A Reading Rockets special video series

Looking at Reading Interventions

Reading tutor working one-on-one with an elementary student

In this special Reading Rockets video series, reading expert Linda Farrell works one-on-one with students in grades K-3 to help ensure that they master the skills they need to become proficient readers.

The video series shows what it really takes to teach critical skills such as naming letters accurately, blending and manipulating the sounds in words, mastering the connection between letters and sounds, recognizing spelling patterns, and reading multisyllable words. Looking at Reading Interventions shows how teachers can help children develop their skills, overcome difficulties, and become proficient readers.

We hope that every K–3 teacher will watch!

Episode 1: Letter Names with Reese, Kindergartener


Ms. Farrell helps pre-reader Reese master the letter names, with a focus on distinguishing between "y" and "v".

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Episode 2: Blending Sounds in Syllables with Autumn, Kindergartner


Ms. Farrell works with Autumn to master specific pre-reading skills, with a focus on strengthening her phonological awareness and giving Autumn extra practice with onset and rime.

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Episode 3: Mastering Short Vowels and Reading Whole Words with Calista, First Grader


Ms. Farrell works with early stage reader Calista on short vowel sounds, blending and manipulating sounds, reading whole words, and fluency.

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Episode 4: Learning ‘b’ and ‘d’ and Reading Short Vowel Words with Aiko, Second Grader


Ms. Farrell works with Aiko on distinguishing between the letters ‘b’ and ‘d’, practicing looking at the text, and reading short vowel words.

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Episode 5: Mastering ‘Silent e’ and Becoming More Fluent with Michael, Third Grader


Ms. Farrell helps Michael with mastering the ‘silent e’ pattern in order to speed up his print processing.

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Episode 6: Reading Multisyllable Words with Xavier, Third Grader


Ms. Farrell gives Xavier a strategy for reading multisyllable words — and lots of practice to master the skill.

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Extras: Working with Struggling Readers — Every Child Can Succeed

Reading intervention specialist with second grade student

Ms. Farrell talks about her role as a reading intervention specialist, and what more than 20 years of experience working with kids, teachers, and schools has taught her about the potential of struggling readers.

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About Linda Farrell

Reading tutor Linda Farrell

Linda Farrell is a founding partner at Readsters, an Alexandria, VA-based firm that helps schools implement research-based reading instruction. She is committed to effective early reading instruction to help struggling readers become strong readers, and to ensure that strong readers achieve their full potential.

Linda works in schools throughout the U.S. training and coaching teachers and modeling effective reading instruction. She also has designed curricula in Niger and Senegal for children to learn to read in their local languages.

Linda is a former English teacher and she was a National LETRS trainer for seven years. She has co-authored assessments and curricula for teaching reading, as well as several other published works. Linda can be reached at: linda@readsters.com


I was wondering how to help struggling readers and your videos have all the answers to my problems. I am going to apply the strategies that you have demonstrated to help my students in reading. Thankyou so much!

This the best strategy to teach children how to blend letter sounds.

Thank you

I have found these videos extremely enlighten for 1. To know/recognize exactly and explicitly how a student has a language weakness. 2. To know the reasons behind the intervention with an authority in the matter. and 3. To see step by step how to do an intervention. In many, many schools in this country, there is not a literacy teacher that helps the struggling students. Those students are most of the time ignored and oversight. They just become a statistic under the infamous slow students or the LEPs categories.
Thank youuuu! I appreciate very much your insights and work Ms. Ferrel and Reading Rockets.

Can't wait to view the videos and practice the strategies with my Deaf Students.. Of course I need to use additional technique and accommodations. However, it is GOOD to know that there is a practicing expert and Vet leader demonstrating this information for our readers.

Hello, Linda!
I truly enjoy watching you teach children one on one - especially because I teach children one on one every day after school. Although I have been teaching young children to read for over 20 years in both public and private schools, I have recently learned that what I was doing was not working as well as I thought! I have become a better and more effective teacher by learning how to teach my students explicitly and systematically. This is exactly what you do so very well and I am grateful to have stumbled upon your videos today. Thank you for sharing your work with the world. With respect and admiration, Kim.

Thanks so very much for these amazing videos! I'm using them to train grade level teams. This is such a great model for teachers to learn these important strategies. So often we leave them hanging as to what will work with our struggling readers.

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