Let's Read: A Linguistic Approach

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Wayne State University Press, 1961 - Education - 465 pages
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Provides a systematic program for reading instruction, based on the correlation of auditory and visual images.

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A simple and effective method to teach reading.
This is an older edition. The introduction gives some history of last 100 years, and tips for using it.
It uses rhyme and repetition to teach one
word group (-an) at a time. Only words that have been taught are used in the lesson. The lessons are short. The book has lots of suggestions for additional activities to use as desired.
This book is just what I need for my struggling daughter who memorizes and guesses instead of knowing how to read. We can focus on man/mat and bat/ pat - without other patterns to confuse her.

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My 5 1/2 year old was ready and motivated to learn to read. It's been 8 months now and we are just approaching Part V, but he can already pick up a Magic Treehouse book and read it with fluency. The approach in this book is to give the learner words and sentences that they can expect to read--they don't need to learn the word "the" or "You" right away. Every lesson is a success and every lesson builds and progresses naturally. He has been able to read books like Magic Treehouse because he has the confidence to do so and the expectation that he should be able to. We are still progressing in the book because I want his background to be comprehensive and he still likes it. We've also gotten into journaling, with the emphasis that we don't worry about the spelling. He has to read back what he has written, and i have to "translate" it because spelling doesn't go along with reading, just as you can learn to understand a foreign language but still have difficulty speaking it.
My mother-in-law used this book to tutor children who had struggled to learn to read in school and the hooked on phonics method. Excellent for remedial work because the student who has felt unsuccessful previously will be successful using this book and these lessons. When she died there were many of her former students who had found success through her and with this book. Awesome inspiration. It is worth it to purchase and pass on to others, one you've gone through it with your own child/children, volunteer at your local school to help others who are struggling.


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About the author (1961)

Leonard Bloomfield, an American professor of Germanic languages, created the field of linguistics as a branch of science. In studying such non-Western languages as Tagalog, spoken in the Philippines, he realized the futility of trying to fit all languages into the format of Latin grammar in the common practice in his time. Bloomfield went on to discover the principles of language itself. His book Language (1933) integrated the field of linguistics for the first time. He was one of the founders of the Linguistic Society of America, and he wrote an article for the first issue of its journal in which he explained the need for a society for the new discipline. Bloomfield died in 1949.

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