How to Use “Is It a Word–Or Not?” to Teach Your Child to Read

by Hazel Goodwin Kim, MD
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician, Brooklyn, NY.
Hazel is also is a much-beloved private reading tutor and longtime Alphagram champion who has helped many inner-city kids learn to read. Here are her tips for you:


Children love discovering how to put sounds together. When they touch a letter and say the sound, magic happens! Using the “Is It a Word–Or Not?” flip-book to make that happen will be most successful if you help your child use three senses to differentiate the letters of the alphabet and understand the sounds they represent:

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The Help-Your-Child Quiz

by Dee Falk
K-12 Resource Teacher, Stromsburg Public Schools, Stromsburg, Nebraska


If you are the parent of a 6- to 8-year-old (first to second grade) child who is struggling to “crack the code” of reading, you are not alone. Don’t panic. Do some observing. What skills does your child have? What does he or she need more help with? Answering the questions below will give you a better idea of what to do next.

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My Child Can Read—But Hates to Do It.

by Marilyn Kay, M. Ed.
Director, The Reading Group, Urbana, IL


Maybe you’re the parent of a child who can read. It’s just that he or she doesn’t want to! Sometimes a child who could be a really good reader resists reading and shows no interest in reading for pleasure. Is there anything you can do to change this, to foster a lifelong love of reading and books? Yes! Here are my suggestions:

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