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I tutor a lot of "little learners:" students K-6.  In order to keep my costs of materials and resources low but maximize the expanse of my creative lessons, I recently signed up for a membership to my local public children's library.  Although I do not have any children of my own, I stop in once a week to pick up several books for my students to use during our lessons.  They... read more

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All students should enjoy a healthy and joyful summer break. It's important to take breaks. But it's also important to hone your writing skills before the next school season begins in the fall.   I remember one of my writing teachers telling me a long time ago that the best way to learn how to write was to read. And he was right. In addition to practicing writing -- because writing is... read more

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Handwriting is a kinesthetic activity. Kinesthetic memory is thought to be the earliest, strongest, and most reliable form of memory within the human language learning experience.   Research results support the importance of learning handwriting, letter and word-forming skills activity as a factor in learning to read. Handwriting is thought to aid (spellers) in remembering orthographic... read more

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EX: New Feature: Spelling /ay/ at end of word, as in play or stay.   Engaging guided discovery using magnets. Teaching spelling for a sound unit that has more than one spelling option requires imprinting with specificity. Guiding the student in a discovery experience, rather than ‘talking’ an explanation can accomplish this.   For example: There are many ways to spell... read more

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i. Individual instruction: O.G. approach typically pairs teachers with students on a one to one basis.   ii. Diagnostic and prescriptive: As a warm-up and review at start of every lesson consisting of letters and sounds already taught: The process of learning to read goes from symbol to sound, thus symbol recognition must be the first drill segment engaged for instructional emphasis... read more

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Developmental dyslexia is characterized by an unexpected difficulty in reading experienced by children and adults who otherwise possess the intelligence and motivation considered necessary for accurate and fluent reading. Dyslexia is a specific languagebased disorder affecting an individual’s ability for acquiring proficiency with different language forms including reading, writing and spelling... read more

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I make it fun by: 1. starting with a couple of jokes 2. Giving them starbursts for working with me 3. Going to the treasure box once a week for doing homework 4. taking them places for rewards after 3,6,9, and 12 pages correct  3 is ice cream treat 6 is book 9 is a trip to the Library 12 is to the Governor’s Mansion 5. Having them set goals and working on the white bd one on one.  Come... read more

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With that in mind, here are five of the best ways to keep your child reading this summer: 1. Let your child choose what they want to read – or be read to – for 30 minutes each day. Children are much more likely to engage in material that interests them rather than materials that are forced on them. 2. Use language and reading opportunities throughout the day.  Talk often with... read more

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Hi! My name is Miriam.  I tutor some studetns from Ethiopia currently.  I have a little system.  If they do their homework for the week, they get a something from the Treasure Box.  These are basically trinkets from the Dollar Store.  I also, give a starburst for working with me each time.  Then, I have a reward system.  If they get 3 pages correct, they... read more

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