Author: Wendy and Jen

Why Are Decodable Running Records Better Than Leveled Running Records?
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Why Are Decodable Running Records Better Than Leveled Running Records?

The number one reason for switching to decodable running records is that they allow you to assess and target your students’ reading skills in a way that aligns with the Science of Reading. Decodable running records are IN! Leveled running records are OUT! Are you frustrated with leveled running records? As long-time proponents of the…

How to Teach Trick Words and Decodable Words
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How to Teach Trick Words and Decodable Words

How can I help my students understand the difference between trick words and decodable words? ***Updated 2024 to adhere to current research related to the Science of Reading*** After learning the letter names and sounds in isolation, emergent readers begin to use the alphabetic principle to decode closed syllable words (i.e. words that follow the…

The Magic of Decodable Texts
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The Magic of Decodable Texts

  Decodable Texts are a Necessary Tool  What’s so magical about decodable texts? Supporting systematic phonics instruction with decodable texts provides the opportunity for children to truly read with independence.  After students are taught a specific phonics concept, they must then apply this learning to connected text.  Students need to know that the code they…

How to Navigate a Common-Sense Approach to the Science of Reading

How to Navigate a Common-Sense Approach to the Science of Reading

A common-sense approach to the Science of Reading and literacy instruction is an essential part of being an effective educator. First and foremost, this approach requires that teachers adapt to the evolving nature of the Science of Reading. Following the science means being comfortable with discomfort. For the good of our students, we must embrace…