The research behind how students learn to read is complex — but putting it into practice doesn't have to be. By mastering the key concepts and finding the right tools to supplement your core curriculum, you can implement the Science of Reading with confidence and success.  

To get you started, here are some of our top Science of Reading resources to enhance your structured literacy plans this year.    

Professional Resources for Literacy Instruction

As a teacher, it's always a good idea to brush up on your skills. Professional books are a great way to deepen your understanding of Science of Reading concepts and quickly learn effective  instructional practices and strategies. 

For instance, 7 Mighty Moves is the perfect place to start. In this professional book, Lindsay Kemeney introduces seven simple ways to modify your current literacy instruction to better align with the Science of Reading. 

We'd also highly recommend the fourth edition of the Wiley Blevins classic,  Phonics: From A to Z. With updated information on the Science of Reading, this best seller is packed with fresh ideas for teaching phonics and phonemic awareness. 


Reading Instruction for the Classroom

Research shows that the best way to teach students how to read is through systematic and explicit instruction. While that sounds serious, it still leaves plenty of room to have fun and instill a love of reading.

For instance, the Laugh a Lot Phonic Series is the perfect way to practice phonics skills — and have fun doing it! These hilarious decodable readers gradually introduce students to new sounds, sight words, and word families — boosting their confidence with each new phonics reader. 

Meanwhile, picture books like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed the ABCs and LMNO Peas use eye-catching illustrations and humor to engage children’s imaginations. They're also a great way to focus on other Science of Reading skills — like literacy knowledge and language structure.  

As you adopt new strategies and practices this year — remember that teachers everywhere are relearning how to teach reading just like you. So be kind to yourself, celebrate the small wins, and we'll be here to support your Science of Reading journey every step of the way!

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