Book Review of “Teach Children To Read Faster” by Dennis Brooks
Teach Children To Read Faster
Author: Dennis Brooks
Publication date: 10/29/2011
I must confess that I have mixed feelings about Teach Children To Read Faster.
On the one hand, I appreciate author Dennis Brooks’ dedication to teaching the art and science that is reading. His credentials are impeccable. A former curriculum developer for the army and a seasoned reading teacher at the third grade level, he has devised a hands-on approach for helping students who stumbled with traditional phonics programs. The development of Teach Children To Read Faster is a labor of love, which is clear immediately upon opening the book.
On the other hand, I wonder about the wisdom of introducing multi-syllabic and conceptual words without pictures. The book is labeled as an automatic reading teacher, which contains all that is needed for one-on-one reading lessons with a child. I fail to see how a young child will grasp the concept of “wore,” “moan” or “mire” without a bit of illustration. The visual learner will feel somewhat left out with the strict emphasis on reading lists. I also find it worrisome that children learn the phonetic spelling of words alongside the alphabetic one.
Perhaps my biggest disagreement with Teach Children To Read Faster is the emphasis on “bright children” and gifted youngsters. With the various levels of giftedness that are currently recognized, a parent must remember that having a gifted child does not automatically translate into raising an early reader.
While it is true that this book did not help me and my kindergartener toward the development of reading skills, I nevertheless do not want to discount Teach Children To Read Faster as being an important work. In fact, if you consider that there are different learning styles and different impediments that hinder children and older learners from attaining grade-level reading skills, I believe it to be instrumental in the arsenal of tools that can help parents and educators find different approaches that might reach some.
Just do not think of the automatic reading teacher as being a panacea for anyone with reading difficulties.
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