August 22, 2017 is the work of M. J. Maddox, PhD. The content is for parents, teachers, and mature students.

Dr. Maddox writes about School Reform at the online magazine Bellaonline.


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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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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