Magazines & Reading

An important component of reading comprehension is exposing children to a wide variety of texts and topics. Magazines are a useful resource in this regard, especially those designed for children as they tend to have an abundance of ‘high-interest’ content in a range of genres presented in an appealing format. In addition, they often include […]

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You are probably very familiar with the terms synonym and antonym. Yet there are actually quite a few words in English that incorporate the Greek root word ‘onym’ which means ‘name’. Below are a few of the more common words in which it is found. A classroom activity could be to divide the students into […]

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Increasing Young Children’s Vocabulary

The research shows that there is a high correlation between the depth of a child’s vocabulary knowledge and reading comprehension (Ouellette, 2006).  The more words a child understands, the more they are able to comprehend what they are reading.  So, it makes sense that if we want our children to before proficient readers, we need […]

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Past or Passed??

    The homophones ‘passed’ and ‘past’ are commonly confused.           ‘Passed‘ is the past tense of the verb ‘pass’ meaning to go forward, proceed or depart and it can refer to movement in time, space or in action. Time: He passed the time by reading. Space: Mark passed the ball […]

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Listening to Your Child Read

Often as parents it is difficult to find the balance between scaffolding our children’s attempts at reading versus figuratively ‘standing back’ and letting our children take the lead in solving the difficulties they encounter. When it comes to reading, we will, usually unwittingly, remove their personal accountability of making sense of the text by directing […]

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