Literacy Development for True Beginners

The term literacy refers generally to a person’s ability to read and write. (Though literacy is also used more broadly for describing critical knowledge and productive ability in other things, such as financial literacy, media literacy, and cultural literacy, in this Teacher’s Corner, we’ll refer to reading and writing skills).

Move and Say" to Build Foundational Reading Skills

In the introduction for this month’s Teacher’s Corner, we defined phonemic awareness as a student’s ability to understand that words are made up of sounds. Phonics was described as understanding the relationship between sounds in a word and the letters used to spell it. This week in the Teacher’s Corner, we will present an easy daily activity that can help beginners develop skills in both of these foundational areas of early literacy.

Developing Sight Word Recognition and Vocabulary

Texts written in English are made up of many of the same words. These words are called high-frequency words because they appear so often. Sometimes these words can be tricky for beginners because their spelling patterns may not follow typical English phonics rules. Sometimes these words are also referred to as Dolch words, after Edward William Dolch, who compiled a list of English high-frequency words.

Strategies to Support Comprehension in Early Literacy

Focusing on comprehension with beginner-level students can seem challenging. When students are just beginning to learn how to read, it can feel overwhelming to add comprehension activities. However, beginning levels are actually the best time to start training students to think purposefully about and reflect on what they are reading. Teaching these important skills early on helps students build a strong foundation for successful reading as they take on more challenging texts. This week in the Teacher’s Corner, we will discuss simple strategies for supporting students’ comprehension before, during, and after reading.

Using a Daily Message to Build Literacy Skills

In this month’s Introduction, we defined fluency as a student’s ability to read text quickly and accurately. The activities from last week’s Teacher’s Corner support fluency by building students’ sight word vocabulary so that they can read more quickly and efficiently. This week’s Teacher’s Corner presents an activity that can help students apply phonics skills and develop sight word vocabulary. Development in both of these skills can help improve students’ reading fluency.