Check out this free printable phonics story for beginning readers. Ken the Elf is designed for Kindergartners working on short vowels and consonant digraphs. Make sure your student reads sound-by-sound, since most of the words in the story are decodable: Ken the Elf Happy holidays!
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is like the American Report Card on reading skills. The assessment has taken place every 2 years since 1992. Schools across America test 4th and 8th graders on a broad range of reading skills. Since the scores have been recorded, American kids have progressed very little in reading, […]
When kids learn letter sounds, and phonics sounds in general, they benefit from interleaving–a practice in which you mix up material. For example, if t is a new sound, and the student already knows d, m, s, a, then make an activity with all 5 of these letters. Mix them up so the student doesn’t […]
Reading difficulties and ADHD often co-occur. Learning to read requires sustained attention on activities that may not interest kids with ADHD. Contrary to popular thinking, learning to read is hard. Learning any new skill is hard and reading is no exception. However, once kids with ADHD know how to read, they can flourish. Their inattention […]
Reading requires focus. Learning to read requires even more. For a child that is easily distracted and seeks intense stimulation, learning to read can feel daunting. Drawing out the sounds, writing each letter, saying words slowly one phoneme at a time, can seem dull and tedious to kids with ADHD. A child with ADHD may […]