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5th Edition

Toe by Toe: A highly structured multi-sensory reading manual for teachers and parents

$66.32  Softcover
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Keda Cowling, Harry Cowling

  • Toe by Toe
  • Toe by Toe
    Best selling resource in helping dyslexic pupils to read. For parents as well as practitioners.

290 pages
ISBN: 9780952256403

Toe by Toe is a best selling resource for helping teach children or adults - anyone who finds reading difficult. This includes weak readers of all ages who struggle to decode or those with dyslexic difficulties. This highly structured multi-sensory one-to-one reading manual can be used by either teachers, learning support staff or parents to establish reading skills.

For just twenty minutes a day, a parent, teacher or volunteer can follow the simple coaching steps in the manual. The student completes the reading exercises and achieves success in doing so. Hundreds of thousands of teachers, parents or friends have taught children and adults to read using Toe by Toe. No training is necessary as full instructions are included.

The name Toe by Toe was chosen to signify that a student makes progress by the tiniest steps - one toe at a time. However, even though the steps taken are small, the student can clearly measure his or her progress right from the first page. The student's confidence and self-esteem are boosted as a result.

Over 25 years of fieldwork went into the development of the system and it is this research which makes the method so easy to use. You don't have to be trained in any field of education to tutor with Toe by Toe. In fact, the manual often works better with non-professionals using it as they do not come to the task with any pre-conceived notions and thus simply follow the very detailed instructions to the letter.

The unique syllable division employed by Toe by Toe is very easy to use though it is not the syllable division generally used for the teaching of reading. Once the sound of a phoneme has been taught using the 'polynons' (nonsense words), these rules can then be applied to any multi-syllabic word and students find a whole new world of reading opening before their eyes.

No matter what the nature of the student's literacy problem, they can be taught to read using Toe by Toe. The severity of their problem may only be reflected in the length of time needed to get through the book. Indeed, if the system is used with a 'non-dyslexic' child (i.e. one without learning difficulties) the rapid improvement in reading age is truly astonishing.