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How Leveled Reading Systems Work

In Educators, Reading by Tiffani

Like everything in early childhood, the ability to read doesn’t come all at once. With reading, children need to wiggle before they crawl, crawl before they walk and walk before they run — figuratively, that is. It’s natural to expect children around the same age to have similar reading skills, but the truth is that the ability to read comes …

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Research-Based Program ‘Read Naturally’ Leads to Significant Improvements in Fluency and Comprehension

In Educational Games and Programs, Learning Disabilities, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Read Naturally is meant to be used as a supplement to your child’s reading curriculum. It aims to improve reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension of students in elementary school through adulthood. Research studies on Read Naturally indicate that students who progress through the program make significant gains in reading comprehension and oral reading fluency. Read Naturally uses a combination of …

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Try These 5 Fun Activities to Teach Your Child Sight Words

In Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article provides several fun and effective, research-based strategies for teaching sight words to children. The strategies in this article are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which promotes the use of multi-sensory instruction. Multi-sensory instruction allows children to learn using multiple senses (e.g, hearing, seeing, touching). This is important because research shows that children learn best when information is coming in …

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Orton-Gillingham-An Instructional Approach to Teaching Students with Dyslexia

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

Orton-Gillingham is an instructional approach mainly intended for use with individuals who have difficulty with reading, spelling, and writing associated with dyslexia. Dyslexia makes it difficult for a person to connect sounds to letters and/or blend combinations of letters quickly and fluently in reading. Dyslexia can effect phonemic awareness, the ability to hear and separate the smallest sounds in a word, which  can …

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How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

Research indicates that students who struggle significantly with reading comprehension benefit from learning a strategy called Story Mapping which is explained in detail below. To read more about the research on Story Mapping see The Effects of Training in Story Mapping Procedures on Reading Comprehension and A Story Mapping Intervention to Improve Narrative Comprehension Deficits in Adolescents with ADHD. What is Story …

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Try These 10 Fun Phonics Activities to Teach Letter Sounds to Children

In Educators, Fun Ideas, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

What Does the Research Say About Teaching Phonics? Research indicates the importance of teaching children phonics as a preliminary step for learning to read. Phonics is the relationship between letters and sounds as well as the understanding of how those sounds connect to form words. Research also suggests that systematic instruction which incorporates word play (manipulating letters/sounds in words to change …

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3 Research-Based Reading Comprehension Strategies Parents Can Try at Home: Chunking. Monitoring, and Listening

In Educators, Parents, Reading, Reading Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article discusses how to use chunking, monitoring, and listening strategies to improve reading comprehension. What is Chunking?Chunking means to break up text that may be too long or difficult for a child, into manageable sections or “chunks.” Chunking helps students organize information, making it easier for them to pull information together for a better understanding of the main idea …