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A Guide to Helping Your Child at Home
Developing Foundational Skills in Reading & Writing

by Diana Hanbury King   Limited Availability!

This is the book for you if you:

  • want to know how to help your child develop good reading and writing skills
  • are the parent of a child who struggles in school
  • want the best teaching strategies for helping your child at home

For the 20% of children who have dyslexia or other language-based difficulties, the foundational skills shared in this text are vital, while the child who shows no signs of dyslexia will soar with knowledge of these skills.


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Diana Hanbury King - What drove me to write this guide for parents is recent encounters with middle and high school students with elementary school skills - some even at a first or second grade level. Often the school had been reassuring, claiming that the student was bright, had about sixth-grade skills (survival level in most high schools), and would soon catch up. In essence, they were told there was no cause for alarm. Obviously, the parents were taken aback when I showed the results of my evaluation.

Pete Wright - Diana's newest book goes step by step through the mechanics of how I was taught to read. It explains the method she taught me to work with my dyslexic grandchild during a summer vacation with us. It is the essence of top notch teaching.

Parents: No one cares more than you do about your child's success. This Guide will enable you to teach your child at home or to monitor your child's progress in school, to make sure his reading and writing skills are progressing as they should. Whether or not your child is dyslexic, these principles ensure success.

Teachers: This Guide describes the best practices and covers what you need to know to teach reading and writing skills in preschool, kindergarten, and in the primary grades.

This Guide describes many of the ideas originally developed by Anna Gillingham, working in partnership with a physician, Samuel Torrey Orton. Together they described a way of teaching that enable dyslexic children to succeed -- now known as the Orton-Gillingham Approach.



Chapter 1: Sounds & Symbols

Chapter 2: Phonology

Chapter 3: Motor Component

Chapter 4: Closed Syllables

Chapter 5: Digraphs & Blends

Chapter 6: Silent-e Syllables

Chapter 7: Vowel Teams

Chapter 8: R-Controlled Syllables

Chapter 9: Consonants with Two Sounds

Chapter 10: Syllable Division

Chapter 11: Oral Reading practice

Chapter 12: Tackling Spelling

Chapter 13: Paragraph Writing: Exposition

Chapter 14: The Final Stable Syllable

Chapter 15: Morphology

Chapter 16: Grammar & Sentence Structure


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About the Author

Diana Hanbury King is a master teacher with over half a century of experience.

On Saturday June 11, 2016, at their 25th anniversary, the National Teachers Hall of Fame awarded Diana Hanbury King the "Lifetime Achievement Award."

Diana was the second educator to ever receive this award. At the NTHF ceremony, the attendees began calling her the Einstein of Education!

NTHF asked Pete Wright to present the Award to Diana. Why? Because in the early 1950's, for two years, every day, after school, an hour a day, she taught Pete how to read.


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