The Importance Of Early Reading Strategies In Education

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Rationale While primary grade, general classroom, teachers are keenly aware of the importance of early literacy instruction, with increasing class sizes and diverse populations of students in our classrooms, teachers find it difficult to recognize which strategies are most effective for instruction especially for struggling readers. What’s more, teachers may not fully comprehend the implications of students struggling at such an early stage of literacy acquisition and may assume at some point students will “catch up” with peers. However, as research indicates, “…there is evidence that children’s early reading skills in preschool and early elementary school are related to reading skills and achievement later in elementary, middle and high school.” (Cunningham & Stanovich, 1997; Storch & Whitehurst, 2002, as cited in Baroody & Diamond, 2016). Therefore, it is imperative educators intervene as early as possible with effective literacy instruction strategies to engage, motivate and support developing readers. The research presented below provides insight into evidence-based approaches including, among others, grouping strategies, individualized instruction, and technology support along with other intervention strategies for effective, early literacy instruction for struggling learners. Additionally, the studies support the idea of establishing systematic, differentiated, engaging and positive reading experiences which will provide a solid foundation designed for reading
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