satisfying ways…[and]…If you want to increase the odds that your young child will not suffer from reading disabilities, Raising Confident Readers is the book for you.”

Washington Parent, March 2011
“Gentry provides quick and simple lesson plans that can be done virtually anytime, anywhere, from in the car to in the bath!”

 

SmartParenting.com, 4/7/11
“I encourage parents to get hold of this book so they can help their kids appreciate reading. It will help them get behind the process of learning how to read and find activities that will suit their child no matter what stage he’s in.”

ANovelMind.com, 7/21/11
“Enlightening.”

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 1 edition (July 13, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738213977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738213972
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raising Confident Readers: How to Teach Your Child to Read and Write--from Baby to Age 7is an excellent handbook for caregivers of young children to prepare them for a lifetime of reading. It is obvious from the books cover that the instructions and guidelines inside are meant for children from birth until approximately age seven.

The book divides the teaching of reading into distinct stages:
Phase 0: 0 to age 3
Phase 1: 3 to age 5 - Depending on what happens at home
Phase 2: 3 to age 6 - Depending on what happens at home
Phase 3: 4 to age 6 - Depending on what happens at home
Phase 4: 4 to age 7 - Depending on what happens at home

It appears that from birth, Author Gentry insists that good reading habits can be started by caregivers reading aloud to their newborn with the infant held in a position to clearly see the moving lips of the reader. At this early stage, comprehension is not important. It is the modeling of the behavior of reading that will slowly transfer to a baby as s/he begins to develop.

Raising Confident Readers places tremendous emphasis on labeling familiar items in a child's room: bed, chair, window, light, and referring to these items often during the day each time the baby/toddler is in that room. It is critical that a caregiver point to the word sliding pointer finger from left to right while pronouncing the word.

As the child learns to manipulate writing tools (crayons, thick pencils, finger paint, etc.
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I read this book in the Library. I like how Dr Gentry selected the age group to separate the activities for phases. If you decide to read it you have to be committed to follow the process.... It is very interesting and fun. You need to work it and at the end it will work for you and your LO. If you are teaching another language you'll have to work a little more looking for proper books and how those other-language-words are made, so you can teach them correctly. The most important thing is that your LO can develop love for reading, reading comprehension, etc.... Let the journey begin!!!
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Very good resource with a great discussion about reading. Parents will feel empowered to impact the reading of their children. The author also relates the development of reading skills to writing and gives activities that parents can use at each stage of development to engage their little ones.
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This is a fantastic book for children with young children and primary grade teachers. The explanations of what a child should be doing at each age and the description of the stages of reading are right on.
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My daughter is only 2 so the beginning served my educational needs. As a Stay at Home Momma I wanted learn a little more about how infants and Toddlers learned to read. This book fit the ticket! It is a quick read and explains some of the history of the Modern Educational system, which I really enjoyed learning about. It also helps explain the gaps in education based on how much time is spent or not spent reading to a toddler. I have been able to apply many of the suggestions in this book to our daily life. So far our daughter has shown a love for books and reading and her vocabulary is very advanced in part to the time we have spent working with her and using the philosophies described in Raising Confident Readers.
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I went into reading this book already a fan of Dr. Richard Gentry after having read an awesome article he recently wrote about children's literacy. This book did not disappoint one bit. I highly recommend that parents and teachers, as well as adults who work with kids in some other capacity, take the time to read this book. It is full of valuable information and practical tips to help you, as the title says, raise confident readers. I especially appreciated that was a wide age range addressed and there were specific tips given for each age group, instead of being all lumped together. This made the tips easy to locate and easy to implement. I am passionate about not only making sure my kids know how to read well, but helping them LOVE to read, and this book gave me lots of ideas to help move them along their literacy journey.
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Avid readers tend to be happy, creative people; at least in my experience. This is a great manual for creating lifelong learners. See p. 74 for baby reading recommendations. Outstanding, thank you Richard Gentry!
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Very good resource to help our twin grandsons with their reading and writing skills. Dr. Gentry knows how to help children.
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