Words and Pre-Reading-
According to educator Robert Hillerich, "Just three words- I, and, the- account for ten percent of all words in printed English." Recognizing this, it is easy to see how critical it is that children have a solid grasp of these and other frequently occurring words, for they will be encountering them time and time again in their lives as readers! The activities in this course support young readers by giving them repeated and varied exposure to 100 important words. As readers acquire a larger bank of words, over time they are able to quickly and automatically read these words not only in isolation but also when encountering them in the context of their reading. This automaticity with words, in turn, leads to even greater gains, because as word recognition skills improve. so does comprehension. Sounding out each and every word takes up time and brain power. The faster children can recognize words, the more time and energy they'll have to devote to understanding the meaning of the words.
This course is a product of my professional experiences over 20 years as a teacher. I have designed it to provide you with a full range of fundamental activities to support early and emerging readers. The activities in each lesson systematically introduce and reinforce important high-frequency words. I have used these same activities to great success with my own students. Each activity is presented in a simple layout that is both easy to understand and fun to complete, promising to engage even the most reluctant readers.