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Understanding the Building 

Blocks of Reading

Understanding the foundational building blocks of teaching children to read are critical to ensuring your child's success. It is important that we do our part as parents to help develop our child's early literacy skills at home, and continue to help them grow and develop as they progress through school.   There have been many reading research studies conducted, and the majority have determined that the five following skills are the foundational building blocks of reading.  Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the  individual sounds or phonemes in spoken words.  Phonics is the understanding that there is a predictable relationship between the sounds of spoken language (phonemes), and the letters/spellings that represent those sounds in written language (graphemes).  Fluency is the ability to read quickly and accurately. Fluent readers are very skilled at recognizing words automatically. Vocabulary is the definition of words as well as the name for the words we must know in order to listen, speak, read, and write effectively.  Comprehension is the ability to understand what is read.  

Research has shown in multiple studies that it takes mastery of all of the five areas discussed above in order to read effectively. Knowledge of letter-sound relationships and comprehension go hand-in-hand. If children can sound out the words, but don’t understand what they are reading, they’re not really reading. 

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The foundational building blocks of learning how to read for most pre-school and kindergarten age children has incorporated some form of memorization using outdated technology and methods with “sight word” recall tactics. While that is not always a bad way to teach children how to read, it does not help your child with the fundamental understanding of phonics and the skills that are necessary in order to master decoding strategies that will transform their ability to comprehend from the time they start to learn to read and beyond. The literacy stats don't lie. In the USA when 5th graders were tested, the average score for 2016 study found an average of 44% reading proficiency. Clearly something is wrong. 

Learning the 

If your child has the “ABC” song mastered, then they are off to a great start; however…

Mastering the 
Phonics Puzzle 

It is very important that your child learns and has plenty of practice with…

The Building Blocks 
of Reading 

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Small Words, Lead to
Big Smiles 

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Why Readers, Become Leaders.

According to a recent study published on the US National Library of Medicine  & National Institutes of Health, “Reading abilities measured in kindergarten are predictive of reading achievement through the fourth and sixth grades.”

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