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?

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?

Should You Teach Sight Words to Your Beginning Readers? Part 2

Would you rather spend the time it takes to teach your students 70 phonograms that will allow them to read almost all English words easily, or would you rather teach a sight word list of 220 words that will allow them to read about half of all written words? Of course, they may not be … Continue reading Should You Teach Sight Words to Your Beginning Readers? Part 2