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What books do I get at the library for my young reader?

By Nick Bertani This is a common question of many parents with a simple 3 part answer.  Start by understanding your child’s reading level.  This is important as it will keep your child from getting too frustrated with books that

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“Do you think my child has dyslexia?”

As a reading teacher, I’ve heard this question numerous times. I can tell if a child is exhibiting dyslexia-like characteristics, but a definitive answer wouldn’t (and frankly shouldn’t) come from an educator. That’s because dyslexia is a neurological disorder that

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Data! Data! Data!

By Katey Groya Data has become quite a controversial word in the field of education.  You likely have noticed schools have increased the number of assessments, or tests, that are given to students.  So what do schools do with all

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Things to consider when hiring a tutor

Parents hire tutors for a variety of reasons.  Some are looking for someone to help their child with homework; others are looking for test prep for college entrance exams or other “high stakes” exams.  However, most parents looking for a

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How Do I Know If My Child Needs A Tutor?

There is no simple way to answer the question.  It depends on many things, including how old your child is and which skills are lacking when compared to what is typical for his/her age or grade.  You also want to

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New Year…New Reader!

  Of course, with the New Year come new resolutions.  Like all of us, I have faithfully, with good intentions, made resolutions that have fizzled out over time.  Some years I’ve attempted to give up things such as, diet soft

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Help with finding a Good Fit book

So, how can you help your child find that “good fit” book?  One easy way is by using the 5-finger rule.  Have your child open the book somewhere near the center and begin reading the page.  Each time they come

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Three ways to keep your child reading over the winter break.

As a parent of three kids, I know that keeping them reading over the winter break can be challenging.  As a reading specialist, the thought of my students not reading for two weeks makes me cringe, and believe me I

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