Category Archives: Vocabulary

How Parents Can Help Children Succeed In School

Below is my response to a great question posed by Amy (aka @teachmama) on the “We Teach Reading” group in the We Teach Ning. You can find that question here: “Learning During Read Alouds.” Hi Amy, If there was one … Continue reading

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Why and How to Motivate a Reluctant Reader (2 of 2)

I think children who do not struggle with decoding the words can find reading boring for many reasons. Here are three of them: They have not found the right book. The right book would be one that interests them for … Continue reading

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Why and How to Motivate a Reluctant Reader (1 of 2)

A guest post request on motivation from Dawn Little at the Literacy Toolbox inspired me to write the post below. After following her on Twitter for some time, I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting her in person at the … Continue reading

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Medicine to Help Prevent Reading Difficulties: The Reach Out and Read Program

It is National Volunteer Month and I have been contemplating how I would like to contribute to my community. Recently, I learned about Reach Out and Read (ROR) and I am amazed by everything I read about this program. Therefore, … Continue reading

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What Happens in the Home Before Kids Start School Affects Their Vocabulary & Overall Academic Success

Whenever people discuss the achievement/opportunity gap, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Hart & Risley study from 1995. You can read the entire study in this book, Interview with Todd Risley by Children of the Code … Continue reading

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