We all know that literacy is the single most important thing we can teach our children and now more than ever there are great challenges when it comes to helping our children master reading.
Generation Alpha is the first generation to grow up with devices in their hands, so this is new territory for parents when it comes to thinking about the best way to futureproof their reading success.
However, help is at hand! Louise Park, is a leading Australian educational consultant, teacher and best-selling author and has spent decades helping children learn how to read and her new book 7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading is an absolute gift – the perfect reference for parents who not only want to pass on a love of reading to their child but one of the most essential life skills.
The book takes you through the 7 steps below:
- Talking their way to literacy
- Reading their way to literacy
- Linking writing and reading
- Taming the tech and making it count
- Harnessing the power of book ownership
- Embracing two reading philosophies
- Finding just-right books for any age
Filled with interesting facts about reading that will dispel myths and get you thinking about the most effective way to help your child with their reading, you will find yourself referring to this book time and again.
Within the steps, Louise goes through the science of how our brains master the skill of reading – it doesn’t come naturally! How talking to babies and young children and playing games that will help get them reading ready are an important head start.
There are tips for reading with different age groups along with things to avoid, an exploration of digital and electronic vs paper, the importance of a good pencil grip and making sure kids are writing.
Each chapter focuses on one of the seven steps and is filled with facts and practical info and there is a quick glance summary at the end of each to take away.
There is just so much more packed into these 200+ pages – I would highly recommend getting your hands on one to take a look for yourself. Many parents will be interested in the chapter ‘Taming the tech and making it count’ where Louise looks at the good and the bad and how you can ensure a balance. Most importantly how you can make sure that literacy time is not compromised by screen time!
You’ll also be please to know that the more books you give to your child the better – the perfect excuse for another trip to the bookshop and library.
Louise Park also has a website that is packed with resources so jump on here and take a look.