Mums’ tool kit aims to help new read­ers

New e-book cre­ated to as­sist the very young

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

TWO Ruis­lip mums – one a li­brar­ian and the other a teacher – have teamed up to cre­ate a new e-book to help par­ents im­prove chil­dren’s learn­ing.

Friends Fran Tracey and Caro­line Rus­sell have used their com­bined love and knowl­edge of read­ing to write The New Reader’s Tool Kit. It aims to give support and help to par­ents so they can build on the work their child does at school.

Ms Tracey, a li­brar­ian by trade who worked for 15 years in Hilling­don, said: “We both have young chil­dren.

“Things are dif­fer­ent now to when par­ents were at school, less time is spent read­ing in class with very young chil­dren.

“We saw a gap in the mar­ket aimed at sup­port­ing and help­ing par­ents teach their kids read. The aim is to support the stuff that goes on in school.”

Part of the book aims to take the jar­gon out of teach­ing kids to read phon­ics.

Ms Tracey, 49, said: “It also looks to de­mys­tify the things that hap­pen at school so par­ents can un­der­stand how their kids are taught. We hope to foster a life­long love of read­ing, and help the chil­dren be­come good and keen read­ers. It has ad­vice on what to do if the child gets stuck or frus­trated, as well as other tips.”

To go with Ms Tracey’s pas­sion for books is Mrs Rus­sell’s ed­u­ca­tional ex­per­tise. She helps pri­mary chil­dren who have fallen be­hind in their read­ing and brings them up to speed.

Ms Tracey lives in Crosier Way, and Mrs Rus­sell in Herl­wyn Av­enue. They have two chil­dren each.

The New Reader’s Tool­kit is avail­able to pur­chase now in the Ama­zon Kin­dle Store priced £4.99.

Their blog www.the­newread­ers tool­ has cur­rent news and book reviews. It is ex­pected to be re­leased in print for­mat soon.

Fran Tracey and Caro­line Rus­sell have pro­duced The New Reader’s Tool Kit

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