It has been my pleasure to receive and review this book published by JKP Books and written by Valerie Muter and Helen Likierman. Dr Muter is a research psychologist and Dr Likierman is a child psychologist therefore both are well placed to write and advise on the subject of learning to read.
This book is particularly aimed at children who find reading and language skills more of a challenge than their peers. Children with special educational needs and in particular those with dyslexia will benefit from using this book. It is also useful for children in the EYFS and other early readers.
The theme running throughout this book is that parents and children can enjoy the book together. There are activities aimed at strengthening phonological awareness, encouraging active listening and story telling as well as many more useful activities. it is thought that 1 in 10 people in the UK are dyslexic so a book that is packed with expertise and aimed particularly at children with dyslexia is very welcome.
The book aims to help children to learn the alphabet, learn the sounds of the letters and how to say them, increase phonological awareness and link letter sounds with printed letters. From using this book it is also hoped that children will develop spoken language skills, listening skills, increased vocabulary and develop good use of grammar and story telling skills. These are all prerequisites to learning to read.
The book has clear instructions for parents for how to use the book. There is advice on how to work with a child who has language and reading difficulties and advice for parents who are worried about the slower rate at which their child is progressing. The Alphabet Recycle story is green themed and is a delightful story which made me want to read to the end. Children will love it and they will enjoy practising the activities that follow.
On page 47 there is information relating to dyslexia and parents are told exactly why their children may be struggling with learning to read and spell. Some facts about dyslexia are given which parents may find reassuring. The book goes on to discuss seven phonological awareness games including segmenting syllables and finding same initial sound words. All of the activities throughout the book are for parents and children to complete together and are fun to do. There are finger tracing activities that will help the child to link the letter with the sound.
The green theme is continued throughout the book and other subjects are touched upon in the activities. For example, science and geography along with DT are featured as the children are encouraged to make things that they are using to learn to read. This is a lovely touch and will ensure that children throughly enjoy the activities.
In summary this book will be welcomed by parents who wish to hep their children to practise their reading and language skills at home. The book is green themed throughout and features exciting activities which will help the children to stay on task and remain interested. The book features colourful pictures and cut out activities that may be used over and over again. it is therefore good value for money.
I strongly recommend this book to parents and teachers of children with special educational needs or those who need extra help in the foundation stage.