Archive for the ‘Teaching a Child to Read’ Category

Meal Idea for Kids: Tropical Thanksgiving Salad

When thinking of fun meal ideas for kids during the holidays, rarely do you come up with the idea for fruit at Thanksgiving.  Our friends at Super Healthy Kids have created a holiday meal idea for kids that the whole family will be thankful for! Today’s meal idea for kids: Tropical Thanksgiving Salad “Pomegranates were down to $1.50 per fruit…

Reluctant Reader Discovers Hidden Love for Reading

Jennifer is a mom whose son is a reluctant reader.  After he started Reading Kingdom, his whole world changed. Here’s Jennifer’s story: I had my seven-year old go through the evaluation process the first day and then we worked five days a week on the program using it as a summertime reading review and then as a supplement to his…

Ask Reading Kingdom: what are the greatest inefficiencies in the delivery of public education?

Bruce (Educator) asks: In your opinion, what are the greatest inefficiencies in the delivery of public education? Dr. Marion Blank (Founder of Reading Kingdom) answers: Throughout my life I have been fascinated by the teaching process and its power to change people. As part of this process, I have been particularly intrigued by television. Although it has sharply deviated from…

How to Support Toddlers who Show Signs of Being an Early Reader

Lynn (Parent) asks: How can I support a toddler who is showing signs of being an early reader? Dr. Marion Blank (Reading Kingdom Founder) answers: As far back as Plato, scholars made an interesting distinction between two forms of learning—self generated learning (what one chooses to learn) and imposed learning (what one is required to learn from others). Not unexpectedly,…

Campaign to End ‘Shameful’ Reading Gap in Primary Schools

The future of children’s literacy does not look so bright on the other side of the Atlantic.  Here’s more about the wide reading gap in England’s primary schools: Around 1.5 million children will leave primary school struggling to read by 2025 unless urgent action is taken, according to new research published today by a campaign group set up to eradicate…

Should Parents Teach Kids Phonics?

Nan (parent and teacher) asks: Should I teach my kids phonics?  Why or why not? Dr. Marion Blank (Reading Kingdom Founder) answers: In general, phonics is so deeply ingrained in our culture that for many, it is difficult to imagine any teaching of reading that does not contain this aspect of instruction. But let’s think for a moment about the…