Keeping Up the Momentum: A Reading Specialist Shares How to Help Young Readers Maintain Skills

Posted by on October 5, 2017.

While schools do a lot to promote and improve literacy skills in young readers, there is still a lot you can do at home to help your child succeed. Just because a child has learned to read doesn’t mean that he or she no longer appreciates, or wouldn’t benefit from, reading aloud with an adult.

How to Help Beginning Readers: Tips from a Reading Specialist

Posted by on May 4, 2017.

After children have mastered pre-reading skills, the instructional focus shifts to vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Most vocabulary is learned indirectly through everyday experiences with both written and oral language. Many children learn new words through read-alouds, but also through conversation.

Idioms Take the Cake!

Posted by on March 19, 2013.

At our house no one is ever hungry, they are “staaarving!” No one is ever tired, they are “exhaaaausted!”

That’s how we roll. To just say things straight would be “sooo incredibly booooring!”

And we are not just prone to hyperbole either, we like all types of colorful language, especially idioms.

Kids and Potty Talk

Posted by on February 21, 2013.

Watching your child develop language skills is definitely one of the great joys of parenting. My five year old is picking up big, grown-up words every day, and it is fun watching her figure out how to use them.

But, as with any new skill your child obtains, there are definitely drawbacks.

Here we go…again…

Posted by on November 28, 2012.

I pulled out a pad of paper to jot down a few ideas for my blog post, and the toddler to my right (my son Emmett’s friend) inquired, “Mommy write?”

Impressed with her command of the word “write,” I joyfully responded, “Yes.