Monthly Archives: September 2014

Scaffolding with Easier Texts

I mentioned in my last post that providing a simpler book on a subject is another scaffolding strategy.  While this is true, you must also be careful to still have the child read grade level texts as well. Revised Publishers’ … Continue reading

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12 Strategies to Help Your Child with Reading

We all want our children to continually read more and more difficult texts.  When a text is just a tad difficult for your child to read independently then we help them through scaffolding strategies. Scaffolding in education is similar to creating a structure … Continue reading

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Free Webinar on the New Writing Expectations

Meeting the New Writing Expectations: Preparing Teachers and Students for Success Writing is the area that has the furthest to go to meet the new ELA standards. In the 2000s, it all but disappeared from most elementary classrooms. Learn how … Continue reading

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CCSS Reading Anchor Standards 1 and 10: Literature

Anchor standards one and ten are closely linked.  Standard one asks children to read closely in order to determine what the text is saying – explicitly as well as implicitly.  Standard 10 focuses on the range of reading and level … Continue reading

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How To Find Your Reading Level

Reading at the correct level is important.  If you are in a home school program, you can try some of the following websites to determine your reading level.  If you are in public school, your school may already have a … Continue reading

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What are Reading Lexiles?

A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual’s reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. The Lexile measure is shown as a number with an “L” after it … Continue reading

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What is Reading Comprehension?

Being able to regurgitate facts from a story does not necessarily ensure comprehension of the text. This one fact is part of the problem of NCLB’s focus on facts and recall for comprehension.  Comprehension is much more complicated then simply … Continue reading

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