Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader through Explicit Instruction (2 of 4)

Children can struggle when learning to read for many reasons.  There may be an underlying disability like dyslexia, a hearing or vision impairment, or difficulty focusing.  Other issues may arise from the lack of early reading experience.  However, even children who don’t have a diagnosed disability and had many early reading experiences may still struggle to learn how to read.  Helping your Struggling Beginning

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Helping your Struggling Beginning Reader (1 of 4)

When children are learning to read, they need support beyond the classroom in order to become fluent readers.  In order to Support provided at home is key during this transition time.  Creating a print rich environment where reading is a daily activity is encouraged for helping your struggling beginning reader.  Students who read a minimum of 20 minutes per day at home are exposed

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 2 (Sight Words)

Children who dislike reading often feel that way because they struggle to read the words that make up a story or book.  Part of the problem may be a lack of understanding how to sound out words. (You can read more about how to help your child sound out words in this post.)  Another area that is difficult for struggling readers is sight words.

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Help for Struggling Readers: Part 1 (Phonics)

One of the primary reasons that children don’t enjoy reading is because reading can be very hard.  A child that struggles to read the words on the page cannot fully immerse himself in the story and therefore cannot truly enjoy the story.  If your child is struggling to read individual words, there are some ways that you can help. Stretch Out the Words Stretching

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Magic Reading Fingers

Children need practice reading out loud on a regular basis.  They need to read passages over and over to gain fluency (the ability to read smoothly).  However, reading out loud is often tricky for new readers and can quickly become a chore.  To add a little interest to reading time, you should try giving your child a magic reading finger. What are Magic Reading

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Favorite Thanksgiving Books

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Your children will most likely have some extra time off from school, and you will need some extra books to keep them reading and learning.  These books are exactly what you need to pass the extra time as you celebrate Thanksgiving together. Favorite Nonfiction Thanksgiving Books The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern – This simple book teaches

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 4

No matter what season it is, children enjoy spending time with friends.  Fall is no exception to that. These fun fall books encourage friendship, and the activities that go along with each book are perfect for friends to do together! (If you like these fall activities, you can find more fall fun in part 1, part 2, and part 3 of this series.) Fall

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 3

Fall is such a fun time of year, and there are so many fun books that teach children about the beauty of this season.  In these fall books, the emphasis is on what children can see and find in nature around them during the fall season. (You can find more fall nature books and activities in part 1 and part 2 of this series.)

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Fall Reading Fun: Part 2

While there are many fun things to do during the Fall season, many children enjoy doing the simple things that they may not have a chance to do at other times.  In the second part of our Fall Reading Fun series, we focus on the fall harvest. (You can read about even more fun fall books and activities in the first post of this

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Best Fall Book Releases for Kids

With the start of school and the holidays quickly coming upon us, many authors and publishing companies release some of the top books of the year. Check out these new releases for children’s books. For the ages 3-5, the best release of the fall (August 2015) is The Day the Crayons Came Home written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This is

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