Have you assessed your students' decoding skills? Do you have a starting point for teaching those skills? If your answer is no, then here's a free tool to help you get going! This assessment for decoding one-syllable words is suitable for your kindergarten, first, and second-grade students. ... Read More about How to Assess Decoding Skills and Help Target Instruction
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Are you searching for ways to boost your young or struggling students' word recognition skills? A systematic and explicit approach to phonics instruction can help! Photo by Speaking of Images As teachers, I strongly believe, we need to have as many effective strategies as possible for reaching and ... Read More about How to Empower Your Students with Decoding Skills
When I kept encountering the words "orthographic mapping" in my reading, it piqued my curiosity! What is this? Why is it important? I decided I needed to knuckle down. I was determined to research and read (no more browsing and skimming) to fully grasp this difficult concept. What Is ... Read More about Are You Curious About the Importance of Orthographic Mapping?
Let's start by being clear about teaching high-frequency words! Are they high-frequency words or sight words; popcorn words, flash words, heart words, or tricky words? Perhaps they're decodable, nondecodable, regular, or irregular. How do we make sense of it all? Why should we teach high-frequency ... Read More about How to Make Sense of Teaching High-Frequency Words