The organized, time-saving supplemental workbook for “Teach Your Child to Read in Less than 10 minutes a Day! Stretch & Catch Words”
Everything you need to teach short vowels, blends, digraphs, long vowels, diphthongs, & R-controlled vowels!
Amanda McNamara Lowe has always loved the challenge of teaching children to read. As she became a parent, she realized that other parents were overwhelmed when they attempted to teach their own children to read. The culmination of teaching regular education, special education, college, and her own children for 14 years led her to develop a multi-sensory and developmentally appropriate method called Stretch & Catch. Stretch & Catch has one goal – to help parents, caregivers and teachers teach all children how to read.
Amanda has used the Stretch & Catch method to teach reading to all ages and levels. Children who are gifted, children with learning disabilities and every level in-between have achieved success using Stretch & Catch. She has found that using Stretch & Catch’s multi-sensory approach helps children understand how words work by pulling them apart and putting them back together. Stretch & Catch follows a developmentally appropriate spelling order that enables the parent, teacher, or caregiver to teach children Stretch & Catch words at their instructional level.
Amanda has her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education grades 1-8. She also earned her Master’s Degree in Education as an Intervention Specialist with a certification in Moderate-Severe Special Education for grades K-12. In addition to teaching in elementary schools, Amanda spent three years as an instructor at Cleveland State University. There she taught undergraduates and graduates in the areas of Phonics Assessment, Phonics Instruction and Literature Based Reading.
Amanda owns and runs The Stretch & Catch Reading Center.
She lives with her three children and husband in Cleveland, Ohio.
Stretch & Catch is designed to have the student use his/her own fingers to help them visualize a pattern within a word. In order to learn how to read, a student must understand how words work. By learning how to Stretch & Catch words, your students will use many of their senses to see how words are pulled apart and then put back together. Stretch & Catch follows a technique that allows the adult to teach a child how to read & spell while using their fingers to Stretch (sound out the word by raising one finger at a time, per sound) and then Catch by pulling his/her fingers back together and quickly saying the word. In order for your students to use this strategy as a reading strategy, they must be able to look at a word, identify the pattern he/she sees within the word, then Stretch the word to hear all of the sounds within that word, and finally Catch the word to be able to identify what word he/she Stretched.