A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home

Diana King’s first ever book specifically for parents provides strategies and an initial teaching plan for a variety of foundational reading and writing skills. She then provides recommended purchasable resources for extending study in each of the areas. If you want to know how to help your child develop good reading and writing skills, this book is for you. If you are the parent of a child who struggles in school, this book is for you. If you want the best teaching strategies for helping your child at home -- from a master teacher with over half a century of experience – this book is for you. 

From the author, Diana Hanbury King: 

What drove me to write this guide for parents is recent encounters with middle and high school students with elementary skills – some even at a first or second grade level. Often the school had been reassuring, claiming that the student was bright, had about sixth-grade skills (survival level in most high schools), and would soon catch up. In essence, they were told there was no cause for alarm. Obviously, the parents were taken aback when I showed the results of my evaluation. Most reading and writing failure can be prevented by early intervention, even beginning before the child enters first grade. For the 20% of children who have dyslexia or other language-based difficulties, the foundational skills I’ve shared in this text are vital, while the child who shows no signs of dyslexia will soar with knowledge of these skills. 


Chapters include Sounds & Symbols, Phonology, Motor Component, Closed Syllables, a series of syllables and phonetic concepts, Syllable Division, Oral Reading Practice, Tackling Spelling, Paragraph Writing, Morphology, and Grammar & Sentence Structure. The text also includes a user-friendly glossary as well as recommended resources. 


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