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I’m interested in a couple of your products. Regarding the Spelling Sense book 1, what ages is this appropriate for? How are the words arranged and how many do you give weekly? I have tried a word family approach with my 9 year old ( just turned 9). He’ll do fine for that week and the next week, but after that he can’t remember them. Do you have any suggestions?
Also, we just found out he has a visual processing disorder and recently began vision therapy. We are doing vision therapy homework each day. I’m wondering about your “How to improve reading in 5 minutes a day” to see if that would help as well. Or I am thinking that maybe I should wait on it and focus just on vision therapy at the present time. What are your thoughts?
Hi Leah,The Making Spelling Sense book covers the 500 most frequently used words. That is a basic vocabulary for 1st - 3rd. The Making Spelling Sense II carries on from there and gets into prefixes, suffixes, and root words which is a 4th - 6th level. I would start with the first one to give him a solid foundation. There are about 10 - 12 words per list. The Five Minutes to Better Reading will actually augment the vision therapy you are doing as it also works on visual tracking at the same time as visual closure and fluency. You only do it for 5 minutes a day. Here is a link to a video where I'm using it with a student. How to Improve Reading in 5 Minutes a Day
I hope this has been helpful.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET
I was in a business class yesterday and this quote was discussed regarding business.
The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.
Quoted by: William Lever of Lever Brothers
Think about this. Isn't this also true of reading, whether you struggle with reading or not? If I change the word business to reading we have:
The conduct of successful reading merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.
There are simple things you can do every day or 3 days a week, never neglecting them, to empower your students to become successful readers.
Remember, there are 3 roadblocks to reading:
1. Phonetic problems
2. Reading fluency/visual tracking problems
3. Lack of language or vocabulary
Successful reading needs activities that are simple, done regularly, and never neglected.
addresses all 3 of these with simple activities that don't take a lot of time. The Sentence Zone game also builds vocabulary.
Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET
Board Certified Educational Therapist