Browsing articles in "Reading Instruction"
Apr
25
2010

Tutoring below level readers

I am going to work with one of my daughters over the summer. She is in the 4th grade but on a 1st grade level. Do you have any ideas on something I can work on with her? You posted your question in response to a post I had on learning sight words so I am …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales From 1st GradeApps that Help Kids with GSP4th [...]

Apr
24
2010

Helping Your Child Choose a “Just Right” Book

Often times parents have difficulty determining if a book is at the right reading level for their child.  When in doubt, I recommend using the Five Finger Rule.                                       The Five Finger Rule Have your child choose a book he wants to read. Ask your child to open to a page in the middle of the book and …Related Posts:Making and Choosing the Right BooksHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales From [...]

Apr
18
2010

Reading Comprehension for Eight to Twelve Year Olds

My son is in third grade. His reading seems to have progressed quite well or at least I thought it had. He can read aloud quite well. His decoding skills seem to be ok. I am however, concerned with his comprehension. It seems as though now that he is in third grade he doesn’t read …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksFive Ways to Motivate ReadersHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerTales [...]

Apr
2
2010

My Three Favorite Dr. Seuss Books

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss! On March 2nd many children celebrated the great works of Dr. Seuss. Here are my three favorite Dr. Seuss books: 1. The Cat in the Hat 2. Green Eggs and Ham 3. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! ( I love to give this book as a gift for graduations.  It’s perfect for all ages!)Related Posts:No Related Posts Found

Mar
31
2010

Reading Aloud: “Kick It Up a Notch”

Reading Aloud:  “Kick It Up a Notch” By Dawn Little Founder, Links to Literacy  Do you read aloud to your children every day, but wonder what you can do to “kick it up a notch?”  Reading aloud is a wonderful opportunity to share a few quality minutes with our children snuggling and enjoying a book.  But, did you …Related Posts:Helping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerBook Review: [...]

Mar
20
2010

Why Learning Sight Words is Important

  I think that it is very important that parents and teachers of reading embrace the idea that the more strategies a beginning reader has, the faster the learning process will be. To quote from the Journal of Educational Research: The most convincing rationale for teaching sight words is that if they are well selected they will, …Related Posts:All About Learning Sight WordsHow To Memorize Spelling WordsHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter [...]

Mar
6
2010

Phonics vs. Sight Words

Should sight words be exclusively taught above phonics? I see the importance of these base words being learned by repetition, but my son’s K-5 teachers ONLY use sight words. My son had been working with me at home with phonics for over a year, but we stopped for a month when school began. It wasn’t …Related Posts:Apps that Help Kids with GSPAll About Learning Sight WordsHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter BooksTales [...]

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