Helping out as a volunteer in K-8 as an informal educator, homework helper and reading tutor, it is painfully obvious that there are plenty of kids who aren’t learning to read and this has had a profound impact on their ability to learn in k-8 classrooms as they currently exist. How can this happen? What is being done about it?

Turns out some of this can be explained by the science of reading. If kids aren’t taught to read systematically, many won’t learn to become readers. Many teachers are never taught the science of reading, so they are not prepared to formally “teach” some of the key aspects of learning to read.

Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?

some kids will learn to read despite the lack of effective instruction. But without explicit and systematic phonics instruction, many children won’t ever learn to read very well.


The Science of Reading Research – Educational Leadership  Low-income children also experienced significantly less growth in knowledge of phonemes, letter names, and letter sounds. Vocabulary development, phonological sensitivity, and alphabetic skills are…

There a number of interesting studies, interventions and activities suggested in these resources that can influence learning to read. Some of particular note – music, games and augmented reality. as well as e-books and sites to encourage an interest in reading.

Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words
Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words (52 words)all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pret…
Free Reading K-3 Reading Comprehension Lessons | Curriki
FreeReading is a high-quality, open-source, free reading intervention program addressing literacy development for grades K-3. Schools and teachers everywhere can use the complete, research-based 40…
Families and Remote Learning – | Solving the Reading Comprehension Crisis
ReadWorks offers resources to teach the concepts of reading comprehension to students in grades K-6. Units have been designed around popular read aloud books for K-4 and novels for grades 5-6. Les…
12 Great Songs You Should Teach Your Preschool Child – Empowered Parents
“educational benefits of singing nursery rhymes and songs: Develops gross motor skills (action rhymes) Develops fine motor skills (finger rhymes) Teaches language and increases vocabu…
Educational Toolkit for At-Home Learning – Barbara Bush Foundation
some wonderful, free online resources that can help children continue to build critical literacy skills while schools are closed. To help parents choose among the plethora of available option…
Lead with Literacy
The Brevard Public Schools’ Lead with Literacy website provides a collection of English Language Arts resources and information designed to support teachers on their journey through makin…
What is Phonics | Hooked on Phonics
“Phonics Work in Videos Too“Visual Phonics” is a new Hooked on Phonics method for teaching Phonics with animated text.great reading programs for young kids have two parts:First, expressly…
The Science of Reading Research – Educational Leadership
Low-income children also experienced significantly less growth in knowledge of phonemes, letter names, and letter sounds. Vocabulary development, phonological sensitivity, and alphabetic skills are…
Webinar Registration Success – Zoom
As we are all adapting to this new reality, Learning Ally is quickly taking steps to assure all eligible students have uninterrupted access to our audiobook solution as they move into their new dis…
The Imagination Library Presents “Goodnight with Dolly” – Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library
“Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is excited to present Dolly Parton’s new weekly read-aloud video series called “Goodnight with Dolly.” The Book Lady sits down to read books from th…
Do You Know Which Indicators Explain Intervention Effectiveness Most Reliably? – International Dyslexia Association
National Reading Panel (NRP) relied on effect sizes. However, the NRP report has value because results from multiple studies were pooled to demonstrate substantial effect-size differences between g… Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It (9780465019328): Seidenberg, Mark: Books
cognitive scientist Mark Seidenberg reveals the underexplored science of reading, which spans cognitive science, neurobiology, and linguistics. As Seidenberg shows, the disconnect between science a…
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers
(9781681253305): Moats Ed.D., Louisa Cook, Brady Ph.D., Dr. Susan: Books
National Reading Panel (Historical/For Reference Only) | NICHD – Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
In 1997, Congress asked NICHD, through its Child Development and Behavior Branch, to work with the U.S. Department of Education in establishing a National Reading Panel that would evaluate ex…
Four things you need to know about the new reading wars
there are a host of basic words that cannot be sounded out easily, such as “the,” “have” and “would.” Reading researchers say children should memorize these tricky ones as sight words…
Why aren’t kids being taught to read? | Hard Words | APM Reports
To be able to read, structures in our brain that were designed for things such as object recognition have to get rewired a bit.while we use our eyes to read, the starting point for reading is sou…
Special Episode: A conversation with Ernesto Ortiz
how his school made the shift to the science of reading, and how he is supporting his students with remote learning resources to continue their literacy development at home.
Music Literacy Rubrics
Imagination or Creative Production1. Student assists in creation and demonstration of rhyming patterns, words, and phrases. Student demonstrates a thorough understanding of rhythm and meter through…
Use Beat Buddies to Help Improve Reading Skills
children who have trouble keeping a steady beat will have trouble learning to read. Therefore, I have been really working on keeping a steady beat with all of my younger classes.
Day 13: Narrator AR
The benefit of the AR experience is the flexibility to walk around the letters and get as close as needed. Students can explore the 3D scene without putting on a headset or using expensive equipmen…

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