reading to children

What are Sight Words?

What’s the most common word in the English language?  It’s the. Imagine if every time you saw this word, you had to stop and figure out what it was. It would make reading even the simplest text very slow and painful. Being able to read the at first sight makes things a lot easier: no sounding out, no trying to remember. You recognize it just like your own name. Sight words are words like the. These words occur so frequently that readers, including very young readers, need to know them instantly.  

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1. A child’s brain is not wired to read.

Ever find yourself worried that your child is not “naturally” learning to read in the way she learned to walk and talk? Well don’t! The literacy experts at HOMER want to ease your mind.

Walking and talking are developmental milestones in a child’s life. So is reading. But reading doesn’t just “happen.” And the human brain is naturally wired to talk, but not read. For most children, reading requires direct instruction, repeated exposure to letter sounds, practice and immersion in books kids love. 

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Reading with children

Guest post by Alicia Wieser with The Parenting Journal

We know reading with our children is critical, but did you know that there are specific ways to read with your child that improve your child’s future academic skills? A new study shows that a specific type of reading – explicitly “quality reading” – leads children to have better reading skills and literacy skills in kindergarten than those children who do not engage in this “quality reading.”

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