For Parents and Professionals
Phonemic Awareness Activities for Early Reading Success (Grades K-2)
Phonemic awareness—the understanding that words are made up of sounds—is essential to a child's early reading success. With this book, children gain this awareness through engaging, easy to teach activities.
Phonemic Awareness in Young Children: A Classroom Curriculum
Phonemic awareness is the first step in any child's journey to literacy, and more than 25% of all children don't master it by third grade. Specifically targeting phonemic awareness, this program helps young children learn to distinguish the individual sounds that make up words and affect their meanings.
Phonics from A to Z (Grades K-3)
Everything you wanted to know about phonics but were afraid to ask! This practical handbook, written by an early reading specialist, will show you how to build engaging, effective phonics practice into your reading-writing program. Lots of ready-to-use lessons, word lists, games and learning center ideas.
Preventing Long-Term ELs: Transforming Schools to Meet Core Standards
This very readable book is an excellent introduction to English Learners, the obstacles they face at school, and research-based instructional approaches to help these students succeed. The authors explore the strengths/weaknesses of various ESL programs; identify ten features of school improvement to support ELs; and offer specific strategies for both language and content-area instruction. While some of the suggestions — using cognates to teach vocabulary or incorporating cooperative learning into lessons — will be familiar to those with a basic knowledge of EL instruction, the number of strategies offered, along with the detailed instructions for classroom implementation and discussion questions in every chapter, make this title a good choice for professional development.
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children
While most children learn to read fairly well, there remain many young Americans whose futures are imperiled because they do not read well enough to meet the demands of our competitive, technology-driven society. This book explores the problem within the context of social, historical, cultural, and biological factors.
Project June Bug
Life is good for Jenna Bianchi. She's just started her second year of teaching English at Morrison High School, a job she loves. She has a pet parrot with attitude. And there's a handsome math teacher who wants to be more than just friends. But everything changes when a defiant, disruptive tenth grader walks into her classroom.
With a smart mouth and a swagger to match, Michael Tayler is a problem for Jenna from the very first day. His school record screams troublemaker, and Jenna wonders if the new year is already doomed. But when she reads Michael's first poetry assignment, she recognizes it for what it truly is: a cry for help.
Michael's presence sets into motion a chain of events that turns Jenna’s perfect life upside-down and threatens to destroy her career. Faced with a challenge unlike anything she’s ever known, Jenna commits to doing what no one has done for Michael Tayler before.
Click here to read an excerpt from the book.
Questioning the Author: An Approach for Enhancing Student Engagement With Text
"Questioning the Author" (QtA) is an interactive teaching strategy that helps students comprehend what they are reading. When elementary students read in a QtA lesson, they learn to question the ideas presented in the text while they are reading, making them thinkers, not just readers.
Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys
In Raising Cain, Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., and Michael Thompson, Ph.D., two of the country's leading child psychologists, share what they have learned in more than thirty-five years of combined experience working with boys and their families. They reveal a nation of boys who are hurting—sad, afraid, angry, and silent. Kindlon and Thompson set out to answer this basic, crucial question: What do boys need that they're not getting? They illuminate the forces that threaten our boys, teaching them to believe that "cool" equals macho strength and stoicism. Cutting through outdated theories of "mother blame," "boy biology," and "testosterone," the authors shed light on the destructive emotional training our boys receive—the emotional miseducation of boys.
Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parents' Guide
Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent's Guide is a vital book for parents. Beginning with talk as the foundation of literacy, and emphasizing the importance of listening to and speaking with children, Lucy Calkins, longtime education specialist, then moves into the stages of reading and writing: how to recognize an emergent reader, how to foster a young author, and how to encourage a love of books and reading through your own interest and modeling.
Raising Resilient Children: Fostering Strength, Hope, and Optimism in Your Child
In this practical handbook for parents, clinical psychologists Brooks and Goldstein draw on their considerable experience working with children and families to demonstrate that parents' core goal should be to instill in their children a sense of inner recourse. "A resilient child is an emotionally healthy child, equipped to successfully confront challenges and bounce back from setbacks," they contend, and to this end they provide 10 parenting "guideposts" for nurturing the kind of resilience that helps children thrive.
Proceeds from the sale of books purchased from our recommended books section can help support LD OnLine.