Talking Their Way to Literacy: Read An Extract From 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading

Talking Their Way to Literacy: Read An Extract From 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading

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Talking their way to literacy

It is mid-winter and I’m sitting in a crowded surgery waiting room. It smells of wet woollen jumpers and feels overheated. I can almost see the germs multiplying in the stuffiness. I’m here to see the GP for a referral, and apart from one other man and his child, I’m the only one without a cold. As I rub some antibacterial sanitiser into my hands, I scan the room to see how many people might be ahead of me. What I see is a room filled with adults engrossed with their smartphones or devices.

I don’t have a problem with this. I may even join them.

But just then, a toddler places a well-loved toy car in her carer’s lap and babbles away with a big smile. I watch as the carer places the toy on the floor and pushes it along, his eyes never leaving his device and never a word escaping his lips. The child, unfazed, pushes the car under a chair and heads back to the toy basket. I watch her, amused as she selects and disregards items according to criteria known only to her. In no time, toys are strewn about the floor.

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Publisher details

7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading
Author
Louise Park
Publisher
Allen & Unwin
Genre
Non Fiction
Released
01 February, 2020

Synopsis

A timely reference for parents and teachers who want to see their children reading for the love of it, by an acknowledged expert in the field.

Generation Alpha is the swiper, pincher, tapper cohort, the first to grow up with devices in their hands. They are breaking new ground as a result of technological advances, while you, their parents, are having to navigate these uncharted waters. Literacy is the single most important thing we can teach kids. If they can read, all other learning will follow. Learn how to futureproof your child's literacy in a rapidly changing world, and give them the best chance of success. Louise Park has spent decades watching children working away at this reading thing. As a teacher, children's author and leading educational consultant, she knows better than anyone how the goalposts have shifted over time. The road to literacy has never been smooth, but now there is the added challenge of digital distractions. Louise will show you how to make the most of both digital and traditional forms of reading, as well as setting out commonsense plans for making a reader of your child.Based on scientific research and presented in a friendly, accessible style for time-poor parents, the seven simple steps will lead your Generation Alpha child to an irreplaceable love of reading.'Simple, practical and inspiring - what a treasure! This book contains all you need to know in order to help children to become enthusiastic, proficient and joyful readers.' - Andy Griffiths'This awesome book should be in every community, library, school and home. A triumph.' - Gabbie Stroud'An essential book for every parent - the pages are filled with all the tools and understanding you need to get your child reading.' - Matt Stanton'Bold, assured and waffle free ... warm and non-judgemental. This book inspired me to make some simple, positive changes to our home routines.' - Lucinda Gifford
Louise Park
About the author

Louise Park

Louise Park is an acknowledged literacy expert and widely published author for children, and has been involved in education and publishing for over 30 years. As an education consultant, she scopes, reviews and assesses education content, and is also an active ambassador for Indigenous children, English as a second language students, and children at risk. She has written over 250 books for children aged 2-12, and is regularly invited to speak at education conferences, reading symposiums and literature festivals. She is in schools on a regular basis as an author and educator working with staff, parents and students. As one half of the Mac Park writing duo, Louise co-authored Allen & Unwin's successful D-Bot Squad series of early readers. Today, she continues to combine her knowledge of English, literacy and reading acquisition with children's publishing.

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