Archive for the “Learning to Read” Category

5 Practical Strategies for Literacy Development

February 26th, 2019

Proficiency in literacy is more important for the well-being of Canadians now than ever before. Some statistics cite over 50% of the population over 16 years of age lack the reading skills necessary for living and working in a modern society [1]. So how can we go about improving this? The strategies below offer a […]

Early Literacy Development

April 25th, 2017

They say practice makes perfect, but the truth is that sometimes student do not have the tools to engage in the practice that will help them attain their goals. Literacy development is not something that we are born with. It takes time, strategies, and practice. Often those strategies are not knowingly being taught, but make […]

The Importance of Keeping up with Reading in the Summer

March 20th, 2017

Summer reading loss is a topic that has been widely studied, with results showing that roughly 45% of students’ decoding skills decrease over the summer, and 25% of students’ fluency decreases over the summer months. The cause of this decline is often that students are just not spending enough time reading and being exposed to […]

Tips for Reading To and With Children in Grades 3 to 5

February 13th, 2017

There are many articles and suggestions on how to engage young children in reading. But now that your child is older, how do you engage them NOW? This goes well beyond phonetic or whole language practice. This will help children enjoy, and further understand, WHAT they’re reading. Take turns reading a book with your child. […]

Raising a Confident Reader

November 22nd, 2016

Confidence in reading can often be a challenge for both students and families to overcome. Once a child is unsure of their abilities in reading, it becomes increasingly challenging to regain their confidence. In the book Raising Confident Readers, Dr. J. Richard Gentry provides a breakdown of phases in literacy development, along with tips that […]

For a Love of Reading!

May 31st, 2016

Getting kids hooked on reading at all ages is essential for academic success. Students need sound reading skills for all areas of the curriculum. Developing a print enriched environment in your own home to encourage a love of reading will reap wonderful rewards in the years ahead for your child. Organize materials: Set up a […]

Summer. Finally some time to read!

May 19th, 2015

How often does your child read over the summer? For many families, summer is an action-packed time of the year with cottaging, vacations, and day trips. Summer is also a time where we tend to put daily reading on the backburner. Without a doubt, it can be difficult to motivate children to sit down and […]