Illiterate Nation: How to Help All Children Become Readers, is written for parents, teachers, home school parents, and school administrators, in an effort to recognize and address a growing literacy problem in our nation.
This book outlines the history of reading approaches over the past 45 years, and brings to light the importance of structured literacy instruction which is based on the alphabetic code of our English language.
Reading development and reading milestones are discussed, so parents and educators alike can thoughtfully reflect on how children learn to read, when they are most biologically primed for reading acquisition, and how to best serve their literacy instructional needs. Additionally, the special education process and laws are reviewed, and suggestions for advocacy are presented.
The book is a quick read, at 87 pages, and is illustrated with photos of adorable children. My name is Jenelle Erickson Boyd, M.Ed., and I am a Certified Reading Specialist and a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner who has raised a dyslexic child of my own. I became a Reading Specialist because of my child's struggles, and I want to help other children avoid the difficulties that my child endured. So I wrote this book to have a way to share the knowledge and the first hand experience that I have gained as a parent of a struggling reader.