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

Make Your Own Magnetic Letter Tiles

A while back I wrote about teaching students how to spell. The easiest way to teach spelling is in connection with reading, so children should be learning to spell the same words they are learning to phonetically decode. Spelling is a lot more fun if you teach it with a hands-on activity. My spelling game … Continue reading Make Your Own Magnetic Letter Tiles

Dyslexia—What Is It and What Can We Do About It?

Is your child struggling with learning to read?  Is your child dyslexic? What is dyslexia? Webster’s New World Dictionary defines dyslexia as “impairment of the ability to read, often as the result of genetic defect or brain injury.”  The online Encarta Dictionary defines it as “impaired ability to understand written language; a learning disorder marked … Continue reading Dyslexia—What Is It and What Can We Do About It?

Sound Bytes Reading: Top Ten Blogs in 2013—Part 2

6 – Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems This blog post will begin to address the difficulties of struggling readers and how parents can begin to understand the problem and help their students.  Reading can break down at any of these points when students are not explicitly taught the sound patterns in English.  We will cover … Continue reading Sound Bytes Reading: Top Ten Blogs in 2013—Part 2

Sound Bytes Reading: Top Ten Blogs in 2013—Part 1

1 - All Students Reading at Grade Level by the End of Third Grade?  The goal:  Every child reading on grade level by the end of third grade?  No!  The goal should be:  Every child reading on grade level by the end of first grade!  With this goal in mind, we must  use effective research-based … Continue reading Sound Bytes Reading: Top Ten Blogs in 2013—Part 1

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 2

You can diagnose where your child begins to have difficulty with reading and you can help your child overcome these difficulties.  Last week I talked about these first three steps: 1.  Does your child know the consonant sounds? 2.  Does your child know the vowel sounds? 3.  Does your child read by decoding words or … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 2

Five Spelling Tips for Teaching Beginning Readers

Teach spelling in conjunction with reading. Use spelling to enhance phonemic awareness. Use word lists with consistent patterns to teach spelling rather than random word lists. Use a spelling game to practice spelling words (see previous blog). Save words with difficult spelling patterns for students who are not beginning readers. Beginning readers will learn to … Continue reading Five Spelling Tips for Teaching Beginning Readers

Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 3

This activity will help beginning readers and struggling readers build phonemic awareness by associating letters with their sounds. When students learn to spell words by associating the sounds with the letters and to put the letters in the correct sequence, they gain phonemic awareness, which will help them become better readers.  Students need to know … Continue reading Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 3

Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 2

Beginning readers should be learning to read decodable stories and they should be learning to spell the same decodable words they are learning to read.  Reading can enhance spelling acquisition and proper spelling instruction can enhance reading ability.  Spelling and reading are opposite directions on a two-way street. Learning to spell will enhance phonemic awareness … Continue reading Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 2