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Myth #1: You need to wait until 2nd or 3rd grade to see if your child will learn to read.

There are several pre-reading skills that occur before a child starts to read with ease. The best predictor of reading is phonemic awareness, which develops between 3 – 5 years old. A screener for phonemic awareness skills is very easy to implement. Once students can blend sounds together, they need to be able to match sounds to a symbol. From there, they can begin
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Myth #4: Smart kids will figure out how to read.

A noticeably bright child who is having trouble learning to read is at a high risk for not learning to read. If your child is noticeably frustrated by reading or is faking their ability to read and you are told, “He’s bright, he’ll figure it out” or “She is still young and she’s smart – it will click for her” do not wait to
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Myth #3: Reading to your child will teach them how to learn to read.

Reading to your child will help them develop a love of reading and help them develop many critical literacy skills and print concepts. For some students who have difficulty learning to read, being read to becomes a strategy for them to memorize books so that they can appear to read. Pretending to read and memorizing stories are great habits for kids as long as
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Myth #2: Kids will learn to read when they are ready and motivated to read.

There are definitely many kids who figure out how to read after they find a book they really like. And some kids really do just need time for pre-reading skills to come together and start reading fluently. We’ve worked with families who have multiple children who were delayed readers but learned to read around 3rd or 4th grade without special help. But, much to
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Webinar on Learning and Loving to Read @12PM PT on June 5th

Learning and Loving to Read on June 5th at 12PM PT How do I support my child at home?Parents play a vital role in helping their children learn how to read and it often requires more than just reading to them. Are you worried your child is struggling with reading and don’t know how to help? It is critical to understand how to break
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How do I work with my child’s school? Diagnostic Teaching Strategies

Attend the Webinar on May 29th at 12PM PT by going to www.YouTube.com/LdEduTalk Sometimes you really can trust the system, but sometimes you need to get very involved. How do you make sure your child is getting what they need at school? Learning how to navigate the system can be a daunting task, especially when you know the teachers are doing the best they
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Will my child ever learn to read? – attend the webinar on May 15th at 12PM PT

For some kids, the hardest thing they ever do will be learning how to read. Find out the warning signs that you – and your child’s teacher – should be watching for and why these are important in terms of the process of learning to read. It is difficult to know if you should be concerned and seek out support, or relax and give
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May 8th at 12pm: Debunking Myths about Reading -How do children learn to read?

**Questions must be submitted before the broadcast at www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk or info@LdEduTalk.org. Week 1, Thursday, May 8th Tune in at noon: www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk  Debunking Myths about Reading How do children learn to read? The science of reading is well understood, and often times, issues with reading can be identified as early as 4 years old by difficulty with pre-reading skills. But teacher training has lagged behind the
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New Internet Radio Talk Show on Learning, Reading and LD

Thursdays, May 8th – June 5th from 12pm – 1pm at www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk Five Perspectives on Learning to Read – Breaking the Code Join us every Thursday at noon to find out when to be concerned about your child’s reading, how to find help, and what to expect from your child’s school. Each week a specialist will join us to give a brief talk on
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Myth # 10 – Fast Readers Are Good Readers

Are Fast Readers are Good Readers? Not necessarily. Accurate readers who process what they read as they are reading are good readers. It can be important to measure word per minute speed but that number can be misleading. Sometimes fast readers are just skipping over words. Sometimes fast readers read beautifully but have no idea what they are reading. At The Reading Clinic, we meet
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