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?

Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

School age children like to listen to more complex stories that are above their actual reading level. Reading books that are above your children’s reading level will help to increase their vocabulary. Even though they can read for themselves, older children enjoy having longer stories read aloud to them.  If they read well, they may … Continue reading Should You Continue to Read Aloud to School Age Children?

Does It Matter How We Teach Kids To Read? — Part 2

Why is the whole word method of learning to read so difficult?  Students who read whole words as a unit and who have not learned decoding skills must memorize each and every one of the thousands of words they will eventually need to know in order to be capable of reading well. To be able to … Continue reading Does It Matter How We Teach Kids To Read? — Part 2