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Children Writing Books
Research has proven that reading affects writing and writing affects reading.  But, simply UNDERSTANDING that reading and writing are connected is not enough.  To  help our kids develop these two critical literacy skills,  parents (and teachers) must APPLY this knowledge when working with them.  In this blog, I am going to share a few ideas...
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Family Reading Time
Summer is coming to an end.  No more playing until the street lights come on (Is that still a THING?), catching fireflies at twilight, or just staying up super late.  Now that kids are back in school, we, as parents, need to bring back school year routines and structure.  One way I eased my kids...
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Child Reading With Ballet Slippers
If you have been following the blog for the past several weeks, you have learned A LOT  about phonemic awareness.  So far, in this phonemic awareness skills series, we have discussed rhyming, syllables, onset and rime, sound isolation, phonemic blending, and phonemic segmentation.  This final blog is about phoneme manipulation, the most sophisticated of all...
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Bingo
Children who are able to segment and blend sounds will be able to apply this knowledge to spelling and reading more easily than those that have not yet mastered these skills. First, let’s define the two processes.  Phoneme segmentation is the process of breaking a word up into its individual sounds.  For example, saying the...
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Red Light Green Light
Sound isolation is the ability to isolate a single sound from within a word.  Children usually master initial sound isolation in the middle of kindergarten, and final and medial sound isolation at the end of kindergarten or early first grade.  Phoneme (sound) isolation is a very important step in early literacy development. Kids that have...
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Decodable Books
Decodables… you may ask… what are those?  Decodable books are short and simple books that focus on a particular phonetic pattern or word family.   Each book uses these sounds with different words to give students practice with a new sound.  For example, a beginner decodable book may focus on long A words that are...
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Pop Fidget
You’ve found success with your child… he/she knows their letters, sounds, and how to blend CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words together.  This is definitely an accomplishment because this can be a tricky concept for young learners.  But now you find your child is struggling with two and three letter blends.  These sounds can be hard for children...
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Blending Ladder
When beginning readers first start on their literacy journey, phonemic awareness is the first step towards this goal.  A strong understanding of phonemic awareness will ultimately lead towards reading acquisition.  You may be asking yourself, what about phonics?  By definition, phonics is the way we use symbols to represent sounds.  In the English language, some...
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Abc
Every parent wonders when they should introduce letter names to their child.  Should children learn their letters in pre-school when learning the traditional ABC song or should it be during phonics instruction?  Timing of letter introduction is important, but figuring out *when* that time is, can be tricky.  This timing is based more on the...
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Sight Words
Your child knows the ABCs.  He is starting to understand that each letter makes a special sound.  He may even start to understand that when you put a few sounds together, it makes a word.  What a great feeling!  As a parent, I’ve felt this success.  You may think to yourself, “Ok, this is going...
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