Most of us barely remember how we learned to read. We were very little and the process, understandably, was gradual. So now that you are faced with raising your own reader, how and where do you begin? Raising a Reader, Naturally, guides you through the process, right from birth, in a natural, pleasant and reassuring way. It guides you through the "how" and helps you understand the "why." It also explains how a child, or anyone for that matter, mentally processes information as together you undertake this important journey. While reading to your child is important, it is not enough. There is much more to consider, to understand.
Today myriads of studies and researchers remind us of what parents of early readers have always practiced -- always known. Early and successful readers are not born. They are lovingly nurtured and guided right from the moment of birth. Young readers are a product of senior partners who understand that it is just as important to nurture their child intellectually as it is to change their diapers, teach them to kick a ball, or feed them those icky green beans. It is the senior partner that makes all the difference -- it has little to do with the family genes. Early and successful readers can sprout anywhere and everywhere -- basically it is all up to you. As a teacher, reading specialist and consultant to what at this point amounts to literally hundreds, may thousands, of students, teachers, parents and volunteer tutors, I am always amazed at how much can be accomplished when someone cares. While this book begins with raising a reader from birth, the same principles apply to assisting any new or reluctant reader at any age. It is a must read for caregivers, teachers and tutors who are wondering, "Where to begin?" Raising a Reader, Naturally, is not an academic textbook, nor does it advocate any particular reading method, drills or prescribed exercises. It simply asks a knowledgeable and caring parent or caregiver to be there, to raise a successful reader naturally -- through sensitivity, guidance and grace.