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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   The first step in helping your child learn to read is for them to understand that those funny squiggles on the paper represent sounds. To experienced readers, this is so well known as to be unconscious. To a child who does not yet know how to read, the consistency of […]

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by Lynn Maslen Kertell   Learning to read with phonics is proven to be the best way to start reading. This means associating the letter shape with the letter sound. When your child sees “b,” they know it represents the sound bbbbb. Research shows that the areas of the brain associated with sound and hearing […]

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By Gio Panizzon   Exposing young learners to new words from the adults interacting with them can be a predictor of their long-term expressive vocabulary. The typical English speaker will use less than 4,000 words on a regular basis in everyday conversation, but our young learners should be able to grasp the most fundamental words. […]

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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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