August 22, 2017

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Literacy-matters.

Homophones for your first-grader

Homonyms are words that have different meanings and spellings, but which sound alike. Children can be introduced to the concept at the same time they are exposed to the Dolch list of 220 words taught to beginning readers.

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Basic Literacy and Parents

As long as large numbers of thirteen-year-olds are being allowed to pass to high school classes without having mastered the skills of basic literacy, parents must supplement the work of the elementary schools.

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Reading Instruction Must Begin at Home

Parents of young children cannot afford to leave beginning reading instruction to the schools. US public schools do a great many things well, but effective reading instruction is not one of them.

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Beware Talking Books

Don’t waste your money on books that “talk.” Buy real books or borrow them from the library.

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Does Your Child Belong to the Community?

An MSNBC promotional spot in which commentator Melissa Harris-Perry declares that children belong to the community has gone viral on YouTube.

Viewers have responded with outrage to the idea that “we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that

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