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How Spelling Helps Reading Skills

4 Easy Activites to Improve Reading Skills (Part 2 – Spelling)

December 6th, 2016 2016-12-07T03:51:28+00:00 2016-12-06T12:15:27+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Improve reading skills and writing skills through spelling. One aspect of reading is called decoding – the ability to sound out words. Another aspect is called encoding – the ability to spell the words you hear. This decoding and encoding ability really go hand-in-hand. Your ability to sound out words you see and then spell words you hear incorporates both visual and auditory processing 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.

Family Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

November 23rd, 2016 2016-11-23T19:46:21+00:00 2016-11-23T08:03:50+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to spend time with your family. I’ll be with my kids, grandkids, and husband. This year we’ll be celebrating at our house. My children and 3 new grandchildren will be here. I’m so excited! We are getting ready with some simple Thanksgiving activities that will get both the kids and adults engaged in a great time. That makes for a happy mom and grandmom!

What motivates your child?

What Motivates Your Child?

November 15th, 2016 2017-02-28T22:28:22+00:00 2016-11-15T17:13:53+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Figuring out what motivates your child is a common problem that every parent faces at one time or another. I know for me, I often felt my kids should just be self-motivated to do their best on their homework. But, then I remember, they were kids. And then I remembered how it was when I was growing up. I often rushed through my homework to just get it done. I’m betting you are a lot like me and didn’t always do your best either.

Spelling and Visual Processing (Perception)

Visual Processing and Spelling

November 8th, 2016 2016-11-12T05:47:11+00:00 2016-11-08T12:00:43+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Difficulties with visual processing areas can affect spelling. Poor visual memory and visual discrimination skills lead to trouble with spelling.

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.

Halloween Math Activities

Halloween Activities Improve Math Skills… Spooky Thought!

October 25th, 2016 2016-10-26T17:50:16+00:00 2016-10-25T12:30:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are so many ways you can improve math skills while having fun on Halloween. Math concepts keep getting refined as you get older. However, these activities can be used at any age for fun learning and review. Remember, sorting and categorizing items is critical to learning math concepts. Classifying is the action of putting objects into sets based on common traits. You can even chart your results.

Spelling, Auditory Processing and Perception

Spelling and Auditory Processing

October 19th, 2016 2016-10-19T21:19:46+00:00 2016-10-19T00:38:57+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Auditory processing skills are foundational skills for both reading and spelling. Phonemic awareness and phonics are the first steps in learning to read as well as spell. Both phonemic awareness and phonics depend on the auditory system. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds – phonemes – in spoken words. Phonics is the ability to accurately relate an auditory sound with a visual symbol. This is exactly what we do when we spell.

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.

ADHD Sleep Problems

ADHD Sleep Problems and Learning

October 4th, 2016 2017-03-15T06:11:00+00:00 2016-10-04T12:05:33+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Whether you have inattentive type ADHD, hyperactive type ADHD, or the combination type ADHD, sleep problems often impact you. In fact, studies show that 50% of those with ADHD have signs of sleep deprivation at least a few nights a week.

Suspect ADHD Symptoms

ADHD Symptoms? Suspect ADHD? Diagnosed with ADHD?

September 27th, 2016 2016-10-05T01:27:28+00:00 2016-09-27T12:10:46+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

In order to be diagnosed with ADHD by a professional, the ADHD symptoms must have persisted for at least six months and have been present before the age of 12 years according to the DSM-5. The symptoms must also be severe enough to disrupt school, as well as home life.

Self-esteem, Executive Function, and Homework

How Homework Can Help Build Self-Esteem and Confidence

September 20th, 2016 2016-10-05T01:31:35+00:00 2016-09-20T12:00:12+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Kids need to feel like they belong, can contribute, and are needed. They also need to feel confident, have a sense of achievement, respect of self and others. Completing and turning in homework gives that sense of accomplishment. It improves one’s self-esteem.

Executive Function and Homework

Executive Function Skills and An Argument for Homework

September 13th, 2016 2016-10-05T01:32:58+00:00 2016-09-13T12:55:27+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Developing executive function is a key benefit of homework. Kids can and do learn these skills with short 15 minute assignments. They don’t get burned out or hate school if the total homework only takes 15 minutes. The detriment of homework comes in when daily homework is longer than that.

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.