Helping Kids Sound Out Words

Helping Kids Sound Out Words - ideas and solutions

When you read, you probably don’t spend much time decoding the individual words. You just read, and as you get to each word, you instantly recognize it. But beginning readers don’t have that kind of instant recall yet, so it is important to teach them how to sound out words.

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When Two Vowels Go Walking

Vowels A and I walking on a bridge

Catchy rhymes can be a fun and easy way to remember some of those pesky phonics rules. Have you heard of this one?

When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.

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Picture Books for Fall

little girl playing in autumn leaves

If there’s a chill in the air and the trees are spinning a tapestry of reds and golds, it must be autumn! And that means it’s time to grab your little ones, cuddle up on the couch, and read a few of my favorite picture books for autumn.

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Automaticity in Reading and Spelling

child riding a bicycle

Automaticity is the ability to do something without conscious thought.

For example, as you read this post, you probably aren’t consciously thinking about how to decode every word. You’ve reached automaticity in reading, which helps you pay attention to the content.

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The Story Behind the Story – “Chasing Henry”

Have you ever made an exciting discovery?

Well, that’s exactly what happened to Dilly the armadillo, Seth the sloth, and Opal the ostrich in “Chasing Henry,” a short story from All About Reading Level 3.

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Giveaway – Level of All About Reading

All About Reading Level of Choice - Giveaway from All About Learning Press

Enter to Win!

This month you can enter to win the All About Reading Color Edition level of your choice, which includes the Teacher’s Manual, Student Packet, and readers! If you haven’t used AAR before, we’ll also include a Basic Reading Interactive Kit to make sure you’ve got everything you need to succeed!

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Gooney Bird Greene Chapter Books

Gooney Bird Greene Chapter Book Reviews from All About Reading

If you’re looking for a delightful choice for read-aloud time—or if your child is eager to explore a series of humorous chapter books—here’s one you won’t want to miss: Lois Lowry’s lighthearted Gooney Bird Greene series.

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The Essential Guide to Teaching Compound Words

blue mailbox with box and letter

Compound words are formed when two smaller words combine to form a new word, as in these examples:

mail + box = mailbox
milk + shake = milkshake
note + book = notebook

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Teaching Reading and Spelling to Multiple Kids

Two boys playing a reading game together

“I have three kids in three different levels. Will your program work for me?”

It’s a question that our customer service reps have heard many times. Here are some concerns:

  • Will it take too long to teach all my children?
  • How will I keep my other kids busy?
  • How will I keep everything organized?
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A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling

2 pirates ready for pirate activities

Shiver me timbers, we love playing pirates! Just look at these scallywags playing hooky from our office in the middle of the day…and on a pirate ship no less! International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” must be right around the corner!

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5 Ways to Customize Reading and Spelling Instruction

5 Ways to Customize Reading and Spelling Instruction - All About Learning Press

Teaching a child to read and spell is not a “one size fits all” proposition. In this article, you will discover five ways to individualize instruction according to your child’s specific needs—making reading and spelling easier.

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Picture Books about Grandparents

Picture Books About Grandparents - book reviews from All About Reading

This beautiful collection of picture books about grandparents honors grandpas and grandmas from many cultures and periods of history. As you share these books with your children, you’ll be reminded how fortunate we are to have the strength and guidance of the older generation.

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