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?

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

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?

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

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!

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

Beginning Reading and Learning Handwriting – Part 1

Some children are interested in learning to write at a very young age while others are not interested at all.  Learning to write A-B-C’s and numbers and one’s name are considered to be very basic writing skills and some children learn how to do these things before entering school. Some school programs teach children to … Continue reading Beginning Reading and Learning Handwriting – Part 1

You Can Teach Your Child To Read! Week 10

If you have enjoyed this series on teaching your child how to read and would like to continue, you can purchase Sound Bytes Reading – Teach Anyone to Read at: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-Bytes-Reading-Beginning-Children/dp/0982066600