Blog Category - Struggling Readers


Reading is Not Optional – Even for Struggling Readers

Reading is Not Optional – Even for Struggling Readers

Recently the upcoming ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Walter Dean Myers, spoke on NPR about the theme he has chosen for his ambassadorship: Reading is Not Optional. I can’t think of a stronger statement to convey the importance of literacy. This statement …
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50 Interesting Facts About Dyslexia

50 Interesting Facts About Dyslexia

What is Dyslexia? Dyslexia is a learning disability that includes difficulty in the use and processing of linguistic and symbolic codes, alphabetic letters representing speech sounds or numeric representing numbers or quantities. The first description of dyslexia …
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Sending Teachers Into The Home

Sending Teachers Into The Home

With national concern about students’ academic performance, some districts are turning to a Teacher Home Visit Program or Parent Visitation Program.  The idea behind this strategy is that parents (with the support of the teacher) will be more involved in their child’s …
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Is Your Child Struggling with Reading? Make Sure He Gets a Good Breakfast!

Is Your Child Struggling with Reading? Make Sure He Gets a Good Breakfast!

Often we look for new, complex solutions to solve the problems we face. However, there are often simple solutions or steps we can take to improve or alleviate the problems we rack our brains trying to solve. One elementary school recently started a breakfast program  …
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How to Motivate Your Struggling Reader to Improve Reading Skills

Research has proven which approaches work for helping struggling readers improve their reading skills, but what if they aren’t motivated to improve their reading skills? We all know how to do a lot of things that we don't do simply because we aren’t …
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How Can Parents Support Their Child's Reading Development?

by Kathy Chappell-Muncy MS Ed. Reading and Literacy and Margaret Nichols MS Ed. Reading and Literacy Much as papa tiger watched and worried as his little tiger son Leo didn’t speak, or eat nicely, write or read in Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus, we parents …
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5 Ways to Make Literacy a Part of Your Child’s Christmas

1. “A Book on Every Bed” – This campaign was started last year in an effort to get a million books on the beds of a million children. The campaign continues on this year in an effort to foster a love of reading in children across America. Here’s how you …
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8 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Ability and Academic Achievement

8 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Reading Ability and Academic Achievement

Have you ever wondered how you can best help your child succeed in school? What the most effective parenting tactics are? Recent research from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (the O.E.C.D.) has found several practices that parents can incorporate into …
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Inventive Spelling - Does it help or hurt?

Inventive Spelling - Does it help or hurt?

Inventive spelling (also called invented spelling) is the practice of spelling unfamiliar words by making a guess as to the correct spelling based on the writer’s existing knowledge. An example of this would be spelling “is” as “iz” or “flowers” …
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At What Age Should Your Child Be Able To Read?

At What Age Should Your Child Be Able To Read?

Are you wondering if your child is “on time” when it comes to reading? According to the U.S. Department of Education, here are the language milestones your child should reach at each age: CHILDREN AGES 0-3: Imitate some of the sounds and rhythms adults use when they …
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