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The Nuts and Bolts of Reading Instruction and How Parents Can Help
Center Elementary School, November 18, 2008
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1. Sally Grimes
We now understand more about the reading process and its underpinnings than ever before, thanks to 35 years of exhaustive and sophisticated studies, including brain and eye movement studies. With the help of Sally Grimes, a consultant skilled in this area, we have come to understand even more deeply the development of our young readers. In this podcast, Sally provides a simple, brief overview of state-of-the-art reading instruction. She explains how the five components of reading work together. She discusses how the foundational skills of phonemic awareness, phonics and fluency work with vocabulary development and comprehension skill building.

The presentation offers ideas to caregivers for helping children and for recognizing the “red flags” that might indicate difficulty with learning to read. Since we can now predict with approximately 92% accuracy those children who will struggle in grade three, it is more important than ever to monitor the progress of children in K-3 who may not be meeting nationally accepted benchmarks and then take action to prevent failure. The presentation talk very briefly discusses such progress monitoring.

More about Sally Grimes and the Grimes Reading Institute

This presentation is geared toward caregivers of children ages 5-10 and/or struggling readers.