balanced literacy

2703, 2015

How To Help A Struggling Speller

My children seemed to live by this quote:

“Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination.” – Mark Twain

They have some crazy, inventive ways to spell words.
However, there is hope. With a sequential system and lots of practice, your struggling speller will have spelling success.
In the last post, […]

1203, 2015

The Truth About Spelling

“A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one.”
~ Baltasar Gracian

I’ve heard, “My child is horrible at spelling. What do I do?”
Additionally, I raised two boys that are horrible spellers. However, your children can get good at spelling. This is good news.
Here is the truth about spelling:

Research shows that […]

1302, 2015

What Everyone Should Know About Independent Writing

 

Part 6 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You can make anything by writing. ~ C.S. Lewis

Writing instruction is as vast as the ocean; there are many, many different books, lessons, and curriculum available to help chart the course. In this post, I will attempt to outline what independent writing looks like and why it needs to be […]

3101, 2015

3 Reasons To Write Aloud (Modeled Writing)

Part 5 of 6: Balanced Literacy

You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.
You can’t edit a blank page.
Jodi Picoult

Writing aloud is synonymous with modeled writing. Modeled writing is an important component to balanced literacy.
Balanced Literacy involves the following:
Guided Reading
Reading Aloud
Self Selected Reading
Word Work
Modeled Writing- This post
Independent […]

2401, 2015

Making Words-Nuts & Bolts to Reading

Making Words

4 of 6 in series- Balanced Literacy

We live and breathe words. – Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

Good readers use multiple strategies while struggling readers tend to cling to one. (Generally, poor readers cling to decoding which I call “hiss and spit – sounding out words.”) I find most children don’t know how to blend […]

1201, 2015

Self Selected Reading in 7 steps.

Part 3 of 6 – Balanced Literacy

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
~ Maya Angelou, poet

This is the 3rd post in a series of 6 titled: Balanced Literacy
Balanced Literacy consists of the following: Guided Reading, Reading […]

2712, 2014

5 Secrets to Reading Aloud Success

How to read aloud to your child successfully
Part 2 of 6- Balanced Literacy

“There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.”
— May Ellen Chase

Guided Reading is just one piece to the balanced literacy puzzle. Another piece is reading aloud to your child. This is one of the most valuable pieces. […]

1512, 2014

Beginner’s Guide to Guided Reading

 
Part 1 of 6- Balanced Literacy

Guided reading is small-group reading instruction designed to provide differentiated teaching that supports students in developing reading proficiency. ~ Gay Su Pinnell & Irene C. Flountas
This post is part 1 of a 6 part series: Balanced Literacy. Just like eating a balanced diet is important to ensure proper nutrition and […]

512, 2014

3 Steps To Helping Your Child Be A Better Reader

 

Reading Fitness
3 Keys To Reading

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emily Buchwald

Being physically fit encompasses 3 components: strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Being able to read well also comprises the same three components. Include these components when working with your children, and your children will be on the road to a fit, […]

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