Academic Achievement For All—When Are Children Ready to Learn?

Wow!  You’ve come a long way, baby! In the 1980s and 1990s, educators and policy-makers were jumping on the bandwagon to provide free kindergarten programs in all public schools. The reasoning then was that after a year of kindergarten, every child would finally enter first grade ready to learn. Fast-forward to 2015. Now policy makers … Continue reading Academic Achievement For All—When Are Children Ready to Learn?

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?

What to Do When It Snows?

Read!!! Read books about snow!  Here is a list of books about snow with something for everyone.  Make a snowman, and then make some hot cocoa and share a picture book or read a story aloud together. Some books in the list are for beginning readers and some are for strong readers. Older children who … Continue reading What to Do When It Snows?

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

Reading Aloud Can Help Develop Your Child’s Vocabulary

In the article, Vocabulary Instruction Failing U.S. Students, published on January 24 of this year, a Michigan State University study takes a look at kindergarten reading curricula and concludes that students are not learning enough vocabulary words and that not enough attention is paid to make sure students understand the meanings of words. You can … Continue reading Reading Aloud Can Help Develop Your Child’s Vocabulary

Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

School age children like to listen to more complex stories that are above their actual reading level. Reading books that are above your children’s reading level will help to increase their vocabulary. Even though they can read for themselves, older children enjoy having longer stories read aloud to them.  If they read well, they may … Continue reading Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

Top 10 Favorite Books to Read Aloud To Your Preschoolers

The stories we read in books impact our lives in many ways.  They help develop imagination and inspire creative thinking. Our children loved Go, Dog, Go! so much that we quoted lines from it when we were in traffic. One of my children can still recite most of The Cat in the Hat from memory.  And … Continue reading Top 10 Favorite Books to Read Aloud To Your Preschoolers

Top 10 Board Books for Toddlers

Babies and young toddlers enjoy books, but the pages are easily torn. Fortunately, there are many wonderful “sturdy” board books with thick cardboard pages that are easy for little fingers to turn without tearing them. Young children have a short attention span, so when you read to them—or talk to them about the pictures—they may not … Continue reading Top 10 Board Books for Toddlers

Reading Aloud to Children—Inspiring a Desire to Read

Children learn so much from being read to and they love to hear stories read over and over again.  It helps to develop their imagination in a way that viewing TV or playing games on the computer can never do.  When I was young, my siblings and I listened to books that were read aloud … Continue reading Reading Aloud to Children—Inspiring a Desire to Read