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Beyond the Drill: Fun and Creative Phonogram Practice at Home

Whether you are teaching your child from home or supporting classroom instruction, consistent practice with a playful approach can be a highly effective way for students to internalize phonogram knowledge that allows them to fully unlock the written English language.

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Dec 27, 2023

Beyond the Drill: Fun and Creative Phonogram Practice at Home

Shelby Irwin

Whether you are teaching your child from home or supporting classroom instruction, consistent practice with a playful approach can be a highly effective way for students to internalize phonogram knowledge that allows them to fully unlock the written English language.

Oct 20, 2023

What is the Science of Reading?

Dr. Christy Jones

The Science of Reading is a body of research that has been gathered for decades that sheds light on how people learn to read. This research focuses on the whys and hows of reading in the brain and how pathways are formed in the brain for fluent, successful reading.

Jun 15, 2023

The Science of Reading and Early Childhood Literacy: Using Play and Games To Inspire Confidence and Curiosity

Denise Eide

Early childhood is also an ideal time to introduce children to early decoding skills: phonemic awareness and systematic phonics. The goal is to spark their curiosity about written words, build a connection that all words are made up of sounds, develop an understanding that the letters on the page represent sounds and build their confidence that they will be able to decode the words to create meaning.

May 11, 2023

How To Guide a Summer Reading Camp Using the Essentials Reader

Dr. Christy Jones

The phonograms and spelling rules will make a huge difference in students' ability to read and spell but if you approach it through fun and with doable expectations, you will also help students rebuild their self-confidence and hopefully reignite their love for reading and writing as well!

Feb 2, 2023

Response to Sold a Story: A Designer’s Perspective

Whitney Jackson

Creating change doesn’t come from the outside in or the top down. Real change is made by truly adapting from the inside out. I feel so fortunate to work for a company comprised of passionate individuals striving to support accuracy and equity in reading education.

Dec 22, 2022

A Response to Sold a Story: Explaining Away the Evidence

Denise Eide

Listening to Sold a Story, I have never been more hopeful; hopeful about our mission to equip every teacher and parent with this information; hopeful that we can move from talking about the research to implementing the research.

Dec 22, 2022

A Response to Sold a Story: Baubled Bangled Christmas Tree

Denise Eide

I believe that when every parent and teacher can answer their students’ questions about words, we will see a dramatic change in literacy rates.

Sep 29, 2022

Ingrid’s Art: Where Any Child Can Feel Represented

Nichool Castro

She desires that when a child opens one of the books she has illustrated, they see themselves there. “A book where any child feels represented,” said Ingrid,...

Sep 8, 2022

An Effective Reading Strategy That Helped Me Learn to Read in Another Language

Nichool Castro

Even though my parents were not trained as reading teachers, their dedication and support taught me the skills needed to read in Spanish and later in English. 

Aug 25, 2022

Five Phonics Myths

Denise Eide

Phonics: A seven-letter word that can cause a ruckus in any room. Despite billions of dollars in reading research, this simple word has been at the center of an educational debate and a great deal of confusion. Much of this confusion is due to the persistence of five myths about phonics.

Aug 9, 2022

Let's GROW Emerging Reading Skills Over the Summer!

Kim Wright

We know from research that when the brain is active and engaged while learning, learning moves to long-term memory, and it sticks. Why not take some time on the sunshiney summer days to review reading skills in a fun and active way and thus grow strong reading branches?

Aug 8, 2022

Word Callers: How To Stop the Guessing

Dr. Christy Jones

I didn’t know then everything I now know about reading. It’s hard not to feel a sense of guilt when I realize how many students I might have been able to help had I known what I know now. But we can’t teach what we don’t know.
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