Using Visual Learning to Help Young Learners Build Literacy Skills

Elementary school teachers will have even more ways to use visual learning to help young learners build literacy skills with today's debut of "Kidspiration® in the Classroom: Reading Essentials." Launched closely on the heels of last month's release of Kidspiration 3, this new resource book includes 50 standards-based lesson plans designed specifically to support the K-5 reading curriculum. Created by Inspiration Software® Inc. for K-5 learners, Kidspiration 3 supports students in kindergarten through fifth grade as they strengthen reading and writing skills, build conceptual understanding in math and develop thinking skills across the curriculum.

Kidspiration in the Classroom: Reading Essentials, the newest addition to Inspiration Software's library of lesson plan books, includes lessons for grades K-2 focusing on early literacy and the essential components of effective reading instruction, including phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary and comprehension. Topics range from "Identifying Initial Sounds and Letters" to "Recognizing Color Words."

For grades 3-5, the lessons will help learners build vocabulary and reading comprehension and content literacy skills. Older elementary students will develop their vocabularies with lessons, such as "Contextual Definitions," and build reading comprehension abilities with lessons on topics such as "Literary Analysis." Many of the lessons in "Kidspiration in the Classroom: Reading Essentials" link directly to activities included in Kidspiration 3.

A 30-day free trial of Kidspiration 3 can be downloaded at Sample pages from "Kidspiration in the Classroom: Reading Essentials" can be downloaded at