Learning to Read
What we know about reading
Whether you teach reading on a classroom, or whether you are a parent encouraging your child to read, educational research has a message for you. We have a national reading crisis.
What are the insights?
- Read, read, read every day
- Build background content knowledge
- Group across reading skill levels
- In the early grades, teach phonics
Literacy and fluency
Literacy is built on wide and extensive reading. The more one reads, the more fluent one becomes. For parents of young children, reading aloud to one's child every day builds fluency. As a matter of fact, teens also love it when teachers read aloud to them.
- Put Reading First: Kindergarten through Grade 3: Carefully developed guide for building blocks of teaching reading
- ReadWriteThink: Lessons and resources by International Literacy Association and National Council of Teachers of English
- Search the Teaching Channel for powerful videos illustrating how to guide reading instruction
- Search Edutopia for great resources on developing reading skills