Engaging Children to be Readers — Critical Engagement with Text— Part 9

“Thinking is skilled work. It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically — without learning how, or without practicing.” — A.E. Mander

How we read is just as important as what we read. That is why it is critically important that students learn the mechanics of reading (phonics) and to comprehend or understand what they read. We must always take a balanced approach. It is important to not over emphasize phonics for early readers. Children have to understand from…