Are You Ready for Some Good News?  It’s Here . . .

Are You Ready for Some Good News? It’s Here . . .

It’s exciting when the little people we support start to know and recite some letter names and their associated sounds in response to seeing those little black marks on a page. But the problem is . . . …we’ve all known children who know LOTS, if not ALL, of the...
A Little Fun with Phon- Words

A Little Fun with Phon- Words

Phonics? Phonological awareness?  Phonemic awareness?  What’s the difference, really?  And how can you keep all these phon- words straight?      Well, confusion about the phon-  words is created not only because they sound alike, but also because there is a...
Six Suggestions for Seamless Oral Language Development

Six Suggestions for Seamless Oral Language Development

What’s oral language development got to do with reading, anyway?  Well, it turns out . . . a whole lot.    As we explain in Chapter 1 of Shifting the Balance, reading comprehension doesn’t begin with reading; it begins with comprehension of spoken language.  And...