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Effective Program Helps Young Children Learn to Read

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Recently I came across a step-by-step program that helps parents easily teach their young children to read. The authors, Jim (a reading teacher) and his wife Elena, developed the Children Learning Reading program, and used it to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old. Who Is the Program Designed For? The Children Learning Reading program is designed for parents of …

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5 Fun Activities to Teach Your Child Sight Words

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This article provides several fun and effective, research-based strategies for teaching sight words to children. The strategies in this article are based on the Orton-Gillingham approach which promotes the use of multi-sensory instruction. Multi-sensory instruction allows children to learn using multiple senses (e.g, hearing, seeing, touching). This is important because not all children learn one way, or thrive from the same …

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

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Learning Disabilities, Parents, Reading Strategies, Writing/Spelling Strategies by admin

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 smallest sounds in a word, which  can …

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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, from emerging readers to those struggling …

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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 sight words, and comprehending what is …

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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 just learning, an adult should play …

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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 Adolescents with ADHD. What is Story …

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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), writing words, and using manipulatives such …

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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 visual structure into tasks is an effective approach to …

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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 a better understanding of the main …