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Letter Sounds Matter

Which is more important – knowing the name of letters or knowing the sound of the letters? The importance of knowing letter names versus letter sounds in early literacy development has long been debated. Similarly, should we be teaching letter sounds first and then letter names or is the reverse order of more benefit, or […]

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Helping Children Select Books

It is not uncommon for children to go to the school library (or community library) and spend the allocated time wandering around with no books to check-out when it is time to leave. In addition, children are often reluctant to consider recommendations from adults. Instead, try the following strategies which are based on determining the […]

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Reading Informational Text

  As students progress through the educational system, it becomes more important that they can read and comprehend informational texts. Outlined below are three practical techniques that can help students access information from these texts. Before Reading Introduce new vocabulary – 5-10 words maximum. Introduce the words one-by-one. Help students decode the word, discuss its […]

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Levelled Reading

Matching texts to readers is a common strategy in many classrooms and school libraries, with some teachers spending significant amounts of time, money and energy organising books according to a level. The concept of levelling can be traced back to Bett’s (1946) paper which was based on a single study of 41 fourth graders over […]

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Reading Comprehension & Technology

Whether we like it or not, digital reading is now an integral part of our daily lives and becoming increasingly prevalent.  Although there are many similarities between using and comprehending digital and paper texts, there are some key differences and we cannot assume that students will learn the skills associated with reading digital texts. Due […]

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