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What is a Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable and Why is It Important?
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What is a Vowel-Consonant-e Syllable and Why is It Important?

The vowel-consonant-e syllable is also known as a silent-e syllable or a magic-e syllable. It is important because it is one of six syllable types. As we have discussed in previous posts, every syllable must have at least one vowel. This particular syllable type has two vowels and follows the pattern, vowel-consonant-e. The two vowels…

Could It Be Dyslexia?
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Could It Be Dyslexia?

Concerned someone you know may have dyslexia? There are a number of warning signs of dyslexia that emerge well before a person is officially identified. While this page is not intended as a substitute for a formal educational evaluation, we do provide you with links to some assessment tools that can help provide valuable information…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Second and Third Grade Readers

Essential Assessments for Second and Third Grade Readers Second and third grade is where the ‘rubber meets the road,’ so to speak. Much of kindergarten and first grade reading instruction focuses on building phonological awareness skills and applying the alphabetic principle. Comprehension and vocabulary are addressed primarily through read aloud. In second and third grade, students are…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your First Grade Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your First Grade Readers

It’s Back to School time! Looking for some fun reading tips and activities your children will love? This post offers free printables that will make the first weeks of school a success for students and teachers! Essential Back to School Assessments for Early Readers Back to School is an exciting time for primary students! First…

Back to School:  Getting to Know Your Kindergarten Readers
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Back to School: Getting to Know Your Kindergarten Readers

Essential Assessments for Kindergarten Readers “Back-to-School” is the best time of year.  The kindergartners arrive at the classroom door, shining and smiling in their new school clothes, eager to learn. There is a LOT to learn.  First, they have to learn how to ‘do’ school.  They have to learn where the bathroom is, how to share…