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Reading and Writing SOS: Expert Answers to Family Questions

In this special Reading Rockets video series, experts answer real questions from families about reading and writing, and how to support their children’s literacy at home.

Our Reading and Writing SOS experts answer your questions about the sounds of speech (phonemic awareness), phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, reading motivation, writing, and using technology to support these literacy skills.

Our experts also provide help for bilingual families, families with deaf children, and for children with special needs, including dyslexia and other reading disabilities.

Featured question

Should I correct my child when she reads aloud to me?

It depends on the situation, says Sandra. If your child is reading out loud for fun, it’s best to just offer a gentle, quick correction and move on. But if your child is reading aloud as part of a more structured learning time, you should offer more guidance, such as encouraging your child to slow down and sound out unfamiliar words, and to check for understanding (e.g., does that sentence make sense?).

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National Education Association (NEA)

Reading and Writing SOS was produced in partnership with the National Education Association.