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Save a Life: Teach a Kid to Read

Have you ever watched young children in a library or bookstore? They run around in excitement and pull dozens of books off the shelves. I’ve seen it many times and I’ve pulled a few books off shelves myself. Children are born with an innate capacity for joy, a natural curiosity, and a desire to learn. Young children love Story Time or having a parent or

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The Dr. Seuss Syndrome: The Joy and Pain of Books

I wish I knew back then what I know now about books and evidence-based approaches to reading instruction and intervention. Teach My Kid to Read has been calling on libraries throughout New York State to spread awareness of dyslexia so that librarians and parents can help more kids with dyslexia and without, learn to read. Our strategy for the pilot year is to set up

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Does OG Stand for Orton-Gillingham or The Original Riot Girls?

Not everyone knows that OG stands for Orton-Gillingham. Not everyone knows that OG stands for the original riot girls. I only learned the latter this weekend when I read an article about Feminism and Punk in The New York Times. We take it that everyone knows that OG stands for Orton-Gillingham, but perhaps there are a few people out there who think of feminism and

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Connecting the Dots: Who Can Help Our Kids Learn to Read? Parents!

As a parent of a child with dyslexia, I came to this world of reading wars, phonics, balanced literacy, leveled readers, and other instructional methods that we argue about, as an innocent. I merely wanted to know why our daughter was struggling so much, and why nobody could help her learn to read. When she didn’t progress at school, I thought that I could teach

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Why Educational Publishers are Part of the Solution to the Reading Challenge

“The greatest enemy of progress is the illusion of knowledge.” John Young, Astronaut Several years ago, I was working as a contractor in the educational publishing industry. The scope of one of our contracts was to build curricula for a few disciplines so the publisher could assess whether to pursue publishing in those particular academic areas and, if so, determine their strategy. We listed the

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Why Learning About “Why” Helps Us All to Read

I can’t tell you why a “c” sounds like an “s” in the word certain. Without Googling, I can’t tell you why certain patterns of letters make a specific sound. Ask our daughter. She has an understanding of alphabetics, phonemic awareness and she understands the particular rules that make letters and letter combinations make certain sounds. She can tell you why. The Phoenicians Can Tell

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