Growing a Reader from Birth: Your Child's Path from Language to Literacy

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 271 pages
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From cooing in the crib to first words and sentences, to stories and the final big leap into reading and writing, Growing a Reader from Birth reviews the latest research revealing just how much infants, toddlers, and preschoolers know and can express from the early months on. In chapters that cover each year of a child's language growth, seasoned researcher Diane McGuinness links this new knowledge of how babies first perceive and produce language to her own innovative program for children's later mastery of reading. McGuinness charts how a child initially makes sense of the world of sounds and symbols and then progresses from recognizing and decoding words to developing a vocabulary and using it to become a good listener, an expert reader, and an eloquent speaker. McGuinness also underscores the important role of a child's parents in healthy language development, giving tips and pointers on how parents can best facilitate a child's learning. The past decade has been prolific in the knowledge gained about language development and the parents' pivotal role. It is incontrovertibly clear that without parents' verbal outpourings, language development cannot occur normally and may even shut down altogether. Full of fascinating insights into infant behavior, Growing a Reader from Birth not only illuminates the stages of language learning in children but also wisely counsels parents on how to maximize interactions with their children and be a positive force in nurturing their child's language from day one. Book jacket.

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I have been interested in children's literacy lately, and the way our society is drifting away from the written word. I felt compelled to look into this book and see how we as a society can work on ... Read full review

Growing a reader from birth: your child's path from language to literacy

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While most books on emerging literacy discuss preschoolers and older children for educators, McGuinness (Why Our Children Don't Read and What We Can Do About It) shows parents how to maximize ... Read full review

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What Does It Mean to Grow a Reader?
From Zero to One Word Work
From One to Two Getting to Meaning
From Two to Three The Outrageous SelfPropelling ParentDefying Simply Amazing Terrific Twos
From Three to Five The Flowering of Discourse
All About Reading
The Basic Code
Suggestions for Further Reading
Parent Programs for Home Use with Beginning Readers
Classroom Programs
Remedial Programs

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Diane McGuinness, Ph.D., is a cognitive-development psychologist and Professor at the University of South Florida. The author of "When Children Don't Learn," she lives in Sanibel, Florida.

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