7 Tips for a Smooth Back-to-School Transition

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Nobody likes to see summer end. When I was a kid growing up in New York, school always started the Wednesday after Labor Day. We dreaded it. But by that time the weather was getting cooler; the town pool was closed for the season. You didn’t feel like you were missing out. Nowadays, it seems as if … [Read more...]

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...]

21 “Sense-ational” Ways of Teaching Early Reading Skills

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We know that teaching early reading skills using methods that utilize the senses—not just by looking at printed words on a page—is very effective. The good news is that you can do this easily at home. Added bonus: it’s fun, too! Hands-On (Kinesthetic) This active approach helps engage your … [Read more...]

5 Favorite Kindergarten Books from My Childhood

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Reading to children is often touted as the best way to put them on a good path to learning. My parents read to me early and often. Here are some favorite kindergarten books that I read to my own children. Corduroy by Don Freeman A cuddly bear, who wears overalls that are missing a button, is in a … [Read more...]

6 Books I Couldn’t WAIT to Read to My Toddler

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Many of my own fondest childhood memories revolve around reading. Reading some of my treasured childhood books brings me back to that simple magical time. Here are five of my favorites that I couldn't wait to share with my children, small nieces and nephews. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt This … [Read more...]

Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension: The ABCs of Learning to Read in Kindergarten

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Sending your little one into that kindergarten classroom is a huge step—for both of you! Much of this year will be about learning how to be a student. That means how to work together in the classroom, how we act in school and in groups, and of course, how to build a strong foundation for reading. … [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...]

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Rate your child’s current abilities in each area on a scale of 1 to 3. 1: Not yet 2: Making progress 3: Consistently able … [Read more...]



Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

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There is no single list of things your child should be able to do before entering kindergarten. And as long as your child meets the age and residency requirements, American public schools must accept your enrollment. Most children will not have already mastered every item in this quiz before … [Read more...]



Why Learn to Read Words Reason #8: Multisensory Approach

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For more info: http://www.tryhookedonphonics.comMultisensory Approach:The new Learn to Read uses a multisensory approach to achieve maximum success by incorporating different types of learning styles: visual, auditory, and manual. … [Read more...]

Why Learn to Read Works Reason #6: Bite-Sized Learning

Why Learn to Read Works Reason6 Bite-Sized Learning

For more info: http://www.tryhookedonphonics.comBite-Sized Learning: Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read uses short lessons that help keep children interested, engaged, and eager to learn. … [Read more...]

Why Learn to Read Works Reason #5: Systematic Phonics

Why Learn to Read Works Reason 5 Systematic Phonics

For more info: http://www.tryhookedonphonics.comSystematic Phonics: The new Learn to Read provides growing readers with the foundation they need to succeed with a proven Learn-Practice-Read approach to teaching phonics. … [Read more...]

Why Learn to Read Works-Reason #2: Experience and Research

Why Learn to Read Works-Reason #2 Experience and Research

For more info: http://www.tryhookedonphonics.com/Experience and Research: With 20 years of experience helping children learn to read and a year of research, Hooked on Phonics Learn to Read is new, fresh, and exciting.The new Learn to Read is a reading program designed to help children learn how to … [Read more...]