Reading strategies are explicit, planned actions that help translate the printed word into sounds and meaning. Reading skills benefit every kind of student, but they are essential for emerging readers, struggling readers, English Language Learners, and students with learning challenges.
There are many different kinds of reading strategies available nowadays. How do you decide which ones are best? Here are some guidelines. Good strategies should be easily adaptable and suitable for use with any student, whether the educational setting is elementary, secondary, adult, special needs, or ESL. They should be taught in a logical sequence so foundational strategies are learned before more advanced strategies are introduced. And they should have lasting value—students should be able to apply them long after instruction ends.
Reading Horizons uses adaptable, universally suitable, appropriately sequenced, enduring, and highly effective strategies for reading. Whether you are an educator or a parent who wants to improve your students’ reading skills, our strategies will enhance your instruction and truly help your students achieve reading success.
Decoding is the process of breaking a written word down to its individual parts and determining the pronunciation based on the common sound/letter patterns of English. It is a “word attack” technique for converting print to speech that can be applied to a word of any length to determine what it says.
Reading is a complex process involving multiple areas of the brain associated with language, vision, hearing, and cognition. Unfortunately, unlike the ability to speak, which is hard-wired in us from birth, the ability to read must be developed. And developing it requires the right elements of instruction taught in the right way.
A converging body of research supports explicit and systematic phonics instruction as most effective for teaching reading, and that is precisely what Reading Horizons provides. But our instruction doesn’t stop at phonics. It incorporates all five essential elements of effective reading instruction identified by the National Reading Panel: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension strategies.
Reading Horizons offers several online resources that can more fully develop and enhance reading instruction. Some of the online resources also include opportunities for free professional development credit.
Some parents can find teaching reading a challenge. They don’t always begin instruction knowing how to explain the relationships between letters and sounds—in some cases because they never formally learned those concepts themselves. And they don’t always know the best strategies for teaching reading skills.
Fortunately, Reading Horizons provides ways for parents to gain the knowledge they need to help their children find reading success.
To help teachers and parents enhance instruction and keep students actively involved in the process of learning to read, Reading Horizons has created a list of effective reading strategies that can be printed and posted for easy reference during instruction.