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Reading with Fluency and the Importance of Punctuation.

Fluency is a crucial reading skill. It is the ability to rapidly and accurately decode words and understand the words once they have been decoded. If a student cannot read with fluency, it means all their mental energy is being expended on the decoding task, leaving little mental energy for understanding the meaning of the […]

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The Long-term Impact of Effective Teaching in the Early Years

We often talk about how critical the first few years of school can be on a child’s future education. Two recently published studies highlight the long-term impact of effective versus ineffective teaching in the first year of school Peter Tymms et al. (2017) measured the reading and maths development of 40,000 children in England at […]

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Audio Books

Should we be letting our children listen to audio books? Like the answer to most questions, it is about providing a balance. It is important that children are given an opportunity to read independently. It is also important that parents read to their children because there is a different interaction when a parent is reading […]

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Increasing Reading Speed

Fluent reading depends on knowledge acquired from reading. Every time you read, you become more familiar with the vocabulary, the structures of sentences and the informational content. The greater your familiarity with this knowledge, the less time that is required to process this information and consequently you can comprehend text with greater speed and efficiency. […]

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The Perfetti Experiments

What is the role of phonic knowledge in the reading process? Perfetti and his colleagues designed a series of experiment to test this question. In one study, Perfetti studied third and fifth grade children who had been identified as good and poor readers using a standardised reading assessment. The children were asked to read real […]

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