Resources for Reading & Literacy

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On our latest episode of Let’s Talk About Reading & Literacy, Amanda Chavez and Tania Harrison are joined by Kelly Steinke and Kallie Schell to talk about reading, literacy, and how to identify reluctant readers vs readers in need of intervention. What are some ways to encourage reading? How can we incorporate more reading time? How is reading reluctance different from problems with learning to read? We tackled these questions and more with help from our guests. Here are some resources that they’ve recommended, as well as suggestions from other friends of Go Oshkosh Kids and some of our own team’s ideas.

Resources from Oshkosh Public Library

  • Family Storytimes for preschoolers, their grownups, and siblings 
  • High Hopes Early Literacy Storytime
    • Enjoy songs, fingerplays, stories, and movement while learning how to teach your baby or toddler the skills they will need to become readers.
    • Through May 25, 2022: 9:30 & 10:15
    • June 1 – August 31, 2022
      • Wednesdays 9:30 & 10:15 am 
      • Thursdays 9:30 am 
    • Registration, location, and updates
  • High Flyers Early Literacy Program & Take Home Kit
    • For children 6 months – 4 years old
    • Talk, sing, read, write and play every day with this self-paced at-home program.
    • Your free kit includes tips, examples, and activities for each developmental stage. 
    • Log activities on the included tracking sheets to incorporate literacy throughout your day and receive incentives along the way!
    • Accompanying YouTube playlist
    • Reserve a kit and find more details
Explorers Grove at the Oshkosh Public Library

How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

  • Reading Aloud – Start early and keep reading to them even after they can read on their own. 
  • Keep Books at Home – Having books, magazines, and newspapers around the house that everyone can enjoy makes reading a part of daily home life.
  • Choose Books Your Kids Will Enjoy – Check out award-winning books, share your favorites from childhood, and ask your children’s librarian for suggestions.
  • More information from Reading Rockets to grow lifelong readers.
  • Sharing the Love of Reading
READ Learning Educational Services

Dyslexia Resources & Information from READ Learning Educational Services

READ Learning Educational Services, LLC was founded in 2011 by, Kelly Steinke. READ is an educational service company that offers solutions to those affected by dyslexia, dysgraphia and other learning disabilities. Their learning center has a reputation for offering highly effective one-on-one private teaching interventions, using research-based approaches, in reading, spelling and writing. They are also known in the community for our dyslexia testing, courses/training in executive functioning skills, educational consultations and professional development training. READ Learning is located in Grand Chute and is open by appointment only.

Things to Know About Dyslexia

  • Dyslexia is hereditary. Children with a dyslexic parent have a 50% chance of being dyslexic.
  • Individuals with dyslexia often have superior strengths – visual-spatial skills, leadership qualities, athletic ability, musical aptitude, empathy, creativity and critical thinking.
  • Dyslexia affects 1 in every 5 people in America – that’s 20%.
  • Dyslexia is estimated to comprise 80% of all reading disabilities.
  • 40% of individuals with dyslexia also have a form of ADD.
  • Children are usually not identified as having a reading disability until the 3rd or 4th grade. This is past an optimal age for intervention.
  • Children can be tested for dyslexia as early as 5 years of age.
  • Dyslexia Defined
  • Characteristics of Dyslexia
  • IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

10 Tips on Dyslexia Testing from READ Learning

  1. Dyslexia screening is different from dyslexia diagnosis
  2. You do not need a dyslexia screening or diagnosis to pursue private teaching/tutoring.
  3. Public schools DO NOT test or screen for dyslexia.
  4. A pediatrician or general practitioner does not diagnose dyslexia.
  5. A child can be tested for dyslexia as young as 5 years old.
  6. There is no single test to diagnose or screen for dyslexia.
  7. No one should go through dyslexia testing unless dyslexia is very probable.
  8. Dyslexia testing is never covered by insurance.
  9. Carefully research before paying for dyslexia screening or diagnosis.
  10. A diagnosis of dyslexia will ensure specialized services in the school setting.

Full details about each of these tips

Characteristics of Dyslexia from READ Learning

  • Preschool & Kindergarten (PK &K)
    • Delayed language development
    • Left and right confusion
    • Late to choose a dominant hand
    • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
    • Can’t rhyme
    • Chronic ear infections
    • Difficulty remembering how to spell name, memorizing address and phone number
  • First – Fourth Grade (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th)
    • Delayed ability to connect letters to their sounds
    • Reverses letters and numbers
    • Cannot remember sight words
    • Poor fluency
    • Hard to read handwriting
    • Says the wrong words when speaking
  • Fifth – Eighth Grade (5th, 6th, 7th & 8th)
    • Continued difficulty with sounding out unfamiliar words
    • Oral reading fluency weak
    • Word problems are difficult in math
    • Written expression is weak
  • High School (9th, 10th, 11th & 12th)
    • Persistent reading difficulties
    • Continued difficulty with directionality
    • Poor grades or having to twice as hard as peers
    • Difficulty with foreign language
    • Misunderstanding information that is read
    • Trouble pronouncing common words
  • Full list of characteristics for all ages

Thanks again to our guests, Kelly and Kallie for joining us and sharing their knowledge and some of these great resources.

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