Tweet Teachers, students, parents . . . we all get the same sick feeling in the pit of our stomach when we realize after the first reading assessment after summer that a kid’s reading level has dropped half a grade level, a whole grade level, or even more. It’s not surprise, though. The brain is […]

Wednesday Wisdom

by Melissa on January 12, 2011

Tweet I can vividly remember my big brother and I asking our ma to read us Are You My Mother?  just one more time. It’s been 25 years since we moved from that townhouse on Killion Avenue, but it seems like yesterday that the three of us huddled on our parents’ bed as my ma read […]

Tweet I’ve been in professional development all week and we’ve been talking about designing quality curriculum and instruction that produces literate children in 2010. I’ve been reflecting on my own literacy development as a child and asking myself many question. So, I have a question for you. What does it mean to be a literate […]

Tweet Last week I had the opportunity to spend five delicious days with my four-year old niece. She came from San Diego to L.A, to participate in my annual summer camp called Camp N’Vision. She is a precocious little something with a lot of spunk and pizzazz. She is as dainty as a cupcake overflowing with lots of […]

Tweet I taught two kids how to read this year. It was hard. There were some days when I wasn’t sure if it would happen. We tried and practiced sight words and did picture walks. And then, two weeks ago, I was filled with elation when I realized that it had actually happened. When you […]

Tweet Get ready! Tandem Teaching is firing up the stove today. I’ve got an easy recipe to feed your resistant reader that’s lot of fun. Consider this my answer to Rachael Ray’s 30 Minute Meals! Hook your kid by following this simple recipe: Shop Go to the nearest bookstore or library. Pick out some of […]

Tweet “Reading logs have done more to kill the love of reading than any invention in the world, ever.” –Danny 6th grade Does your child have to keep a reading log for homework? There’s a theory behind it. We know that the more time kids spend reading the better it is for them all around, […]

Tweet It pains me to see a child who so desperately wants to read but can’t. It’s like her world is so limited by her inability to read!  I can remember little Ms. Cara. She wanted to read so bad, and if you didn’t know her, you would have thought she knew how to read […]

Tweet You love books. Your house is a house where literature is valued. You read for information, you read to escape, you read for pleasure. Your child has noticed this. Before your child could talk, they saw you looking at the pages with words scrawled on them. They might not say it, but they want […]

Tweet I can see your face now, its completely smeared with confusion and in your head your thinking “I get it, I already know exactly why reading is important.” You think I am going to say that reading is fundamental. Come on! Give me a little more credit than that, I know that you know […]