My over 30 years as a literacy educator has given me countless ways to teach reading to all children.
For the "ready to read" child:
I know how to teach the child who is ready and eager to learn to read.
I focus on alphabet knowledge:
. Identify and name letters of the alphabet.
. Learn sounds for the letters.
. Rhymes and matching initial or final sound letters with pictures.
. "Sound out" or "Tap Out" the letters to read the words.
. Read books with words on their instructional level.
. Become a more fluent reader
. Write words and sentences to create books to read alone or to members of the family.
Vocabulary and Comprehension:
. Read and understand what is read
. Be able to answer literal and more interpretive comprehension questions.
For the reluctant reader:
. Discover what his/her interests are and then find books on that student's interest level as well as instructional level.
. Exciting and high interest websites and apps for tablets that will encourage reading
. Provide a safe and supportive setting where students know they can "try that" and not be afraid of getting the wrong answer.
For the accelerated reader:
. Provide texts that are challenging to read and then participate in higher order discussions.