The science of reading is an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning that draws upon decades of research in cognitive science, linguistics, and psychology. It aims to understand how the brain processes written language and identifies the most effective strategies for teaching reading skills.
Why is the Science of Reading Important?
Understanding the science of reading is crucial because it provides educators with insight into the most effective instructional methods. By aligning teaching practices with research-based strategies, we can better support learners in developing strong reading skills, comprehension, and language proficiency.
What are the Six Key Concepts of the Science of Reading?
The ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds (phonemes) in spoken language, which is foundational for reading.
The systematic instruction of letter-sound correspondences, enabling readers to decode and encode words.
The ability to read with accuracy, speed, and prosody, allowing readers to comprehend text effortlessly.
The understanding of word meanings and the ability to effectively use a range of words to express ideas.
The active process of understanding and making meaning from text, involving background knowledge, inferencing, and critical thinking skills.
The importance of oral language skills in supporting reading acquisition, including vocabulary, syntax, and grammar.
How Do I Begin Implementing the Science of Reading in My Classroom?
At Voyager Sopris Learning®, we provide resources and guidance about implementing the science of reading in educational settings. Our expert team and authors have curated a range of tools, strategies, and instructional materials that align with evidence-based practices, empowering educators to deliver high-quality reading instruction.
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Dr. Mary Dahlgren
Author and Literacy Expert
Sound Walls in Your Classroom: The Pathway to Reading Fluency
Literacy and sound wall expert Dr. Mary Dahlgren will help you build a thorough understanding of how to use a sound wall, implementation tips, and more—everything you need to know and why.
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The science of reading refers to a vast body of multidisciplinary research providing a rationale for what must be taught to ensure almost all students can learn to read. But is this movement enough to develop more effective literacy instruction? Join us as our guests discuss why it may not be, unless teaching practices themselves receive more attention.
Educator and National Director of The Reading League
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After taking a backseat in the education world for many years, handwriting is back. While assistive technology can help students with writing problems, it does not remove the importance of teaching explicit handwriting.
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Why the ‘Science of Reading’ Needs the ‘Science of Teaching’
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Unlock the Power of Literacy With the Science of Reading
At Voyager Sopris Learning, we believe that every learner deserves the opportunity to become a proficient and confident reader. By embracing the science of reading, we can transform the way we teach and learn, equipping striving readers with essential literacy skills that empower them for a lifetime.
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