ERIC Number: ED543621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1952
How Children Learn to Read. Bulletin, 1952, No. 7
Mackintosh, Helen K.
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
This bulletin is concerned with how children learn to read. It describes as simply as possible the teacher's part in the reading experiences children have, and the ways parents can help in making the learning-to-read years of the child's life both happy and successful. Learning to read is not limited to the first grade. During each year a child spends in school, he discovers new ways to use reading for information and for pleasure and as he does so he needs to acquire new and more complex skills. He does not acquire these incidentally but is guided by good teachers who see the importance of reading throughout the lifetime of every individual. The part of the bulletin that deals with skills in the mechanics of reading is an attempt to explain to parents, especially, why and how methods of teaching beginning reading have changed. Of equal importance to the parents should be the suggestions of ways they can use to determine how well a child is reading. Teachers and parents may find the point of view developed here one that is suitable for use as a springboard in discussing together the reading program in the individual school. It is there that school and community should evaluate today's reading methods and purposes as objectively as possible. Following a foreword, contents of this bulletin include: (1) What happens when a child starts to kindergarten?; (2) Suppose a child doesn't go to kindergarten?; (3) What happens when a child enters first grade?; (4) What about the children who are slow in "catching on"?; (5) What are the next steps in learning to read?; (6) What are these basic skills in the mechanics of reading?; (7) How then is a child helped to recognize words he has met before and to take apart the new words that he meets for the first time?; (8) What are the learning-to-read problems of the child in the intermediate grades?; (9) How does a child learn to read?; and (10) How can a parent judge whether or not his child is reading up to capacity? (Contains 4 footnotes.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Kindergarten, Beginning Reading, Grade 1, Intermediate Grades, Emergent Literacy, Reading Skills, School Readiness, Elementary School Students, At Risk Students, Teaching Methods, Word Recognition, Learning Processes, Parents
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Kindergarten
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)