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Writing Sentences with Your Spelling Words

Tips for Writing Sentences (and Stories!) with Your Spelling Words

January 24th, 2017 2017-01-25T00:46:59+00:00 2017-01-24T23:26:48+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Most teachers assign spelling words homework at some point. The assignment may be to use their spelling words in sentences or to write a story using their spelling words. Both of these assignments can be daunting for a lot of kids. Read to find out what you can do to make these assignments easier.

Spelling Solutions

Spelling Activities Solve Spelling Problems

January 17th, 2017 2017-02-03T02:11:40+00:00 2017-01-17T23:57:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Spelling activities improve the underlying problems with learning spelling. Spelling problems are typically due to two different systems impacting your ability to spell, the auditory and visual systems. For example, if you hear a word that you haven’t seen multiple times and need to spell it, you will typically rely on spelling it by sounding it out.

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.

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 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.

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.

Learning Disabilities Help

Learning Disabilities Help for Your Child

August 29th, 2016 2017-08-19T00:29:34+00:00 2016-08-29T06:03:38+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning disabilities and ADHD impact between 15% to 20% of the population. That is 9 to 16 people on a street with 20 homes. That being said, according to the CDC, less that 1 in 3 children with ADHD receives both medication and behavioral therapy. And, students with learning disabilities earn lower grades and experience higher rates of course failure. Listen to find out what you can do to help your learning disabilities kids improve their skills.

auditory processing kid activities

Auditory Processing Activities for Kids

July 26th, 2016 2016-11-07T17:55:41+00:00 2016-07-26T00:43:31+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Auditory processing is critical to learning whether it is learning to speak, read, write, follow directions,and math. We know that kids with reading problems usually have weak auditory processing skills. If a child has problems with auditory processing, it is often because of a weakness in phonemic awareness.

Rapid Automatized Naming (RAN)

What is Rapid Naming? How does it relate to reading and dyslexia?

July 12th, 2016 2016-09-29T20:43:53+00:00 2016-07-12T18:40:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Children that struggle with rapid naming, dyslexia, or learning disabilities typically perform more slowly on tasks that deal with the speed of processing. So, when helping a child with dyslexia or learning disabilities, we also need to help them improve their processing speed.

rhymth band sand blocks

How to Make Homemade Instruments

June 21st, 2016 2016-06-22T00:44:11+00:00 2016-06-21T07:00:55+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Summer time is here, the perfect time to explore and make musical instruments. You can use cans or boxes with strings, rubber or leather, etc. to make them.

fun family activities, prevent the summer slide

3 Steps to Prevent the Summer Slide

June 14th, 2016 2016-06-15T00:56:48+00:00 2016-06-14T04:40:10+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learn 3 simple to do activities that prevent the summer slide. Your child doesn’t have to lose 2 to 4 months of learning. They can even gain that instead with 3 simple activities.

Summer Reading: Top 5 Books to Read by Grade Level

Summer Reading List: Top 5 Books to Read by Grade Level

June 5th, 2016 2017-05-19T09:21:26+00:00 2016-06-05T01:04:50+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Have a summer reading plan for the lazy, hazy days of summer. Kids should be reading on a daily basis. This can happen for 15 to 30 minutes after lunch, before swimming, or before bed. Kids should be reading pleasure books at one to two levels below their grade level so they are easy to read. Get the top 5 books to read this summer too.

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Mother’s Day Family Activities Improve Memory Skills

May 3rd, 2016 2016-05-03T22:44:14+00:00 2016-05-03T22:27:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Family activities improve memory skills. So many kids have trouble remembering what they have read or watched or have done. Learn what you can do to help them improve memory skills.

Learning Disabilities, Parenting, ADHD, Dyslexia

Parenting Help for Learning Challenged Kids: The Behavioral Shift

March 30th, 2016 2016-04-05T03:42:25+00:00 2016-03-30T08:11:55+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of trying to force your child to fit into their environment, you could learn ways to make their environment better meet their needs? What if instead of looking at rules and behaviors as fixed, we started to look at the growth your child is making? We are excited to [...]