3 Steps to Improving Yourself and Your Reading Skills

As the New Year approaches, many contemplate New Year's resolutions. Resolutions usually involve setting goals to improve oneself in one or more areas. Many want to improve their education or get a better job. In order for this type of self-help to be successful, there are a few steps …
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Reading Activities - Book Club

Last Tuesday evening was our Neighborhood Book Club's potluck Christmas party, and I was reminded how grateful I am for this little group. I almost didn't join when invited a couple of years ago because my days don't hold much room for discretionary reading. But with reassurance that …
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Snowy Roads and Making a Difference

Waking up to wintry weather and snowy roads usually affects me with the desire to stay by a warm fire and hunker down with a great book. Road conditions here can be worthy of the anxiety they cause. I noticed this morning that despite that feeling I was still happy to come to work; the …
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Parent Education

When my husband and I have  found our children struggling with different needs we don't have the answers for or know what to do about, I sometimes feel reluctant to ask for help, even though I care very much. That is probably a common situation. We value our family's self-reliance, …
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Dyscalculia - What About Problems With Numbers?

We have had numerous parents and individuals ask about problems with numbers. Many who struggle with reading also struggle with math. Just as dyslexia refers to individuals who struggle with reading, dyscalculia refers to individuals of average intelligence who struggle with mathematical …
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Reading and Spelling Skills: The Mirror Processes

Yesterday a call came from someone who indicated he didn't struggle with reading or dyslexia, but had big trouble with spelling. He was frustrated that he couldn't put his thoughts on paper in any real form because his spelling was so limited. Since spelling is a mirror process of reading- …
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Intensive Support - Its Application in Teaching Reading

Today in browsing an article from an education publication, I came across the term intensive support having to do with aniticpating and responding to an expected flood of challenges with autism in the future. Having a daughter with special needs, (down syndrome), in our family, this term …
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Reading Fluency and Phonics Instruction

There is more and more emphasis on fluency as research shows that it is a necessary precursor to reading comprehension. In educational language, “fluency” is a buzz-word that gets thrown around with great weight.  What is fluency?  Reading fluency encompasses …
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Reading Programs Bring Life Changes

I have just spoken this morning with a sweet woman I'll call Joan, (not her real name), who feels embarrassed about her inability to read well. She wonders if there is any hope, because even a private tutor didn't make much difference for her. The tutor didn't use a reading program, I …
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Silent Movie Prompts Teaching Reading Reflection

A recent Friday night video at our house happened to be a 1929 oldie, "Wings" with Jack Powell. The cultural experience of watching a silent film is perspective-tilting to me. This particular Air Force story was to have happened in 1917. The clothes, cars, buildings and historical scenes …
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