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Parent-Teacher Conference Questions

Parent-teacher conferences are the perfect time for you to ask questions and to get a report from your child’s teacher. This year, this conference is even more important as so many of your children are back in school but might be still playing catch up from last year. This is your opportunity to discuss what you see at home,…

Auditory Processing and Spelling

What is Auditory Processing? Have you ever heard a new word and tried to spell it? Doing this helps you to remember the new word. The process of reading new words is much easier than spelling new words. Reading is the process of decoding. Spelling is the process of encoding. These are two sides of…

Vocabulary and Reading: The Connection

How are vocabulary and reading connected? To understand what you have read, you need to know the meaning of the words you are reading. Research tells us that vocabulary knowledge, including both oral and written vocabulary, is critically important for a child’s success in school (Kamil et al., 2008). That being said, each person has…

10 Spelling Activities for Any Word List

At-Home and Online Spelling Program with Phonics — Learn More Spelling activities can make spelling practice a bit more fun and can help with spelling problems. As we learned in our recent blog post, spelling problems can happen because of auditory and visual processing problems. These areas impact your memory of spelling words, phonics, and reading…

Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading comprehension strategies are a great way to improve your reading comprehension skills. Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, and use what you have read. When you use specific strategies, you make it easier to understand and remember what you have read. “Comprehension is now viewed as a much more complex process…

What Causes Problems with Spelling

Many children and even adults have problems with spelling. Spell check can often only get you so far. Sometimes spell check cannot even tell what word it is you are trying to spell. You may have even written a word that is a word, but not the word you intended to write. Poor spelling abilities…

Goal Planning for the New School Year

Executive Function, Goal Planning, and School Success Goal planning is one way to help set up your year for success. School success depends on executive function. Executive function is all about planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to, and remembering details. In order to succeed, you do need to be somewhat organized. You need to pay…

10 Back-to-School Supplies: The Ultimate List

What Can You Do to Get Your Kids Off to a Great Start for School Success? Having the right back-to-school supplies can make the difference between feeling prepared for the school year and not. They can help boost your kids’ confidence as they enter the school year knowing that they have the supplies they need…

Visual Discrimination and Reading

Visual Discrimination Visual discrimination is the ability to discern subtle similarities and differences visually. This is the process of seeing the details of what we are looking at. ​​What is the same? What is different? Shapes, sizes, and colors are details to be looked at. In regard to reading, when you see the details and…

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