Best Practices for Teaching Phonics

What is phonics? Phonics is the ability to pair individual sounds with a visual symbol (letters). This method is frequently used to teach reading. Phonics teaches the sounds that letters or groups of letters make when spoken. Phonics is the process of matching sounds to letters. Reading experts refer to this as the alphabetic principle.…

COVID-19 Learning Loss

Enrollment for Summer Reading Program 2021 is now open! Register Now Is your child behind? One of the most heard concerns from parents is that they worry that their child is behind. In fact, learning loss during COVID-19 is something we should all be aware of. You know as well as I know how your…

Mind-Body Connection: Movement and Learning

How does the mind-body connection affect overall learning skills? Most of us don’t think about learning skills in conjunction with the mind-body connection and movement. However, the mind-body connection and movement are very important to your ability to learn and master reading skills. The brain and body work together as a machine, one designed to…

Auditory Processing and Spelling

What is Auditory Processing? Have you ever heard a new word and tried to spell it? Doing this helps you to remember the new word. The process of reading new words is much easier than spelling new words. Reading is the process of decoding. Spelling is the process of encoding. These are two sides of…

Educational Games for Kids

The best educational games for kids are sometimes the games that don’t even seem like they are educational. The games are fun and engaging. Each player can make substantial choices throughout the game. The gameplay makes you think. Kids and even adults become more engaged in games that have greater levels of choice than those…

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading comprehension strategies are a great way to improve your reading comprehension skills. Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, and use what you have read. When you use specific strategies, you make it easier to understand and remember what you have read. “Comprehension is now viewed as a much more complex process…

What Causes Problems with Spelling

Now Open — At-Home and Online Spelling Program with Phonics. Learn More Many children and even adults have problems and difficulties with spelling. Spell check can often only get you so far. Sometimes spell check cannot even tell what word it is you are trying to spell. You may have even written a word that…

10 Back-to-School Supplies: The Ultimate List

This year is looking quite a bit different from previous years. That does not mean you can’t set your kids up for success! Having the right back-to-school supplies can make the difference. Use our supplies list to get your year off to a great start. What Can You Do to Get Your Kids Off to…

Reading Fluency Activities

Reading fluency is the speed or rate of reading without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. A fluent reader has the ability to read and understand words automatically. They are able to more easily comprehend complete sentences and entire reading selections.

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