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Reading Comprehension Improves with Graphic Organizers

4 Activities to Improve Reading Skills (Part 4 – Writing)

January 10th, 2017 2017-01-11T19:41:05+00:00 2017-01-10T12:00:25+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

One of the easiest ways to improve reading skills with writing is to use fill-in-the-blank graphic organizers. They make note-taking, paragraph writing, and essay writing easy. As a parent, I hated watching my son struggle with a writing assignment. He would stare what would seem like hours at a blank piece of paper. I’m sure you feel the same way.

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Improve Writing Skills Webinar Replay Is Available

February 15th, 2016 2016-03-16T22:25:30+00:00 2016-02-15T20:47:30+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Steps to Improve Writing Skills and Have Writing Skills in Place:

Be able to write three of the four types of simple sentences? (They should be doing this by 3rd grade.)
Be able to write a five sentence paragraph? (They should be doing this by 3rd grade.)
Be able to write a descriptive, narrative, or compare/contrast paragraph? (4th to 12th graders should be doing this.)
Be able to write a descriptive, narrative, compare/contrast, argumentative/persuasive essay (7th to 12th graders should be doing this.)

Complimentary Webinar — Improve Writing Skills in Just Minutes a Day (for students of all ages)

January 30th, 2016 2016-03-16T22:19:50+00:00 2016-01-30T22:27:20+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
HowToLearn.com is hosting a complimentary webinar to help every student improve their writing skills. Did you know that 73% of eighth and 12th graders are NOT proficient in writing? Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is sharing five techniques to improve writing skills in just minutes a day in this complimentary webinar on Feb 9th at 5pm [...]

Improve Writing Skills with English Grammar Game: The Sentence Zone

March 14th, 2011 2016-10-30T05:19:44+00:00 2011-03-14T16:46:53+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
Improve Writing Skills and English Grammar by Improving Sentence Writing For this activity, your children will understand how to improve their sentences, and they actually have fun doing it. The activity is one of expanded sentences. Bonnie walks you step-by-step how to start with a basic sentence and then expand it, one word at a [...]

Improve Learning Reading Skills Easily

October 30th, 2010 2010-10-30T12:19:41+00:00 2010-10-30T12:19:41+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Give Your Child a 2 – 4 Year Advantage Learning Reading and Writing Whether Your Child Has LD, Dyslexia, ADHD, or is Gifted… You know your child is bright but you still have homework struggles. You know how painful it is to see your child struggle or take forever to read their assignments. You just […]

Improve Learning Reading, Writing, Spelling, and Math Skills

October 28th, 2010 2010-10-28T13:01:01+00:00 2010-10-28T13:01:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

“FACT – It’s Not Too Late… Give Your Child A 2 To 4 Year Advantage in Learning Reading, Writing and Math In Just 20 Minutes A Day!” Does your child struggle with learning reading, writing, spelling, or math? Do they have reading comprehension problems? Do they understand their homework? Do they do their homework with […]

Improve Writing Skills with Specially Designed Graphic Organizers

September 28th, 2010 2016-02-25T01:10:20+00:00 2010-09-28T10:20:21+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Why Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Writing? Writing is the doing part of thinking. To create good thinkers we need to create good writers. One of the easiest ways to create good writers is to use graphic organizers. The use of fill-in-the-blank organizers helps to prevent the deer in the headlights look kids give you […]

Struggling With Note-Taking, Reading Comprehension & Listening Comprehension?

July 30th, 2010 2015-01-24T00:58:25+00:00 2010-07-30T13:32:47+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Bonnie, I found you through Youtube and am intrigued by the 10 Minutes to Better Study Skills! My home-schooled daughter is 16 and dual-enrolling in our local community college and currently in her first class. She is struggling with note-taking!  She also took the SAT in June and scored poorly in the reading portion, especially the “passage” […]

Help for LD, Dyslexic, ADHD Students with Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Spelling Skills

July 19th, 2010 2010-07-19T12:40:42+00:00 2010-07-19T12:40:42+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Parents want to help their kids improve their skills. That is a given as far as I’m concerned. All parents want the best for their children and when learning reading, writing, or spelling is hard they often don’t know where to turn. Parents often spend a small fortune seeking the help they need for their […]

Paragraph Writing for Kids Using Graphic Organizers

June 11th, 2010 2010-06-11T13:24:14+00:00 2010-06-11T13:24:14+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Paragraph writing can be daunting for kids, especially the first few times. Often teachers give an assignment to their students such as, “I want you to write a paragraph about…” Unfortunately many kids freeze up and just stare at their sheet of paper, unable to write anything. It’s not that they haven’t read a lot […]

6 Must-do Learning Games & Activities For the Summer

June 3rd, 2010 2010-06-03T16:48:26+00:00 2010-06-03T16:48:26+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Can you do your own summer learning program? Should you do your own summer learning program? Fact: More than half of the achievement gap present in 9th grade between lower- and higher-income children can be explained by summer learning loss. Make Learning Stick with learning games and reading fluency training over the summer. There are […]

Give Your Child a 2 – 4 Year Reading & Writing Advantage Today

February 24th, 2010 2010-02-24T20:50:03+00:00 2010-02-24T20:50:03+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

“FACT – Some Parents Are Giving Their Children A 2 To 4 Year Learning Advantage In Reading, Writing And Math In Just 20 Minutes A Day!” The alarming realization that your child is struggling at school, followed by frustration of not knowing why, and the “is there anything you can do about it” often leads […]

Poetry Writing Through the Colors: The Sentence Zone

February 9th, 2010 2010-02-09T17:54:37+00:00 2010-02-09T17:54:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Our kids often get assignments where they have to write a poem, and they often struggle with it. Poetry writing is not always the easiest thing to do, especially when you have LD, dyslexia, or ADHD. Even gifted kids can struggle with poetry writing. It doesn’t matter if you are homeschooling or in a public […]

Writing Problems, Dysgraphia, and Learning Writing Skills

November 11th, 2009 2017-02-16T01:27:17+00:00 2009-11-11T13:47:43+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

This comment was just left by trexpaddock after viewing the following video. I wanted to go into more detail for you on this post. It is difficult to tell if you don’t understand learning disabilities well, or are just ‘dumbing down’ the material to the point it becomes confused. Hi Trexpaddock, I do try to […]

Improve Study Skills and Note Taking With Graphic Organizers

September 4th, 2009 2016-03-22T08:45:47+00:00 2009-09-04T20:14:25+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Note Taking and learning study skills doesn’t have to be hard. I know you might be rolling your eyes at that statement, thinking:  “Right – Bonnie has got to be kidding!” But, I’m not kidding. I do know almost every time I used to ask my kids to take notes they dreaded it. In fact, […]

Dyslexia & LD Dysgraphia Problems

July 31st, 2009 2009-07-31T14:48:22+00:00 2009-07-31T14:48:22+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I just came across this article on dysgraphia and thought you might be interested in it: Dysgraphia and Sequencing “Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper” (National Center for Learning Disabilities [2006], found at LD Online). Those […]

Grammar Game Makes English Easy Whether You Have Dyslexia or are Gifted

July 9th, 2009 2016-10-30T05:24:49+00:00 2009-07-09T12:27:16+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
Parents often ask me what they can do to help their children improve their writing and grammar skills. Some of these parents have children that are gifted, some are average students, some are falling through the cracks, some have dyslexia, and some are even autistic. Even though the range of children runs from dyslexia to [...]

Writing Problems…What Is the Cause and What Do I Do About It?

June 9th, 2009 2009-06-09T15:17:09+00:00 2009-06-09T15:17:09+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I am always amazed at how many parents have asked me about how to address their kids writing problems. Writing problems usually occur at one time or another  whether you have dyslexia, an identified learning disability, or are even gifted. I think it is safe to say that at one time or another every student […]

Tips for improving sentence writing and grammar

May 29th, 2009 2009-05-29T18:04:23+00:00 2009-05-29T18:04:23+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

When I am working with a student who needs help learning how to write a sentence, to improve his sentence writing or to improve his grammar the first thing I do is pull out my Sentence Zone game. This is because it is a hands on game with color-coded cards.  Their retention of what I’m […]

New Study Suggests Writing Disorders Are Just as Common as Reading Disabilities

May 4th, 2009 2016-02-25T00:45:40+00:00 2009-05-04T16:47:07+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

This study was just reported on … thought you would be interested… May 1, 2009 (WLS) — Many parents know about reading disabilities such as dyslexia. But there has been little research into writing disabilities. Now a new study suggests writing disorders are just as common as reading disabilities and are most likely to affect […]

Helping Students Who Struggle to Write: Classroom Compensations

April 14th, 2009 2009-04-14T18:46:12+00:00 2009-04-14T18:46:12+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

LD Online just posted this interesting article from Educational Therapist Regina Richards. I thought you would enjoy it. By: Regina G. Richards (2008) I shake myself to stop daydreaming…Writing is definitely the worst task of all. It was just way too hard to remember all the things I need, like periods and capital letters. And […]

My 13 yr Old Wants To Just Read and Not Write, How Can I Help?

January 27th, 2009 2009-01-27T17:57:19+00:00 2009-01-27T17:57:19+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

My children are 11 and 13.  My 11 yr old has processing problems and my 13 yr old wants to just read and not write. Thank you, Theresa Today I’ll address the writing problem. Children are often fearful of writing. They think that their writing won’t be any good. This happens to most children at […]

My son was just diagnosed with CAPD. How can I help him?

January 7th, 2009 2016-02-25T00:49:34+00:00 2009-01-07T18:57:18+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Bonnie, My 8 yr old son was just diagnosed with CAPD.  I would like to know if the Reading Pack is appropriate for him?  Or if there are other more appropriate materials better suited to his specific disability. Thank you. Maricela A Hi Maricela, When your son or daughter is diagnosed with CAPD, ADD, ADHD, […]

Trouble Understanding What You Read? Part Two: The Game Solution

December 9th, 2008 2015-01-24T01:21:42+00:00 2008-12-09T16:45:40+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There is another solution to this that I use along with the Ten Minutes to Better Studying Skills. This solution can also be used very effectively at home, with a tutor, in a resource classroom, or in an elementary, middle school, or high school class. I have learned from years of experience and research that […]

Trouble Understanding What You Read? Part One

December 9th, 2008 2015-02-04T23:45:03+00:00 2008-12-09T16:11:26+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

But what about an answer if the reading problem is #3 (lack of language or vocabulary)? Writes J. K. Remember, there are 3 roadblocks to reading success. The third problem, lack of vocabulary or language can be addressed in a variety of ways. First, a recap on the 3 roadblocks: 3 Most Common Reading Roadblocks (whether your […]

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