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    Technology Is Here to Stay: Utilizing Tech Tools to Promote Students’ Literacy

    March 8, 2022

    Technology is Here to Stay: Utilizing Tech Tools to Promote Students’ Literacy These days, kindergartners with missing teeth and basic reading skills can often navigate a Google Document or “Zoom Room” as well as the average adult. After an extended period of virtual education, these students are more well-versed in and reliant on digital tools,… Continue reading Technology Is Here to Stay: Utilizing Tech Tools to Promote Students’ Literacy

    Science at Storytime: Recent Curriculum Changes Reflect the Importance of Reading Science

    March 8, 2022

    Science at Storytime: Recent Curriculum Changes – Science of Reading Programs After decades of debate, the reading education industry is finally encouraging more explicit and systematic phonics instruction: a change instigated by the release of a 2018 APM report and documentary series by Emily Hanford, which illuminate the long-term literacy struggles among students receiving balanced… Continue reading Science at Storytime: Recent Curriculum Changes Reflect the Importance of Reading Science

    Picking up the Book After Virtual Literacy Instruction: The Current Challenges of Literacy Instruction in the Multi-Reading Level Classroom

    March 8, 2022

    Picking up the Book After Virtual Literacy Instruction: The Current Challenges of Literacy Instruction in the Multi-Reading Level Classroom After an extended period of virtual literacy instruction, it can be challenging to find appropriate resources and tailored reading plans that transition smoothly from one lesson to the next, especially in a classroom reading at a… Continue reading Picking up the Book After Virtual Literacy Instruction: The Current Challenges of Literacy Instruction in the Multi-Reading Level Classroom

    Saying “Goodbye” to Bin Learning: New Cross-Curricular Reading Program Takes an Equity-Minded Approach

    March 8, 2022

    Saying “Goodbye” to Bin Learning: New Cross-Curricular Reading Program As part of ongoing efforts to reshape elementary instruction based on the science of reading, more schools are adopting curricula that support a whole-child and equity-minded approach. In this week’s newsletter, we dive into the science of cross-curricular reading education, focusing on the latest curriculum changes… Continue reading Saying “Goodbye” to Bin Learning: New Cross-Curricular Reading Program Takes an Equity-Minded Approach

    Everything You Need to Know About Sight Words

    March 7, 2022

    Everything You Need to Know About Sight Words When kids start learning to read, it’s important for them to practice reading sight words. Sight words are the most frequently used words that appear on every page of the textbook many times. Sight words include words like the, who, like, he, at, but, there, etc. These… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Sight Words

    Scope and Sequence Unit 1

    March 7, 2022

    Scope and Sequence Unit 1 Start Teaching Reading for Free Now! Access Level 1’s four interactive stories and the accompanying supplemental resources to teach elementary students how to read. No credit card is needed. Join the 42,635 teachers and students using our reading program. The image below demonstrates where new phonemes, new words, and special… Continue reading Scope and Sequence Unit 1

    Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

    March 7, 2022

    Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students! Are you wondering how to learn sight words in a fun and interesting way? Some creative and low-preparation activities assist a child in learning sight words promptly. What are sight words? Sight words are also called high-frequency words. They encourage young learners to memorize by viewing… Continue reading Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

    Decodable Books: Do They Actually Work?

    March 5, 2022

    Decodable Books: Do They Actually Work? Learning to read comes naturally to some children; they seem to just get it without needing to understand and learn the phonic codes that make reading sensible. For some, on the other hand, learning to read isn’t always that simple.   When it comes to reading, several children need… Continue reading Decodable Books: Do They Actually Work?

    Wordle Illuminates the Power of Play in Phonics Instruction

    February 26, 2022

    Wordle Illuminates the Power of Play in Phonics Instruction Sometimes, all we need is a simple reminder to play. The popular phonics game Wordle, recently acquired by the New York Times, now offers a daily opportunity to play: with phonics, that is. Each day, players have six chances to guess a random 5-letter word. After… Continue reading Wordle Illuminates the Power of Play in Phonics Instruction

    New Year, Same Science: 3 Goals for Improved Literacy Instruction in 2022

    February 26, 2022

    New Year, Same Science: 3 Goals for Improved Literacy Instruction in 2022 We’ve conquered more than one month of 2022: a remarkable feat for any teacher or caregiver working alongside a child in their early reading journey. With a pandemic, teacher shortages, and districtwide shifts in curricula, the age-old simplicity of cozying up with a… Continue reading New Year, Same Science: 3 Goals for Improved Literacy Instruction in 2022

    Looking for a New Reading Program? 3 Red-Flag Catchwords for Parents & Educators to Understand & Avoid

    February 26, 2022

    Looking for a New Reading Program? 3 Red-Flag Catchwords for Parents & Educators to Understand & Avoid While we know that foundational literacy skills such as phonics and spelling are best learned from explicit instruction, seasoned reading teachers can run into trouble when a reading program sprinkles “red-flag” catchwords amid mentions of phonemic awareness, lifelong… Continue reading Looking for a New Reading Program? 3 Red-Flag Catchwords for Parents & Educators to Understand & Avoid