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What Is Phonics And How Does It Work?

  It’s no secret that kids love to read. But sometimes they just don’t know where to start. Phonics instruction helps kids unlock the world of reading and writing. Phonics is the link between spoken and written language. Children first use it to “crack the code” of print so that they can begin to read […]

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Reading Fluency: What It Is & Why It Matters

Reading fluency is one of the most essential yet challenging components of early literacy. Yet, many parents and teachers do not understand it well, sometimes thinking that reading fluency is a matter of how fast a child can read. This is far from the truth! Reading fluency goes much deeper than speed. It has to […]

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The Importance of Growing Vocabulary

  Children need rich opportunities to learn and use new words. Vocabulary is an essential part of language competence. As kids grow, their vocabulary develops. The more words they know, the better they understand what they hear and read and thus become better communicators. A good vocabulary helps your child in school and beyond because […]

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Reading Comprehension: The Key To Educational Success

Reading comprehension is one of the pillars of early literacy. It is one of the most important skills for early readers to learn. Providing young readers with engaging and interactive experiences helps to encourage development. Reading comprehension is hard. Learning to read individual words is important, but understanding the content is the key to mastering […]

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The 5 Pillars of Early Literacy

Primary teachers spend most of their day teaching literacy, and for good reason. Research shows that children’s early experiences with print are critical in developing their language and literacy skills. Surprisingly, there is little discussion about what it means to teach reading or how to teach early reading skills.  Some people think that learning to […]

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Sounds and Letters: How Kids Learn To Read

  One of the cornerstones in early education is teaching children to connect sounds with letters and letter combinations. Students need to know that sounds can change depending on how they are used. The knowledge of letters and the sounds they make will guide students through the reading process. Reading starts with sounding out words […]

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Using The Science of Reading To Encourage Better Readers

  Have you ever wondered how children learn to read? Or have you ever wondered why your child can’t “sound it out?” Learning how kids learn to read will make you a better teacher and give you scientific insights that can aid your child’s reading ability. The Science of Reading resulted from one of the […]

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Moving Beyond Sound Walls: PIM’s Approach to Reading Instruction

Traditionally, primary education classrooms have utilized word walls. While they may have been somewhat successful, literary science shows that early learners respond better to and have better learning outcomes from sound walls.  The problem is, word walls are often not used frequently throughout the whole year. Why? Teachers end up ditching them when they realize […]

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