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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 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 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
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
Family Engagement to Push for Science-Based Reading Education While educators and legislators are essential in strategic efforts to boost literacy, families play an equally vital role in a child’s reading journey. This week, we discuss the importance of families and parents in supporting lifelong literacy, as well as strategies that can be employed outside of… Continue reading Science-Based Reading Education, Family help
Phonics reading Games Introduction: Phonics is the building block to develop effortless reading among children with fluency, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. Breaking the words into their constituent sounds aids the children in understanding and build up their literacy skills. Phonic reading games and activities are designed to assist in developing fluency in young… Continue reading Phonics Reading Games:
Teachers in Training: Train Teachers in the Science of Reading A growing number of reading teachers are returning to the classroom – or the Zoom room – and assuming the role of student, learning how to revamp their literacy curricula and teaching strategies to meet the needs of their youngest readers. This week, we examine… Continue reading Teachers in Training for the Science of Reading
The Midlothian Model: Science-Based Reading Interventions using Phonics-Centered Literacy As classrooms continue to learn and grow in the era of COVID-19, researchers and educators are noticing major changes in literacy levels – and students’ reading scores are reflecting their observations. In the spring of 2021, a national analysis of the test scores of 5.5 million… Continue reading Science-Based Reading Interventions
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