Author: Wendy and Jen

5 Ways to Encourage Summer Literacy
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5 Ways to Encourage Summer Literacy

Help Prevent Summer Reading Slide with These Fun-filled Activities Children who don’t read and write during the summer months are at risk of declining academic skills.  This is known as the ‘Summer Slide’. These students begin the following school year several months behind their peers who do read.  Unfortunately, for each summer vacation during which…

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How to Calculate Fluency Rate

Why Calculating Correct Words Per Minute  Matters We often find ourselves discussing fluency rate and the proper way to score fluency assessments.  Some people are in the camp of counting ‘words per minute’.  Others hold the stance of scoring ‘correct words per minute’.  We firmly believe in scoring ‘correct words per minute’ because fluency is not just…

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Why Develop Phonemic Awareness in Emergent Readers?

Phonemic Awareness: A Prerequisite for Reading Success What is phonemic awareness and why do young readers need to develop it? It is important to develop phonemic awareness in emergent readers because it is an oral language skill that includes a number of discrete skills: isolating beginning, middle, and ending sounds segmenting and blending phonemes manipulating…