Reading Reflex: The Foolproof Method for Teaching Your Child to Read

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9780140280388: Reading Reflex: The Foolproof Method for Teaching Your Child to Read

A step by step workbook which teaches the Phono-Graphix reading method. The book is comprehensive - giving teaching materials and pupil exercises - and practical, illustrating problems that may occur and how to deal with them. Carmen McGuinness is meeting John Stannard (Head of National Literacy Strategy) and Michael Barber (Head of Schools Effectiveness Unit) to demonstrate their method. 'A sparklingly-clear guide to teaching reading ... READING REFLEX is the essential handbook for anyone who wants to teach reading at home or in the classroom' Daily Telegraph

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If you believe Carmen and Geoffrey McGuinness, our children are in grave danger of becoming illiterates--and the McGuinnesses are the only ones who can save them. Reading Reflex is an exhaustive how-to guide for the reading instruction method they've developed called Phono-Graphix. Phonics and whole language take a beating here, with the authors accusing both methods of failing generations of would-be readers. Their approach, unabashedly touted as far superior, stresses the 43 sounds of the English language, treating letters as symbols of these sounds. Phono-Graphix teaches children to separate each phoneme in a word so that the phonemes can later be blended back in the right order. If this sounds familiar it's because the same method was heralded in 1997 in the well-publicized book Why Our Children Can't Read, by psychologist Diane McGuinness (Geoffrey's mother).

Parents may find the first long chapter on the history and process of learning how to read a bit tedious and technical. But since each chapter--and the method--builds on these thoughts, it's a must to read the book from cover to cover. Harder still is accepting the McGuinnesses' claim that Phono-Graphix has a 100 percent success rate. Much of the research cited in their book seems to have been conducted by the authors themselves, with no indication of comparison groups or follow-up studies. Still, numerous schools throughout the country and in England have adopted the method. And the McGuinnesses' tone of alarm may ring true for some parents frustrated with their children's struggles to read. Phono-Graphix represents a new alternative where none existed before. Future analysis by outside evaluators will show whether it deserves the confidence its creators possess. --Jodi Mailander Farrell

From the Back Cover:

HELP YOUR CHILD UNLOCK THE SOUND-PICTURE CODE

Reading is the single most important skill for any child to develop. And the key to learning how to read effectively is recognizing the sounds that letters and words represent. With the help of the revolutionary system known as Phono-Graphix, "TM" you and your child can discover the sound-picture code that is the foundation of the written English language.

An effective and easy-to-understand approach, Phono-Graphix enables you to teach your child to read in one-tenth the time of phonics with a 100 percent success rate. In just eleven weeks, you can bring your kindergartner to first-grade-level reading -- even learning-disabled children can reach grade level or higher in just twelve weeks.

Reading Reflex provides you with:
-- Simple diagnostic tests to determine your child's reading level, and a Literacy Growth Chart so you'll know what goals to establish
-- Detailed instructions and illustrations to help your child develop strong, consistent reading skills and to correct ineffective reading strategies such as part-word reading and memorizing
-- Fun and easy-to-follow exercises, hands-on materials, worksheets, stories, and games that you and your child can do together
-- Enjoyable lessons that are carefully constructed to meet the interests and capabilities of children of all ages

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