Effective teachers of reading have a wide array of strategies which they use to build strong readers. From the time children begin to imitate the sounds they hear in their environment, we are preparing students to be effective and thoughtful readers and thinkers. Clay (1991) says that reading is a “message-getting, problem-solving activity which increases in power and flexibility the more it is practiced.” Rosenblatt (1978) points out that “the reader brings to the text his past experience and his personality.” Both point out the interconnection between the reader and the text as an essential ingredient to making meaning. Reading is unlocking an author’s message by interpreting the symbols on the page, the author’s intent and combining it with the reader’s own background knowledge. Great teachers understand this and use strategies like those contained on this site and in my books to help their students build strong threads of reading.
I hope you will find many helpful ideas and strategies on the pages of this website that will help you strengthen your own abilities to weave reading magic with the students you serve. Please check the growing tips and strategies on the Weaver's Blog and feel free to ask questions and leave your own tips and ideas.
I now have a new book to help parents build strong literacy skills at home. The book contains explanations of how to build reading skills for each age range from baby to teenager. In addition to sound advice in an easy-to read format, the book contains ideas for games and activities that can get the whole family involved in reading.