Monthly Archives: October 2012

Working With Initial Blends

  First graders sometimes struggle when consonant blends are introduced. Oakland member Bob Burt has come up with a simple but effective method for practicing these blends. I am including his instructions, some lists of blends and word endings, and … Continue reading

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Blending Video

For tutors working with beginning readers, blending is an effective way to help students put sounds into words. Watch as Nancy leads a student through blending with letter cards, and blending words within the text in a book.

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Mini Break Videos

Remember that young children need frequent breaks when working on something that is challenging for them. Here are three examples of breaks you can take that are fun and still involve literacy.      

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Using Your iPad for Tutoring

iPad for Tutoring   Some members have asked about using an iPad in their tutoring sessions, so I have researched some free apps that may be useful. Many of the students you are tutoring do not have access to technology … Continue reading

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Reading Videos

Here are two videos that show good ways to read a decodable book and how to work on reading comprehension. Watch how the tutors “picture walk” through the books before reading. Also note that the tutors go over the parts … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Video

Vocabulary is a huge contributor to the achievement gap. A student may be able to read words beautifully, but if he/she cannot understand the words there will be no meaning. Watch San Francisco member Bob Chan as he helps a … Continue reading

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Spell Out Strategy

I have posted about the Spell Out Strategy before, but now we have a video! San Francisco member, Fred Brundage, shows how this strategy looks with a first grade student. Remember that this is a great strategy for unknown sight … Continue reading

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