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By Gio Panizzon     What’s the difference between hat and cat? Are you thinking that one says “meow”? What about hog and dog? Hmm… Most of us would walk a dog, but not a hog? True, but my answer to both riddles is this: the difference is one phoneme!   Phonemes   What’s a […]

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Stop to think about the story you’ve just finished reading, and you’ll get more out of it. Here are some fun ways to review the stories of Innova Graded Readers!   Each book has puppets at the back. Easily detach the puppets and have your child reenact the story.   Choose a word that was […]

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  Innova Graded Readers gradually introduce more vocabulary and sentence structures, so it’s best to introduce the books in order. The books are color-coded by grade and numbered in order on the covers. Here are some tips for using the readers.   When reading with a child, first look together at the illustration on the […]

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Innova Graded Readers use classic stories about fairy tales and talking animals, full-color pictures, and simple, repeating vocabulary and sentence structures, to teach reading to children. Captions on new nouns in the pictures, and a picture dictionary in the back, help children understand the story. Each page features a hook, inviting readers to imagine what […]

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Learning English should be fun! One way to make it fun is by using Fun Card English. These decks of cards let students practice conversation or grammar while playing a game! Most students already know how to play using these cards (think Uno), and any students who aren’t familiar with the game can learn it […]

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  by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Beginning reading can be a time of great excitement and anticipation for your child, or a time of anxiety and concern, as he or she enters into this brand-new skill called reading. Having the necessary skills is essential for your child to have a successful first reading experience.   […]

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by Gio Panizzon   If you missed Part 1, read it here!   Strategy Two: Connecting phonics to real books   Once students understand sound/symbol relationships, the next step is to guide them to understand that these relationships are in interesting and entertaining books. Imagine teaching the /p/ sound. Now, chase down a copy of Kevin […]

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by Gio Panizzon   At the age of five, I had to relocate to a new school right in the middle of the school year. All of a sudden, everything was much more difficult, and it was evident that I was far behind my classmates, as I couldn’t read and I couldn’t spell.   I […]

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  After talking to teachers in Japan for many years, we have realised there is a gap in the resources available, particularly for very young learners in kindergarten and up.   To that end, we have searched far and wide on our travels in Japan and abroad to help liven up your lessons, with materials from fun […]

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