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Improve Reading Comprehension

5 Activities to Improve Comprehension Skills

April 26th, 2017 2017-04-27T01:09:02+00:00 2017-04-26T00:07:28+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Improve comprehension skills is the fifth component of reading instruction. Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, and use what you have read. Without comprehension, there is really no point to reading. Years ago I had a student that when she read aloud she sounded quite good. In fact, she sounded so good, I didn’t understand why I was seeing her. Then, I asked her questions about what she had read.

Improve Vocabulary

How to Teach and Improve Vocabulary

April 18th, 2017 2017-04-19T00:01:38+00:00 2017-04-18T12:00:28+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Improve vocabulary is one of the five components to teaching reading as well as improving reading skills. Vocabulary is a strong indicator of student success. Knowledge of words and word meanings is an important key to reading, speaking, and listening success.

What is Fluency? How to Improve Reading Fluency

What is Fluency? How to Become a Fluent Reader in 5 Minutes a Day

April 11th, 2017 2017-04-12T06:42:44+00:00 2017-04-11T22:41:25+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Reading fluency is the speed and accuracy of reading without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. In other words, a fluent reader has the ability to retrieve and read words automatically. Efficient readers are fluent readers. Multiple studies show that slow single word reading leads to both poor comprehension and frustration.

Dyslexia Treatment and Solutions

Dyslexia Treatment and Solutions

March 21st, 2017 2017-03-22T03:43:43+00:00 2017-03-21T12:00:25+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Best Practices for Dyslexia Treatment, Learning Disabilities, and Reading Problems. Best practices for improving reading skills also improve thinking and writing skills. Attention needs to be given to multiple areas to improve reading skills of those with dyslexia, learning disabilities, or those that have reading problems. Additionally, there is a hierarchy of instruction for improving reading skills. You will want to start with improving phonemic awareness and then incorporate phonics and fluency. As fluency starts to improve, you will add in the vocabulary and comprehension piece.

How the 5 Senses Impact How We Learn

How the 5 Senses Impact How We Learn

February 21st, 2017 2017-02-22T16:39:20+00:00 2017-02-21T19:31:52+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

The 5 Senses Impact on How We Learn – How we learn, how we intake information directly impacts our ability to succeed in school. Parents frequently email me or call my office looking for help for their child or teen. They don’t know why their child struggles in school. They just know that they do. Learn what impacts learning skills.

Reading Activity to Improve Reading Fluency

4 Easy Activities to Improve Reading Skills (Part 1)

November 29th, 2016 2016-11-29T21:30:49+00:00 2016-11-29T12:00:55+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are 4 easy activities to improve reading skills that take just a few minutes a day to improve reading. Reading drills to improve reading fluency in 5 minutes a day. Improve spelling and learn the 8 different spelling patterns we use to make words. Improve reading comprehension by playing a reading comprehension game.

Teaching Kids Decision Making

Teaching Kids Decision Making: Raising Thoughtful Voters

November 1st, 2016 2016-11-01T20:18:57+00:00 2016-11-01T16:17:33+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Election day is just around the corner. Many people have already started voting by absentee ballot. The debates, surveys, projections seem to be everywhere. That being said, how do we teach someone or as a student learn to be a thoughtful voter?
Whether we realize it or not, we actually vote on ‘stuff’ every day. A vote for something is a decision or choice about something. For example, if you are thirsty and you get a drink of water, the act of drinking water rather than juice, coffee, tea, or a soft drink is an ‘act’ of voting or choosing water.

Learning Disability Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is October

October 11th, 2016 2016-10-12T04:48:36+00:00 2016-10-11T21:56:33+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning Disabilities impact 15 to 20% of the population. The most common types of learning disabilities are in the areas of reading (dyslexia), writing (written expression), and math (dyscalculia). Attention problems such as ADHD, language problems, and behavior problems may co-occur with learning disabilities.

Learning Disabilities Symptoms in Older Students

Symptoms of Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities in Older Students

October 11th, 2016 2016-10-12T04:39:19+00:00 2016-10-11T12:10:39+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

What are the symptoms of dyslexia or learning disabilities in older students? This is a typical question that comes to my desk almost weekly. Sometimes these are calls from parents of 5th graders. More often than not, these calls are from parents or even principles of kids that are in 6th, 8th or 10th grade. Panic has set in because there is not much time before their kids will be in either middle school, high school, or completing high school. The hope is that it is not too late to do something about it.

How to Get Dyslexic and ADHD Kids to Love Reading

Reading Activities Help Dyslexic and ADHD Kids Love Reading

September 6th, 2016 2016-09-21T08:39:48+00:00 2016-09-06T20:55:49+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Reading activities and games are a great way to help your kids improve both their reading skills and their love of reading. When learning becomes fun in a relaxed atmosphere kids do better and their skills improve. Learning is a lot more fun when you are playing a game.

Improve Reading Comprehension with Family Field Trips

5 Steps to Improve Reading Comprehension with Family Field Trips

August 16th, 2016 2016-09-21T08:41:12+00:00 2016-08-16T12:00:08+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

By having a framework or structure to your family fields trips, you can drastically improve memory skills. If you do not have a bit of a structure to your trips, your kids are not as likely to remember the great things you have done as a family together. With these family field trips, you can improve your vocabulary, memory and factual knowledge base.

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Supplies for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

August 9th, 2016 2016-09-21T08:41:16+00:00 2016-08-09T12:30:39+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Can back to school supplies really help with school success? School success depends on a number of characteristics: willingness to learn, attending classes regularly, asking questions, being attentive, doing and turning in assignments. One thing that strikes me here is the doing and turning in assignments characteristic. Studies have shown that students tend to do well in school when they have the tools they need handy. So, what are some of those ‘must have’ tools? Are there any ‘secret weapons’ so to speak that will really help your child succeed?

Back to School Tips

6 Back to School Tips for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

August 2nd, 2016 2016-09-21T08:41:58+00:00 2016-08-02T12:00:49+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Back to school tips: There are specific things you can do to make learning easier for your child with dyslexia or ADHD. Start off by letting your child know that you do remember some struggles from last year. What can you do differently this year?

Summer Break Family Acitivities

As Summer Break is Winding Down, Get in a Few Family Activities

July 19th, 2016 2016-07-20T04:56:29+00:00 2016-07-19T22:17:43+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Summer break is winding down, but there is still time to have fun and bring your child’s skills up. There is nothing like taking the last few weeks of the summer and infusing in some extra fun while gearing your kids up for the new school year. This is especially important if your kids have any learning problems, dyslexia, or ADHD. Giving your kids the best start you can is one of the most important things you can do as a parent.

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Learning Challenged? Dyslexia? ADHD Kids? Help for Parents Is Here

January 20th, 2016 2016-01-23T05:24:42+00:00 2016-01-20T23:12:00+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning Challenged? Dyslexia? ADHD? Autism?

So many of our children are struggling in school. School work is hard, homework is hard. The arguments about homework seem to be never ending!

You just know that you want it to stop. You want learning to be easier for you son or your daughter. You may even know that 6 out of every 30 kids (average class size) has some sort of learning problem. The knowing of that is good, realizing you are NOT alone, but that doesn’t help to end the struggles.

Holiday Activities Reduce Stress Over the Holidays for Dyslexia and ADHD

December 5th, 2015 2015-12-05T02:29:05+00:00 2015-12-05T01:40:36+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Holiday Activities: Keeping my children engaged over the holidays can be daunting or it can be fun. I don’t like being stressed so I always think of a plan to keep everyone engaged in a variety of activities that can be done without a ton of running around. To that end, I have created the following list of family holiday activities. Each activity builds family comradery as well as learning skills.

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Reduce Holiday Stress…with 7 Holiday Activities for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

November 25th, 2015 2016-02-02T23:12:57+00:00 2015-11-25T01:56:11+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
ADHD or Dyslexia...Reduce Holiday Stress... Register for the FREE Webinar NOW! Learn 7 Holiday Activities for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids You know as well as I do...holiday time can be stressful for our learning challenged kids, especially those with ADHD or dyslexia. Did you know...there are specific things you can do to lessen your stress [...]

Back to School – Need Dyslexia, ADHD, Learning Challenged, Special Needs Help?

August 7th, 2015 2016-09-21T02:14:52+00:00 2015-08-07T20:00:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Back to school videos to improve spelling, reading comprehension, and reading fluency. Short activities really make the difference. Learn special techniques that help those with dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities, and autism learn with greater ease. 4 video lessons.

Back to School Tips, Back to School Sale, Back to School

Back to School Tips for Dyslexia

August 6th, 2015 2015-08-08T21:07:19+00:00 2015-08-06T22:47:04+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Back to school tips use neuro-science: Yes, with the neuro-science we know that this year can be different. We know that we make new neural connections each and every day of our lives. The trick is to make more and stronger connections so that learning can become easier, because it really can.

Back to School Transition

5 Tips for a Smooth Transition Back to School

August 4th, 2015 2016-09-28T08:06:04+00:00 2015-08-04T00:26:49+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

From bedtime routines to morning routines, the successful school breakfast and lunch, your kids will be off to a great school year. Read the 5 Tips to a smooth transition back to school and take advantage of the back to school special too.

Reading Comprehension Strategies

July 29th, 2015 2015-07-29T20:43:34+00:00 2015-07-29T20:43:34+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Reading Comprehension is the ability to gain meaning from what you read and then to use that information is some fashion…whether for enjoyment when reading a pleasure book or for information and knowledge when reading a text book or non-fiction book. Reading comprehension even comes into play when reading a text message on a smart phone or reading a Facebook post.

Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Symptoms

April 21st, 2015 2015-07-08T19:24:12+00:00 2015-04-21T01:33:07+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, are broad terms that cover a wide variety of problems with many possible causes, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes.

There are a lot of areas to look at for both learning disabilities and dyslexia, so it can be difficult to diagnose the specific causes. However, the National Institute of Health states that learning disabilities and dyslexia can be divided into three broad categories.

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Reading Help Is More Than Reading Comprehension

March 25th, 2015 2016-03-22T08:39:33+00:00 2015-03-25T22:43:34+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

You know your child is bright but you still have homework struggles. It seems like the struggles will never go away. There are a few things to check into when your child is struggling with reading. You need to become the detective. Their reading problems are typically due to more than reading comprehension problems. In fact, they can be due to one or more of the following reasons.

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Bonnie Terry Named International Go To Pro for Special Needs

March 17th, 2015 2015-03-25T23:29:51+00:00 2015-03-17T20:15:23+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

“When your student is struggling, we already know they aren’t reading, writing, or doing math at grade level. The key to improving skills is to determine why the problem exists,” states Terry. “For example, ninety-five percent of reading problems are related to visual processing problems, which are not tested for in most schools. There are specific activities and exercises you can do to improve areas that are problematic.”

Terry, a 40-year Learning Disability Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist, uses a three-pronged integrative approach to help students improve reading scores in just 20 minutes a day. She shares these helpful steps with parents…Read more

Dyslexia Program Helps Students with Learning Reading

November 11th, 2014 2015-01-23T03:14:52+00:00 2014-11-11T09:26:54+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET has put together over 40 years of experience as a learning disability, dyslexia, and ADHD specialist and designed a reading, writing, and study skills dyslexia program that you as parents can use with your kids to improve their skills. She teaches you every step of the way via video lessons. She also provides you with the books you’ll need to implement the program. The program was designed specifically with kids that struggle with learning reading. Some of the students successfully using the program have an identified learning disability or dyslexia, others are ‘falling through the cracks’ so to speak. Learning reading has always been a bit of a struggle. Others want to get a boost up.

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