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Books include Books That Teach Word Families, 70 Wonderful Word Family Poems, 25 Emergent Reader Mini-Books, Remediating Reading Difficulties and others.
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25 Read and Write Mini books that Teach Word Families by Nancy I. Sanders
    Children love to make and color their own little books for 25 of the word families. The illustrations add to the humor. The text has instructions for making the books, additional activities, and word family cards.
70 Wonderful Word Family Poems: A Delightful Collection of Fun-To-Read Rhyming Poems With an Easy-To-Use Lesson Plan for Teaching the Top 35 Word Families by Jennifer Wilen and Beth Handa
    As is stated on the book's cover: "Every poem gives kids plenty of opportunities to see a word family in action." See the excerpts at Amazon. The book has details about how to get the most out of using it. This is not for independent reading as much as it is for an entertaining way to teach word families. An adult should read the poem. Stop at each word family word (which is conveniently in red) and ask the child to read the word. This is great for individual or group work. It is refreshing, entertaining, and creative.
25 Emergent Reader Mini-Books (Grades K-1) by Maria Fleming
    Topics include simple stories about family, friends, animals, the five senses, seasons, and food. In the excerpt from Amazon, view the surprise me option to see actual samples. Children love to color, cut, and read their own books. They are a convenient size for little hands.
Remediating Reading Difficulties
    Sharon J Crawley and King Merritt
      Excerpts at Amazon list the titles of the book's 9 units, 31 chapters and 9 appendices.
      Units include "Vocabulary" and "Speakers of Other Languages."
      Chapters include "Decreasing Faulty Habits," "Memory Aids," and "Suggestions for Parents."
      Appendices include "Common Phonograms" and "Developing a Teaching Kit."

      Remediating Reading Difficulties has numerous practical, easy-to-implement activities for regular and special education as well as for the prevention on reading problems. In the area of reading comprehension alone, there are over 100 activities. The organization of the book makes it a quick reference tool. It presents learning theories with practical applications for basic skills to higher-level skills. One of the children's books listed in the chapter on "Memory Aids" is Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills.

NEW 10 Minutes a Day to Reading Success
Activities and Skill Builders to Help Your First Grader Learn to Love Reading

by Editors of Houghton Mifflin Company

and

NEW 10 Minutes a Day to Reading Success
Activities and Skill Builders to Help Your Second Grader Learn to Love Reading

by Editors of Houghton Mifflin Company

Busy parents and children enjoy these short reading lessons. Akin to a cookbook, each project has suggestions for variations, a suggested length of time, etc. Although 10 minutes if often the average time, experience shows they can last from 10 to 25 minutes. They should not be rushed to fit into time restraints. There are suggestions for parents and checklists for children. The books cover some of the essentials of phonics, comprehension, and critical thinking skills.

NEW Easy Lessons for Teaching Word Families (Grades K-2)
by Judy Lynch

The book includes terminology talk which shows how to describe these concepts to children: onset, rime, rhyme, nonsense words, phonemic awareness, phonics. On The Learning Abilities Books site, see details and examples about these concepts at Phonics' Failures and Fun with Phonology.

The book contains specific instructions for how to get the most from the lessons.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, Elaine Bruner
    This is the SRA Reading Mastery Program: DISTAR. Read customer reviews at Amazon.com. This book presents an effective program as it is adapted for parent and child to use at home. They recommend twenty minutes a day for the lessons. It is an easy-to-follow method which has you read from a script in your instruction. It has drills and instructional reading. Students learn auditory blending. The shape of some letters is changed to provide clues such as "th" is connected to help children realize this represents one sound. A silent "e" is written smaller to show that it is not pronounced. These markings are gradually phased out as students advance.
The Reading Lesson by Michael Levin, Charan Langton
    This course takes a child from no reading skills to the second grade level of reading. The reading method is based on phonics, key-word recognition, and whole language. In every lesson, there are delightful stories that are simple, short, and fun. With its innovative guided-reading approach, the 20 step-by-step guided reading lessons provide an easy to follow recipe for teaching reading.



The Reading Lesson with CD-ROM by Michael Levin, Charan Langton

    This is the same book with a CD-ROM.

NEW Learn the Alphabet Arts and Crafts
by Roberta Willenken

The publisher, Scholastic, gives permission for copying activity sheets for classroom or home use. However, they state that no other parts may be copied in an effort to avoid purchasing the boxed curriculum. This is an excellent, creative resource for helping children learn their letters and make their own books. See more resources on the Literacy and Making Children's Books page of the Learning Abilities Books site.

NEW The SUPER Book of Phonics Poems
by Linda B. Ross The poems are funny and delightful. Be sure to study the Introduction, How to Use This Book, and Teaching Strategies. As they say, "If all else fails, read the directions." Parents, teachers, and children enjoy the poetry activities and poems for each sound letter relationship.

On The Learning Abilities Books site, see additional opportunities to enjoy poetry using the techniques in this book: Phonics' Failures and Fun with Phonology.

See Johnny Read! The 5 Most Effective Ways to End Your Son's Reading Problems by Tracey Wood, M.Ed.
    The author is a reading consultant who helps children sprint ahead in their reading skills. In her SPRint method, she presents three essentials for teaching reading systematically and well: Sight words, Phonics, and Reading. She has an interesting presentation of reading and real reading. This is a thorough text for parents and tutors which reads like a lively conversation with a friend. Experiences and techniques are presented in a clear, step-by-step manner. It also has valuable suggestions for working effectively with school personnel, being a tutor, selecting a tutor, dealing with behavioral issues, etc.
How to Reach & Teach Children & Teens With Dyslexia by Cynthia M. Stowe
    This book presents basic principles of instruction in reading, spelling, writing, math, and it offers information for adults with dyslexia. There are over 50 activity sheets and insights from people who have experience with dyslexia. The author has experience as a special education teacher, a school psychologist, and a writer of children's books.
The Writing Road to Reading: The Spalding Method of Phonics for Teaching Speech, Writing and Reading (Fifth Edition) by Romalda Bishop Spalding, Walter T. Spalding (Contributor)
    The first edition of this book was published in 1957. The Spalding method is similar to that of Montessori. For more detailed description, read the customer reviews at amazon.com. The newest edition makes explicit the insights and classroom techniques that were inferred in earlier editions of the text, making The Method easier to teach and learn, and making supplements and guides unnecessary. Spalding students learn the structure of the language, how to analyze literature, to apply critical thinking skills across the curriculum, and to apply what they have learned in their own writing. The fifth edition also explains how current research validates the multisensory, integrated total language arts methodology of The Writing Road to Reading.
101 Ways to Help Your Child Learn to Read and Write by Richard and Mary Behm
    Many of us miss great opportunities for teaching during ordinary experiences. The authors present suggestions for bedtime, TV, car rides, vacation, the grocery store, the kitchen, etc. Teachers have appreciated being able to share the English and Spanish editions of this book with many families who need it. Both editions can help Spanish speaking families who want to help their children learn English as a second language. The books are published by The ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading & Communication Skills.
Order Spanish Edition.
Phonics from A to Z: A Practical Guide (Teaching Strategies) by Wiley Blevins
    A reading specialist presents a user-friendly resource for the stages of reading development, alphabet recognition, and phonemic awareness, word lists, and much more. The Illustrations appeal to young children. The book has been effective in regular and special education.

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