Building the Young Reader's Brain, Birth Through Age 8
- Pamela Nevills - Educational Consultant and Teacher Educator, Southern California
A practical guide to teaching the way a child’s brain learns best
In this update of a bestselling classic, you will learn how to develop children’s capacity and will to read. Each sequential chapter is practical, eye-opening, and exactly what you need to engage young learners, plan lessons, partner with parents, and align your PreK-3 classrooms to the science of learning and the science of reading. Gain the latest insights on:
- Brain development from birth to age eight, plus the skills to nourish it, age by age and grade by grade
- What the latest neuroscientific research now says about oral language acquisition
- The evidence base for practices such as read alouds, inventive spelling, and sustained silent reading
- Why vocabulary building must happen concurrently with phonological processing, decoding, fluency, spelling, and writing
- How to artfully combine explicit teaching of skills with playful, multi-sensory routines every day
All aspects of memory are needed to develop successful readers. When we engage children’s brains and build our teaching practices around what we know about how the human brain makes meaning, literacy learning makes more sense for children… and for us.
"The explanation of the brain’s processes and growth across early childhood helps the experienced reading teacher understand how some readers have developed good strategies while others ignore essential cues and struggle. For those newer to teaching, the idea that so many parts of the brain have to work in concert to coordinate the reading process provides a glimpse into the work teachers must do to support young children in achieving the level of literacy necessary for success. It takes expertise and systematic planning to support readers who have a variety of strengths and weaknesses. This book provides why readers may struggle and what strategies and support might be just what the neuroscientist ordered!"
"This book can be utilized as a functional tool for parents and teachers to better support our young children in the beginning of their reading skill acquisition and individual literacy journeys. In fact, I believe that the relevancy of content throughout the book is one of its major strengths. Needless to say, this is an important topic, and I am certain that the support provided to parents and teachers through it will serve young students well. Additionally, I believe that the book provides practical, realistic, and useful guidance to achieve its desired outcome."
"This book is more important than ever. So many school districts need to bring the science of reading to the forefront in light of our current assessments with NAEP, SATs, and state testing. We need a book like this to engage teachers in a meaningful and engaging way. Its importance and relevancy is extremely clear. During the pandemic, our students lost a great deal of progress and development in reading. This book provides the importance of brain development, reading, speaking, and writing in a practical way for any educator."
"Building the Young Reader's Brain provides an in-depth look at the development of the young brain from birth to age eight and moves from verbal language development to reading. You will discover brain-friendly strategies that contribute to reading success and how to provide immediate applications through play, music, games, and more. There is a tremendous amount of valuable information in this book. You will return to again and again to deepen your understanding of the young brain and its acquisition and development of language as preparation for reading.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1. Learning From Birth to Two Years
Chapter 2. Rapid Learning for Two and Three Years Olds