Why the Montessori Movable Alphabet is so important
Parents Can Help Kids Read by "Making Speech Visible," Says Noted Researcher
In her new book, research
neuropsychologist Dr. Jeannine Herron offers a simple solution that may
help the two-thirds of American fourth graders who cannot read
(PRWEB) October 07, 2011
Speech-to-print instruction for early reading is not a new idea in the
world of teaching children. Maria Montessori was using this approach
many years ago. But it took neuroscience to prove her right.
Enter Jeannine Herron, Ph.D.
In her new book, Making Speech Visible: How Constructing Words Can Help Children Organize Their Brains for Skillful Reading, research neuropsychologist Dr. Herron offers a simple solution that may help the two-thirds of American fourth graders who cannot read proficiently.
In her book, Dr. Herron explains that children first need to
construct their own words before reading words someone else has
constructed. Using the latest in brain-imaging research, case studies
and simple tips, Dr. Herron leads educators and parents alike to a more
effective way of starting children on the path to skilled reading.
According to G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D., former Chief of the Child
Development and Behavior Branch within the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development (NICHD). "Jeannine is one of the few
scientists who can translate complex research findings into effective
instructional solutions for kids."
"Struggling readers," according to Herron, "activate their right brains to read, but skilled readers use the left brain. Speech-to-print instruction directs early reading to the left brain."
"Children learn to identify the sounds their mouths make when they
say a word," she explains, "and then assemble letter tiles (included in
the book) to construct the word. By speaking the word first and sounding
it out, the child activates the left brain, where new crucial links to
visual words need to take place."