Great article on how oral language influences reading development

Timothy Shanahan and Christopher Lonigan explore the connection between early oral language development and later reading comprehension success Supporting young children’s language and literacy development has long been considered a practice that yields strong readers and writers later in life. The results of the National Early Literacy Panel’s (NELP) six years of scientific research synthesis …

Source: The Role of Early Oral Language in Literacy Development

Tim Shanahan on “Putting One’s Underwear on First”

This is a great blog post by Tim Shanahan on the role of a research-based Scope and Sequence in teaching phonics. We know from research that children with Down syndrome benefit from structured, systematic approaches to teaching in general. I have found this to be particularly true when it comes to reading instruction.

Playing a vowel game

Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

via Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth – NYTimes.com.

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Photo: Dr. Leora Mogilner, a pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital, gave a book to Kaylee Smith, 9 months, and guidance to her mother, Tameka Griffiths, 33. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times