Should Decodable Readers have Pictures?  
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Should Decodable Readers have Pictures?  

Decodable readers utilize phonetic words, usually in book sets of increasing difficulty. They are often accompanied by child friendly pictures to assist with comprehension and understanding of the text. Reading requires many different skills of which decoding phonetic words, although important, is only one.

What is the Bossy R Rule?
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What is the Bossy R Rule?

he “Bossy R”, or R controlled vowel rule describes the way the letter r can influence pronunciation. Bossy R states that vowel syllables with an R at the end will change their vowel sound. Examples include car, sister, fork, which do not have a long or short vowel sound but have an entirely new phonetic sound.

The Best Free Online Parts of Speech Games
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The Best Free Online Parts of Speech Games

Parts of Speech are one of the corner stones of the English language. Despite the Name ”Parts of Speech” they are actually important to all aspects of English Communication, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading. A great way to teach these in to use online parts of speech games. These are taught through out every grade,…

How To Help Preschoolers Learn To Read: Preschool Reading Milestones
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How To Help Preschoolers Learn To Read: Preschool Reading Milestones

Around the ages of four and five, your child is likely to start developing some basic reading skills. Learning to read is a process, with different developmental milestones along the way.  In this article we explore some preschool reading milestones       In early preschool, the child learns phonemic awareness as well as some sight words and will…

Second Conditional Worksheets
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Second Conditional Worksheets

Here we have a set of free second conditional worksheets for free download to help you teach this second step towards conditional mastery! If there is such a thing! The second conditional is one of the easier to teach conditionals, and because it covers the unlikely but not the impossible it can be fun as well,…

What Are the Best Alternatives to Phonics?
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What Are the Best Alternatives to Phonics?

Alternatives to phonics instruction can include Whole Language methodology. the Natural Approach, and Whole Word. These all place less importance on the explicit teaching of phonics and look on English acquisition in a broader context. These include practices such as memorization and reading for context.