When I was in first grade, I was taught to read using a system called, “I.T.A.-The Initial Teaching Alphabet”. Never heard of it? No wonder. I.T.A. used a fake, Latin-ish type of alphabet with somewhere between 43-45 symbols-depending on the year you started the program. Each symbol represented a single sound in the English language making […]
Kate Cohen shares her favorite resources for Read Across America Day and encouraging literacy and reading in your classroom! Read Across America Day is celebrated on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2 so watch the video and learn more now!
Have you read a good book lately? Not to yourself, but to your students.
Promoting literacy in children must include reading to them. It is estimated that between 25 to 40 percent of American children have difficulties advancing in their studies because of reading difficulties. They lack the vocabulary, word attack skills, have a reading disability or just plain don’t read fast enough to be able to handle the material they are required to read. If our students are having trouble reading then Sustained Silent Reading isn’t going to cut it anymore. Literacy education must begin with modeling for our students a love of reading. What better way to promote early literacy than sharing a book with them?