HOME GUIDE TO EARLY READING by Toni Could

HOME GUIDE TO EARLY READING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Toni Gould, along with her mother and sister-in-law, developed the Stern Structural Reading Program, a sequential, modified linguistic approach. Here she adapts those admired classroom techniques to the home so that interested preschoolers can have the option of learning to read from parents prepared to teach them. She discusses the incidentals in an environment (mobiles in the crib, pots with fitted lids) that can help children master preliminary skills, and also suggests ""games"" to facilitate language growth. Although many seem like playing school at home and the preparation of materials takes time, parents can do a lot with a handful of magic markers, some 3"" x 5"" cards, and a few magazine pictures. The emphasis is on patience, a relaxed frame of mind, the crucial willingness to stop if there is no progress: parental apprehension can be more damaging than no lessons at all. A former classroom teacher and occasional tutor for children with disabilities, Gould is aware of the advantages of early intervention in dealing with learning problems, a course she adamantly discourages parents from undertaking personally--tutors have the necessary detachment, parents can't. Some of her strictures are idiosyncratic, others controversial (referring only to the sounds, not the names, of alphabet letters) but her sources (Bruner, de Hirsch, Chall) are first-rate and her insistence on the significance of attitude is forcefully made. (Useful appendices--books for children and parents.)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Walker