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Teach Children To Read Faster (edition 2012)

by Dennis Brooks

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Allizabeth's review
Description:

Illiteracy is a worldwide problem, and according to the Central Intelligence Agency it is estimated that 793 million adults are unable to read or write. That is why new methods must be created to increase reading proficiency/speed in children, like Dennis Brooks' Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher. Suffering from Dyslexia, the author developed this method to improve his reading, writing and spelling abilities, eventually quadrupling his overall reading speed. His "Say-Spell-Say" methods used with second language students, as well as school-aged children, have proven effective and are now available for use at-home and in educational institutions. There are 50+ lessons, tests, and guidelines for parents/educators, as well as sections about gifted children, auditory learning, automatic reading and syllable stress.
Examples of method:
arms = a.r.m.z
teeth = t.e.t.h
book = b.oo.k
bicycle = b.i.s.i.k.e.l
television = t.e.l.e.v.i.z.h.o.n
Massachusetts = ma.sa.choo.sits
My cat has nine lives. = Mi kat haz nin livz.
The sheet is clean and neat. = The shet iz klen and net.

Allizabeth's Review:

I applaud Dennis Brooks' Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher for being such an innovative way to teach children the basic sounds, syllables, and phonetics of the English language. At first, I was not sure what to make of the "Say-Spell-Say" method or the phonetic (fonicz) decoding the author explained, but as I moved further into the workbook, I realized how the lessons were set up and blended together. I myself have always pronounced words phonetically, (Wednes.day, prin.cip.ple, Fe.bru.ar.y, etc...), so I understand the concept, especially when it comes to multi-syllabic words. However, I am not sure I agree with the use of these methods without associated content; what good is a word if it doesn't have meaning or definition? Just because a child can sound out a word does not mean they understand what they are saying. I was also confused by the disordered alphabets, but I can see how they could help certain students understand uppercase versus lowercase and the irrelevance of alphabetical order. I am very interested to see more data on its effectiveness with second language students, particularly since a student of mine found the syllable breakdowns easier to pronounce than the actual words. I would recommend using this approach along with other methods - I am partial to old-school Dick and Jane myself. Great as a resource for the parents and educators of school-aged children. Rating: 3/5 (Bounty's Out)

MSC's Review:

The phonics method - Fonicz - presented in Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher by Dennis Brooks is confusing and monotonous to read. I think that teaching someone to read an incorrectly spelled word, phrase or sentence is counter-productive. The use of lists of words with no associated context is the same as teaching math by reciting numbers. The method of learning introduced in this book is too boring to hope that anyone could focus enough to learn anything. Also, there is no association of words with a picture or a contextual definition. I would not use this book as instructional material in a class from Pre-K through adulthood. Rating: 2/5

Literary Lola's Review:

Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher by Dennis Brooks does not take a traditional approach to the study of the English language. Instead, it washes out the formal rules and merely attempts to replicate the sounds of words based on one particular person's pronunciation tactics. There are several different dialects in the USA alone, not to mention all of the countries of the world. You cannot water down the study of phonetics into one, simple, easy to read 1, 2, 3 process book. I would not recommend this book for children. There are ways to teach reading without dummying it down to this level. This review is written by someone who holds a degree in English and a minor in Cultural Studies. Although I do not agree with the author's approach, I do not mean to belittle his attempt to fix the issue of widespread illiteracy. This is a noble ideal and it should be highly praised. Rating: 2.5/5

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ( )
  Allizabeth | Apr 15, 2012 |
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Dennis Brooks has come up with something that is not necessarily new, but something that works. He shows the importance of teaching phonics to kids. As a former elementary teacher, I remember teaching these to my students. True, this was a private school. Today kids who don't catch on fast enough get passed over. I loved the way Mr. Brooks shows the phonetic spelling before the correct spelling. The progression from vowels to blends, to short sentences makes sense. The instructions were easy to follow. There is a section for working with gifted students as well as what parents can do to help them.

Our math teacher asked for this book since he is working with his daughter. He said he knows math but he needs all the help he can get with helping his daughter with her reading. The funny thing is I've had this book review since probably May. I thought I had posted it. I found it this weekend in last years school calendar. I called the math teacher and asked him if he had used the book with his daughter and if so how it had worked. He said he and another teacher at school have the only two kids in their kindergarten class reading already. He said it is because they spent this summer working with their kids using this book together. Their kids are in the same kindergarten class. I was really glad to hear that he thought the book was the reason the two kids learned to read so early. It just goes to show that you still can't beat phonics. I see the effects every day of kids who have not been grounded in phonics. I have sixth graders who barely read at a second grade level. I will definitely recommend this book to other teachers and parents. ( )
  skstiles612 | Jan 4, 2013 |
Description:

Illiteracy is a worldwide problem, and according to the Central Intelligence Agency it is estimated that 793 million adults are unable to read or write. That is why new methods must be created to increase reading proficiency/speed in children, like Dennis Brooks' Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher. Suffering from Dyslexia, the author developed this method to improve his reading, writing and spelling abilities, eventually quadrupling his overall reading speed. His "Say-Spell-Say" methods used with second language students, as well as school-aged children, have proven effective and are now available for use at-home and in educational institutions. There are 50+ lessons, tests, and guidelines for parents/educators, as well as sections about gifted children, auditory learning, automatic reading and syllable stress.
Examples of method:
arms = a.r.m.z
teeth = t.e.t.h
book = b.oo.k
bicycle = b.i.s.i.k.e.l
television = t.e.l.e.v.i.z.h.o.n
Massachusetts = ma.sa.choo.sits
My cat has nine lives. = Mi kat haz nin livz.
The sheet is clean and neat. = The shet iz klen and net.

Allizabeth's Review:

I applaud Dennis Brooks' Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher for being such an innovative way to teach children the basic sounds, syllables, and phonetics of the English language. At first, I was not sure what to make of the "Say-Spell-Say" method or the phonetic (fonicz) decoding the author explained, but as I moved further into the workbook, I realized how the lessons were set up and blended together. I myself have always pronounced words phonetically, (Wednes.day, prin.cip.ple, Fe.bru.ar.y, etc...), so I understand the concept, especially when it comes to multi-syllabic words. However, I am not sure I agree with the use of these methods without associated content; what good is a word if it doesn't have meaning or definition? Just because a child can sound out a word does not mean they understand what they are saying. I was also confused by the disordered alphabets, but I can see how they could help certain students understand uppercase versus lowercase and the irrelevance of alphabetical order. I am very interested to see more data on its effectiveness with second language students, particularly since a student of mine found the syllable breakdowns easier to pronounce than the actual words. I would recommend using this approach along with other methods - I am partial to old-school Dick and Jane myself. Great as a resource for the parents and educators of school-aged children. Rating: 3/5 (Bounty's Out)

MSC's Review:

The phonics method - Fonicz - presented in Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher by Dennis Brooks is confusing and monotonous to read. I think that teaching someone to read an incorrectly spelled word, phrase or sentence is counter-productive. The use of lists of words with no associated context is the same as teaching math by reciting numbers. The method of learning introduced in this book is too boring to hope that anyone could focus enough to learn anything. Also, there is no association of words with a picture or a contextual definition. I would not use this book as instructional material in a class from Pre-K through adulthood. Rating: 2/5

Literary Lola's Review:

Teach Children to Read Faster - The Automatic Reading Teacher by Dennis Brooks does not take a traditional approach to the study of the English language. Instead, it washes out the formal rules and merely attempts to replicate the sounds of words based on one particular person's pronunciation tactics. There are several different dialects in the USA alone, not to mention all of the countries of the world. You cannot water down the study of phonetics into one, simple, easy to read 1, 2, 3 process book. I would not recommend this book for children. There are ways to teach reading without dummying it down to this level. This review is written by someone who holds a degree in English and a minor in Cultural Studies. Although I do not agree with the author's approach, I do not mean to belittle his attempt to fix the issue of widespread illiteracy. This is a noble ideal and it should be highly praised. Rating: 2.5/5

*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ( )
  Allizabeth | Apr 15, 2012 |
Teaching someone to read can be a difficult task. For some individuals reading can be picked up quickly. For others who struggle with the sound of words and speech daily, learning to read can be cumbersome. As a result, the enthusiasm for learning to read is non-existent. Dennis Brooks has created a fun way to teach reading with simple phonetics.

In the 1930’s schools were introduced to the “Dick and Jane” reading series. New words were easy to learn and were taught through diacritical markings or the teaching of phonics through spelling. By the time the 80’s and 90’s came around, institutions were using the “Whole Language” method which incorporated word recognition by sight not necessarily by sound. The debate continues as to which method is the best for teaching students to read.

Instead of waiting around to see who will decide which method works best, do it yourself. Dennis Brooks has created a quick, easy and fun workbook to help anyone learn to read quickly and comprehend and pronounce words. This guide can be utilized by a teacher, parent or tutor. Students and adults who have difficulty learning to read will reap the benefits of this easy to use learning tool. The books opening chapter introduces readers to the “say-spell-say” approach. An example of this is:

1. To start, have students read, study, and learn only the phonetic words: shep.
2. Next, have them study the alphabetic words with the say-spell-say drill: shep –s.h.e.p – shep.
Sounds like this: (shep=es.ach.e.pe=shep)
3. Then, teach the students to read the phonetic words on their own without help. If necessary, have them use their finger as a point to help read the sounds of the words.
4. Next, teach the students to read and spell the alphabetic words: sheep.
5. Use both versions of the words to teach t hem to associate the phonetic words with the alphabetic words.

There are a few more steps with this lesson along with a list of practice words with lessons and instructions to help readers learn and understand phonetic pronunciations.
The Fonikz Teacher/Student Training section covers the phonetic and rhyming pronunciation patterns. The importance of blending sounds and practicing reading short sentences is incorporated into this section as well. Some examples are:

Early sentences:
I want to play now.
The ball is in the yard.
I see you, Mommy.
Daddy is going bye-bye.
Overall, this is the book I plan to utilize as a part of my advocacy for reading and writing at Kristi’s Book Nook and The Neophyte Writer. This is a great way to introduce the structure of reading and writing for anyone one whether they are a student who is having difficulties or an adult who never had the opportunity to learn to read. ( )
  KristiBernard | Mar 26, 2012 |
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