Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) is the time in school where virtually everyone, including the principal, teachers, and students pick up their books and begin to read for a designated amount of time. In theory, this sounds like such a good idea, until you notice that for some, D.E.A.R. stands for Don’t Even Attempt to … Continue reading D.E.A.R. Time: Don’t Even Attempt to Read
The concept of self is formed in the early years, and reading ability is highly correlated with self-esteem. Learning to read can be a source of pride for a young child as well as a source of embarrassment. Struggling readers feel as though everyone in the class is staring and laughing at their mispronunciations of … Continue reading Reading Ability and Self-Esteem
“I don’t understand this.” “I can’t remember what happened.” “Why do I have to read this again and again?” “I hate this book.” “This is so stupid.” Have you heard your child complain about reading, homework, and studying? Have you met with your child’s teacher and heard comments such as: “X doesn’t pay attention to … Continue reading Maybe it IS a Reading Comprehension Problem
Doesn’t it seem as though parents and children can look at a messy room and see the same thing differently? In my mind, I am thinking to myself, “Why does this have to sit on the floor? Doesn’t it bother you? How long does it take to just put it away or throw the clothes … Continue reading Messy Thinking?
Some of you may have tried the “Can My Child Really Read Challenge” I posted at: https://highfiveliteracy.com/2016/09/22/can-my-child-really-read/. In that blog, I mentioned that strong readers are able to read isolated words standing alone, while struggling readers might guess or confuse words. Some words are frequently confused by even the strongest readers. For example, … Continue reading Can My Child Really Read, Part 2