Healthy diet boosts children’s reading skills
healthy diet

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 […]

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Why do I hate ping-pong?

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 […]

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Warning: Not all phonics programs are effective

What about do it yourself phonics programs? Often parents searching for reading help for their child will first inquire about the cost of our program. Usually I prefer not to discuss that over the telephone, since the price has little meaning unless they know what they will receive for their money. There is no basis […]

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What about speed reading?

I’m not sure why speed reading would be considered a reading improvement strategy. I have second and third grade problem readers who speed merrily down a page, making errors, skipping words or entire lines.  When I ask them to slow down they say they are trying to keep up their pace or that the teacher […]

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Oldest English Words

If only English were more consistent. Teaching reading by a phonetic method is endlessly challenging. It seems as soon as we have taught a rule, a new word pops up that doesn’t follow that rule. It’s yet another exception, or irregular word. One reason our language doesn’t stay within the bounds of the phonetic rules […]

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Alphabet soup

The sounds of English form the foundation for reading and writing. Any missing sounds are like cracks in a foundation which weaken a building. Holes appear in a text where words are not recognized. Often when students go on to the middle grades, they begin to have more problems with comprehension. But comprehension problems may […]

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Ten ways to help your child excel in reading

You can help your child excel in reading. Here are ten things you can do: Start early. Begin reading to your baby when he or she is a newborn.  Small cloth books with crinkly pages are easy for tiny hands to grasp while your baby sits on your lap.Board books with sturdy colorful pages are ideal […]

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Unlocking the code
alphabet letters

In English, the 26 letters of the alphabet are a code that represents sounds. Almost anyone who can understand spoken English can learn to read. Yet many individuals fail to achieve literacy. Reading English can be baffling for those who learn English as a second language, and even many native speakers. Written English is composed […]

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Practice, practice, practice
girls reading

How much practice does it take?  It is natural for us to work in our areas of strength because it comes the easiest. If I prefer writing over giving a speech, then writing is much easier for me to do. I find it is easier to working at writing instead of to practice speaking. Students […]

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A failure at six?
frustrated student reading

I had to wonder why a six year old was already convinced that he was a failure. Andre was held back to repeat kindergarten due to reading difficulties. He had hearing problems that had impacted his learning to read. His parents had voluntarily agreed with his school’s recommendation, and felt he needed outside help to […]

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