A Balanced Approach to Teaching Reading

While phonemic awareness and phonics are at the core of learning to read, according to The National Reading Panel, a balanced approach to teaching reading includes five tenets: Phonemic/Phonological Awareness Phonics Vocabulary Comprehension Fluency Depending on your...

K-W-L Chart for Individual Use

A K-W-L Chart is great way to engage students in the learning process. Your child or students will ask themselves questions before reading or learning about a topic. (designed in 1986, Ogle) The K-W-L Chart is divided into three columns: What We Know, What We Want to...

Word Families

Word Families are a group of words with the same spelling/sound pattern. (The term can also apply to words with the same base word.) Why teach word families? As your child/students begin to learn to read, you want them to move beyond the phase of sounding out each...

Basic Beginning Reading Plan

At the core of education is reading and comprehension. That is why I have been focusing on these two. I have so many topics I want to discuss, but these two are foundational. Here is a recap of what I have been discussing in my blog (read previous posts for a fuller...