7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
It's simple: If children don't understand what they read, they will never embrace reading. And that limits what they can learn while in school. This fact frightens parents, worries teachers, and ultimately hurts children.
7 Keys to Comprehension is the result of cutting-edge research. It gives parents and teachers—those who aren't already using this valuable program—practical, thoughtful advice about the seven simple thinking strategies that proficient readers use:
• Connecting reading to their background knowledge • Creating sensory images • Asking questions • Drawing inferences • Determining what's important • Synthesizing ideas • Solving problems
Easily understood, easily applied, and proven successful, this essential educational tool helps parents and teachers to turn reading into a fun and rewarding adventure.
A MUST for Parents and Teachers
By A Customer - August 20, 2003
I devoured this book!! As a parent and a teacher, I know that this book is valuable for both groups. If children have the benefit of knowing how to think while they read, there can be no stopping them. All of us who love to read may not even realize what we are doing during this process but something wonderful happens when we are engaged with a book: To name and model the "7 Keys" for children is so important for their futures as good readers.If kids don't "see" what they are reading; (visualize) how can they possibly find meaning? Don't assume that these keys happen naturally all of the time. It is so crucial that we as parents and educators guide our kids through this wonderful discovery process in order to help them "get it" and love it!! I strongly recommend this book for anyone who cares about literacy and for those helping to develop a generation of life-long readers. If you care about children loving reading: BUY THIS BOOK. If you... read more
Practical Pedagogy for the Home and for the Classroom
By Avi Shmidman - July 9, 2006
Usually, after a kid has learned her phonics, she can sit down with a book and explore its inner world. Sometimes, however, one encounters a kid who can read perfectly fine, but who just doesn't get it; no matter how many times she is asked to "focus", she will finish the book with little more information than with which she started. If you are entrusted with the education of the latter type of child, than this book can provide valuable insight and direction.
Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins have successfully isolated the processes which are used (subconsciously) by natural readers in order to make the leap from phonics to understanding. Each one of these processes receives a full treatment, containing conceptual, demonstrative, and pedagogic angles.
Notably, the pedagogic sections present a dual outlook, first providing effective techniques for parent-child sessions, and afterward describing practical strategies for the classroom. To be sure, these two... read more
GREAT parent resource
By ardnam "ardnam" - March 17, 2007
I purchased this book in the hopes of finding something "new" to instill in my classroom teaching. I feel this book is more beneficial for parents than teachers, but both groups will find this book useful. I suppose that since my graduate studies were in the field of literacy and reading, I have already been exposed to most of what is in the book. I love that the authors end chapters with a section called "Teachers and Parents Together" and I truly hope that all who read this book will endeavor to strengthen the home-school relationship. This book is not too academic for parents without a background in education; it is reader-friendly and organized in a manner that would allow the reader to read it for short spans of time if desired. The index is useful. So, while I did not quite get what I had hoped for, I also did not walk away with nothing. This book is a good resource. I am going to keep my copy and have it on hand for the parents of my students to borrow. This book is a... read more
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