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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Often teachers presume their students know how to write a paragraph. They assign them to write a paragraph either in the classroom or at home and expect them to know how to do it. This makes paragraph writing difficult. Without specific instruction taught repeatedly, students do NOT typically know how to write a paragraph. Mastering any type of writing needs both practice and review, including review of the step-by-step instructions.