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4 Things to Pay Attention to In Your Child’s Reading

4 Things to Pay Attention to In Your Child’s Reading

Reading is not just about being able to read the words on the page, or being able to read accurately. It is also important that your child becomes a fluent reader. Fluency includes 4 components: Pace - some children think it is important to be a fast reader, but we...

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How to Help Your Child Spot Spelling Errors

How to Help Your Child Spot Spelling Errors

Does your child write wonderful stories that are riddled with spelling errors? You will want to work with your child on spelling more accurately while at the same time getting their ideas down on paper. Often when we read what we have written and we know what it is...

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A Simple Tip for Easing Writing Frustration

A Simple Tip for Easing Writing Frustration

Reading is a primary focus at school. We, as parents, are watching to make sure our children are developing their reading skills. At the same time, your child also needs to be developing their spelling skills. Your child will need to do a lot of the same thinking to...

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3 Strategies for Mastering Tricky Sight Words

3 Strategies for Mastering Tricky Sight Words

What if your child is working to learn a list of sight words, and there are certain ones that they are struggling to master? What do you do? The best thing to have your child do is to analyze the word. Look at the word. Talk about the letters.  What is the vowel? What...

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How to Help Your Child Learn Sight Words

How to Help Your Child Learn Sight Words

While your child is learning to read, you may get a note from the teacher that says “I’d really like you to work on sight words.” Sight words are words that occur many times in a lot of texts. There are actually lists you can find with the most frequent sight words....

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How to Help Your Child Blend Unknown Words

How to Help Your Child Blend Unknown Words

Have you ever noticed your child break apart a word into its sounds, but then struggle to blend it all together? Sometimes children who are learning to read encounter an unknown word and they know the individual sounds of the word. However, when they try to blend the...

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What To Do if Your Child’s Reading Doesn’t Make Sense

What To Do if Your Child’s Reading Doesn’t Make Sense

Many times, when children are developing their reading skills and they encounter a word they’ve never seen before, it is very common for them to guess what the word is and keep reading. They’re guessing by either the picture on the page, or the context of the sentence...

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How to Help Your Child Be More Attentive to Reading Accuracy

How to Help Your Child Be More Attentive to Reading Accuracy

Have you noticed that your child is guessing at words rather than sounding them out? It is very common for children to guess what a word is and keep reading when they are developing their reading skills and they encounter a word they’ve never seen before.  They’re...

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How to Help Your Child Read More Accurately

How to Help Your Child Read More Accurately

Have you noticed your child make small word errors when reading, like “a” instead of “the” or “in” instead of “on?” Sometimes those errors don’t matter because they don’t really change the meaning, but if you leave the word “not” out of a sentence, it will certainly...

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How to Prepare Your Child For a Different School Year

How to Prepare Your Child For a Different School Year

Is your child feeling nervous about the new school year? Whether your child is going back to school in person, or they will be engaging in non-traditional instruction for the first part of the school year, school will likely feel very different. It is important that...

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3 Things to Do Now to Prepare for Going Back to School

3 Things to Do Now to Prepare for Going Back to School

Are you ready for your kids to head back to school? It is almost that time! Back-to-school time can be stressful for everyone involved. It may seem like there's not much to do to prepare (beyond the usual school supply shopping) but there are definitely things you can...

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The #1 Thing Parents Can Do to Prepare for Back-to-School

The #1 Thing Parents Can Do to Prepare for Back-to-School

No one knows your child like you do. As their parent, you likely have plenty of insight as to what their strengths and weaknesses are. We recently talked about two things you can help your child do to ensure they start the year off on the right foot. But the best...

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Why Your Child Can’t Skip Their Reading Tonight

Why Your Child Can’t Skip Their Reading Tonight

We’re sure you’ve heard it before—your child should be reading every day. But why? How much? It’s simple. We must be able to read to learn independently. Reading is required for every class, whether online or in-person, so in order to succeed in school, we must be...

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How to Ease the Back-to-School Transition With Routines

How to Ease the Back-to-School Transition With Routines

Back to school time can be tough. After months of a more relaxed routine (or lack of a routine at all) we’re all expected to get back into a more structured routine. Without preparation, jumping into a new routine can be stressful for all involved. But it doesn’t have...

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5 Tips to Help Your Child Understand What They Read

5 Tips to Help Your Child Understand What They Read

Does your child struggle to understand what they read sometimes? There are several skills you can work on with your child at home to improve their reading comprehension. 1) Ask Questions Avoid questions that are direct recall and instead ask questions like “what do...

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Staff Spotlight: Kara

Staff Spotlight: Kara

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one staff member a week, highlighting their hobbies and getting to know them a little better. This week, our featured staff member is Kara! We asked her a few questions. You can find all of her answers below. What is...

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Staff Spotlight: Morgan

Staff Spotlight: Morgan

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Morgan! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? All of them! haha-- but since I have to choose, I'll say To Kill a Mockingbird. Basically, I...

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Staff Spotlight: Gemma

Staff Spotlight: Gemma

For the next several weeks here, we will be featuring one Langsford staff member a week, highlighting their hobbies and getting to know them a little better. This week, our featured staff member is Gemma! We asked her a few questions. You can find all of her answers...

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Staff Spotlight: Rhonda

Staff Spotlight: Rhonda

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one staff member a week, highlighting their interests and getting to know them a little better. This week, our featured staff member is Rhonda! We asked her a few questions. You can find all of her answers below. What...

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Staff Spotlight: Judy

Staff Spotlight: Judy

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one Langsford staff member a week, highlighting their interests and getting to know them a little better. This week, our featured staff member is Judy! We asked her a few questions. You can find all of her answers...

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Staff Spotlight: Jenny

Staff Spotlight: Jenny

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Jenny! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? Secret Life of Bees. What did you want to be when you were growing up? It changed a lot. Still...

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Staff Spotlight: Katie

Staff Spotlight: Katie

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one staff member a week, highlighting their hobbies and getting to know them a little better. This week, our featured staff member is Katie! We asked her a few questions. You can find all her answers below. What is your...

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5 Things to Do if Your Child Hates Reading

5 Things to Do if Your Child Hates Reading

Does your child “hate” reading? Often, children who “hate” reading find it difficult, exhausting, and therefore unenjoyable. If your child is struggling with reading, it’s imperative that they receive explicit reading instruction so that reading becomes easier for...

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Building Comprehension With Summer Fun!

Building Comprehension With Summer Fun!

Background knowledge is a crucial piece of the language comprehension process. Your child may be able to read a story perfectly fine, but unless they have learned about the context of the story previously, they may be confused by the content. Working on increasing...

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Stop the Summer Slide!

Stop the Summer Slide!

How do you prevent the “summer slide”? Reading, reading, and more reading! When kids are engaged in reading during the summer, they are much better prepared for the school year ahead. Luckily, there are nearly endless opportunities to help keep your children motivated...

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Langsford Lecture Series: Educational Evaluations

Langsford Lecture Series: Educational Evaluations

Have you ever been a bit confused when interpreting educational tests?  What are the best practices?   In a recent presentation, Stephen McCrocklin, Langsford's Executive Director, gave an overview of several educational evaluations that are commonly used by...

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5 Easter Books for Young Readers

5 Easter Books for Young Readers

What better gift to receive in an Easter basket than a book? Here are 5 recommendations that will fit perfectly in your basket. Clifford's First Easter by Norman Bridwell From Amazon:  In the tradition of Clifford's Happy Easter, an adorable lift-a-flap book...

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