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Rev up reading for third graders

Simple tips and activities to help your third grade child master essential reading skills.

By Catherine Ann Velasco

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Wrestling with words that just don’t play

Skill: Decoding

There are some words English that you don’t want your child to try to decode! Why? Because it's easier to memorize them than to learn the complex language rules that govern their crazy spelling. (Examples: would, though, through). It’s worth your child mastering these words with flash card games – whether it’s "My Pile Your Pile" or "Concentrate." Here is a list of some sight words every third grader should know.

Catherine Ann Velasco has covered education and children and family issues for more than 22 years. She's won numerous awards, and served as a fellow of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families and the Education Writers Association’s Statistics Boot Camp. Velasco lives near Chicago and can be reached at