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