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Reading Begins at Home

Preparing children for reading before they go to school

Reading Begins at Home is a book for parents of preschoolers. It is a straightforward account of proven ways in which parents can help their children with reading - before they go to school.

Updated to take account of the latest literacy research, Reading Begins at Home is the perfect book for early childhood educators to share with parents. It presents research-based ideas for at-home instruction in beginning reading concepts.

Internationally acclaimed reading authorities Dorothy Butler and Marie Clay offer their expertise to parents, guardians, grandparents, or anyone else interested in nudging young readers towards a lifetime of literacy. Their techniques are based on decades of exploring how young children come to read, on what they have to master to become readers, and on the relationship between a literate home and success in school.

Butler and Clay describe one-to-one learning situations that occur in everyday life and suggest ways they can be turned into opportunities for beginning reading instruction. They show how children can be gently introduced to the kind of instruction they will find at school as well as to concepts of print that will soon be key to their success.

Through immersion in high-quality books, direct instruction from adults, and simple encouragement, children can begin the process of becoming readers. Parents need to know how to implement these strategies at home. Reading Begins at Home can help them.

Ages: 0-6 | Pages: 64 | Code: GE0203 | ISBN: 9781869706012

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Marie Clay

For three decades Marie Clay has been acknowledged as a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and the prevention of learning disorders.

Her early academic work as a child psychologist involved the observation and study of children as they acquire literacy. An outcome of this research was the development of reliable tools for assessing progress with literacy learning and these instruments have been published and are widely used around the world today.

Marie's decision to focus on struggling learners and the resulting development of the Reading Recovery early intervention changed how the education community worldwide viewed these children's chances of becoming literate.

There are many other publications by Marie Clay in the areas of writing, oral language and classroom learning.


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