This documentary by Emily Hanford clearly explains why children are struggling with reading, and what we can do about it. Click here for a link. It really resonates with what I have experienced as an elementary school teacher, parent, and tutor over the past three decades. Very easy to listen to, and solidly backed by quality science.
Click Here for terrific "infographics" about structured literacy and more.
Click Here for the IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know.
Click Here for Teacher Preparation, and What Every Teacher Needs to Know.
The Ontario Branch of the IDA is particularly informative. Click Here for a link.
Websites for More Information:
The way that we have been teaching reading in schools has put many students at a disadvantage - especially those who struggle with reading.
Help for Parents Click Here and hover over HELP FOR STUDENTS
Training for Educators
Support for Schools
The blogs on this website are very informative. Click on "Blog" and The History of Reading Instruction to learn why so many children are struggling unnecessarily, and what to do about it!
Click on this website for 3 FREE books for Parents and Teachers.
(Over 25 000 downloads and counting... Stephen Parker makes it really easy to understand beginning reading instruction)
Click on "Your Parent Toolkit" and then "Through Your Child's Eyes" to participate in simulations to understand what it may feel like to struggle with learning and attention challenges like dyslexia and/or ADHD.
International Literacy Association:
International Literacy Association. (2019). Meeting the challenges of early literacy phonics instruction [Literacy leadership brief]. Newark, DE: Author.
International Literacy Association. (2019). Teaching and Assessing Spelling [Literacy leadership brief]. Newark, DE: Author.
How do our brains learn to read? What are the underlying causes when students have difficulty? How do we prevent those difficulties? How do we remediate those difficulties? The scientific evidence base has converged to answer all of these questions. By leveraging the existing research in ways that inspire educators to refine their literacy instruction, The Reading League bridges the gap between research and classroom practice.
If your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, or a specific language disorder, your child needs a structured literacy approach to learning to read. Click HERE to find a structured literacy provider in your region.
If your child has not been diagnosed, you may want to seek an assessment from a registered psychologist. With an assessment, your child may have more access to support services at school.
In the meantime, if your child is struggling with reading and/or spelling, Sound Readers' Crazy Cards can help! These 15 decks of cards are played just like Crazy 8's and cover all of the spelling patterns in the English language.
For some activities that you can do at home to support your struggling reader, go to (search Martha Kovack).
This is a website I created for a school project.
It contains information about what we know about learning to read so far, organizations that can help us improve reading instruction, and resources and training that may help us provide equal and efficient access to print.