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Practice Readers Books Blog — tips for parents of beginning readers

Last Minute Holiday Gifts for Beginning Readers and Writers

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Looking for last minute holiday gift ideas for a beginning reader and writer?  Try these beautiful basics.

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Why spelling can help your child learn to read

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There's more than one way to practice the skills of reading. Could spelling be missing from your child's practice?

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What are Elkonin boxes?

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Elkonin boxes feature prominently in many of our books.  But why?  Are they designed to create the next generation of Wheel of Fortune contestants? Elkonin boxes are used to help people (especially early readers) think through the sounds in words and how they connect to letters. The visual support of the box typically represents a sound in the target word (the corresponding sound may be represented by a single letter or combination of letters). If the target word is ‘cat’, for example, three empty boxes would be provided. A child can then think about what letters would make the corresponding...

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Help your child learn to read Part 1: Tips for parents of pre and partial alphabetic readers

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Tips for supporting children at the pre and partial alphabetic phase of reading development.

Featured photo by: Amanda Kirsh

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Learn the phases of reading development to help your child read

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A summary of the phases of reading and spelling development, and how parents can best support their children as they learn to read at each phase.

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