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5 Nursery Rhymes for Pre-K

Studies have proven that telling nursery rhymes is one of the best ways to develop language skills in children. Nursery…

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Does the Order of the Alphabet Make it Harder to Learn to Read?

The surprising issue with the order of letters in the English alphabet and how you can easily overcome it as…

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What is “Phonics”, Anyway?

What makes phonics different from other ways of teaching reading, and why it is so effective I want to make…

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How and why you should always correct errors in your child’s reading

Certain kinds of errors indicate dangerously bad habits Some books and blogs about teaching your child to read recommend that…

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What if Phonics Doesn’t Work for my Four-Year-old?

If your child is struggling, it could be an indication that you need to take a step back and focus…

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What is Prosodic Reading and is it Important to Teach to my Child?

Fluent readers read with prosody, but prosody is best used as a tool for assessment and not something that needs…

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What Should I do Before Teaching my Child to Read?

Starting these simple techniques early is crucial to setting your child up for reading success As an educational parent, you…

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How Can I Help My Child Improve Their Phonemic Awareness?

Use word games and nursery rhymes to help your child build this valuable skill In my last post I explained…

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What is Phonemic Awareness and Why is it Important?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to recognize and manipulate the smallest units of language, and is a set of skills…

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Should We Curtail the Teaching of Sight Words?

Teaching sight words encourages the bad habit of memorizing whole words. Virtually all educators now agree that the most effective…

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How Many English Words are Not Decodable?

Although many people believe that the English language is full of words that don’t follow spelling rules, few words are…

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The Superpowers You Have as Educational Parents That Teachers Don’t

Quality time, familiarity, flexibility, and customizing implicit teaching As an Educational Parent, you have certain advantages teachers wish they had.…

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How to Balance Implicit and Explicit Teaching as an Educational Parent

Welcome back to the Educational Parenting Blog, where parents can find advice, answers, and awesome resources on becoming their child’s…

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How Do I Know if a Book Is at an Appropriate Reading Level for My Child?

Read books before your child does to figure out how many words in each book are too hard for them…

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Why I Ignore Age-Based Rating Systems

Age ratings for children’s books do not accurately reflect the unique skillsets of individual kids. Some children’s books come with…

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How to Read to Your Child for Maximum Literacy Gains

In a previous post, I discussed how to assess whether a book is at the right reading level for your…

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I Let Children Re-read Books That Are “Too Easy” For Them

By the time they lose interest, that’s when there is little benefit. After children learn a sizable chunk of the…

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How to Develop Good Judgment as an Educational Parent

Helping your child requires judgment, not just theories. Welcome back to the Educational Parenting blog, where parents can find advice,…

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Selecting Phonics Materials That Minimize or Avoid Nonsense Words

Decodable, yet unknown, real words are just as good. In the last post, we looked at strategies Educational Parents can…

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How to Make Sure Your Child Understands the Meaning of What They are Reading

Otherwise, they may develop the habit of not understanding what they read. Welcome to the Educational Parenting blog! This is…

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