Quick Help for Blending Challenges

Connect on Facebook Share Got blending problems? It’s a classic new-reader challenge. Even if your students can blend CVC (3-sound) words, they may not be able to blend CVCC or CCVC words. Watch a rising 1st grader get better and better at her blending using a simple technique–Blend As You Read. AND, you are invited […]

Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy

[Transcript of the Quickest Way to Teach the Main Decoding Strategy] Marnie: Hello, I’m Marnie Ginsberg of Reading Simplified, where it’s our mission to help classroom teachers streamline their reading instruction and accelerate their students’ reading achievement. So today we’re going to show you “Blend As You Read.” This is a super-simple activity that is […]

Reading Tests That Inform Instruction

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“Houston, we have a problem.” Beyond the 2nd grade, most classroom teachers do not have access to specific assessment information about reading that can inform instruction. This is a big problem. In the U.S., for instance, nearly 65% of 4th grade readers are NOT proficient in reading. Teachers of these struggling readers are likely aware […]

4 Word Work Activities in 15 Minutes or Less

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Hello! It’s Reading Simplified here (I’m Marnie Ginsberg). And I’m going to demonstrate 3 to 4 Word Work activities and see if we can do them in less than 10-15 minutes! [Just 3 activities make up the bulk of my Word Work activities with beginners age 5 to students with dyslexia, age 15! Even better, […]

Join the Spring Forward 25-Day Challenge!

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Are you counting down the days till summer break? Who’s not, right? With over-testing, kids’ spring fever, students who are not progressing as we hoped, and the arrival of warm, blue skies, we may be a tad less effective in our teaching in the last few weeks and days. I know I’ve gotten too worn-down […]

The Antidote to Readers Who Are Stuck

“He’s already decided he wants to fail 1st grade” “Whaaaat????”  you may be thinking to yourself. What a crazy statement! But I actually heard these words from a 1st grade teacher in my first job as an instructional coach. True story.  [But one with a happy ending.  Stay tuned.] And….I heard it in October of […]

Wondering what happened to our star Kindergarten struggling reader by the end of the 5-day challenge?

Catch up in less than 5 minutes with this day-by-day tour his accomplishments during our special event, Level Up Your Struggling Readers’ Accomplishments in Just 5 Days. Recall that he began the 5-day challenge knowing 6 consonants and no short vowels. He also couldn’t segment CVC words, initially.

In just 12 minutes a day, he was able to skyrocket through what other programs would have taken months to accomplish with similar struggling readers with 1 of our core activities, Switch It. You, too, can save instructional time AND boost student achievement when you participate in our Reading Simplified Academy membership.

Learn more here.

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Either way, what seems different about Switch It that might help your students?  (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)

A Small Group Guided Reading Structure for Accelerated Reading (and Less Teacher Stress!!)

[Looking for a small group Guided Reading structure that’s easy to use AND accelerates students’ achievement? You’re in the right place! Stay tuned to a free lesson plan and insights to help you Do Less. And Accomplish More!] When I was a new teacher, I came home tired.  Dead tired.  My husband wanted to support me, […]

Power Up Your Phonics Activities

Have you had a student like Anthony? Anthony’s finishing 1st grade and he seems to be making strides in his reading. He generally aims to make meaning and his knowledge of high frequency words is growing steadily.  He likes books, especially Star Wars books, and he can write a logical short paragraph…..However, you wonder whether […]

Enter Into the Child’s Worldview

Several months ago I was visiting a preschool classroom and the teacher asked me a question based on her bi-annual PALS assessment. The assessment includes phonological (sound-based language) awareness, letter name, and letter sound knowledge. She and her co-teacher both observed some quirky responses but didn’t understand the root. She wondered: “Why do several children say, […]