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?

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

Why Is Reading So Difficult For My Child?

A friend has a child who is having difficulty learning to read.  So I asked my friend about her child.  Did he frequently guess at an unknown word by saying another word that had the same beginning letter? Was he looking at pictures for clues when he didn’t know a word?  Were you told he … Continue reading Why Is Reading So Difficult For My Child?

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 5

In the past four blogs in this series, I have shown you how to diagnose and remediate reading difficulties for your struggling readers in six areas. This week I will discuss the final step which often affects older struggling readers. Previously, we covered how to teach skills to struggling readers who may be having difficulty … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 5

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 4

In the last three blogs I have shown you how to diagnose and remediate reading difficulties for your struggling readers in five basic areas. This week I will discuss a sixth area in which a reader may be having difficulty.  The steps previously covered are: 1.  Does your child know the consonant sounds? 2.  Does … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 4

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 3

Learning to read is a process that includes several major steps. Following these steps in a logical manner will help students become strong readers. Students can begin to have difficulty with reading if any of these steps are skipped or not covered sufficiently. The reading steps we have discussed in the previous two blog posts … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 3

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 2

You can diagnose where your child begins to have difficulty with reading and you can help your child overcome these difficulties.  Last week I talked about these first three steps: 1.  Does your child know the consonant sounds? 2.  Does your child know the vowel sounds? 3.  Does your child read by decoding words or … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems – Part 2

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems

Many children have difficulty learning to read.  If your child is one of them you can become discouraged by all the suggestions that never seem to help your child’s situation. Recently I’ve been perusing Facebook Homeschool groups and I see questions by parents who really want to help their students who are behind in reading … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems

Five Spelling Tips for Teaching Beginning Readers

Teach spelling in conjunction with reading. Use spelling to enhance phonemic awareness. Use word lists with consistent patterns to teach spelling rather than random word lists. Use a spelling game to practice spelling words (see previous blog). Save words with difficult spelling patterns for students who are not beginning readers. Beginning readers will learn to … Continue reading Five Spelling Tips for Teaching Beginning Readers