๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Guide for Amazing Teachers!
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๐ŸŽ Holiday Gift Guide for Amazing Teachers!

Hey there, awesome teachers! ๐ŸŽ The holiday season is upon us, and it’s time to treat yourself to some well-deserved goodies. ๐ŸŽ„ Whether you’re sipping on a cozy cup of coffee, diving into the science of reading, or spreading some literacy laughs, this holiday gift guide is tailored just for you! Remember, dear teachers, it’s…

Learning to Read or Reading to Learn
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Learning to Read or Reading to Learn

In the world of early literacy education, there has long been a prevailing myth that young readers should start by learning to read and later transition to reading to learn. For decades, theories of children’s phases of reading acquisition oversimplified the process. So, the “learning to read” then “reading to learn” made sense. However, the…

The Phases of Reading Fluency
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The Phases of Reading Fluency

A Guide for Educators and Parents As educators and parents, we share the common goal of helping young learners become proficient readers. Reading fluency is the ability to read accurately, smoothly, and with understanding. It is a crucial milestone in a child’s reading journey. You might be surprised at the many layers and foundational skills…

Science of Reading Myths
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Science of Reading Myths

I am thrilled you are joining me to learn more about the science of reading.ย Our journey should not be one of confirming what we already know about reading or validating our experiences.ย  Instead, consider what it would mean to change your approach to reading instruction based on scientific facts.ย  “The purpose of learning isnโ€™t to…

Orton Gillingham Lesson-Part 2
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Orton Gillingham Lesson-Part 2

In the first part of an Orton Gillingham lesson we practice phonemic awareness, blending, and letter-sound correspondence. After that, it is crucial that students review and reinforce previously learned skills.ย The student must also learn new information and practice this new skill in their reading and writing. Concepts taught and reviewed cover ALL strands of reading…

Structured Literacy Instruction
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Structured Literacy Instruction

Structured Literacy is getting a lot of well-deserved attention. Researchers in the areas of reading, psychology, speech and language pathology, neuroscience, and education all agree. Although there may be more than one way to TEACH reading, there is only one way that the human brain LEARNS to read. The majority of students learn to read…

Decodable Books- What are they and why should we use them?
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Decodable Books- What are they and why should we use them?

The debate is over. Reading words by attending to all of the letter-sound correspondences is how our brain learns to read efficiently. This is not new science, nor is it a pendulum. This is over 40 years of research. The science tells us that students need to focus on the letter-sound correspondences (word reading) to…