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10 Simple Ways to Strengthen A Fledgling or Challenged Reader's Abilities

10 Simple Ways to Strengthen A Fledgling or Challenged Reader's Abilities
In my book – THE READING HOUSE - I explain that there are several reading categories into which kids fit; and different types of readers need different kinds of learning opportunities. Children can be Classic Readers , Uninspired Readers , or Challenged Readers . To find out which type of reader your child is, check out our past blog article, "What...
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ONE THING PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER READERS

ONE THING PARENTS CAN DO TO MAKE THEIR CHILDREN BETTER READERS

"Readers are plentiful, thinkers are rare." - Henry G. Strauss.

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Creativity Is The Solution

Creativity Is The Solution
How often have you heard your child say, "I'm bored!"? There aren't many statements that are more frustrating or guilt-provoking than that one! In thinking about why children continue to share that sentiment over and over again, one need only look at the types of activities they are most frequently doing, and the items they are continuously using. ...
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HOW YOU READ WITH YOUR CHILD IS SUPER IMPORTANT

HOW YOU READ WITH YOUR CHILD IS SUPER IMPORTANT
There is no refuting the fact that regularly reading with your children benefits them in many, many ways. Cognitive functions improve, pre-reading and reading skills are bolstered, verbal communication is enhanced, and the parent-child bond is strengthened. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that parents should be "reading toget...
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READING WITH MANIPULATIVES

READING WITH MANIPULATIVES

Manipulatives are physical objects that are used as teaching tools to engage children in hands-on learning. This blog article discusses the importance of using manipulatives when reading and shares hands-on reading activities parents can do with their children today.

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TEN AWESOME WAYS TO PRACTICE FOR A SPELLING TEST!

TEN AWESOME WAYS TO PRACTICE FOR A SPELLING TEST!
The kids are back to school and that means they will soon be bringing home lists of spelling and vocabulary words to memorize. It has been said that repetition is the mother of all learning, and it seems like we still embrace that philosophy with spelling practice. But repetitive drills don't have to be boring. Try some of these hand...
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WHAT READING TYPE IS YOUR CHILD AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?

WHAT READING TYPE IS YOUR CHILD AND HOW CAN YOU HELP?
From my experiences as an elementary teacher, reading tutor, and parent, I've found that there are three general reading categories into which kids fit; and different types of readers need different kinds of learning opportunities. As a parent, how do you find out what kind of reader your child is? Can they improve? How can you best assist you...
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THE READING SURVEY

THE READING SURVEY
Selecting the most effective literature can be a challenge for parents who are overwhelmed by all of the book choices. The first place to start is with your child's interests. Think about the activities your child enjoys and look for books that include that subject. If you want to have a more detailed conversation with your child about his or her i...
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WORD PLAY

WORD PLAY
The variety of words and terms in the English language are what make it such a rich and wonderful language. Written descriptions can be so vivid that they paint realistic pictures in our minds. Recognizing and understanding words and their meanings help to augment comprehension and broaden speaking vocabularies. Games that promote practice and repe...
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LANGUAGE ARTS

LANGUAGE ARTS
"If the English Language made any sense, lackadaisical would have something to do with a shortage of flowers."   - Doug Larson, Author The English language seems to have more exceptions than rules, multitudes of letter combinations that produce the same sounds, masses of words that have more than one meaning, verbs that possess different ...
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READING ROUTINES

READING ROUTINES
Daily routines, or habits, are comforting. Adults and children flourish with set routines because we know what to expect and what is expected of us. In addition to already established household and school routines, a daily reading routine can have a great impact upon your child's level of reading success. With recurrent time dedicated to reading, y...
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STORY EXTENSIONS

STORY EXTENSIONS
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must lay it down and commence living on its hint … what I began reading I must finish by acting." – Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), American author, poet, philosopher, and historian Although comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading, extending themselves beyond the story is what will prop...
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ABC's, PHONICS, and BOOK CONVENTIONS

ABC's, PHONICS, and BOOK CONVENTIONS
"Identification of predictors of children's eventual success in learning to read has been an active area of research. Three powerful predictors are (1) preschooler's ability to recognize and name letters of the alphabet, (2) their general knowledge about text (where is the front or back of the book, whether the story is told by the pictures or the ...
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THE CHALLENGED READER

THE CHALLENGED READER
"This is so stupid." "I'll never get this." "I hate reading!" "I give up!" I have heard these statements and countless others throughout my years of teaching. There is a large segment of the student population to whom reading just does not come easily. I call these children  challenged readers because learning to read is so challenging for the...
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ACADEMIC SELF-ESTEEM

ACADEMIC SELF-ESTEEM
For years, we have been aware of the importance of building up and strengthening the self-esteem of our children. With a healthy respect for themselves, children can better handle the ups and downs life will undoubtedly show them. Those who have a high self-esteem can more easily handle conflicts and persevere to find solutions to problems. Childre...
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COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK

COLLEGE WORD OF THE WEEK
The College Word of the Week activity came from my own fifth grade teacher, Miss Jackson, who was my inspiration for becoming an elementary teacher. She was always looking for exciting ways to motivate us when we were learning new words. Her lessons and personality made learning a fun, joyful experience. The college word was a bonus on our weekly s...
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The Reader Mindset

The Reader Mindset
As a teacher and tutor, I cannot tell you how often I've heard a child say, "I can't read," "I'll never read," or "Reading is too hard." These children have already made up their minds that they are not a member of the "exclusive" club of readers. They believe the task is somehow out of their reach. So, I'll often ask them if they play a sport, ins...
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LOVING LITERATURE

LOVING LITERATURE
What do you truly love to do? Paint? Play an instrument? Run? Plant a garden? Favorite activities such as these often become our hobbies. We seek opportunities to do them as often as possible, thus becoming quite proficient at them. The same result will occur for children who regard reading as a pleasurable activity. "Reading for fun had a positive...
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THE CLASSIC READER

THE CLASSIC READER
A CLASSIC READER™ is one to whom the reading process comes easily and who naturally finds reading to be a pleasurable activity. Some children struggle with the acquisition of reading skills while the classic reader learns rather quickly and without much assistance. I believe classic readers are made from the experience of being read to consistently...
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Always and Never Reading Methods … 18 tips when teaching young and challenged readers

Always and Never Reading Methods … 18 tips when teaching young and challenged readers
Young readers are those who are just beginning to learn and use decoding strategies, and are on the road to becoming independent readers. Challenged readers are a little older but find learning to read an overwhelming and difficult process. They struggle with comprehension and haven't yet mastered the use of reading strategies. Both of these types ...
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What is a Literary Experience?

What is a Literary Experience?

The foundational philosophy of Reading House activities is the use of "literary experiences." Literary experiences are instructional reading moments, games, routines, or lessons that occur within the context of everyday life. Sometimes these activities are planned and sometimes they aren't. The defining aspect of literary experiences, though, is that they happen naturally throughout the course of a learner's day.

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10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Students on Task

10 Surefire Ways to Keep Your Students on Task

When teaching a large class, it is imperative to keep your students' attention on the learning task. As soon as one child starts to lose interest or fool around, the domino effect will happen. As other children withdraw their attention, the main thrust of your lesson has lost its power. Try implementing some of the following techniques into your teaching routines. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the results.

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