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24 "Reading" videos

One key 1st grade reading skill

Did George Washington have wooden teeth — or not? Using a nonfiction text, first graders should be able to find out the truth for themselves.


Carol Dweck on what to do when your child says, "I don't like reading!"

Read between the lines, says Stanford psychologist and Mindset author Carol Dweck. Why? Because kids mean something very different when they object to reading.


The basics of learning to read

This video helps parents of beginning readers understand how a child learns to read, from letters and letter sounds to understanding a story. It explains the five foundational skills of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. It also offers tips on how parents can help their kids practice these skills, and become a better reader. The video is most appropriate for parents of children in preschool and kindergarten.

How to create a love for reading

Helping a child learn about the things she loves can foster a lifelong passion for reading, especially for beginning readers. This video explains how parents of beginning readers should support reading in any form, whether it's a storybook, comic book, or magazine. The video is most appropriate for parents of children in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.


One key 2nd grade reading skill

Does your child tell (and retell) stories from favorite books? Good news! That's a key reading skill, according to this second grade teacher.


One key 6th grade reading skill

Surprise! This teacher’s description of the new expectations for student reading is nothing like the sixth grade most parents remember.


One key 5th grade reading skill

Want to make sure your fifth grader is ready for sixth grade? This teacher’s simple suggestion may surprise you.


One key kindergarten language skill

We all know kids are supposed to nail those ABCs, but there’s another, even more important reading skill that many parents overlook.


The new rules for reading: 5 key takeaways

In our latest #Milestones Google+ Hangout, literacy expert Tim Shanahan shared info all parents should know about supporting your child's reading.

Nonfiction for fun and learning, too

Children can learn and have fun at the same time when reading non fiction books. Teach your child nonfiction reading strategies so he can build his reading skills and become a better reader.


Reading games: learning sight words

Play "My pile your pile" to expand your child's vocabulary and improve fluency.


Sticky-note your story

Here's a way to use sticky notes to improve reading comprehension.