Some children enjoy reading and others refuse to read. Reading is an excellent skill to build vocabulary, knowledge, imagination and sequencing. Reading can improve spelling and grammar and build up confidence in the child who enjoys picking up a book for pleasure.
It is important therefore that we pursue all avenues to encourage the child/teenager to read. The rule of thumb when buying a book is to ask the child to read the first page, if there are five or more words which they cannot pronounce then the book is not for them as it will only discourage reading.
Barrington Stoke books are specifically designed and written for children with dyslexia.
The books are designed with:
-Tinted pages to reduce visual stress
-A special font to help with letter recognition
-Spacing to help minimise confusion and blurring
-Thick paper to make sure that words and pictures don’t show through from other pages and confuse the eye
-Editing to help minimise the barriers to comprehension.
Often teachers and parents struggle to find the correct book for the child. The dilemma is that you wish to grow the child’s confidence by giving them a book to suit the child’s reading level but, you don’t want to upset the child by giving them a story aimed at a younger age group.
The wonderful thing about Barrington Stoke books is that the stories are pitched at the real age of the reader, not their reading ability.
For example, if you have a child who is 12 years old, you can purchase a suitable book with a reading age of 6/6.5/7/8/8+. The book will have a topic suitable for a 12 year old but the book will be easier to read. The outside cover will be suitable for a 12 year old and many famous authors have written these books.
Studies show that around one in three children don’t enjoy reading. It is important that children chose what they want to read and that they see reading as fun. The best way to show that reading is fun is to read in the home. Children should see adults reading and this will positively reinforce it’s value.
*For more information on Barrington Stoke books, go to the website: www.barringtonstoke.co.uk or check out your local book shop.