• ESL Teaching Strategies: Improving Vocabulary Improves Reading Fluency

    ESL Teaching Strategies: Improving Vocabulary Improves Reading Fluency

    By: Dr. Monica Bomengen

    Nonnative speakers of English who are in the English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom face struggles with reading in English even if they are already strong readers in their native language. The natural tendency is for the reader to translate the words into the native language in his head as he reads. This practice slows the reader down and keeps the focus on individual words as opposed to overall meaning of the text. The reader becomes preoccupied with decoding and translation, losing all but the most rudimentary reading comprehension, requiring re-reading and slowing the whole process down considerably. ...

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    Sep 16 2010
  • 5 Elements of Effective Reading Instruction

    5 Elements of Effective Reading Instruction

    By: Dr. Monica Bomengen

    One outcome of the “reading wars” between the phonics and whole language advocates was the tremendous growth of research in the area of teaching young children how to read English. Congress created the National Reading Panel (NRP) and charged it with the task of evaluating different approaches used to teach children to read and assessing the effectiveness of each. The NRP was an outgrowth of the National Institutes of Health.

    The NRP issued a report in April 2000 called Teaching Children to Read. In the report, the NRP presented a summary of the research in eight areas of reading instruction and literacy, which have been called the five dimensions of reading: ...

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    Sep 13 2010
  • 12 Terms Every Reading Teacher Should Know

    12 Terms Every Reading Teacher Should Know

    By: Dr. Monica Bomengen

    Reading is not a skill that comes naturally. Even highly skilled readers had to be taught at some point. If reading came naturally, like speaking, most children would arrive at school already reading at a reasonable skill level. Simply showing a child a book does not teach him to read. Reading requires explicit and systematic instruction. For many children, the skills required to read must be broken down into smaller steps and practiced one at a time. For this reason, it is essential that reading teachers be thoroughly prepared and knowledgeable in their field. The following list includes terms commonly used when discussing teaching reading and struggling readers: ...

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    Sep 09 2010
  • Reading Wars: Phonics vs. Whole Language Reading Instruction

    Reading Wars: Phonics vs. Whole Language Reading Instruction

    By: Dr. Monica Bomengen

    Parents of young readers might be confused when hearing about the “reading wars” over how best to teach children to read. Since the 1980s, there has been a conflict between proponents of phonics-based reading instruction and those who favor the whole-language approach. Here's what you need to know to find peace in the war...

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    Sep 07 2010
  • 3 Tips for Finding the Right Book for a Struggling Reader

    3 Tips for Finding the Right Book for a Struggling Reader

    By: Shantell Berrett, Reading Horizons Reading Specialist

    Finding the right fit for a struggling reader can feel like a daunting task. Resources, like assessing to find a reading grade or Lexile level, can be complicated and while usually accurate, may still not lead to a good fit. There are three simple tips that can help on this quest of creating a successful match between reader and book. ...

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    Sep 02 2010
  • 3 Tips for Using Reading Horizons Reading Program Effectively

    3 Tips for Using Reading Horizons Reading Program Effectively

    By: Shantell Berrett, Reading Horizons Reading Specialist

    Along with hours of preparation and work, a new school year bears anticipation and excitement of a new beginning. It is a new chance for creating opportunities for success for both students and teachers. There are three tips that can help ensure success with Reading Horizons reading program this year. ...

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    Sep 01 2010
  • Literacy in the Limelight

    Literacy in the Limelight

    Today we started a new short video series for our Facebook page titled: “Literacy in the Limelight.” The series will highlight a different Reading Horizons employee each week. During the videos the featured employee will discuss what they have learned about literacy from working for Reading Horizons, as well as their thoughts on reading & literacy in general.Here is the first video of the series featuring our Marketing Manager, Erika Huff: ...

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    Aug 27 2010

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