Brain Science and Dyslexia | Podcast Episode Four Coming Soon!


We know that all students can learn to read.

The science says that skilled readers use the back of the brain to automatically look at words and remember how it sounds from it’s storage in the brain. Poor readers underutilize areas in the back of the brain.

To change brain activity in struggling readers using an EVIDENCE BASED phonics and phonemic awareness reading instruction program is the best answer.

Effective teachers use scientific thinking to examine what works best for students. They apply rigorous, systematic and objective procedures for reading instruction of students of all levels.

Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education®

This is from the CORE Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education®

Teaching Reading Sourcebook

From the Teaching Reading SourceBook

The 5 essential components of Reading Instruction are:

  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Fluency
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension

It also needs structured instruction in

  • letter knowledge
  • irregular word reading
  • and
  • multi-syllabic words


A comprehensive k-3 reading assessment plan that is “Reliable and valid assessment help monitor effectiveness of reading instruct.”

Reliable means- provides dependable, consistent measurement of trait and ability.

Types of assessment:

  • screening
  • progress monitoring
  • diagnostic
  • outcome

Early assessment is the best way to prevent the downward spiral of reading failure, help identify students who need help before they fall behind or experience serious failure.

Learning to read versus reading to learn

4th grade slump –  a period of time between second and fifth grade when students start to disengage in school as they start to struggle in the classroom.

The Importance of Learning

  • Familiar words
  • Challenging words
  • Complex concepts
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency and Automaticity

The Sourcebook also has a chart that lists word difficulty and vocabulary by genre:

Books versus Magazines & Newspapers

  1. Scientific Articles
  2. Newspapers
  3. Popular Magazines
  4. Adult Books and Literature (like: The Secret Life of Bees  by Sue Monk Kidd, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog  by John Grogan) LightBetweenOceans.jpg
  5. Comic books
  6. Children’s books
  7. Preschool

Teaching Reading Sourcebook

From the Teaching Reading SourceBook

I also just read


When Zachary Beaver Came to Town this summer!

There’s so many great picture books for older students! Here’s are some examples of what reading with your child should look like.


Also, I have heard a lot of parents debating should I correct my child on every word? So I wrote a blog post here about that titled To Correct or Not Correct? That is the question!

Where I recommend Anita Archer’s program Phonics for Reading.

When you are reading with your child it is so important to give them confidence, read together where they only read the words they are comfortable! Model, read challenging books and have fun together remember part of the fun of reading is figuring out new words and concepts! Have you ever baked a new recipe that didn’t turn out the way you wanted? Cooking is great reading!

I also feel it’s so important for books to change your life when you are young. I read a book about a girl who moves to Montana called Sasha, My Friend when I was in Fourth grade and have been here since I was 21. I read Montana Magazine all through high school. How authentic I never thought that. I moved out here at 21, because I was too scared when I was 18 to go so far from home.

Books Books Books! I love Books!

So encourage your child or students to read! Read! Read!  Visit your local library, get books from Scholastic – they have incredible deals on  packs where you can get 5 books for $10 about animals, Dads, or sports that students love, or ask your teacher if they have classroom books they are parting with.


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