Review: Language at the Speed of Sight
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Language at the Speed of Sight by Mark Seidenberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a refreshing and thought-provoking book, which covered the subject of the literacy gap thoroughly and convincingly. The book provided in-depth analysis of the subject and current research with insights backed up by conclusions drawn from his research and […]
Who’s to blame if the kids can’t read?
The Great Reading Divide: Seeking Solutions to Solve Our Literacy Crisis By Deborah Gorman Nearly 40% of American students are not proficient in reading by the fourth grade. These poor readers will continue to underachieve and are at risk for dropping out entirely prior to high school graduation, because reading is the foundation for learning […]
Poor readers lag behind their peers
Some blame the teachers when students fail, while others blame the home environment of failing readers. Assigning blame, however, will not help anyone to learn to read. In fact, struggling readers come from every type of home background. Rudolf Flesch, the author of Why Johnny Can’t Read, noticed that one of his sons was unable to […]
Healthy diet boosts children’s reading skills
Poor readers lag behind their peers in elementary school. Leading educators agree that those students who can’t read well by third-grade will continue to struggle in all subject areas. They will remain behind their peers. Unless an intervention is made, they will be unable to catch up. They will be at risk of being severely […]
Read just because you’ll be amazing
Does a nutritious diet improve children’s reading skills? Finnish research says yes. This isn’t a total surprise, actually. But it turns out that there is a link between children’s nutrition and their reading ability. It’s fairly well known that good nutrition, besides being important to overall health and growth, is essential to development of the […]
Why do I hate ping-pong?
“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” –Dr. Seuss In 1950s, the Dick and Jane books were the most widely used curriculum for teaching reading by the sight method. Although widely effective, the books were known for their boring, plodding style. To […]
What do politicians know about teaching reading?
For the same reason so many children hate school! I was never any good at ping-pong. I lose every time. It’s the same for students who can’t read– they hate school. They’re resist going because it’s hard. It’s no fun; they just don’t catch on. Then if they have to leave their homeroom and go […]
Why can’t learning to read be easier?
Frankly, not very much. But they should know North Carolina is in terrible shape when it comes to reading. Only 75% of students are proficient in reading at grade level. In North Carolina, the Read to Achieve law mandates that all students take 36 tests to assess whether third-graders are up to grade level in […]
My children read okay; how can I help them excel?
For many persons, learning to read isn’t easy. For a variety of reasons, English is a confusing language to learn for many of us. While the language has only 44 sounds, those sounds make up over a million words. On the written page, the sounds are represented by letters of the alphabet, which are put […]
If your child’s reading is okay, that means it is adequate, good, or satisfactory. Okay is better than not okay, or failing. But is okay a level that can help your child to reach his or her full potential? The world is fiercely competitive. Average isn’t good enough any more. Those who would succeed must […]