Common Core Knowledge of Reading

Common Core Knowledge of Reading

It is my sincere desire that if you have a struggling reader or your child is beginning to learn to read you will read through this entire blog post. If you have been keeping up with the latest news in education reform you’ll most likely have “Common Core State Standards” buzzing around in your head. CCSS, a U.S. education initiative, is or will be affecting the way your children learn core subjects like reading and …

Back to School

Back to School

So summer is coming to an end, and your children are either already back, or are heading back to school. It could be that they are heading to school for the first time, changing to another school such as high school, or simply moving up into another year. The transition from home to school is always a transition for the whole family, no matter what age your children are. Summer is great family time, but …

The Bumps in the Road of Life

The Bumps in the Road of Life

I knew even in kindergarten something was different in the way I perceived and learned things.  I was a tactical learner.  Of course, I hadn’t a clue why or how I was like this; I just knew, somehow, I was different. Even at this young age I started to stress and have headaches and stomach aches.   Discovering I had to work 2 to 4 times harder than the other kids just to keep my head …

Fun games that support strong literacy skills

Fun games that support strong literacy skills

Keeping your child engaged whilst building their literacy skills is very easy if not pushed all the time. It has to be fun! Often, if a child is enjoying quality time with a person and having a great time, then they will not even realize that they are learning! * Using their favorite books and nursery rhymes teaches them the pattern and layout of words – makes it fun! My little one’s favorites are The …

Creating a Dyslexia Support System

Creating a Dyslexia Support System

From the time I was little, it was obvious I was different.  I had difficulty remembering left and right, and it was a mystery to me how other kids tied their shoes so effortlessly.  Velcro helped me hide my inability to tie my shoes, but there was no such invention to help me hide the fact that I could not read.  I tried very hard to see what everyone wanted me to see on those …

Overcoming Dyslexia’s Challenges: Five Famous Examples

Overcoming Dyslexia’s Challenges: Five Famous Examples

The International Dyslexia Association defines dyslexia as a learning disability that impairs a person’s ability to read, write and spell. Some dyslexics experience other symptoms such as trouble comprehending math, poor coordination or vision problems. Dyslexia is manageable and doesn’t have to hinder success in life, and this is clearly proven by the stories of famous, accomplished dyslexics who overcame their learning challenges and became household names through their achievements and talents. Here are five …

Using an Orton Gillingham Approach in the Home

Using an Orton Gillingham Approach in the Home

If you have a child who struggles with reading you will do everything you can to understand the reasons for your child’s difficulties.  You have seen your child’s frustration and have suffered alongside them as you yourself struggle to understand how to help them. In your quest to find answers you start to research the difficulties your child faces and begin to understand their disadvantage in reading (dyslexia, autism, audio processing disorders, etc.). That research …

YouTube Videos that Instruct & Inspire!

YouTube Videos that Instruct & Inspire!

A good majority of us would say that we are visual people. It is a safe assumption to make when statistics say that on average you will spend 2 minutes longer on this post because it has viewable video on it. Now, you might think this is unfortunate for a  blog whose main focus is on reading.  The truth is, video can be a very effective tool to help instruct someone on effective reading strategies  …

Rainy Day Books

Rainy Day Books

   With the Easter holidays looming at the end of the month, families budgets tight, and the weather unpredictable: one question on the lips of parents is what can we do on a rainy day at home? Books could be the answer, and if you can brave the outdoors for a library trip, then all the better – it’s free! The children’s book market is huge and there are so many titles to choose from, …

Multi-Sensory Instruction: Use it Effectively

Multi-Sensory Instruction: Use it Effectively

There are two great blog posts Reading Horizons has that explain the reason for multi-sensory instruction and how to properly apply a multi-sensory approach to teaching reading. Those two posts are: The Connection Between Vocabulary and Reading Skills and A Simple Strategy for Teaching Struggling Readers. Unfortunately, they are two separate posts and they are on our blog for schools and institutions, not The Reading Corner Blog. For this reason I’ve created this post and …

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