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?

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!

All Students Reading at Grade Level by the End of Third Grade?

Should the cutoff point at which we must get students reading on grade level be as late as third grade?  Perhaps we should rethink our starting point and begin to remediate all struggling readers in the middle of first grade, when the gap is not nearly so great. Ohio is one of 14 states that … Continue reading All Students Reading at Grade Level by the End of Third Grade?

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

Phonetic Analysis of Fry’s 25 Most Common Sight Words

In the two previous posts we examined why teaching a long list of sight words should not be necessary when students are taught to read using a strong phonics reading program.  In fact, many struggling readers find memorizing these words very difficult.  In the chart below we will examine the 25 most common sight words … Continue reading Phonetic Analysis of Fry’s 25 Most Common Sight Words

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

How Do I Teach Phonics to Beginning Readers?

What is “phonics”? Phonics is teaching beginning readers that written letters represent sounds, and that we can connect those sounds to make words. It is one of the five components of a good reading program.* *https://soundbytesreading.com/what-is-a-good-reading-program-how-should-we-teach-reading.html Letters of the alphabet do not actually make sounds—they represent sounds.  We name this letter, M, (“em”), but it … Continue reading How Do I Teach Phonics to Beginning Readers?