How to Teach Phonics the Easy Way

How to Make Learning to Read Easier

In this post, I would like to share some reasons for why I am a firm believer in using phonics to teach children to read, and also give you some ideas for how to teach phonics the easy way!  I have worked with so many parents and caregivers of children who are very skeptical when it comes to phonics. I respect this, as every person has his/her own opinion. Continue reading “How to Teach Phonics the Easy Way”

Why Fluency is Critical to Reading

Fluency is Critical to Reading Comprehension

Hi again!  Welcome back!  I’m hoping that if you’re reading this, you have already tried a few of the reading strategies that I listed in a few of my previous posts.  Hopefully, your child is beginning to develop a love for reading, even if it is only in the beginning stages!  Today, I would like to share with you reasons for why fluency is critical to reading. Being able to read fluently is extremely critical to reading comprehension.

Fluent Reader
Being able to read fluently is the key to reading comprehension.

Just like with everything we learn to do in life, this is how reading starts. Kids have to put one foot in front of the other, and continue to move forward!  This is the only way to succeed, and I promise you that it will be worthwhile in the long-run!

Putting One Foot in Front of the Other
Kids have to keep moving forward in order to read fluently.

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How to Make Reading With Phonics More Exciting

How My First Grade Teacher Made Reading With Phonics More Exciting

When I was in the first grade, my teacher taught our class how to read using the phonetic approach.  Reading quickly became my favorite subject!  It seemed fun and easy!  I mastered the art of breaking words apart, sounding them out, and putting them back together until I no longer needed to do this.

Little Girl Reading
Learning to read can be made easy with the right approach!

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Reading Can Actually Be Fun!

Make it enjoyable!  Reading Can Actually Be Fun!

We, as human beings, have been conditioned to want to do those things that we love, and ignore the things that bore us or make us feel uncomfortable!  I know that I tend to put off the things that don’t motivate me in favor of the things that I totally enjoy doing!  Who doesn’t?!

Person Skiing
Many people put off doing what they should do in favor of something more enjoyable.

For many children, regardless of age, reading is something they would rather avoid…like the plague!  These children have most likely never been given the tools necessary to become successful readers.  So, they see reading as a tedious chore, or as something they would rather not do.  They need to learn that reading is actually something fun to do!

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