Browsing articles in "Reading Instruction"
Mar
4
2010

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Whether it be in the mall, on the beach, or on the sidewalk, I’m thrilled whenever I hear parents interacting and engaging their babies and toddlers in conversation. Even if children can’t talk back, speaking to them from the moment they pop out into the world (some say even before that) will enhance their vocabulary …Related Posts:Hand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen Your Child Needs to be [...]

Feb
28
2010

Easy Learning Games Using Magnetic Letters

Every family with preschool and primary age children should have a set of magnetic letters on their refrigerator.  They are a fun and easy teaching tool.  Here are a few activities for preschoolers: 1)   Make the names of people and animals in the family. 2)  Sort upper and lower case letters.  Pair and match upper and lower …Related Posts:When Your Child Needs to be RetainedHow to Encourage a Struggling LearnerHand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers [...]

Feb
27
2010

What is a blend?

What is a “blend?” My son’s teacher says that he will learn to read faster if he knows them. A consonant blend is two or more consecutive consonants in a word whose sounds blend together. Although the sounds “blend” together, each sound is still heard. These are examples of a blend: fry, dress, swim and string. A …Related Posts:Five Ways to Motivate ReadersGreat Guest Post Video on Phonics by Mr. ThroneWhat Good Readers Do:Helping Your [...]

Feb
21
2010

All About Learning Sight Words

I was wondering if you have suggestions for helping a student in the first grade learn sight words.  My son’s teacher sent home quite a long list of words that he needs to be able to read and write before the end of the year.  We have been practicing some of them and I am …Related Posts:Apps that Help Kids with GSPWhy Learning Sight Words is ImportantPhonics vs. Sight WordsHow To Memorize Spelling WordsHelping Your [...]

Jan
23
2010

Helping Your Child Transition From Easy-to Read to Chapter Books

My daughter is in grade 2.  She is a good reader but we have a problem.  Many of her friends are now reading chapter books.  She wants to read them too but seems to be very nervous when she brings one home.  I am sure that that she can read them but I don’t know …Related Posts:Okay for Now By Gary D. Schmidt

Jan
1
2010

Reading Strategies for Beginners

My daughter is in grade 1. She is bringing home little books to practice reading with us. We also have lots of books around our house and I notice that she is starting to pick them up and read them. She loves to read and seems quite confident. I know it all sounds great but …Related Posts:How to Encourage a Struggling LearnerHand Print HeartWhat Makes Kindergarten Teachers Crazy? Five Ways to Read with Your ToddlerWhen [...]

Dec
13
2009

Making and Choosing the Right Books

My son is in the first grade.  He is bringing home little books to practice reading.  He seems to be able to read these books.  I went to our small local book store to look for the same type of book to buy him for Christmas and also just to get him extra books for …Related Posts:Someday by Allison McGheeHelping Your Child Choose a “Just Right” BookHelping Your Child Transition from Easy Readers to Chapter [...]

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