Dr. Connie Hebert helps kids, parents, and teachers by helping them become experts at catching "the teachable minute" anytime, anywhere! My Teachable Minute Blog offers quick tips on how to engage with younger and older kids. Comments, questions, and reflections are always welcome . . . let's catch a million teachable minutes together!

Ever notice how kids who read well also talk well? Ever wonder why kids who pronounce words clearly also spell word correctly? Ever think about why kids who write well also reading well….and not necessarily the other way around?
Questions like these lead us to deeper understandings of complex processes.

Reading and Writing are complex, for sure! Consider the role of ‘talk’ when you are around kids. The more they talk, the more they practice using words. The more they practice putting words together into meaningful sentences, the more they learn the role of grammar and meaning. The better their diction, the better their spelling. Wow!

So…get kids to talk in the car, around the dinner table, at the bus stop, in a rocking chair, on a plane, at the doctor’s office, at the grocery store, at the laundromat, on the playground, and anywhere else you can think of. Talk, Talk, Talk…

Oh, and asking good open-ended questions (as opposed to yes/no questions), invites kids to talk more!!!


Comments on: "Why Talking Supports Reading" (2)

  1. Jeanne Tuthill said:

    Hi Connie! Just found out about your literacy work from your sweet mom! I was reading this blog post and thinking how beautifully it aligns with the work I do with students who need to use Augmentative and/or Alternative Communication (AAC). With this population, successful communication is often so closey tied to literacy skills. Without the literacy piece our AAC kids are not as independent or competent in their communication skills.

    • Thanks, Jeanne! She told me about your awesome work. So glad that my blog posts are helpful. You may find my some of my earlier posts on the 6 habits of falling readers, praising falling readers effectively, and the use of wordless books for building oral language and writing skills useful when working with your students. I would be glad to give a talk for your parents and staff any time. Feel free to contact me at
      dr.conniehebert@gmail.com. Thanks for your blog comments, Jeanne. Keep ’em comin’…we all learn from each other!

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