Reading Levels

Writing Help for Elementary Students

By Nicolette Kier

Back in school, you probably had some moments where you just did not feel like writing — the topic wasn’t interesting, you didn’t like poetry, or you just felt intimidated by the blank white page. Your child probably feels the same way at times. That’s why we developed a list of tips, tools, and free resources dedicated to writing help…

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Summer Reading Programs for Middle School Students: Find or create one for your child.

By Nicolette Kier

Summer is a largely unstructured time for students, which often leads to a significant reduction in the amount of reading they do – and the amount of information they gain. In some cases, students may even lose some of the reading skills and strategies they spent all year building. The solution to this conundrum: summer reading programs for middle school…

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Journaling for Elementary Students: How to Get Them Writing

By Nicolette Kier

Journaling, for elementary students, might seem inaccessible or pointless — like “extra writing” on top of what they do now. But journaling at a young age has numerous academic and personal benefits. And the writing process doesn’t have to be boring, either.   Read on for:   what exactly we mean by “journaling” different types of journal subjects and formats…

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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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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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The building blocks of reading comprehension. Graphic of child playing with building blocks.

Four Levels of Reading Comprehension, with Examples

By Nicolette Kier

Reading is not like walking — it’s not an immediate, natural thing that most children just do. And once you walk, you continue walking (for the most part), whereas there are four distinct levels of reading comprehension to learn before a child is considered an expert reader.   These are:   the definition of reading comprehension the four levels of…

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