Just imagine a child’s excitement when he is ready to begin school. Perhaps he watched cartoons and children’s shows depicting fun-filled school days filled with learning and activities, listened to his friends, parents, and siblings talk about school, and watched the school bus pick up children on the block. And now the time has come … Continue reading Failing Students or Failing Schools?
H – Have conversations. Language builds comprehension. A – A positive attitude nurtures change. P – Play indoor games that build memory, concentration, and recall. P – Play outside. Exercise and fresh air are brain-builders. Y – You are your child’s first teacher. N – Notice the world with your child and discuss. Build … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution
You came home from work, made dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, and now it is time to get your child to bed. If you are the parent of a child who is at least eight years old, you might just say, “Good Night!” The last thing you want to do is begin reading a book … Continue reading Reading Aloud to Your Older Child
Until recently, my favorite book on reading research was Why Our Children Can’t Read and What We Can Do About It by Diane McGuinness, Ph.D. The book was published in 1999, and it literally changed the way I thought about reading instruction. It was groundbreaking at a time when the science of reading was in … Continue reading Book Review: Language at the Speed of Sight
While working on the past tense verb,“ed,” with a first grader, I noticed this little girl was having difficulty understanding how “ed” could have three different sounds. For example, planted or landed both have the id sound added to the base word – (plant-ed) and (land-ed) while the word “hopped” sounds like a /t/ at … Continue reading What is Explicit Instruction?