Preschool—Learning ABC’s

When you are ready to teach letter names and sounds to your preschool/kinder students, it is nice if you can post large size letters on the wall so your child can look at them frequently.  Just as when teaching colors and shapes, to make it easier for your child, you should post and teach only … Continue reading Preschool—Learning ABC’s

Back to School – Make Your Own ABC Book!

It’s nearly fall and children are going back to school.  Whether you homeschool or your children attend public or private school, you may enjoy doing this activity with your preschool or kindergarten student. At ages 4 and 5, children should still be playing a lot of the time, so learning should be casual and informal. … Continue reading Back to School – Make Your Own ABC Book!

Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Absolutely! Students do understand texts that are read aloud to them that are above their independent reading level. But if they are struggling to read text on their own that is too difficult for them to decode, they will not have good comprehension.  Struggling students in the upper grades are increasingly expected to read texts … Continue reading Can Your Students Comprehend Texts That They Cannot Read?

Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

What a concept! Some teachers assign books to their students that they can actually read instead of assigning them to read books that are far above their reading ability! Is this surprising? Is it a bad thing? Are policy-makers suggesting that students should be assigned to read books at an instructional level that they cannot … Continue reading Common Core and Reading Assignments—What Are We Missing Here?

Learning to Talk and Learning to Read – Part 2

Learning to read is a process that involves both visual and auditory input.  Children must learn to match symbols to sounds and then connect those symbols to make words.  Some children have difficulty remembering the symbols if too many are taught at once.  Reading can be made easier by teaching only a few sound-symbols at … Continue reading Learning to Talk and Learning to Read – Part 2

Learning to Talk & Learning to Read – Part 1

Some educators in the past have postulated that learning to read happens easily and naturally and is just like learning to talk. But is this theory true?  If so, why is virtually everyone who can hear able to speak, but not everyone can read easily and with little effort?  Why is reading so difficult for … Continue reading Learning to Talk & Learning to Read – Part 1

Winter Art and Descriptive Writing

Here’s a great way to inspire your kids to write—connect a creative art project to a descriptive writing assignment! Students will enjoy creating a work of art and then writing a little bit about it.  Make the picture first. For the picture, start with an 8 x 10 piece of cardstock.  Use color pencils to … Continue reading Winter Art and Descriptive Writing

Beginning Readers & Learning to Write

After children learn how to trace lines and simple letters they will begin to make strokes on their own.  Last week I talked about how children first learn to draw vertical and horizontal and slanted lines and then, as they begin to gain more small motor control with a pencil, they learn to make curved … Continue reading Beginning Readers & Learning to Write