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Phonics, Reading Skills, Whole Language, NCLB
The history of teaching reading has many lessons for teaching reading today, some of which can be found in the dissenting appendix of the "What Works for Teaching Reading" study.
Homeschool Parents Get a Synopsis of the NCLB Theory of Reading Skills Acquisition...
The Reading Skills Pyramid illustrates a typical sequence for acquiring reading skills for use by parents for homeschools and enrichment. The reading skills are organized using the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) system. See the Reading Skills Pyramid

History of Teaching Reading
Quoted with permission from: The History of Teaching Reading
By LEARN. 1611 N Fort Harrison Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755

To understand the History of Teaching Reading, a background on the social context of learning reading and of writing systems is provided. The literacy skills level is linked to educational policy.

Almost daily, there are disturbing news reports about the rising problem of illiteracy. Politicians, business leaders, community organizations and parents are struggling to cope with its adverse and growing effects on society. read more on The History of Teaching Reading...

What Works for Teaching Reading
The mandate and method of the Authoritative "What Works" for Teaching Reading study was to end the "Reading Wars" by reviewing all the existing research on what works for teaching reading.

The charge from Congress to the National Reading Panel (NRP) was to assess the status of research based knowledge, including the effectiveness of various approaches to teaching children to read." Part 1 describes the mandate and how a limited interpretation of it was taken by the Panel. read more on What Works for Teaching Reading...

Learning to Read - Step One, Phenomic Awareness

Research shows that how easily children learn to read can depend on how much phonological and phonemic awareness they have. So what is it? As we know, some words rhyme. Sentences are made up of separate words. Words have parts called syllables. The words bag, ball, and bug all begin with the same sound. When a child begins to notice and understand these things about spoken language, he is developing phonological awareness-the ability to hear and work with the sounds of spoken language. When a child also begins to understand that spoken words are made up of separate, small sounds, he is developing phonemic awareness. Children who have phonemic awareness can take spoken words apart sound by sound ("segmentation") and put together sounds to make words ("blending"). read more on Phonemic Awareness...

Developing a Solid Math Foundation - Pre-K through Grade 2
Developing a solid mathematical foundation from prekindergarten through second grade is essential for a child's academic success. In these grades, students are building beliefs about what mathematics is, about what it means to know and do mathematics, and about themselves as mathematics learners. These beliefs influence their thinking and attitudes toward mathematics in later years. Additionally, these early attitudes are reflected in ongoing decisions on whether to maintain or prioritize their ongoing math studies. read more about developing a solid math foundation...

The Reading Skills Pyramid Illustrates the NCLB Skill Areas with the Grade Level Expectations.


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