6 Tips to Encourage Reading Over the Summer

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With summer comes a change in routine from your regular school year. How can you encourage more reading in your household during this special time? What will help change things up a bit to get everyone on board? We’ve got SIX tips to help you meet those “Read More” goals.

VISIT THE LIBRARY

Spend time at the library, letting the kids explore different genres of books ...

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End of the Year – Part Two

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Did you miss Part One of our End-of-the-Year series? Read it now.

You’ve been busy teaching your Language Arts lessons all year. Now you’re face with the challenge of determining how well your student has done. Where are you? What needs to improve? What could you celebrate? Today we’ll look at several ways that you can objectively measure your student’s progress this year.

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End of the Year – Part One

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Ah, summer sun, popsicles, time at the pool, and school books set aside for the summer. It’s that time again when teachers are preparing to wrap up their lessons in anticipation of the much-needed summer break. How does an SWR teacher know she’s covered enough material? What kind of assessments can she use to measure the student’s progress for the year? Let’s look at ...

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SWR Spelling Rules – Part Two

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Did you miss Part 1 in the SWR Spelling Rules series? Read it now.

Let’s continue by discussing the learning process for the SWR Spelling Rules. Some teachers make the mistake of handing the student the list of the rules, having him memorize them, and then calling the learning process “done.” This is not how true learning takes place, and it certainly won’t translate ...

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SWR Spelling Rules – Part One

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We’ve probably all heard the rule: “When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” Unfortunately, this rule only works 27% of the time when you hold it up to the English language as a whole. Where did a rule like this come from if it’s so incompetent?

A typical approach to teaching “phonics” is to take a small pool of “beginner” words, ...

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Making the Connection Between Spelling and Reading

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We are commonly asked, “Why is Spell to Write and Read called a reading program if we’re just teaching spelling?”

It’s important that you help your student see the direct connection between spelling and reading. These are the two ways we interact with our written language. Reading involves pulling the language out of the written code while spelling involves putting our language into the ...

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