Reading Strategies

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

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

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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 smallestContinue Reading

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

Starfall: Free Website Helps Students Learn to Read through Fun Interactive Games

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Working in public schools for over ten years, I have seen many teachers utilize the Starfall website to assist students with attaining basic reading skills. This is a program that can easily be used at home as well. Starfall, a program based on established research studies, can be used for students of any age, fromContinue Reading

7 Reasearch-Based Strategies to Help Your Child with Reading Fluency

7 Reasearch-Based Strategies to Help Your Child with Reading Fluency

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This article gives several strategies to help children (or adults) improve reading fluency with explicit directions on how to implement each one. Reading fluency is the ability to read automatically, accurately, and effortlessly, while using expression. Fluency is just as important of a skill as understanding phonics (knowing the letters and their sounds), knowing sightContinue Reading

10 Great “Low-Cost” Board Games to Practice Reading Skills with Kids

10 Great “Low-Cost” Board Games to Practice Reading Skills with Kids

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Below you will find ten fun low-cost board games and card games to help your children learn to read and practice their reading skills. These games are a great way to foster your children’s/students’ phonics, sight-word, vocabulary, and fluency skills (all important elements of becoming an effective reader). For students who are struggling or justContinue Reading

How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

How to Help Kids Improve Reading Comprehension with Story Mapping

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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 AdolescentsContinue Reading

10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

10 Fun Research-Based Activities to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds

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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 the word), writingContinue Reading

Find Out Why I Tried These Visual/Hands-On Activities with My Students on the Autism Spectrum

Find Out Why I Tried These Visual/Hands-On Activities with My Students on the Autism Spectrum

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Working with children and adults on the autism spectrum for over 19 years, I have noticed a trend in the learning style of many of my students. They often do best with academic tasks that incorporate visual structure, have a clear beginning and ending, and have a reduced amount of visual clutter. Research supports the theory that building visualContinue Reading

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

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

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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 aContinue Reading

5 Research-Based Reading Strategies for Teaching Phonemic Awareness: An Early Reading Skill

5 Research-Based Reading Strategies for Teaching Phonemic Awareness: An Early Reading Skill

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Phonemic awareness is an important skill to teach kids who are getting ready to learn to read or who are struggling to get the hang of basic reading. Phonemic awareness is an understanding of phonemes and how they work together to create words. Phonemes are the smallest units of sound that can be differentiated inContinue Reading

10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

10 Great Educational Songs for Kids: 1st to 3rd Grade

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Music is a great way to get kids excited about learning and help them remember what they learn. A catchy tune with easy to remember lyrics will leave a lasting impression, helping to in-grain educational concepts into a child’s memory. Have fun watching these videos with your child or students. Once they have learned theContinue Reading