You are your child's first teacher, and your challenge is to help your child become a successful reader. Does this mean you need to present daily lessons? No. This merely means you need to take an active part in helping your child with reading aloud and related activities. Helping Your Child Become a Successful Reader: A Guide for Parents is full of suggestions and offerings on how to do just that, as well as how to have fun while doing that. Presentation starts with addressing the read-aloud, that is the why, the how-to, and suggestions for reading aloud to children, as well as addressing attitudes and interests. It continues with help for pre-readers addressing pre-reading skills, phonemic awareness skills, and phonics skills. Presentation then continues with help for beginning readers, addressing vocabulary development, comprehension skills, and reading fluency. Included are suggestions for helping successful readers maintain skills, as well as suggestions for helping struggling and reluctant readers. Also included are helpful hints for getting involved in the school education process as well as activities for reading around the home, games to play, and summer activities. You may be surprised at how much a simple daily effort will pay off. Someday your child will start reading to you, and better yet, someday your child will pass along these activities to your grandchildren. That will be doubly rewarding and fun to watch.
Bruce Johnson has over 30 years of experience teaching reading to children from preschool through high school, as well as to college students and parents. He has also designed and presented numerous workshops for parents on how to help support their children's reading development. His workshop material has formed the basis for many of the chapters in this book. He also holds a Master's Degree in Reading Education and is currently a Reading Specialist with the Merrimack Valley School District in New Hampshire. Bruce Johnson is also the author of Involving Parents in Their Children's Reading Development: A Guide For Teachers.