Reading 101: What You Should Know

Reading Rockets is a great web source for teaching kids how to read.

It offers a wealth of reading strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn how to read and read better. Our reading resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in helping struggling readers build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

Teaching reading is a hugely complicated task. So much so that researcher Louisa Moats ended up entitling her influential article “Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science.” (This, incidentally, also became the basis for the Reading Rockets name!).

Fun and educational apps to help children build essential literacy skills.

Although children go through a series of predictable steps on their journey to becoming readers, many things can derail them, such as having inadequate exposure to language at home or having a learning disability. Teachers who know the art and science of teaching reading, though, are able to provide skillful, effective reading instruction, and can help students who need it overcome obstacles to becoming readers.

The links above are to sections of this website that provide more detailed information on the components of effective reading instruction. It’s where you’ll discover how to be the most effective teacher you can be at helping kids learn to read.

First Year Teachers

New teachers and those who want to learn more about literacy instruction can visit our First Year Teachers section and take advantage of our self-study online course.

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