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Why is Teaching Vocabulary Important for Reading?
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Why is Teaching Vocabulary Important for Reading?

Vocabulary is one of five fundamental parts of structured literacy. As Gough and Tunmer’s ‘Simple View of Reading’ illustrates, it is as important for students to develop vocabulary knowledge as it is for them learn how to decode words. Combining a student’s ability to decode with a robust vocabulary leads to increased comprehension. Emily Hanford…

Vocabulary Knowledge

Vocabulary refers to the knowledge of words as well as the meaning of words.  Vocabulary knowledge is more than just citing the definition of a word.  It requires that the reader use the word appropriately based upon a given context.  As demonstrated below, the word light holds many meanings: The overhead light was left on…

What is the Best Way Begin Teaching Reading in Kindergarten?
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What is the Best Way Begin Teaching Reading in Kindergarten?

The best way to begin teaching reading in kindergarten is to resist the urge to jump right into instruction. First, you need to know where to start and then you need to know where you are going. We refer to this instructional cycle as “Assess, Analyze, Instruct”. At Informed Literacy it is our core belief…

How Can I Help My Child Who is a Struggling Reader?
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How Can I Help My Child Who is a Struggling Reader?

Since our inception of Informed Literacy, we have fielded numerous inquiries from parents asking, “How can I help my child who is a struggling reader? It’s frustrating and heartbreaking to watch your child fail day after day, week after week, month after month, and even year after year. Unfortunately, the response to intervention model can…

Is Early Intervention in Foundational Reading Skills Needed?
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Is Early Intervention in Foundational Reading Skills Needed?

Case Study #1, Avery In this post we will take a closer look at Avery, whom we introduced on our Instagram page. We will explore whether or not early intervention in foundational reading skills is needed. Avery is a kindergarten student who has strong oral language skills, a robust vocabulary, a depth of background knowledge….

The Importance of Teaching Handwriting

The Importance of Teaching Handwriting

Teaching handwriting is one of the cornerstones of literacy because reading and writing are reciprocal skills. As students learn to spell words with the same phonetic patterns they are reading, it helps solidify their understanding. Automaticity and accuracy in letter formation frees up working memory. Then students can concentrate on what they are writing, rather…