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7 Essential Steps for Teaching Letter Sounds to Children

Be sure that you and your learner(s) are pronouncing each letter sound correctly, without an extraneous “uh” sound at the end. Remember that correct letter sound knowledge provides a foundation for successful reading and spelling. For learners who have difficulty pronouncing a letter sound correctly, show them how your mouth looks as you pronounce it. …

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Answering the Call to Close Achievement Gaps in Reading

As President of SnapBack Phonics, Inc. and an experienced educator, my entire career has been devoted to closing achievement gaps and accelerating skills among children. This devotion is more than a passion. It is a mission, driven by deeply moving memories of transformation. I will always remember my first encounters with students like Mark, a …

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The Importance of Prekindergarten and Kindergarten, the Concerns of Learning Loss, and a Pathway Toward Acceleration

Skills taught in kindergarten are critical for achievement and success at foundational levels of learning, and public prekindergarten has proven to significantly increase the likelihood of successful experiences there and beyond (Haslip. 2018; Learning Policy Institute, 2019). That is why the federal government spends billions of dollars every year on programs such as Headstart, and …

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