Mastering Phonics Skills

Mastering Phonics Skills – Reading Essentials #18

In this installment of the fundamental reading skills series, we’ll be focusing on phonics. Phonics is the relationship between a letter and its sound. For example, the letter “d” makes the /d/ sound when spoken out loud. Individual letter sounds, as well as some sounds resulting from combinations of letters such as “ch” and “sh,” are called phonemes

What is Phonemic Awareness?

What is Phonemic Awareness? Reading Essentials #17

If you’ll recall from our last Reading Essentials post, there are five essential skills your child must learn in order to be proficient in reading. Over the coming weeks, we will be exploring each of these skills in-depth. In this first post, we’ll be discussing the first skill that your child must acquire—phonemic awareness—as well as tips and strategies you can use to support your child along the way to mastery of this skill.

Strengthening Memory Skills for Reading – Reading Essentials #15

Typically when we think of the skills required for reading, phonics, phonemes, and blending come to mind. While these specific elements of reading are no doubt important, an even more basic skill is often overlooked—memory! Research has linked working memory to reading comprehension, meaning that the stronger your child’s memory, the more equipped she will be to read fluently and understand what she reads!

Happy New Year 2013 from Red Apple Reading

Happy 2013!

A new year is upon us, and with it a flurry of activity for Red Apple Reading!  In addition to working on a whole new level to be released soon, we have partnered with LivingSocial to offer a special promotion for parents. This includes online access to videos and games that teach the alphabet, beginning phonics, and sight words, as well as a printable workbook, flash cards, downloadable videos that can be saved and viewed on any computer or tablet, and more!