Resources 2018-02-20T21:36:19+00:00

Early Readers!

Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. Books have the power to benefit toddlers and preschoolers in a myriad of ways. As a parent, reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare him with a foundation for academic excellence.

Target the Problem!

Target the Problem is a tool to help parents and classroom teachers understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You’ll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.

For a quick overview, start the Target the Problem! activity

Start a Reading Log

A reading log is a great tool that assists teachers, parents and children.

Why Read 20 Minutes a Day?

Reading together 20 minutes a day makes a difference in your child's success.

Reading Everyday Helps

Give your child lots of opportunities to read aloud. Inspire your young reader to practice every day!

Early Signs of a Reading Difficulty

A parent may be the first person in a child’s life to recognize a reading problem. A parent’s observation is critical because some of the earliest signs that foreshadow a reading difficulty can be seen during preschool and kindergarten years. Difficulty manipulating sounds in words is one of the hallmark characteristics of reading difficulties and can be seen at a young age. Your child might struggle with rhyming, word games, or recognizing words that start with the same sound. Often children who had repeated ear infections or speech delays during their early years eventually have trouble learning to read.  An expert alerts parents to some of the earliest indicators of a reading difficulty.

If you ask your first grader to read aloud to you and he resists doing so, this may be a warning that there’s a problem. Children who struggle often find reading is such a belabored process they avoid it. If your child does agree to read to you, listen to how they read the words on the page. Does your child skip over words, mispronounce words or replace some words with others? Do they notice the error and go back to correct it or does she keep going unaware there is a problem? While your child may make some mistakes as they learn to read it is the frequency of the errors that can indicate a problem.
Toddlers and preschoolers often love to make up silly rhymes or make you sing nursery rhymes to them until you lose your voice. Rhyming helps children to learn how to differentiate words that sound similar and is an important step in the early reading process.
First graders should be able to recognize 100 words by the time they complete first grade. But even before they enter kindergarten, they should be able to learn and remember simple sounds and words. If your child has problems remembering words this may be an indication they will have trouble learning to read.

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Does your child ball when you ask him to read? If your son or daughter is having difficulty learning to read then they may think it is too hard and refuse to engage in the activity. If your child likes having you read to them but refuses to read to you then don’t force it. Instead, you will want to find out why they don’t like reading aloud and work with them to resolve the problem.


It isn’t uncommon for children to mispronounce certain words, but if you notice that your child is doing this frequently, it may indicate other learning problems. It can be that they aren’t hearing the distinction between certain syllables or they can’t blend words properly.

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1. They lack or are slow to pick up phonemic awareness skills.

2. They have trouble with blending and segmentation of words and can’t discern where one ends and another begins.

3. They can’t replace one letter with another and pronounce the new one correctly, as in “big” and “pig.”

4. They often can’t match written letters with the sounds they make when spoken.

5. They have poor memory retrieval as evidenced by slow letter-naming.

6. They have difficulty making the leap to the alphabetic principle, the idea that particular letters represent particular sounds.

7. They don’t automatically decode the words, but slowly and laboriously try to blend them.

8. They read in a monotone, rather than with expression, indicating poor comprehension.

Make reading a Passion!

There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.
~May Ellen Chase
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
~Marcel Proust
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
~Richard Steele
It is books that are the key to the wide world; if you can’t do anything else, read all that you can.
~Jane Hamilton
Books are a uniquely portable magic.
~Stephen King
There are There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.
~Jacqueline Kennedy