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602, 2019

Balanced Literacy Approach

What Is Balanced Literacy? A balanced literacy approach integrates reading, writing, and word study components. It aims to provide a balance of teacher-directed instruction and student-centered opportunities. Balanced literacy approach provide instruction using whole group, small group, and independent learning opportunities. Educators utilize authentic texts to provide meaningful and engaging reading, writing, and word study activities. Reading instruction is provided through multiple methods: read alouds, shared reading, guided [...]

3001, 2019

How To Teach Spelling

As young children explore literacy, they may begin writing letters and start to string a few letters together to look like words. As they progress in their learning, they begin recognizing the sounds letters make and in particular, may use beginning sounds correctly to write words. With further experience and instruction, children start to correctly spell words of personal significance, such as their name, and common sight words. There [...]

2201, 2019

What Is Close Reading?

Close reading is an instructional strategy where a text is read multiple times, for the purpose of uncovering deeper meaning. Emphasis is placed on analyzing the text, beyond simple recall questions. It can be likened to peeling back layers of an onion. Educators must carefully select texts for close reading, looking for those with rich vocabulary, complex ideas, and thought-provoking messages. Close reading can be introduced in kindergarten and [...]

1501, 2019

Shared Reading Ideas

Shared reading is an instructional strategy where students join in, reading a text or parts of a text, with the educator. Every student needs to have access to the text, whether it’s a message written on chart paper that everyone can see, or a book that each student has a copy of. The educator and the students read the text out loud, together. Benefits [...]

801, 2019

How to Teach Rhyming Words to Kindergarten

Learning how to rhyme supports children in their phonological awareness, which is an important precursor to reading. Rhyming helps children listen for sounds in words and begin manipulating those sounds to create new words. Rhyming also supports children as they are learning letter-sound correlations, which supports both reading and writing skills. Participation in rhyming activities supports children’s development of oral language skills, as they manipulate sounds and anticipate vocabulary. [...]

1112, 2018

Teaching The Alphabet

For many preschool and kindergarten children, their first experience with the alphabet is learning to sing the alphabet song. While this familiarizes children with the names of the letters, there are many other concepts to learn in order for them to work successfully with letters. Children need to learn to recognize the letters in print, how to form them, and the sounds they make. [...]

412, 2018

What Is Guided Reading?

Guided reading provides educators with the opportunity to support students’ literacy development using small group instruction. Educators can identify students’ next steps in reading and tailor their instruction to meet their students’ individual learning needs. Creating Groups Cohesive groups, based on students’ reading levels, are created for guided reading. Because they will be reading the same text during their guided reading session, it [...]

2711, 2018

How To Understand Guided Reading Levels

Levelled texts are ideal for guided reading. They allow educators to provide students with books at their instructional level - not too easy and not too difficult. Levelled texts move along a continuum, allowing students to begin with simple books and to progress at their own pace to more complex ones. Recommended: Printable Spelling Dictionary (includes nearly 500 words) Reading Levels A-D (Kindergarten) [...]

2011, 2018

Stages of Literacy Development

Like other skills that children acquire, learning to read is a developmental process. The same way that all children learn to talk at different ages, children also progress in their reading at different rates. Researchers have identified five stages of literacy development that children typically pass through, beginning with an exploration of reading and ending with fluent reading. Educators can support students at each stage of their reading by [...]

1311, 2018

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading is a meaning-making experience. Simply reading words on a page does not equate to understanding what has been read. A child may be able to decode words effectively, but may struggle to comprehend the text. Therefore, reading comprehension is an important skill for educators to address. Fortunately, there are many strategies they can use to support their students. Recommended: strategies to improve reading fluency. [...]

611, 2018

How To teach Cursive Writing

It is believed that handwriting activates a different part of the brain than printing. Although typing has become a common form of communication, some research concludes that children process information they have handwritten better than information they have typed. Recommended: kindergarten handwriting paper, 1st grade handwriting paper, 2nd grade handwriting paper, 3rd grade handwriting paper, 4tg-5th grade handwriting paper. Why Teach Cursive Writing Research shows that [...]

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