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ABC’s of Early Literacy: The importance of developing early literacy skills

ABC’s of Early Literacy: The importance of developing early literacy skills<p>Emergent literacy, or reading readiness, skills begin to develop very …

Common Questions About Fluency

The four most common questions about reading fluency are:<p>What is it?<br>• Why do so many struggling readers have great difficulty in becoming fluent …

Research Foundations

(excerpted from <i>Phonics from A to Z</i> by Wiley Blevins; Scholastic, 1998)<p>To become skilled readers, students must be able to identify words quickly and …

Language Learning

Effective Decoding Instruction

Differentiated Instruction for Reading

What does it look like for reading?<p>Differentiation strategies applied to reading can be designed to help students learn a range of skills including, …

Pedagogy

Study: Reading for Pleasure Boosts Your Vocabulary | The Digital Reader

Shares 111<p>A new report from the IOE confirms what educators and past studies have been saying for years: reading for pleasure does indeed boost your …

Thanksgiving Books For Every Age

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you might be looking for something special and festive to share with your children. We’ve rounded up the …

Kids

Writing "Just Right" Research Questions: Strategies for ELLs

In my first post in this series about the Common Core and writing, I looked at some general considerations for English language learners (ELLs), …

Writing with the Common Core: Considerations for ELLs (Part 1)

In my experience, teachers of English language learners (ELLs) often observe that writing is the last domain in which their students develop English …

Questions to Help Kids Understand What They Are Reading

Have you ever read a page in a book only to have no clue what the words all meant when you were finished?<p>When I was growing up, I can remember that …

Under the Sea with Swimmy!

I absolutely adore Swimmy by Leo Lionni, not only because the story is one of resilience and courage, but also because the artwork is just …

Writing Activities for Kids: Outdoor Writing Center

We are back for Fine Motor Fridays! This week we did some fun <b>writing activities for kids</b> on our super easy outdoor writing center! (<i>Affiliate links</i> …

Childhood reading and broadsheet newspapers are best for boosting vocabulary

Children who read for pleasure at the age of 10 had far higher vocabulary scores by the age of 42, a study has shown<p>Marcel Proust claimed that there are ‘no days of our childhood lived so fully as those spent with a favourite book.’<p>But a new study suggests that children who read for pleasure carry …

University of London

4 Keys To Developing Academic Vocabulary

<b>4 Keys To Developing Academic Vocabulary</b><p>by <b>Drs. William & Pérsida Himmele</b><p>Lack of academic language can prevent students from progressing in most areas …

Teaching

Take writing outside with some great ideas for a DIY writing center from Lalymom! Read about them here-->> http://lalymom.com/2014/05/writing-activities-for-kids-outdoor-writing-center.html