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While not everyone agrees that reading is one of life's pleasures, few would dispute that reading is an essential skill for a rich and full life. Certainly, without learning to read well, schooling becomes a lot more challenging. If you're not a good reader and writer, you will encounter many hurdles in a school environment.

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There are five skills that we see in all good readers. These skills are necessary for readers to recognise words easily and quickly, focus on the meaning of the words they are reading and make sense of what they have read. 
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It is very common for people to say to me that their child reads but doesn't understand. This is not reading.
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Automatic recall of what words mean makes learning efficient. During these times when many students will be spending a lot of time learning online, it’s a good idea for them to spend time developing their vocabulary.
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Some words may be easy to spell, but the meaning can take some time for students to understand.
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It is not uncommon to hear schools have a particular focus for a year, but it always concerns me when schools focus on reading and writing separately.
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It is much easier to understand what we read when we have some knowledge of the topic. This is, of course, something of a Catch 22 as background knowledge is acquired by reading.
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When I show teachers this tool, they get very excited because it provides many ways in which vocabulary can be taught and learned.
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