Thursday, February 19, 2009

Reading Strategies

Thank you Paul, for sharing the website UNL ~ Cognitive Strategy Instruction.

According to this website, "Strategy instruction is one of the most effective ways of improving academic performance for children with learning difficulties. This site will show you how to do it, will provide examples or strategies, and provide a forum to discuss your experiences and questions."

Take a look at the strategies they suggest for Word Identification

Here's a couple for Reading Comprehension
Active Reading

Even more for Textbook Reading

There are really quite a few more strategies than those I have linked to here. For a complete list of what this website has to offer click HERE. Once you get to the main page click on where it says "Reading" in the left hand margin and that will take you the list of reading strategies in its entirety.

New York Public Library Card

"Calling all New Yorkers, all New Yorkers."

Do you have a New York Public Library card? If you don't I am encouraging to stop what you are doing and go to this website to register for your free card. I am telling you that the NYPL website is literally jammed packed with an amazing collection that you are given online that is absolutely free once your card is mailed to your home.

For non residents of New York there is $100 fee...sorry.

Here are a couple of examples of some spectacular resources you can use:

The Reading Teacher, a magazine that has proven to be a wonderful literacy resource for elementary teachers, is absolutely free with your New York Public Library card. You will be given full access to all articles back to 1989. This for me was reason enough to take a couple minutes and fill out the registration for my library card.

How about Tumble Books? Have you seen this website yet? Oh, it's a good one. Tumble Books is an online collection of animated ebooks for kids, and with your NYPL card you will granted full and complete access.

The list of fantabulous resources goes on and on and on. Check out the databases that you can access from the comforts of your own home, or the audio collection, or videos you will be to tap into and it's all for free.

Go to and see for yourself.

Work Hard Play Hard!