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The Reading Remedy: Six Essential Skills That Will Turn Your Child Into a Reader Paperback – January 30, 2006
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A comprehensive reading guide that goes beyond the standard phonics method.
According to the author, a remarkable 40% of children have difficulty learning to read. The main problem, says Blank, is that most methods only cover one or two of the six essential reading skills, which make up her Phonics Plus Five system—rest assured, however, this is no flash-in-the-pan quick fix, Blank has over 40 years of experience in child psychology. After discussing the causes of the failures, she outlines the six skills of reading—sequencing (letter order), writing (letter creation), phonology (sounds), semantics (meanings), syntax (grammar) and text (books)—and offers in-depth treatment for each one. She maintains an even, simple tone throughout, encouraging readers to see the process through a child’s eye—with countless fun activities, word lists, sample content and pictures.
An invaluable resource for all child educators. --2005 Kirkus Reviews
"A new model for teaching reading—one that opens up all kinds of possibilities for children."
--Paul Orfalea, Kinko’s founder and chairperson emeritus
"This simple, straightforward, and time-tested approach and call to action should be treasured but above all heeded."
--Jeffrey A. Lieberman, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University and Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute
"In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Marion Blank draws on her extensive knowledge of how the brain processes language and the written word. The result is a practical guide that can help any child develop reading skills for a lifetime."
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
"The Reading Remedy is a tour-de-force that will be of enormous use to the millions of parents who dream of reading success for their children."
--Susan A. Rose, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Montefiore
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I bought the book after looking at the page where I had to decode Greek letters into English sentences. I was afraid that it was a gimmick and nothing more. I WAS WRONG. As a baby, no one taught you to talk or walk. And actually you didn't learn to read because of phonics. You learned to read in spite of it.
In the last 6 months I have read John Dewey's "How We Think", John Holt's "How Children Fail", and watched a National Geographic Special "Brain Child" that referred to the Carolina Abecedarian Project ([...]) at the University of North Carolina, I began to suspect that there was help for my children ages 6 and 10.
I believe this book will play a major part. My children's school taught them phonics with its hundreds of rules and exceptions but excluded hand writing just as Marion Blank writes in this book. With 40 years of teaching she has explained something that I've long suspected. Children learn the rules without having to hear or read them.
At the Children's Museum in Indianapolis ([...] I read this quote, "If we taught children to speak they would never learn." I found the quote in John Holt's book. Marion's explanations helped me see that reading is much the same way. What children need are the skills to learn. Then they will learn to read automatically.
I REPEAT, "BUY THIS BOOK!"