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?

Is Reading Achievement Improving?

News reports this month lauded improvements in reading achievement but there has been very little improvement in the eleven years since 2002 as you can see in this graph from the NAEP website:  http://nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2013/#/gains-percentiles To access reading scores in place of mathematics scores, click on the bar just under the caption, “Are higher and lower … Continue reading Is Reading Achievement Improving?

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?

Why Is Reading So Difficult For My Child?

A friend has a child who is having difficulty learning to read.  So I asked my friend about her child.  Did he frequently guess at an unknown word by saying another word that had the same beginning letter? Was he looking at pictures for clues when he didn’t know a word?  Were you told he … Continue reading Why Is Reading So Difficult For My Child?

Teaching Your Child to Read – Get a Head Start Right Now

Have you decided to teach your child how to read? Looking for an effective and easy method to teach reading? Rainbow Resource Center is now selling Sound Bytes Reading at a discounted price to homeschooling families--so if you've been meaning to pick this book up to teach your beginning reader or your struggling reader, check them … Continue reading Teaching Your Child to Read – Get a Head Start Right Now

You Can Teach Your Struggling Child to Read – Now!

Is your child a struggling reader?  Have you tried to help your child learn to read and it just doesn't seem to click?  Learning to read does not come easily for many children, so you are not alone.  Many people will tell you that some children just need to wait longer—but that is just not … Continue reading You Can Teach Your Struggling Child to Read – Now!

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 5

In the past four blogs in this series, I have shown you how to diagnose and remediate reading difficulties for your struggling readers in six areas. This week I will discuss the final step which often affects older struggling readers. Previously, we covered how to teach skills to struggling readers who may be having difficulty … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 5

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 4

In the last three blogs I have shown you how to diagnose and remediate reading difficulties for your struggling readers in five basic areas. This week I will discuss a sixth area in which a reader may be having difficulty.  The steps previously covered are: 1.  Does your child know the consonant sounds? 2.  Does … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 4