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Tattum Talks

Tattum Talks is a new series on reading and literacy hosted by LearnUp Centers. Each month Steve Tattum, LearnUp's Reading Director will address a hot-button issue in the field of reading and education. And it's totally free.
Tattum Talks #1: Why is my child struggling to read?
Is your child struggling with learning to read? Rest assured, it’s not your child’s fault.

In this 40 minute free recording of a Facebook live stream, Steve Tattum, creator of Tattum Reading and the Reading Director for LearnUp was in conversation with Steve Hagler, LearnUp's Executive Director. Steve T. explains why children have difficulty learning to read and what parents and educators can do about it. They also discuss why so many of American students struggle to learn how to read with the most common approaches used in the today's elementary school classroom and how to identify an effective reading program. LearnUp's reading program is grounded in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading, Steve T. explains how our approach differs from other reading programs using similar pedagogies.

Tattum Talks #1: Why is my child struggling to read?

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LearnUp homework and fluency techniques

Pressure Release

The Pressure Release Technique is one of the most powerful techniques used at LearnUp. It allows emerging readers to read outloud for extended periods of time without fatiguing. It is particularly helpful  for a child who has trouble transferring phonetic knowledge to reading. It measurably increases confidence in reading, as well as fluency.

Beat the Clock

Fun and challenging fluency builder.

Repeated Reading

This procedure develops sight vocabulary and fluency in reading. It should be done daily.

LearnUp demo phonics lessons

Consonant Sounds

How to teach the correct consonant sounds.

Vowel Tag

How to teach the vowel tag.

Hungry Rule

How to teach the Hungry Rule.

The Vowel Galaxy

How to teach the short vowel sounds.

Vowel Change

How to teach the Vowel Change.

The Bully Rule

How to teach the Bully Rule.

The Tattum Reading Series

Steve describes the Tattum Reading Series

How to pick a reading program

How to pick a reading program

Steve describes the main characteristics of effective reading programs using the acronym THUMB (Teach, Half, Understanding, Main Idea, Begin): Teach to the child, Half the period is reading and writing, how to begin with Understanding, Main idea is stimulating the word form area, how to Begin teaching to the child.

How to pick a reading program

Why you shouldn't not pick a sight word approach to reading if their word form area is not functioning.

Five Minute Demo Lessons for Teachers

5' Lessons: Baseball and Squares Games for Zoom

Steve demonstrates how to use the Baseball Game and Squares to get students to practice their sounds and breakdown nonsense words while having fun! Great energizers.

LearnUp reading starts

Download a pdf that outlines how we meet students where they are on the reading spectrum and move them to grade level reading.

LearnUp wants your child to learn to read and we are confident our approach will get them reading at grade level in a short period of time.

The pdf corresponds to LearnUp’s reading assessment which tells us which entry-level/start in our program is the best one for your child. Generally speaking, the lower the start, the more time it takes to get your child on track.

Keep in mind that starts are set by reading level, not by age.

Reading resources

Structured Literacy

Infographic of the components of a structured literacy program

National Reading Panel

Recommendations of the National Reading Panel (2000).

Audio & eBooks