23. September 2018
There are many benefits of using poetry in your reading lessons so I hope you will consider incorporating poetry on a regular basis! Here are 5 reasons why you should be using poetry in your reading lessons:

Fluency · 17. September 2018
Independent readers know how to choose their own books! You can help your child choose her own books using the 5-Finger Method.

Fluency · 10. September 2018
There are 3 reasons most often attributed to why children struggle to become fluent, independent readers.

11. August 2018
Let's focus on the basics first and build a strong foundation for reading success. Then you can layer in other supporting resources as needed. I promise just by doing the steps listed below you will see progress quickly for both you as the reading coach/teacher and your child.

Words and Vocabulary · 30. July 2018
This post will offer you 3 great ways to use word walls in your classroom or home school setting. What's so great about a word wall and why should you use it? Walk into any primary classroom in a school and you will find one or more word walls. It's not because teachers like to cover every square inch of classroom walls and doors (although it looks that way!) - it's because word walls are a wonderful way to display words that students are learning and need to access regularly.

Writing · 22. July 2018
Interactive writing is the easiest way to jump-start a reluctant writer or help a beginning writer interact in the writing process. It's simple, requires little prep, if any, and no special materials. You can customize the process to your needs and make it fun, even including multiple children in the process.

Motivating Readers · 11. July 2018
I admit I may have a soft spot in my heart when it comes to getting boys to read. That's because I have two boys of my own and at different stages of their lives I worried they would not become the avid, lifelong readers I had set out so hard to help them become. What did I do and what can you do to help boys who may be getting off to a slow start or tell you they aren't as interested in books as they are sports, video games, snacks, sleeping, and just about anything else they can think of?

05. July 2018
Forward progress in reading is always the goal and critical to the foundation of success and the love of reading. If your child encounters reading books as hard, stressful, and something she is not good at, she can quickly give up and decide that reading is just not for her. We know that reading fluency and comprehension is critical to the ability to thrive in all walks of life and to move forward in their education, so we cannot allow our children to get stuck.

Phonemic Awareness · 26. June 2018
There is no doubt that books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are beloved by millions of readers around the world. While you may think these books are entertaining and simply written to capture a child's attention, there is much more going on under the surface. This is why we recommend predictable pattern books like these as anchor texts for your reading program. Let's dive into what makes these books a powerful tool in your toolkit.

Writing · 20. June 2018
Just as you would encourage your child to read with fluency, you should encourage and nurture fluent writing. This means allowing him to write freely without stopping to spellcheck every word. Teach your child that spelling, grammar, and word choice can be worked on later. The most important thing is to get their ideas flowing and onto paper.

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