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The Critical Role of Phonological Awareness in Reading Education

Phonological awareness is one of the most critical aspects of reading education. It is the ability to hear and manipulate the individual sounds that make up spoken words. Phonological awareness skills are essential for learning to read…

Orthography: Why does it matter for reading?

You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered about the connection between spelling and reading. The field of orthography—the study of letters and letter combinations in a language—can seem confusing at first glance. However, orthography is a critical component…

Decoding and Reading Instruction

Decoding is the ability to apply knowledge of letter-sound relationships, including knowledge of letter patterns, to pronounce written words correctly. Decoding involves translating print into speech by rapidly matching a letter or combination of letters to their letter sounds (phonemes)…

A Guide to Reading Aloud to Your Children

As a parent, you have the opportunity to instill a love of reading in your child from a young age. Reading aloud to your child has many benefits, including building bonds, increasing academic skills, addressing tough topics, and many more.

What To Expect From a Third Grader’s Writing

The writing skills of third graders, like all aspects of literacy, differ. In general, third graders must learn to extend their writing. In contrast to first and second grades, when they may have written 1-2 sentences and perhaps a short paragraph in 2nd Grade

Five Key Literacy Skills for PreK Children

Some parents may wonder what they can do to help their children prepare for kindergarten and develop strong literacy skills. Here are five critical skills that PreK children should be working on:…

Easy and Effective Strategies to Help Build Fluency

There are a variety of ways to help develop fluency skills. Here are seven fun and simple activities and strategies that you can use with your child to help them improve their fluency.

All About Prosody: What it is, Why it’s Important

Last week we discussed what reading fluency means in reading and how we measure fluency. This week’s post will take a deeper look into prosody. What is prosody? Why do we need to focus on it when teaching reading to students?

Reading Fluency – What is It and How Do We Measure It?

This post is the first in a series of posts on reading fluency. What fluency is, why it is essential, and how we can help our kids develop it and continue developing their fluency throughout their lives.

What Is the Summer Slide?

Researchers have known about the summer slide since at least 1996 when one of the first comprehensive studies on this phenomenon was published. The study showed that kids lose significant knowledge in reading and math over their summer vacation from school.

How Multisensory Teaching Helps Improve Reading Skills

I feel the best way is through multisensory teaching, which has been proven highly effective in improving a student’s phonemic awareness, reading ability, and comprehension skills, just to name a few!

The Reading Ranch Method

The Reading Ranch Method (RRM™) uses live instruction in small group sessions of 1-3 students to enable the critical interactive process between the student and teacher. Scientific research shows interaction is the most effective way to learn and remember new information.

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