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?

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

5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Read Aloud to Your Children

Do we really need to read aloud to our kids? Why should we read aloud to our young children? How does reading aloud to our children when they are preschoolers, benefit them later on when it is time to learn to read?  Are there long-lasting benefits that make the effort worthwhile?Here are five things kids … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why It’s Important to Read Aloud to Your Children

Getting Ready to Read – Five Great Pre-School Activities

1.  Give board books to your baby.  Talk about the pictures.  Read simple rhyming stories aloud (helps develop phonemic awareness). 2.  Get a library card. Read books to your toddler every day. Talk about the story (increases vocabulary).  Some favorites: Are You My Mother? The King, the Mice, and the Cheese Go, Dog, Go The … Continue reading Getting Ready to Read – Five Great Pre-School Activities

Learning to Talk / Learning to Read – Part 1

How does learning to talk relate to learning to read?  Some people believe that children learn to speak in whole words from the beginning; therefore, beginning readers should learn to read words as a whole unit rather than learning letter-sounds first and then blending them into words. They also believe learning to read should be … Continue reading Learning to Talk / Learning to Read – Part 1

Is Vocabulary Instruction Important for Beginning Readers?

When children first begin reading instruction they should be learning to decode easy words that they already understand. A good reading program will begin with simple reading texts so that beginning readers will be successful. The program should then gradually build the difficulty of the reading material as students become more skillful. All students will … Continue reading Is Vocabulary Instruction Important for Beginning Readers?

Teaching Beginning Reading – Reading Comprehension

What is reading comprehension? Reading comprehension means that students comprehend or understand the meaning of what they are reading.  This is why we read in the first place—so that we can learn about something from someone who is not physically present—through the medium of print.  How do we teach reading comprehension?  When teaching beginning readers, … Continue reading Teaching Beginning Reading – Reading Comprehension

Teaching Reading – Fluency Instruction for Beginning Readers

What is fluency? Fluency is one of the five main components in a good reading program.  If you speak a language fluently, you are able to speak it easily and without effort, and your speech flows smoothly.  You do not have to stop and think about each word you want to say.  Likewise, if you … Continue reading Teaching Reading – Fluency Instruction for Beginning Readers