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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.

Pleased to Meet You!

January 2, 2007

I'm happy to be blogging for Reading Rockets, although I must admit to being a little bit self conscious about it! My goal is to blog about reading and literacy while wearing at least one of my "hats": former teacher and university professor, parent, research consultant and early literacy author.

I'll try to be fair and thoughtful, as I know we've all got the best interest of readers at heart. I hope some of you will chime in once in awhile to keep the conversation going, and keep us all thinking. I promise that I won't write TOO often about my own two little emergent readers I've got here at home, although I must say, that is quite an education!

Perhaps the biggest compliment I've received lately was from my 6 year old, who excitedly came up to me and said, "Mommy, listen to this! I can read this book and sound JUST LIKE YOU when I do it!"

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My nephew is 8 years old, he is dyslexic and have difficulty sounding out words, I am trying to help him, but wonder if there is a course I can do to effectively help him. Is there anything you can suggest?

Finding a topic of interest to a child makes a lot of difference as to how much "buy-in" they will have. Depending on the age, some children like to be read to, or switch off reading either you or them. For those struggling with reading, patterns can be found usually that indicate a basic phonogram they are having difficulty with, or it may be prefixes or suffixes, or multisyllabic words.

I'm really looking forward to creating a community on here that includes parents, teachers, reading specialists, other caregivers and educators...I can tell we all have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share!

What books should I read to a 18 month old and a 3 year old or does it even matter what I read to them? Someone please help me

As a 5th grade teacher, I have found that when you give a child "ownership" of the books they read, then the sky is the limit! I have a classroom of students who ranged from emergent readers to those who read on high school levels and beyond. I'm also proud to say that those same children each passed the state assessment "on grade level"! This newfound LOVE of reading obviously made an impact. We share new authors, books, special characters and more. They learned to make connections to the characters and their own lives and also became quite adept at making predictions and drawing inferences. This is not an easy thing to do and I am so proud of my students for taking risks! Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary...connections, connections, connections, Ownership, Ownership, Ownership...that's the key to success.

Hi. I just was told about this site. I'm doing a research paper on how music affects learning abilities with special need students. I would love some insite or suggestions to find other studies done in this area! Thanks

Hi Yvonne - Thanks for reading, and for commenting! Unfortunately, this blog format is not one that enables me to answer individual questions such as the one you asked. However, decoding is a HUGE issue for many readers, so I'm sure I'll be writing about that from time to time. In the meantime, you might want to check out the Q&A section of Reading Rockets, where you'll find questions and answers on topics such as children's books, struggling readers, comprehension, and more.

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"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943