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Student Spotlight: Leila early intervention student spotlight Feb 28, 2023

One of the best things about being a YokyWorks education specialist is that we have the opportunity to build relationships with kind and playful students like Leila, this month’s Student Spotlight.

Leila has loved her time with YokyWorks so much, she declared that if she could, she would...

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Early Literacy Milestones Jan 04, 2023

Because reading is not a natural process, it cannot be left up to chance. As reading expert Andrea DeBruin-Parecki articulates, “Learning to read is built on a foundation of language skills that children start learning at birth – a process that is both complicated and...

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Student Spotlight: Johannes C. student spotlight Dec 07, 2022

At YokyWorks, we are extremely fortunate to get to work with some of the most talented kids. As any of our education specialists will tell you, our students teach us just as much as we teach them. We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to one of our favorite YokyWorks kids -...

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Learning to Read: What happens in our brains when we read? Dec 07, 2022

Did you know that our brains are not wired for reading? According to cognitive neuroscientist Stanislas Dehaene, "Evolution never shaped the brain to read. No brain structures have been developed through evolution to make sense of written words." In fact, we have learn to...

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Reading Matters: Have you been "Sold a Story?" Nov 29, 2022

Only 35% of fourth grade students are proficient readers, according to the NAEP. That means that 65% of fourth graders in the united states are not reading at grade level. How is that possible? Because the dominant paradigm in education is based on disproven ideas about how children learn to...

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Student Spotlight: Katherine R. student spotlight Nov 29, 2022

Students who struggle to learn to read in kindergarten and first grade often experience anxiety, self-doubt, and fear of failure. When Katherine started our program in first grade, reading made her want to run and hide. Her parents were concerned that her struggle with reading...

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Ask Squiggles: Is My Child a "Late Bloomer?" Oct 05, 2022

YokyWorks students know him as Squiggles. Now he's here to answer your burning questions about reading development!

 

Dear Squiggles,

 My daughter just turned seven. While she knows her letter sounds and has some sight words, I noticed that she is very reluctant to read out loud....

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