Essential Reading Activities to Build Skills ( 2 of 4 | Phonics)

Essential Reading Activities to Build Skills (Phonics Activities)

As we mentioned in Monday's post, the National Reading Panel (NRP) identified five areas of reading instruction that must be addressed when teaching children to read. Monday's post was on Phonemic Awareness, the ability to notice, understand, and work with the sounds in words. This post will address … [Read more...]

Every Mom is a Superwoman

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Do you remember when you learned to read? I've been thinking about this a lot as we approach this Mother's Day. I was with family recently, and we were all talking about what, if any, memories we each had of our first days of reading. Few of us had any memory of the actual learning process. My … [Read more...]

Why Read to Kids: Emotional Rewards of Reading Aloud

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Why read to kids? The reasons to read aloud to our children are so numerous that we decided to divide them up into different categories. In addition to helping kids' academic skills, there are a whole host of Social and Emotional benefits kids (and parents!) receive from reading together. While … [Read more...]

Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension: The ABCs of Reading in Second Grade

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By the time second grade starts, most kids are able to read on their own. Often, kids and parents stop reading together often by this point—but reading out loud to your child is still a great way to help build his skills and to have fun together. If your child is struggling to read in second grade, … [Read more...]

Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension: The ABCs of Learning to Read for Preschoolers

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Preschoolers are busy learning and growing at an incredible pace every day. You’re probably noticing big changes in your little one’s speech—kids this age often have a deeper understanding of their world than we think. (And other times, they make hilarious mistakes with words and other … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit

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Is your child is on the right track? Do you know what reading milestones he should be reaching? Learn more about your child's development with these helpful Reading Skills Toolkits. Covering everything from reading to your baby in the womb though transitioning your child through elementary school, … [Read more...]

Reading Milestones: What to Expect at Different Ages

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While every child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, there are specific reading milestones that can be helpful for parents to keep in mind as their child grows. And if you have a baby, you're not off the hook. A strong foundation of speech and language development in the early years can … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit for Third Grade: 8 Years Old

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The vast world of reading and literature really starts to open up for third graders. Guide your child toward books that interest him; the better you can identify an author, series, or topic that he likes, the easier it will be to get him excited about reading. The more he reads, the stronger a … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit for First Grade: 6 Years Old

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The pieces of the reading puzzle are probably falling into place for your first grader. Encourage your child to sound out shorter words, but keep reading out loud together. Even as kids become independent readers, sharing time with stories together is a great bonding experience and will help your … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit for Kindergarten: 5 Years Old

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Reading Skills Toolkit for 5 Years Old School is a huge transition for your 5-year-old. Reading books together about this change can help ease any worries your child might have about this new stage. Keep reading and talking at home as much as you can to support your child's literacy … [Read more...]

Reading Milestones: What Your Preschooler Should Know

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Preschoolers are busy learning and growing at an incredible pace every day. You’re probably noticing big changes in your little one’s speech—kids this age often have a deeper understanding of their world than we think. (And, of course, at other times they make hilarious mistakes with words and … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit for Second Grade: 7 Years Old

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Your second grader is probably reading on her own now. Keep the focus at home on reading for fun; choose books together about things she's interested in, and don't worry if they seem to be easy reads. She's probably being challenged at school, and home can be a time to remember that reading can be … [Read more...]

Reading Skills Toolkit for Preschool: 4 Years Old

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Preschoolers are curious about the world around them, and books are a crucial part of helping them learn and grow. Encourage your child's interests and talk about what you are learning together. Your child is beginning to recognize and write letters; you can help by talking about letter sounds, … [Read more...]

What Can I Do to Help My Child Learn to Read? Part 3

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I have already discussed Phonemic Awareness and Phonics in previous posts, two areas that need to be addressed when teaching children to read. However, a child must also acquire reading Fluency in order to become a successful reader. What exactly is Fluency? Fluency is the ability to read … [Read more...]