An App Discovery

I love to share with you my new discoveries! Beginning with Babble is a new app that has been developed by LEAP (Language Empowers All People) to assist caregivers of children birth to aged 4 with appropriate engagement and language modelling.  LEAP, a non-profit organization, has been at the forefront of research-based language and literacy… Continue reading An App Discovery

More Ways to

This is part three of a set of posts offering ideas to boost pre-reading and reading skills through developing phonological awareness skills. If your child is struggling with sound blending (synthesis) skills and as an introduction to teaching phonics (pairing letters with sounds), work on beginning sounds. IDEAS: SORTING – Sort pictures, stickers or small… Continue reading More Ways to

Sounds, sounds, sounds – Beginning reading and spelling

This is a follow-up post to last week’s post offering guidelines for teaching phonological awareness skills, starting with word and syllable awareness (Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables) Today, we move to the next phase which is sound awareness. Begin with sound blending (also known as sound synthesis) tasks.  Synthesis requires the child to hear… Continue reading Sounds, sounds, sounds – Beginning reading and spelling

Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

Last week, I outlined the phonological awareness skills necessary for children to have a firm foundation for learning phonics (pairing sounds with letters) to begin reading and spelling. Today, I’ll break it down a little further and give you suggestions on how to teach each skill. WORD AND SYLLABLE AWARENESS Begin by saying a short… Continue reading Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Reading is a visual and an auditory tasks.  Phonics, a very familiar term, refers to pairing letters and sounds to form words.  But, a skill that must be mastered prior to phonics is Phonological Awareness.  It is the missing link to many reading difficulties, especially in children who are visual learners or have auditory processing… Continue reading The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall?  Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education.  Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1:  The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group.  I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Holiday Books for Language Enhancement and Emergent Reading

Each year, my collection of fall and Halloween books grows.  That’s because they are so good for teaching so many skills.  They are novel and relevant and therefore motivating.  These are not specialty books, mind you.  They are books gotten at regular stores.  I prefer board books because of their durability. Here are a few… Continue reading Holiday Books for Language Enhancement and Emergent Reading