• 5 Techniques to Help K-3 Students Communicate More Effectively

    5 Techniques to Help K-3 Students Communicate More Effectively

    By: Sharee Jensen, Reading Horizons Curriculum Committee Member

    Communication and self-expression is a vital part of a child’s learning experience. To be able to express and communicate thoughts is important for success in all areas of life. The development of effective self-expression and communication requires many skills, including— … ...

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    Nov 11 2014
  • 3 Tips for Teaching Phonics Exceptions

    3 Tips for Teaching Phonics Exceptions

    ***This content is based on an interview with Reading Horizons Director of Training and Dyslexia Specialist, Shantell Berrett.***

    Many teachers successfully teach the rules of phonics but struggle when it comes to teaching the exceptions to those rules. They are afraid that in teaching the exceptions they’ll end up confusing their … ...

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    Oct 28 2014
  • 10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    10 Fun Halloween Reading Passages for Your Classroom

    Halloween can be such an exciting time for your classroom. Halloween themed activities are not only fun but can also increase student engagement. And while spooky crafts and ghastly games are great, have you thought about assigning Halloween reading passages as part of the festivities? This year we, here at Reading Horizons, want to make Halloween … ...

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    Oct 21 2014
  • Why Students Forget What They've Learned & How to Increase Learning Retention

    Why Students Forget What They've Learned & How to Increase Learning Retention

    By Sandy Hoffman

    We have busy schedules both in and outside the classroom. There’s so much to do. We have to keep pushing forward, moving on, but at what cost? We don’t want all we’ve taught our students to be forgotten as soon as it’s learned. How can we save time and increase the likelihood our students will remember what we’ve taught them. Is taking time out of our day, for review, worth it? How much time do we need to review? ...

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    Oct 07 2014
  • 5 Great Books for Halloween [for Teachers]

    5 Great Books for Halloween [for Teachers]

    October is a magical time of year when the leaves begin to change from green to red and golden yellow. There’s a slight chill in the air as you hear the wind rustling through the trees.  And with Halloween right around the corner, your students are full of excitement and anticipation. You’ve decorated the classroom with cobwebs, … ...

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    Sep 30 2014
  • Qualities of Effective Teachers

    Qualities of Effective Teachers

    By Mariann Marchant

    I came across this old paper I had shoved in a file at the back of my desk. It was old and yellowed so I thought I would look at it before throwing it away. What I found was a copy of an old letter I had printed out from a newspaper when I began my teaching career 25 years ago. As I read through this letter, it reminded me of … ...

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    Sep 23 2014
  • Why Phonics is Worth Teaching to ELLs Despite so Many Exceptions

    Why Phonics is Worth Teaching to ELLs Despite so Many Exceptions

    ***This content is based on an interview with Reading Horizons Board Member and former TESOL President, Dr. Neil J. Anderson.***

    Teachers who use the Whole Language Approach argue that words must be deciphered based off of context instead of decoding through the use of phonetic rules. They believe that teaching phonetic rules is ineffective … ...

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    Sep 16 2014

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