Guest Blog: AceReader Teaching Tips by Mike Downey – Part 2

[Editor’s note and disclaimer: Mr. Downey is a classroom teacher and ACT prep instructor with extensive experience using AceReader. After being a customer for several years and seeing first-hand how much AceReader was helping his students, he now works part-time in AceReader sales. His original version of the Teaching Tips was too long to fit … Continue reading “Guest Blog: AceReader Teaching Tips by Mike Downey – Part 2”


Guest Blog: AceReader Teaching Tips by Mike Downey – Part 1

[Editor’s note and disclaimer: Mr. Downey is a classroom teacher and ACT prep instructor with extensive experience using AceReader. After being a customer for several years and seeing first-hand how much AceReader was helping his students, he now works part-time in AceReader sales. His original version of the Teaching Tips was too long to fit … Continue reading “Guest Blog: AceReader Teaching Tips by Mike Downey – Part 1”


Stop the Summer Reading Slide

As the last of the school bells are ringing right now, kids are heading off to a summer that (they hope) will be filled with trips to the pool, picnics, sports, and vacations. Very few are thinking about reading and the need to keep up their hard-earned skills from the previous academic year. This leads … Continue reading “Stop the Summer Reading Slide”


Ways to Help Struggling Readers

Most of the fundamental reading skills are taught to students between grades 1 and 3. It is essential that the students grasp the concepts and develop strong skills at that time, as beyond grade 3, students don’t learn to read but, instead, read to learn. For students who struggle with reading, teachers find that they … Continue reading “Ways to Help Struggling Readers”


Guest Blog: Miriam Ruff, Reading Instructor and Content Developer, on the AceReader Program

[Editor’s note: This is the third in an occasional series of guest blogs from a variety of AceReader users.] I have always been an avid reader. Since the time I was three or four, I had a book in my hands, and I was reading by the time I was in kindergarten. During my elementary, … Continue reading “Guest Blog: Miriam Ruff, Reading Instructor and Content Developer, on the AceReader Program”


Guest Blog: Mary Willingham, Reading and Learning Specialist, on the AceReader Program

[Editor’s note: This is the first in an occasional series of guest blogs from a variety of AceReader users.] After college, where I earned a BS in Psychology, I worked in corporate HR for 15 years. Shortly before I turned 40, though, I decided that I wanted to teach, and I returned to school to … Continue reading “Guest Blog: Mary Willingham, Reading and Learning Specialist, on the AceReader Program”


Literacy Begins Early

A new report from Alberta, Canada indicates that fewer students are entering kindergarten each year with the necessary literacy skills to begin reading. As a result, according to Christie Watson, lead teacher of the Comprehensive Literacy program, only 78% of kindergarteners in the 2015-2016 school year were prepared enough to move on to Grade 1 … Continue reading “Literacy Begins Early”


Targeting the Young to Promote Adult Literacy

As part of the Development Lexicon Project study, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin are currently studying how words are read by people ranging from first-graders to seventy-year-olds. The researchers are focusing on three different characteristics of a word: its length, its frequency of use within the language, and its … Continue reading “Targeting the Young to Promote Adult Literacy”