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Cause and Effect Transition Words

By Taylor Charles

Transition words, also referred to as linking or connecting words, are tools used to create coherence and consistency (known as ‘flow’) in a piece of writing. They help the reader to follow points by showing a connection between different phrases, sentences, or paragraphs.

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What is Phonological Awareness?

By Taylor Charles

“Phonological awareness” is a complicated phrase and can be difficult to understand. You can look up a definition but in all reality, the best way to understand this phrase is by breaking it down, piece by piece.

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What is Reading Fluency?

By Taylor Charles

Accuracy, expression, comprehension, and good pacing make up the four aspects of reading fluency. Fluent readers should be able to read a text with each of these aspects put together. To learn more, read on!

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Analogy vs. Simile: What’s the Difference?

By Taylor Charles

The rules for similes and analogies can be a bit confusing! For example, a simile can be an analogy but an analogy can’t be a simile. Here, you’ll learn all about how to recognize and understand analogies vs. similes!

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SQ3R Method: Improve Reading Comprehension

By Nicolette Kier

Most of the time, students read texts from beginning all the way to the end without pausing to comprehend what they’re reading. However, this requires readers to go over a challenging text again and again to really understand it. But there is another, more effective way to read for comprehension and meaning making: the SQ3R method.   Read on to learn…

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Reimagine Summer Learning Loss: How to Get Your Child to Read Over the Summer

By Nicolette Kier

Throughout COVID-19 school closures, you may have read the headlines about COVID-19 learning losses. These losses were compared to how summer affects students’ academic progress — also known as summer learning loss.   For years, summer has been painted as something to fear, mostly by academic programs offered during those off-school months.   But what if we stopped seeing the…

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