Reading Lessons

Matthew Glavach

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April: Reading Lab

By Matthew Glavach

readinglessons_aprApril: For the month of April, we’ll continue looking at the differences between analytic and global learners and a suggested outline of resources to help each type of learner achieve their best.

I am presenting a reading lab, which has reading programs in a sequence from easier to more advanced. This is the best way to help beginning and struggling readers.

My many years of reading instruction and research have shown that children learn in different ways.  Some children learn best by going from the parts, as in phonics. Others learn best by going from the whole, as in stories. We call them global learners.  Children with dyslexia are often global learners.  The reading lab has a program sequence for both types of learners.

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In February I presented a map skills program.

The map skills activity helps students with reading, spelling, and map skills.

This month’s map skills activity package works on reading graphic symbols related to maps, reading, and spelling names of states, and gives students basic map skills in a fun format—all while joining Prospector Pete and his search for gold. It has been one of our most popular programs through the years. The map skills activity book introduces skills for naming streets, reading map legends, naming and spelling states, and using name-place index for locating specific sites.

Students enjoy learning about maps and states as they follow Prospector Pete in search of the gold mine.

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CONTACT ME I would enjoy hearing how the programs are working for you or if you have questions about how to use a program. You can email me at or through my website at I have several reading programs that you can download free at my website. “Listening to an expressive, meaning-filled voice can draw students into the magic of reading.” Happy Reading! Matt Glavach Matthew Glavach, Ph.D., teacher, researcher, and writer, has authored and coauthored over 40 educational programs, including Reading with Donny and Marie Osmond, an original music based reading program for younger readers, and research articles, including “Breaking the Failure Pattern” in the Journal of Learning Disabilities. More recent research articles include “The Brain, Prosody, and Reading Fluency” and “A Reading Strategy for Content Area Teachers, Parallel Reading Intervention” published with the National Association of Special Education Teachers. In 2005, his reading program Core Reading was among programs chosen by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NICHD, for a possible visit by First Lady Laura Bush. He is currently on the editorial board of The Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP) an online peer-reviewed journal committed to advancing the professional development of special education professionals. With his Northern California company Glavach and Associates, (, Dr. Glavach is committed to improving student literacy.