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At Prather-Brown Center in Frederick, Oklahoma, teacher Monica Peevyhouse helps her students practice writing letters through sound-letter dictation.
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Mr. Lee demonstrates effective reading instruction and progress monitoring practices in his multilingual kindergarten classroom.
Reading Rockets research director, Dr. Joanne Meier, demonstrates the sounds that the consonant letters make.
In this video, REACH classroom teachers model best practices for alphabet knowledge instruction.
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A Hmong-American kindergarten teacher in Sacramento mixes serious instruction with lively play for his second-language learners.
Early literacy expert Bernadette Pilar Zermeño says that parents can watch for and support pre-reading skills.