Why Building Critical Thinking Skills is Important for Your Child

Building Thinking Skills: How To raise a critical thinker

Building critical thinking skills is important for all children when it comes to their reading development. Today, children are bombarded with loads of attention-seeking content, news, and information Think about all the content one is exposed to through social media, advertising, online video games and streaming platforms, etc. Ok, of course critical thinking skills have …

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Writing Authentically: Helping Students Find Their Voice

We live in a world where authenticity is king. We see reality TV declining, mass marketing falling to the wayside, and brands and companies beginning to show their faces- literally. There are many factors to thank for this demand for authenticity. Particularly, young people.  Think about young people and effective social media marketing. Young people …

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What is Phonics? And Why is it Important?

What is Phonics? What is Phonics? How does it differ from phonological awareness? Why is it so important in reading acquisition? What if my child isn’t learning phonics in school? Answers to these questions and more coming up. Phonics is Not Phonemic Awareness Phonics refers to the paired association between the sounds [or phonemes] of …

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Why We Should Teach Morphological Awareness to Children

Morphological awareness is a better predictor of reading achievement and decoding ability by the time a child reaches the age of 10. Children at this age begin to recognize that the meaning of words is held within the meaningful units used to construct them a.k.a. morphemes.  Morphemes are meaningful units found in words Morphemes are …

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The Powerful Effects of Reading Storybooks with Your Child

Reading storybooks is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have with your child. If you feel you do not spend much time reading to your child, I encourage you to stick around. Check out the myriad of ways storytime can and will impact your child and their language development.  **Scroll to the bottom …

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The Six Principles of Language Development and Reading Books With Your Child

Thanks to decades of research, we know better now than ever before that language and literacy skills begin developing at birth. That’s right! From the moment your beautiful child breathes their first breath and hears their first words, their brain is set to work in developing skills for understanding.  This post contains the six research-based …

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Phonemic Awareness: First Steps to Learning How to Read

Phonemic Awareness is a term frequently used by educators and professionals in early literacy and reading development. Children who show strong phonemic awareness have the highest potential to begin learning how to read. What exactly is phonemic awareness? I will answer this question and give you ways you can promote your child’s phonemic awareness skills …

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How Parental Engagement Impacts Your Child’s Language Development

How Parental Engagement Impacts Your Child’s Language Development

Parental Engagement and Your Child’s Language Development When it comes to your child’s language and literacy development, what you do at home as a parent or caregiver, is absolutely essential. In this post, we will talk about parent engagement, what it really means, and how you can begin making a difference today. Early language development …

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