Table of Contents for Teach Yourself Helping Your Child to Read


acknowledgements ix
introduction x
01 how to read to your child (0-11 years) 1
reading is not the same as reading aloud
2
how to read aloud
3
reading aloud to your baby (0-12 months)
5
reading aloud to your toddler (1-3 years)
7
reading aloud to your pre-school child (3-4 years)
9
reading aloud to your 4-7-year-old
10
reading aloud to older children (7-11 years)
13
frequently asked questions
14
summary
15
02 reading and your baby (0-12 months) 20
laying down the foundations for literacy
21
talking to your baby
21
songs, rhymes and rhythms
23
sharing a book with your baby (0-5 months)
24
sharing a book with your baby (6-12 months)
27
baby signing
31
parental angst
33
TV and the young baby
34
frequently asked questions
35
summary
37
03 reading and your toddler (1-2 years) 38
developing talk
39
talking to your toddler
40
playing with language
41
the magical world of books
42
how to share books with your toddler
44
when to share books with your toddler
45
a day in the life of a toddler and her books
46
what books will my toddler enjoy?
47
TV and the toddler
51
everyone wants a smarter child
54
frequently asked questions
55
summary
57
04 reading and your child (2-3 years) 58
developing talk
59
talking to your toddler
60
developing conversation
61
extending vocabulary through reading
62
when should I share books with my toddler?
64
independent 'reading'
66
picture comprehension
67
language comprehension
67
what kinds of books should I share with my toddler?
68
the sound of language
74
TV and the 2-3-year-old
75
not the three Rs but the three Ts!
77
frequently asked questions
78
summary
82
05 reading and your child (3-4 years) 83
chatterboxes
84
speaking clearly
85
extending vocabulary through reading
87
when should I share books with my child?
88
what kinds of books should I share with my child?
91
encouraging your child to read alone
97
what literacy skills will my child learn at nursery?
97
helping your child to tune in to the sounds of language
98
TV and the 3-4-year-old
103
frequently asked questions
105
summary
109
06 reading and your child (4-5 years) 110
language development
111
story telling
112
what kinds of books should I read to my child?
115
introducing book features as you read
120
using TV wisely
121
what is meant by the term 'Foundation Stage'?
124
supporting your child's learning
125
helping your child with phonics
126
frequently asked questions
134
summary
138
07 reading and your child (5-7 years) 139
the journey to becoming a reader
140
how difficult is it to read?
141
how is reading taught?
143
reading schemes
146
how to listen to your child read to you
148
how do schools assess reading?
154
the importance of reading to your child
156
literacy games
157
TV and computers
164
frequently asked questions
165
summary
170
08 children who can read (7-11 years) 171
why might children stop reading?
172
how to keep your child reading
174
frequently asked questions
176
summary
177
09 children who find reading difficult (7-11 years) 178
why do some children find it more difficult than others to learn to read?
179
how will I know if my child is having literacy difficulties?
179
why might my child be having difficulties with reading?
181
activities to support learning phonics
184
talk to your child's teacher
188
warning signs
189
difficulties with word recognition
192
what is dyslexia?
196
the educational psychologist
198
supporting children who find reading difficult
199
frequently asked questions
202
summary
206
10 children who can read...but don't 207
why some children give up reading
208
what does it matter if a child can read but chooses not to?
209
what can parents do to encourage their children to read?
210
summary
222
appendix 1 223
appendix 2 225
appendix 3 226
appendix 4 227
taking it further 228
index 238