Early reader

Now Offering Academic Support for the Summer: Information about our Summer Savings Package

Now Offering Academic Support for the Summer: Information about our Summer Savings Package Loss of academic skills during the summer is a problem that all students face. In each grade, students can expect to lose some of the skills and information they have gained over the past school year, and face the coming September with a setback that can take several months to recover from. So that your child will not start their next school…

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Kindergarten Reading Support Helps Your Child Keep Up With the Pack

With so many parents holding their children back from entering Kindergarten, the average age of Kindergarteners continues to rise, which means that the standards for achievement do as well. In today’s schools, Kindergarteners are expected to be reading and writing from the get-go. As the following article describes, parents are holding their kids back from entering school so that they can perform to higher and higher standards, which puts every child who is not a…

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A fun way to begin reading

When working with a Kindergarten student in Chelmsford, MA who was having trouble learning how to read, I started with the basics: what are the sounds that you hear in a word? A child needs to be able to isolate each sound so that he can figure out what letter represents that sound. One of the best ways to begin teaching phonics is to use small objects that begin with each letter. I use these…

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Literacy skill management over the summer

Maybe you’ve seen those commercials from a competing tutoring company, in which a child tilts over and all of the numbers and letters spill out of his head at the end of the school year? When many children come back to school after the summer, it takes months to get them back to where they were at the end of the previous year. Retention of reading and writing skills is crucial as children move from…

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Kindergarten reading: letter-recognition strategies

For many Kindergarten students who are having difficulty learning how a letter looks, it is important to try many different types of reading strategies, including one that young children are great at—jumping around! For a Kindergarten student in Chelmsford, MA, I created a variation on the game Twister: I wrote letters on the spots, and when I called out “Put your foot on the letter that makes the sound [sound of the letter T],” the…

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Kindergarten reading: whole-word reading approach

In many preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, the relationship between how a letter looks and how it sounds is taught by showing the child pictures of objects, telling them the name of the object, and then telling them what letter the object starts with (‘cat’ starts with C, ‘dog’ starts with D). Some children just do not gain language acquisition in this way; what if they just can’t remember that ‘cat’ starts with C? When children…

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