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“The ability to obtain meaning from print depends so strongly on sight word mastery”

National Research Council

Text Box: Hundreds of hours of research and development have lead to the invention of our patent pending WordsUp! Learning System.   In addition to speaking with experts in the field of education and special education, numerous interviews were held with classroom teachers, parents and children to identify and understand their needs.   Home and classroom trials of our patent pending learning process were also conducted.    Below is a list of available resources used in our research.  The vast majority of the quotes and references shared in this web site regarding reading skills development, curriculum and the level of early reading skills in America come directly from these resources.   If you seek a greater understanding of reading skills development and the important role sight word fluency plays in accomplished reading, begin with Starting Out Right.

Starting out Right, A Guide to Promoting Children’s Reading Success, National Research Council
Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, National Research Council
Teaching Children to Read:  An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and Its Implications for Reading Instruction, 
National Reading Panel
The Principal’s Guide to Raising Reading Achievement, Elaine K. McEwan
Accommodations for Success, Nancy Nichols, M.A., Firelight Books
The Mislabeled Child, Brock Eide, M.D., M.A., and Fernette Eide, M.D.
Overcoming Dyslexia, Sally Shaywitz, M.D.

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Recommended Reading Lists
List of Children’s Book Authors with Links
Lost Book Finder
Elusive Book Finder
Complex Book Search— Great for when you need a very specific book, such as one on Thai dancing written for a third grader.  Otherwise, look for general book recommendations from a site with a better user interface.
Library of Congress 
Children’s Library
Book Wizard— Cumbersome Database of almost 50,000 books.  No searching by use in schools, teacher recommendations or reader reviews.   

Search for books by grade level equivalent, age and guided reading level
Article on Grade Level Equivalency 
Grade Level Equivalent Book Finder
Children’s Library Book Search by Age
Proprietary Books Search by Guided Reading Level
Lexile Measure Book Finder
Useful Cross-reference for Reading Level Scales
Comprehensive Reading Level Resource Page
Leveled Books Database:  Guided Reading, Reading Recovery and Accelerated Reading Scales
National and State Reading Standards
National Standards
State Standards
Assessing Reading Fluency
Comprehensive Article Defining and Explaining the Importance of Reading Fluency
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Text Box: Two out of five students have trouble learning to read. 
National Research Council’s Committee for 
the Prevention of Reading Difficulties.

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