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How A Child Learns To Read During Virtual School

Zalaunshae leaned close to the laptop camera, her oversize pink bows filling the computer screen. The teacher asked students to name characters in “The Enormous Turnip.” Zalaunshae raised her hand first.

This was second grade. The 7-year-old already understood the strange sound a “c” and “h” made when they sat next to each other in a word. She could speed through basic sentences. And she knew how to break down an unfamiliar, complicated word, snapping her fingers with each syllable. But that isn’t enough to be considered a strong reader in second grade. Now it’s about comprehension. Why, exactly, did the farmer struggle so much to pull that turnip? Who were the characters in the storybook?