Browsing articles tagged with " reading"
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 [...]

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 [...]

Feb
13
2010

How To Memorize Spelling Words

   Tips To Help Memorize Spelling Words:    Look at the word.   Write the word on an index card.   Say the word aloud.   Spell the word aloud.   Write the word five times.   Double check your spelling.   Write the word in a sentence.   Be sure to take a pretest before you take the real test! Related Posts:Ways To Raise a WriterWhy Learning Sight Words is ImportantAll About Learning Sight [...]

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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