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Improving Reading Comprehension

The number one reason that students perform poorly on comprehension tests is because they can’t decode (i.e., read) the text. Therefore, checking a student’s decoding skills should always be the starting point. The second most common reason that students have difficulty with comprehending texts is because they have a poor understanding of word meaning and/or […]

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Teaching Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction should be an integral component of teaching reading as a poor vocabulary recognition and understanding impacts on comprehension. The wider students’ vocabulary, the more effective they are at inferring the meaning of the text and deducing the meaning of unfamiliar words encountered in the text. In their article Four Practical Principles for Enhancing […]

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Wine/Whine Merger

The ‘wh’ letter combination can be pronounced /w/ with the ‘h’ not pronounced (e.g., white). It can be pronounced /h/ with the ‘w’ not pronounced (e.g., who) and in some dialects of English it is pronounced /hw/. The placement of the ‘h’ before the ‘w’ indicates a voiceless single consonant sound that is somewhere between […]

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Reading Complex Texts

  Sometimes, hopefully not too often, children may be required to read text that is above their current reading level – perhaps to find information for a project or assignment, to answer a maths questions or because it’s a novel that they would like to read that other children are currently reading. Strategies for helping children […]

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Creating Learning Traditions

  The long summer holiday break is a great time to develop some new family traditions that will have the added bonus of strengthening your children’s literacy skills. Write Help your children write letters or thank you cards to everyone that gave them a present. Encourage your children to explain what they liked best about […]

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