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Reading Rescue 1-2-3


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I. Rescuing Your Child: What Every Parent Needs to Know
Portrait of a Rescuing Parent
1. Steps into Reading: The Definition of Reading
Five Components
Learning to Read and Reading to Learn
2. High Hurdles: Children Who Aren't Reading
It's All in Their Heads
Hearing, Speech Impediments
Vision Deficiencies
More Than One Learning Style
Inability to Self-Prime
Reading Avoidance
Looking at Labels
Activities That Compete with Reading
3. Ready to Read: The Game Plan
Having a Game Plan
Create Feelings of Success
Create a Good Environment for Practice Reading Time
Establish a Routine
Materials Needed for Practice Reading Time
4. Reading Selections: To, With, and By
The Right Selection for Your Child
Choosing Reading Selections
To, With, and By: A Method to Improve Fluency
Alternating Reading
5. Let's Fix It! Dealing with Reading Mistakes
Good and Bad Reading Mistakes
Fixing Reading Mistakes
6. What Level? Testing Your Child
Directions for Test
Answer Sheet
Student Test Sheet
Determine Your Child's Rescue Reading Level
II. Rescuing a Level 1 Reader
Portrait of a Level 1 Reader
7. Half Hour to Hop on Pop: Daily Schedule for Beginners
Daily Schedule for Working on Reading Skills
Today's Worksheet: Level 1 Reader
8. Apples to Zebras: Teach the Alphabet
Stage A: Teach Her Name and Create Your Own Alphabet Book
Sing the Alphabet Song
Look at Alphabet Books
Trace Alphabet Letters
Stage B.: Teach Specific Letters Using the Alphabet Chart
Alphabet Games to Play
Apply Letter Sounds to Connected Print
9. Rhyme Time: Helping Ears to Hear and the Brain to Remember
Rhyme Connections
Rhyme with Me
Rhyming Practice
Improve Auditory Memory by Playing Memory Games
10. Better Letters: Beginning Reading
Put Letters Together to Make Simple Words
How to Make Simple Words
Make the Word Game
Attach Tails to Heads Game
11. It's Easy! Reading Homemade and Predictable Books
Create Your Own Pulitzer Winners
It's a Real Cut-Up!
Read Predictable Books
III. Rescuing a Level 2 Reader
Portrait of a Level 2 Reader
12. Half Hour to Power: Daily Reading Schedule
Today's Worksheet: Level 2 Reader
13. In One Ear and in the Other: Connecting Ears to the Brain
Same or Different Game
Take the Word Apart Game
Put the Word Together Game
Make New Words Game
Getting Back into Connected Print
14. Reading Better: Using Phonic Skills
Teach Blends
Phonic Skill Sheets
15. Writing Right: Stories in a Notebook
Writing Suggestions
16. Oh, See Can You Say? Teach Sight Words
Choosing Sight Words
How to Teach Sight Words
Put Sight Words into Connected Print
The One Hundred Most Frequent Words List
Teaching Sight Words as Needed
Miscalled Words
IV. Rescuing a Level 3 Reader
Portrait of a Level 3 Reader
17. Reading Well: The Final Frontier
Today's Worksheet: Level 3 Reader
18. Use The Clues: Teach Three Phonic Clues
Phonic Clue #1: Finger Blocking-Leaving the First Two Letters Exposed
Phonic Clue #2: Short Vowel-Long Vowel Sound
Phonic Clue #3: Look for a Smaller Word Inside
Applying the Three Phonic Clues
19. Sounding Smooth: Fluency Strategies
To, With, and By Fluency Technique
Have a "Fluency Talk"
Tape Record Your Child's Reading
Time the Readings
Record Favorite Books
Keep Your Place Marker
20. Think About It: Comprehension Strategies
Increasing Vocabulary and Concepts
Introduce the Reading Selection
Preteach a Sight Word and Concept
Fixing a Reading Mistake
"Did That Make Sense?"
Create Pictures in Her Head
Summarize the Story
Ask Questions
Read a Story, Read a Recipe
21. Successfu1 Strategies for School: To Make Everyone Happy
Do You Hear What I Hear? Following Auditory Directions in the Classroom
Find the Sound Game
Master That Spelling List
I Spy the Right Word Game
To Read or Not to Read-Silently
Don't Take the Summer off
Appendix A: Connecting Sounds to Letters-Phonic Sheets and Cartoon Stories
Appendix B: Reading Rescue Book List

About the Author

Peggy Wilber's life mission is to help children succeed to read. She has a bachelor's degree from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine and a master's degree in education from Boston University. Ms. Wilber is certified in Early Childhood Reading Instruction from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Ms. Wilber has taught and tutored children since the mid-1980s. Motivated by an increasing number of children who needed tutoring in reading, she co-founded the Pikes Peak One+One Program in 1995. This church-based tutoring program provides reading assistance to students from local elementary schools. As Instructional Coordinator, Ms. Wilber trains volunteers, diagnoses students' literacy needs, and creates individualized instructional packets for weekly tutoring sessions.

Realizing that parents (grandparents, day care workers, and older siblings) were an untapped valuable resource, Ms. Wilber created training sessions teaching them how to help their children learn to read. After receiving hands-on information, even the most reluctant, "not sure I'm qualified" parents experience success working with their children. Many children have improved one to three reading levels in a semester.

Believing that every child can learn to read, Ms. Wilber has provided this kid-tested, parent-proven information in her new book Reading Rescue 1-2-3. It is a hands-on manual combining auditory training, phonics and whole language techniques, making a complete reading instructional program.

Peggy Wilber teaches "Reading Stronger" classes at Grace Academy in Colorado Springs. Her web site is www.succeedtoread.com.


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