Review: Language at the Speed of Sight
Who’s to blame if the kids can’t read?
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 […]
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 […]
Why do I hate ping-pong?
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 […]
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 […]
My children read okay; how can I help them excel?
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 […]
Why do children rebel against school?
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 […]
What should parents do if their children don’t excel in reading
If children rebel against school, parents need to pay attention. There could be various reasons why they dislike school. Parents need to discuss the situation with their child to determine the cause. There may be an issue with other children who are harassing or bullying the child. If this is the cause, parents should report […]
Parents must make absolutely certain that their children excel in reading. All other academic performance hinges on this crucial skill. Yet about twenty-five percent of students lag behind their peers and are not reading at grade level. In many cases the schools continue to pass the students on to the next grade even though they […]