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Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers
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Back to School Tips for Structured Literacy Teachers

Late summer means cooler evenings, and back to school. Even for the most seasoned teachers, back to school this year presents many new challenges. Nerves and uncertainty dull the shine of freshly sharpened pencils and new sneakers. The excitement of seeing friends is confused by social distancing requirements, separated cohorts, and face coverings. And holding…

8 Tips If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by Teaching Online
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8 Tips If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed by Teaching Online

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by teaching online, you are NOT alone. It IS overwhelming. Your planning make take longer. There’s technology that may be new to you. Your emotions towards teaching may be a very mixed bag. Let me tell you. Every feeling you have is valid. Recently, I reached out to Nancy Young. You…

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Practical Tips for Orton-Gillingham Lessons When Tutoring Online

We are certainly living in challenging times right now. For our students with dyslexia, the specialized instruction they get through Orton-Gillingham lessons is extra important. Many students may not be getting the literacy support throughout their day that they would in a school setting. With a little creativity and flexibility, it is possible to deliver…

Tips for Monitoring Your Orton-Gillingham Lessons
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Tips for Monitoring Your Orton-Gillingham Lessons

  Want to learn how to monitor your orton gillingham lessons? Here are some useful tips. The data-driven world of education can sometimes feel overwhelming. But with the tips I have for progress monitoring, the task isn’t going to feel so daunting. Is it important for you  take some time to consider progress monitoring? Yes!…

Seven Tips for Success When Starting with New Orton-Gillingham Students
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Seven Tips for Success When Starting with New Orton-Gillingham Students

 7 Tips for Getting Off to a Great Start with a New Student When parents come to me seeking help for their child, very often it is the child’s emotional well-being that has been the final catalyst to seek tutoring. Struggling readers often begin to think of themselves as “stupid” and their overall self-confidence and…

The Top Ten Books About Dyslexia for Parents and Teachers
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The Top Ten Books About Dyslexia for Parents and Teachers

    Whether you are a parent of a child with dyslexia, an adult that has dyslexia, a tutor or interventionist that works with children with dyslexia or a classroom teacher that has students with dyslexia in your class, there is one thing that we all have in common. We need to actively seek out…

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The Top Five Tips When Looking for An Online Reading Tutor

  The Top Five Tips When Looking for An Online Reading Tutor   Please welcome, Ann Mitchell from Learning, Literacy and Family to my blog today! Do you have a child who struggles with reading? Is there constant resistance when you are trying to help? The only thing you wish is that you had a…

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6 Tips for Introducing Dyslexia to Your Child in a Positive Way

6 Tips for Introducing Dyslexia to Your Child in a Positive Way         I am so thrilled to have Amy share tips for dyslexia advocacy with you today. Thank you so much Amy, from Mamabearmoms.com for sharing your expertise!  When parents think about dyslexia, they tend to focus on the negative because, let’s face…

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Top Five Tips For Communicating With Families of Children With Dyslexia

      The Top Five Tips For Communicating With Families of Children With Dyslexia Imagine you are a parent who has a meeting with her child’s teacher. Arriving at the school, she arrives in the office five minutes early for the appointment. The secretary directs her to sign in and take a seat. Suddenly,…

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Seven Things Parents Would Like Their Child’s Pediatrician To Know About Dyslexia

Seven things parents would like their child’s pediatrician to understand about dyslexia You trust your pediatrician with your child and for most things, they are the best resource. They can tell you if your child is growing well, if their diet is healthy, and they are there when injuries or accidents occur. Sometimes, however, there…

Part Three: MORE Children’s Books About Dyslexia
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Part Three: MORE Children’s Books About Dyslexia

October is Dyslexia Awareness month. Dyslexia Awareness Month has two big goals. One is to educate people with the facts about dyslexia. What is dyslexia? How is it best remediated? What are the signs? The other, and perhaps more important part of this campaign, is the social and emotional side of dyslexia. We strive to…

Explicit Instruction of Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

Explicit Instruction of Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers

There are a variety of reasons why students struggle to develop reading and writing skills, and many of these students need explicit instruction in foundational skills such as phonics for decoding and spelling, automatic fluent reading skills, and basic text structures. However, the ultimate goal of reading is to comprehend, which is why teachers can’t…

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5 Steps You Should Take to Help Your Dyslexic Child Thrive

(This post contains affiliate links.)    Hello everyone! As a teacher working with children with dyslexia, I grow a special bond with each child I work with as the years pass. It’s a unique relationship when you use the Orton-Gillingham approach. I learn a great deal about each child through the teacher lens, but it’s…

The Benefits of An Orton-Gillingham  Practicum
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The Benefits of An Orton-Gillingham Practicum

The world of Orton Gillingham training programs can be a bit confusing for those who are new on the scene. Although there are numerous training programs that are based on Orton Gillingham, what is sometimes referred to as “straight Orton Gillingham” is not a program, but a group of principles underlying the practice of teaching…

Children’s Books About The History of The English Language
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Children’s Books About The History of The English Language

At some point in their learning, you may hear one or more of your students shake their heads and ask, “Why is English so difficult?” or “Who made up this crazy language anyway?” Or perhaps you have found yourself having the same thoughts as you try to help struggling readers and writers understand the complex…

How To Help Younger Students Build Phonemic Awareness Skills
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How To Help Younger Students Build Phonemic Awareness Skills

Phonemic awareness might be one of the most important, most talked about, and most misunderstood aspects of literacy. Some of that confusion stems from the similarities and differences between phonological and phonemic Awareness. They are very much related, but not interchangeable. If Phonological Awareness is an umbrella that covers skills, those skills include hearing words…

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love
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The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Great Learning Games Your Kids Will Love

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is here! Many families have rediscovered the fun of family game night. From board games to card games to jigsaw puzzles, the joy of off-line fun has helped to bring families together. Not only are games fun, but they can also be educational. If you are…

Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning
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Ways To Support Children with Dyslexia During Distance Learning

During these strange times we live in, many of us are wearing multiple hats. Parent, employee, teacher, student, educational guide. If your child is doing hybrid or remote schooling, then it is highly likely that some adult in your household is overseeing your child’s learning. For children with dyslexia and accompanying challenges, this style of…

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How to Explain Multisensory Instruction to Families

When you’re the parent of a child with a diagnosis like dyslexia can be overwhelming. Relief over finally having answers and a plan for helping your child can swiftly turn to a feeling of being unprepared. Parents find themselves faced with an abundance of new information, unfamiliar terms in both legalese and “teacherese” and overwhelming…

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How to Keep Active Students Engaged During Distance Learning Sessions

During these challenging times, you may be adjusting to distance learning. You may be learning how to teach virtually and communicate through a technological intermediary. In addition to the learning curve, there are additional factors that make online learning challenging for you and your students. The increased screen time for many children can be overstimulating….

Navigating the Emotional Response to School Closings
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Navigating the Emotional Response to School Closings

Our world just got bigger and smaller all at once. It’s hard to imagine that a little over a week ago we were preparing for spring break. Now we are dealing with navigating the response to school closings. The carefree energy that comes with springtime has been clouded with a mist of uncertainty. This has…

Is It AU or AW: Spelling Strategies For Vowel Teams
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Is It AU or AW: Spelling Strategies For Vowel Teams

The spelling generalizations for vowels really are cumulative. Although it may take a lot of practice for your students to internalize them, an understanding of the principles at work is very important. As your students continue to learn less frequent vowel teams, they will need to draw on their knowledge about other vowel teams and…