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Explore reading basics as well as the key role of background knowledge and motivation in becoming a lifelong reader and learner. Watch our PBS Launching Young Readers series and try our self-paced Reading 101 course to deepen your understanding.
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Browse our library of evidence-based teaching strategies, learn more about using classroom texts, find out what whole-child literacy instruction looks like, and dive deeper into comprehension, content area literacy, writing, and social-emotional learning.
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Many children need extra support to become skilled readers. Learn more about why some kids struggle, what effective interventions look like, how to create inclusive classrooms so every child can thrive, and much more.
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Meet your favorite book creators, launch an author study, browse our themed booklists, get tips on how to choose and use kids’ books, find guidance on building a more diverse bookshelf, celebrate annual literacy events with us, and more!
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Discover how to support your child’s growth as a young reader and writer — with our Reading 101 for Families guide, bilingual parent tips, ideas for building your child’s knowledge of the world, Q&A with experts, and guidance on connecting with your child’s school.
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Texting and “text speak” can be used to help build foundational reading skills such as word recognition and phonological awareness.
Learn how to play the Say It and Move It game to practice phonemic awareness.
Learn how to pronounce the 44 phonemes in the English alphabet.
G. Reid Lyon identifies the processes involved in reading and describes how each is crucial for reading success.
Dr. Palacios describes key academic skills that ELLs need in preparation for kindergarten, as well as curriculum themes for preschool programs.
Many screeners do not screen all of the components important for learning to read.
Effective instructional environments can prevent learning disabilities, especially in the early years.
Dr. Gabrieli discusses the Read Project.
Dr. Louisa Moats explains to a kindergarten teacher why it is critical to differentiate between the letters and sounds within a word when teaching children to read and write.
Dr. Louisa Moats discusses the critical role of spelling in reading and writing instruction and explains what teachers can learn about a child’s reading skills from invented spelling.