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Ready to Read in School: Reading Comprehension

The final component that the National Reading Panel identified as important in helping children learn to read is also the goal of reading. It's the golden ring - the top of the mountain that all of the other elements (phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary) work together to achieve: reading comprehension.

Ready to Read in School: Fluency

Our next important element of reading, identified by the National Reading Panel, is Fluency.

Fluency is the "flow" of reading, particularly out loud, but also what a child hears in her head during silent reading. It's "reading like you talk" and is important because it supports comprehension. After all, it's difficult to understand a sentence when it is read haltingly, one word at a time, because you forget how the sentence began and what it has to do with the end of the sentence.

Ready to Read in School: Vocabulary

This week, we're looking at another area that the National Reading Panel identified as being important for children learning how to read: Vocabulary.

Simply put, the more words you know, the much easier it is to read a wide variety of texts.

Ready to Read in School: Phonics and Phonemic Awareness

You don't need us to tell you: it's time to head back to school! That means if you are a parent, it's also time to think about what you can do to make sure your school-aged child is getting what they need in reading instruction.

In 2000, after three years of study, the National Reading Panel identified 5 areas that correlated with children's success in reading: 1) Phonics; 2) Phonemic Awareness; 3) Fluency; 4) Vocabulary; 5) Comprehension.

The Art (and Science) of Conversation with Children

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The Art (and Science) of Conversation with Children

"Oh, that's just a bunch of talk." It's easy to get tired of all of the words flying around us, especially as the presidential election season ramps up (oh boy, are there a lot of words!). But when it comes to your children - no matter their age - sharing words through conversation is one of the most important things you can do to ensure their literary success.

Why?

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