In our schools today, too many children struggle with learning to read. As educators and parents can attest, reading failure has tremendous, long-term consequences that affects children's self-confidence and motivation to learn, consequently affecting school performance in latter years.
(Kindergarten - Grade 3)
According to the NRP (National Reading Panel)...
Success correlates to these following areas:
Phonemic Awareness -the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words.
Activities to develop phonemic awareness:
identify letters and their corresponding sounds
blend letters/sounds to form new words /k/ /a/ /t/ = cat
segment words into sounds "stretching it out" cat = /k/ /a/ /t/
delete or add new letters/sounds to form new words
substitute letters/sounds to make new words
Phonics -teaches children the relationships between the letters of written language and the sounds of spoken language.
Activities to develop phonics skills:
Work in progress...
Fluency - the ability to read text quickly and accurately.
**Fluency can be developed gradually over time through substantial practice by modeling fluent reading and having your child engage in repeated oral reading (reading aloud).**
Vocabulary - words we must know in order to communicate effectively. There is oral vocabulary (we speak) and written vocabulary (we read).