Teaching Children to Use Context Cues While Reading

Spread the love When kids encounter an unfamiliar word in reading, they may utilize context cues, that is, info from pictures or sentences surrounding the unknown word. One of the most misunderstood topics in reading instruction involves how kids should be encouraged to rely on context cues in reading. This confusion stems from the popularity … Read more

A Parent’s Guide to Telegraphic Speech

Spread the love Telegraphic speech is paring away the fluff but getting the message across. Typically, the sentences contain only 2 or 3 words. Here are some essential features of telegraphic speech: Words are in the correct order. Only the most essential words are used. Grammatical constructions are missing, such as prefixes, conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns, … Read more

Using Informal Reading Level Inventories to Improve Kids’ Reading Ability

Spread the love Reading experts utilize Informal Reading Inventories (IRI) to help learners develop their reading skills and learn from texts at each grade level and in each subject. Reading assessments known as Informal Reading Inventories help reading educators and specialists identify the grade levels of texts that learners can read, uncover and address reading … Read more

A Brief Overview of Constructive Play

Spread the love Constructive play, otherwise known as construction play, is about structuring, shaping, and altering things to formulate something different. It is one of the most important and exquisite learning opportunities for youngsters of all ages. What then is constructive play in the early years? Constructive play describes when children use material to develop … Read more

How to Raise Your Student’s Self Esteem

Spread the love For the longest time, teachers have always understood that when students feel good about themselves, they are capable of accomplishing more in the classroom. Take yourself for instance, the more confident or optimistic you are about a task, the more capable you feel, regardless of the task before you. The same is … Read more

Harnessing hope to improve children’s lives

Hope is more than a warm and fuzzy feeling. During our darkest days, hope allows us to imagine a brighter future for ourselves and helps us cope with difficulties and uncertainty. Hope is a source of psychological strength that appears to have concrete benefits. In a seminal paper on hope, researchers noted that high levels … Read more

It’s complicated

Children are born to grow – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yet how that plays out differs greatly from one child to another. Mozart famously started composing at the age of five, and the Hungarian mathematician John Neumann was just six years old when he first exchanged jokes with his father in ancient Greek. For a … Read more

Building resilience in children through conversational storytelling

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous challenges for families all over the world. Among those who have been most affected are young children, many of whom have far fewer opportunities to interact with peers and others outside the home now than they did before the pandemic. Between the ages of 1 and 5, these interactions … Read more

Has the COVID-19 crisis affected reading development?

“Hello reader! Go ahead and read this sentence aloud. And maybe this one too.” Did you, by any chance, time yourself? If so, you have measured your “oral reading fluency.” This simple measure—the number of words read aloud correctly divided by the length of time it took—is used to chart the development of reading skills … Read more

How does morality develop in children as they mature?

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs. Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves … Read more