Pixley, CA (PRWEB) October 04, 2011
With illiteracy rates increasing across the United States, early childhood education and literacy is more important than ever. Veteran educator and reading specialist Louise McGrew shares her knowledge in the field of language development in her new learning guidebook, With Reading and Writing for All!: A Common Sense Approach to Reading and Writing for Teachers and Parents (published by iUniverse).
Taking the guesswork out of what works and what doesn’t in teaching beginning reading and comprehension, With Reading and Writing for All! is a valuable resource for parents and teachers alike. Common sense and research-based practices are guiding principles as McGrew demonstrates the most effective methods for any reading program.
With Reading and Writing for All! uniquely combines an understanding of the three cuing systems, with special attention to the sound-symbol relationship which is the foundation for spelling patterns and the development of words and sentences. “The need for visual discrimination is fairly obvious; students must be able to recognize the various letters,” McGrew writes. “What is often overlooked is the importance of auditory discrimination. Auditory discrimination is even more crucial to learning to read than visual discrimination because students must be able to recognize the sounds that are produced when we speak. Reading, after all, is speech written down.”
McGrew emphasizes direct instruction and a positive environment so that children are in a position to access the reading and writing process with success. More than anything, McGrew believes in a multi-faceted approach that combines the best of several strategies and a sensitive engagement with each student in order to adjust the ideas to fit both the instructor and student’s needs.
With the accompanying CD materials manual, the basic concepts and teaching techniques from With Reading and Writing for All! are reinforced and given form. Together, McGrew’s strategies will ensure that any reader can achieve success in the reading process.
About the Author
Louise McGrew has 30 years of experience teaching reading in three states at various grade levels from kindergarten to eighth grade. Among her numerous accreditations are a lifetime California teaching credential, a reading specialist credential, a cross cultural language academic development credential, a Clear Resource specialist credential and administrative certificate, a master’s degree in education with a focus on language development and reading and a special education credential. She is currently a program specialist living in Pixley, California with her husband of 40 years.
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