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Dr. Joanne Meier

Along with her background as a professor, researcher, writer, and teacher, Joanne Meier is a mom. Join Joanne every week as she shares her experiences raising her own young readers, and guides parents and teachers on the best practices in reading.

June 18, 2007

One the perks of working at Reading Rockets is that I get to review books and curriculum materials that we are considering adding to the Learning Store. I've reviewed several recently that made for very pleasurable professional reading. I thought I'd share two of them with you in case you're looking for something to read this summer. More >

June 12, 2007

Recently, my mother-in-law was reading an Amanda Pig book with my daughter. Anna paused at the word "know," and my mother-in-law laughingly said, "Oh, that word is /cuh-no/!" — making a joke by suggesting that the in the word is actually voiced, or articulated. More >

June 5, 2007

The Reading Rockets service Ask the Experts gets a lot of questions about a lot of topics. Grade retention is one of the most common question topics, particularly this time of year. As a teacher, have you considered retaining a student? As a parent, has someone recommended your child not be promoted to the next grade? More >

May 30, 2007

Oh boy. I found out today that some of the teachers at Molly's school will be changing grade levels next year. Sadly, the teacher I hoped Molly would have next year won't be teaching first grade after all. But I'm sure it will work out fine. More >

May 22, 2007

The May 2007 issue of The Reading Teacher includes a timely article on Summer Reading Loss. In our school district, there are 13 days left of school (!) so our summer reading time is fast approaching. More >

May 14, 2007

As a new mom, I feverishly read just about every parenting book I could get my hands on. Why wasn't Molly sleeping through the night? Why did she crawl on her belly rather than on all fours? Were her utterances in line with language milestones? Really, I must have driven my husband, friends, sisters and colleagues nuts with my conversation! More >

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