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To interact with the world around us, we must be able to read. However, just knowing the words on the page, or billboard, or in the book is never enough. Ask any student who has read the book and then failed the test. Reading is about engaging. Reading is about meaning. It's about symbols. In order to interpret those symbols and engage in the material at hand, we have to understand what we are reading, and this is where some students find difficulty.

The library is a great place to go to escape from the world in which we live in. All of us are so used to being trapped in our confining lives that often get stuck in repetitive routines. With a place like the library we are able to pick up another world and dive into it without any consequence.

The classroom procedures for introducing new vocabulary involves, to a great extent, the three R's: review, repeat, recycle both on sound and meaning levels on beginning, ending and middle sounds and those respective sound clusters. Planning in this respect should evolve around simultaneous practice around decoding and retrieving a word's meaning.

While it is true that children spend a significant portion of their day with their teachers, it is often their parents who wield more power to encourage them to read. However, a lot of parents are unclear as to how they can achieve this.

R.I.F. - Reading Is Fundamental! I loved those PSAs that ran on television back in the 70s encouraging reading. It made reading and learning to read seem fun. Well, those good old days are long gone but there are still creative ways to get your little one interested in reading.

It is unfortunate that some children develop serious reading problems quite unnecessarily. The cause can be the design of the early reading books that they use. As a parent or teacher, it is important to know the pattern of symptoms you will see when this is happening. Luckily, we have found it quick and easy to fix.