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Reading and Spelling: Decoding and Encoding

How are Reading and Spelling Connected? Reading and spelling are two sides of the same coin. In order to do one part well, you need the other part. In order to read, you need to decode (sound out) words. In order to spell, you need to encode words. In other words, pull the sounds apart…

Summer Loss of Learning and COVID-19

Is Your Child Behind? One of the most heard concerns from parents is that they worry that their child is behind. In fact, summer learning loss during COVID-19 is something we should all be aware of. You know as well as I know how your kids have struggled this year with the school’s partial or…

Mind-Body Connection: Movement and Learning

How does the mind-body connection affect overall learning skills? Most of us don’t think about learning skills in conjunction with the mind-body connection and movement. However, the mind-body connection and movement are very important to your ability to learn and master reading skills. The brain and body work together as a machine, one designed to…

10 Best Practices to Improve Reading Comprehension

When you use best practices for improving reading comprehension, it is easier to understand what you have read. Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, and use what you have read. Continue reading to discover 10 best practices to improve reading comprehension.

Sleeping Tips and Solutions for Sleep Problems: How to Adjust to the Time Change

Table of Contents OverviewSleep Problems and ADHDSet Up a Bedtime Routine8 Sleeping Solutions and Tips5 Tips for When You Wake Up Overview Sleep problems can affect all of us and are especially difficult with the time change. Sleep is critical for our minds, memory, learning, and development. While you are sleeping, your brain organizes information,…

Parent-Teacher Conference Questions

Parent-teacher conferences are the perfect time for parents to ask questions and to get a report from their child’s teacher. This year, this conference is even more important as so many of your children are doing school virtually, either fully or partially. This is your opportunity to discuss what you see at home, as well as what the teacher…

How to Learn to Spell: Best Practices Guide

Learning how to spell can be difficult. Even adults can have problems with spelling. When you follow the best practices to teach spelling, it makes learning to spell that much easier. In the following e-book, we share the 7 fundamental strategies of an effective spelling program. These aspects are directly aligned with the Orton-Gillingham method…

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids

Holidays like Valentine’s Day are perfect to reinforce learning skills with activities, crafts, and games for kids. It is one of our favorite days of the year. Valentine’s Day is a time of love and reflection on our family relationships and friends. We have 3 simple activities that you can do with your kids this…

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 be able to understand what you have read, you need to know the meaning of the words that 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…

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