The "Dick and Jane" readers of 60 years ago have gone the way of poodle skirts and saddle oxfords, and while it's fun to reminisce about those long-ago years, most of us don't worry too much about the ever-changing styles that come and go.
There is one change that is important, and it's the way our children are taught to read. Gone are the days of repetitive, short sentences telling the reader to "Look, look." "See Dick." "See Dick run."
Educators today tell us that early readers do better at acquiring reading skills if sentences flow in a more natural manner, like the spoken word. They also point out that the accompanying pictures should actually be interpretive of the text. Most people will see that this makes perfect sense.
As a parent and grandparent, this writer feels that keeping a child interested in the story is probably more important than getting all the words correct when that child is learning to read. But keeping a new learners interest is the hard part.
This is where teachers play a huge role in the learning process. It involves individual and group activities pertaining to the story. This might include such things as word flash cards, sentence strips, pictures to color and printed matching exercises.
Parents can help their new reader in so many ways. It's important to remember that not only will they become knowledgable, but as a result, their comprehension and grasp of the English language as they grow up will continue to enlarge their lives.
Barnes and Noble: My first I can read series
- Biscuit Finds A Friend- by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Most children likes soft furry puppies, and Biscuit is a real winner. With short sentences and simple concepts, children will readily understand from the written word and accompanying pictures what is going on. Price: $3.99 There are several books about Biscuit in this series.
- The Horse In Harry's Room- Author Syd Hoff takes children into the fantasy world of imaginary friends. Harry has an imaginary horse that stays in his room, and it's a big secret. Again, the text and pictures help in understanding concepts, such as jumping and going in circles. Price: $3.99.
- Frog And Toad Are Friends- By Arnold Lobel. This writer actually used this particular series as a first reader in her ESL class. A celebration of friendship is the key ingredient to be found in this delightful series of books. Price: $3.99
- Danny And The Dinosaur- Also by Syd Hoff. This story is about Danny's trip to the museum. He saw many things that impressed him, but when he saw the dinosaur, he thought out loud, that it would be fun to play with one. Imagine his surprise when the dinosaur answered him. Price: $3.99
- Little Critter Series- Author Mercer Mayer tackles family life in an entertaining and fun way. The first book in the series, "Just Helping My Dad," talks about spending the day with father. The pictures are very colorful, and the scenes depicted are perfect for an informal discussion with the young reader about what is taking place. Price: All books in this series are $3.99 each.
There are hundreds of books for new readers on the market today. This brings up another tip for getting your child interested in reading, let them choose the book they would like to read.
Be sure to take a few minutes to view the accompanying video. The speaker has several suggestions to help get your child reading, and keep them reading.