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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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Dr. Nonie Lesaux addresses the challenges facing English language learners—and their teachers—in grades 4-6.
Isabel Beck, Nanci Bell, and Sharon Walpole discuss the components for developing good reading comprehension skills, identify potential stumbling blocks, and offer strategies teachers can use in the classroom.
Dr. Cynthia Lundgren and Kristina Robertson discuss effective reading comprehension strategies for English language learners.
Dr. Robin Scarcella provides an overview to academic language instruction for English language learners.
Bilingual speech-language pathologist Dr. Cárdenas-Hagan discusses effective assessment and instruction strategies for ELLs with learning disabilities.
Reading aloud is a great way for children to learn new words.
Watch this video from GreatSchools to see if your 2nd grader is on track with their vocabulary.
This GreatSchools video helps parents assist their kindergartners in building vocabulary.
Watch this video from GreatSchools to discover if your 1st grader is figuring out the meaning of new words.
Learn how to support your child’s vocabulary development.