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The Story Behind All About ReadingVIDEO: The Story Behind All About Reading

Find out why we’re so passionate about helping you teach your child to read. Read more


 The Big Five SkillsThe Big Five Skills

The All About Reading program starts at the preschool level to teach the Big Five Skills, five essential pre-reading skills that prepare children for learning to read. Research confirms that children who have learned these skills before they are taught to read have the greatest chance of becoming successful readers. Read more  


Print AwarenessPrint Awareness

Print awareness is the most basic of the Big Five Skills, and is important because it teaches children how print is used, as opposed to how to read it. The greater a child’s awareness of print, the more quickly and easily he can learn to read.  Read more

Letter Knowledge Letter Knowledge

With letter knowledge, children learn that the purpose of letters and their sounds is to create words, and that words convey information and allow us to communicate. Familiarity with letters is important for children when they learn to read because it helps them develop strong decoding skills. Read more

Phonological AwarenessPhonological Awareness

 Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and identify the different sounds in words. The awareness of sounds and how they relate to words gives children an understanding of the internal structure of language, and is a good foundation for learning phonics, word analysis, and spelling. Read more   


Listening ComprehensionListening Comprehension

Listening comprehension is a child’s ability to understand the meaning of the words he hears and to relate to them in some way. This is an important skill to develop even at an early age, because good listeners grow up to become good communicators.Read more


Motivation to ReadMotivation to Read  

 A motivation to read means children have learned that reading can be valuable for many reasonsthat it is not only interesting and entertaining, but that it can also be enlightening and informative. Having a love of reading also gives children confidence in their ability to learn and satisfaction with themselves.  Read more


Teaching Phonological AwarenessTeaching Phonological Awareness

The skill of phonological awareness is important because once your child understands the concept of words when they are spoken, it is so much easier for him to grasp the concept of words when they are written. Engaging in phonological awareness activities is excellent preparation for learning to read and spell. Read more 


Phonics and DecodingPhonics and Decoding

Phonics is essential to learning to read accurately and quickly, and it leads to better comprehension of what is read. Studies show that a phonics-based reading program significantly improves a child’s chances of becoming a good reader—an essential skill since a child must first learn to read in order to learn. Read more



Most vocabulary is learned indirectly, through listening and speaking. So the more oral language experience children have, the more word meanings they learn—which in turn helps them build their vocabulary, especially when they are young.Read more



Learning to read fluently is vital because fluency is the bridge between word recognition and comprehension. Fluency not only makes reading a pleasure, it also makes children eager to read, thus helping them learn much faster and more easily.  Read more


Reading ComprehensionReading Comprehension

Comprehension is the purpose of reading. Good readers can understand what they read, remember it, and share it with others. But purposeful reading is a complex process that does not happen automatically when a child first begins to read words; rather, it is a skill that is learned gradually so that as a child grows, comprehension comes easily and naturally.  Read more


Is Your Child Ready to Learn to Read?Checklist: Is Your Child Ready to Learn to Read?

Perhaps your child already knows the alphabet and loves read-aloud time—but how can you tell if he or she is ready to begin formal reading instruction? Fill out this checklist to evaluate your child’s reading readiness!  Read more


How to Avoid the Curse of KnowledgeHow to Avoid the Curse of Knowledge

A master violinist intuitively knows just the right amount of pressure to apply to the bow to create soulful sounds, but may find it difficult to convey that knowledge and experience to another person. Find out how to move beyond this "curse" so you can teach your child effectively.  Read more


Letter HuntGo on a Letter Hunt!

Looking for an easy and entertaining way to help your preschooler increase his letter knowledge? Go on a Letter Hunt! Read more


What do children want in a teacher?What Does Your Child Want in a Teacher?

If you create an encouraging environment of delight and enthusiasm in which your child can thrive, your child will love having you as a teacher! Read more


Encouraging wordsEncouraging Words

Learning to read and spell is hard work for many of our kids. Be the positive person in your children’s life who encourages them to strive hard and achieve more. Read more


Teaching VocabularyTeaching Vocabulary: 5 Common Mistakes

If you want to avoid these five common mistakes, read on! Read more


Building a Child's VocabularyBuilding Your Child's Vocabulary

What are the best two ways to build your child's vocabulary? Read on to find out! Read more


Handling Distractions during Read-Aloud TimeHow to Handle Distractions during Read-Aloud Time

By creating an atmosphere that is conducive to listening, you can encourage the development of your child’s listening comprehension, an important factor in your child’s reading development. Read more