5 Core Components of Reading - Phonics

Many educators in the field have a love hate relationship with phonics. In the sense that some educators love a phonics approach one week and hate it the next (it can be extremely difficult to organize it all for Pete’s sake). And…some educators LOVE a phonics-based approach and others hate it in favor of a more whole-language approach.

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5 Core Components of Reading - Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is the understanding of the sound structure of our English language. This is a critical component of literacy development and must be included in effective reading instruction programs!

We cannot begin to “sound words out” if we don’t understand that letters represent sounds that string together to read words or pull apart to spell words.

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How to Stop Letter Reversals

We all know that this can be such a sticking point for our dyslexic kiddos. It's important to note that many students display difficulty with b/d until the end of second grade or about the age of 8. By the time a child is 8 years old the dreaded b/d reversal should be pretty much gone.

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How to Support Your Students with Writing

Writing can be one of the most difficult skills for students to master.

Especially students who struggle with reading such as students with dyslexia or other language-based learning disabilities like dysgraphia.

Read on for some of our favorite tips to supporting students in writing!

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Why You Should Use Games in Your Reading Instruction

We’ve learned that by turning simple reading tasks into games it will provide students with the repetition they need to see success. We try to turn EVERYTHING into games and you’d be surprised because even those of you with older students will see that they enjoy this “gamification” of instruction as well.

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