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?

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

Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 1

Many people tell me they never learned to spell well.  Others know immediately if they see a misspelled word—it just seems to jump out at them.   Why are some people able to spell well and not others?  Are reading and spelling connected—and if so—should that affect how we teach both subjects? Reading is a process … Continue reading Spelling for Beginning Readers – Part 1

Pre-Writing Skills for Preschoolers – Drawing Stick People

Reading is an essential skill.  It opens doors to so many learning opportunities. Writing and spelling are a big part of reading, but children cannot automatically spell or write well just because they know how to read.  Parents can help by introducing preschoolers to activities that can help prepare them for reading, spelling and writing. … Continue reading Pre-Writing Skills for Preschoolers – Drawing Stick People