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Teaching Sight Words For K-3 Students

Sight words are the most commonly used words in texts and are recognized immediately. For children who are learning to read, the early books they use contain sight words such as “the,” “a,” “my,” and “I.” Mastering these frequently occurring words allows children to direct their efforts towards the use of strategies to solve less familiar words. Being able to recognize sight words automatically is also important because many sight words, such as “the,” cannot be decoded or “sounded out.” Educators often refer to the Dolch Word [...]

By | August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

How To Teach Rote Counting

When children learn rote counting, they are able to count from memory, saying the numbers in the correct order. At this early stage of counting, they are not necessarily attaching any meaning to the numbers but can recite them. For example, although they may be able to count to ten, they might not understand that “ten” represents ten items. Children can learn to rote count by 1s, 2s, 5, 10s, and many other combinations, including counting backward. Why Do Children Need to [...]

By | July 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Strategies to Improve Reading Fluency and Increase Comprehension

What is Fluency? Fluency is the rate at which the child reads. Think about the speed: Is the child reading word-by-word? Does it sound choppy and robotic? Are there long pauses between words? Or is it the opposite, and the child is rushing through the words, reading much too quickly? Does he pay attention to punctuation, stopping at periods and pausing for commas? Fluency also involves reading with appropriate expression. Fluent readers take note of things like exclamation marks and question marks and adjust their voice. [...]

By | May 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Spelling Strategies for Struggling Students

It’s not uncommon for young children who are just beginning to write to spell words phonetically, which means spelling them the way they sound. For example, they may spell “people” as “pepl.” This initial exploration into writing is not cause for alarm and on the contrary, should be encouraged! As children age and are exposed to more teaching and experiences with writing, they typically begin to improve their spelling. But what do you do if spelling is just not coming along? [...]

By | May 14th, 2018|0 Comments

When is a Child Ready to Read?

Similar to walking and talking, learning to read is a developmental stage that children begin at different ages. Some three-year olds may begin showing an interest in reading, while other children may show little interest until they’re five or six. Like walking and talking, regardless of when children begin learning to read, most will become just as proficient as their counterparts who may have started a little sooner. Pre-reading Behaviors Once children begin showing an interest in letters, words, or [...]

By | May 7th, 2018|0 Comments
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