February 10th, 2014 | Tags:

Does Rapid Naming Have Anything to Do With Dyslexia Symptoms?

rapid naming, dyslexia symptoms, reading fluencyreading strategiesIn a word, yes, rapid naming directly impacts dyslexia symptoms. The ability to process information quickly directly impacts reading success. Problems with rapid naming lead to slower processing speeds. Two of the questions experts always ask regarding dyslexia symptoms is: “Does your child take too long to do their work? Do they skip or repeat words when reading aloud? These two questions are directly related to the ability to quickly retrieve information.

What Is Rapid Naming and Why Is It Important?

Studies have shown that children with reading deficits perform more slowly than children without reading difficulties on tasks that measure speed of processing. Almost three decades of research with the Rapid Automatized Naming Test (RAN) have demonstrated that the majority of children and adults with reading difficulties have pronounced difficulties when asked to name rapidly the most familiar symbols and stimuli in the language: letters, numbers, colors, and similar objects. This ability of automatically rapid naming is another aspect of phonologic processing. It is the phonologic access, the ability to retrieve easily and rapidly verbal (phonetic) information that is held in one’s long-term memory. This ability to retrieve the stored information rapidly is directly related to the type of process that one goes through when they are reading. A child or adult must be able to access and retrieve the stored phonemes and/or word or word chunks that are stored on their memory at a quick rate in order to make sense of the written word.

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Difficulty with rapidly automatically naming a series of objects, numbers, letters, or colors shows that reading difficulties are not just a difficulty with the phonological process (phonemic awareness). When the phonological component was taken out of the test, the speed-of-processing or accessing the information emerged as a stronger predictor of reading performance than phonological awareness tasks were.

From these studies we can conclude that there are several areas that need to be addressed when working to improve reading skills. Phonological awareness and processing is one subset of the multiple processes involved in reading, but it is not the only process involved. Visual naming of objects, letters, numbers, and colors represents an array of other skills that are involved with successful reading. These other skills include attentional, perceptual, conceptual, memory, lexical, and visual sequential processing.

Snyder and Downey (1995) report from the Denver Reading Study that the accuracy rates of those with reading difficulties and of those with normal achieving readers were not significantly different. The only significant difference noted was the reaction time and production duration; the readers with reading difficulties has significantly longer reaction times and production durations.

Solutions to Reading Fluency and Rapid Naming

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The good news is that rapid naming practice alleviates several dyslexia symptoms quite rapidly.  Studies from the University of Fl have shown that short sessions are over a period of several days are more effective than long sessions.

Stay tuned for Part 2: Dyslexia Symptoms Can Be Impacted by Two Separate Processes

 

Improve Reading and Writing Skills with Family Activities

family educationThe Nation’s Report Card shows most school-age kids reading below grade level, which is a huge problem for learning.  Fortunately, there are some simple solutions available to families to help their children read as well as they could, should, and can.

I know that when your kids are struggling with reading, life is more difficult than it needs to be, both for them and for your whole family. You may even be losing sleep not knowing what you can do to help your struggling reader.  What if you could do some simple family activities to improve those reading skills?  Your whole family education would improve, because when one or more of your kids struggles, life becomes hard for everyone.

Quick Family Activities Can and Do Improve Reading and Writing Skills

I get calls on a daily basis from parents all over the world wanting to know if there is something they can do to help their kids improve their reading and writing skills. I’ve been teaching kids how to improve their skills for well over 35 years. But this is a big problem and not just local. So after so many calls, I realized that I needed to do something to help parents help their kids themselves. So, after much thought, I’ve put together a 12 week step-by-step mp4 video and mp3 audio lesson program that teaches you precisely how to improve both reading skills and writing skills for your children. The lesson activities will help your kids become proficient with reading and writing. This program includes 3 live calls with me, Bonnie Terry, where you can get individual support and answers to your questions.

Two example family activities are below.

What Parents Say…

“Our lives changed once we started working with Bonnie! She is the answer to our prayers! My daughter made gains I had thought were impossible for her to make!”

Kim Elliott

“If your child is struggling, give Bonnie a call… doing what she says WORKS! The activities are EASY and really made a difference!”

Rick Palletto

Who Is This Family Education Program For?

reading skillsGeared for first grade through adult, this Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Program is designed specifically for struggling learners who are falling through the cracks: kids with dyslexia, ADHD, learning challenges, Autism, or even gifted learners who just take too long to do their homework.

Filled with simple activities that are easy for anyone to implement in just 15 to 20 minutes a day, this online ASW program was designed using proven, research-based techniques, strategies, and methods to improve reading, writing, and study skills.

Two Examples of the Numerous Family Educational Activities in the ASW Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program

family activities, family education, reading skillsThe first activity I’ll describe is an individual activity that you can do with your son or daughter in just 5 minutes several times a week, to get tremendous results. If you are an adult, you can do a variation of this activity by yourself, to improve your own reading skills. The second activity is a whole family activity that improves writing, comprehension, and memory skills.

Activity 1

reading fluencyWe use our Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills to improve reading fluency. This is the number one  activity that parents can do to help their kids improve reading skills.  And yes…it only takes 5 minutes a day.  In fact, research has shown that working 5 minutes every day gets better results than 30 minutes fluency practice three times a week.   The short, daily practice done on a regular basis makes the difference.

This graphic shows the improvement from using Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills on a regular basis. You can see the words per minute rising (in blue) and the mistakes per minute falling (in red).  Use this easy activity to help your child improve reading fluency.

Activity 2

10 Min with Field Trips with a twist

Many of your regular activities and outings  can also be used for learning.  When you go to the store or the park with your kids, be observant. Look at the surroundings, look at the colors, shapes, sizes, items or/and people you see. Talk about them. Did you see the…? Think about the first thing you did and the last thing you did. What was the first item you bought? Did you find everything that was on your list? THEN, when you get home, as a family, write down what you did and what your favorite part was…Use the graphic organizer fill-in-the-blank forms from our Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills; this book will make this very easy. Then, put your ‘stories’ about your trip into a family memory book. This activity builds comprehension, writing, reading, auditory memory, and visual memory skills.

You can learn how to turn family activities into fun learning activities that improve reading, writing, and study skills! It is the process that we use that makes the difference. The step-by-step instruction  in the video lessons makes the difference and ultimately improves the skills.

The Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program Includes the
Following Lessons and Materials…


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Find out more about the Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program and Enroll Today.

 

Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a Learning Disability Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Education. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, and address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s Awaken the Scholar Within Programs and her books, games, and guides at BonnieTerryLearning.com Terry is an expert with fun learning activities for those with learning challenges.

 

 

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Using Colored Overlays Can Help Overcome Dyslexia Symptoms

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Learning to read’ is a bit more complicated than those three words imply.  The process of reading is involves many skills:  perceiving the written symbols, recognizing that the symbols for letters have meaning and what sounds they represent, decoding them, and then at that point, applying language background, reasoning abilities, and intellectual abilities to finally assign meaning to the sets or groups of symbols (letters in each word).

 

What can you do to this process of learning to read to make it easier for kids who struggle with dyslexia?

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Today, I want to describe one facet of a two-pronged approach we use to to help kids with dyslexia improve their reading and learning skills. We begin by investigating some physical effects that can happen with reading challenges:

Start By Asking These Questions:

  1. When you read, is it comfortable or is it painful?
  2. Do you get headaches from reading?
  3. Do you get nauseous?
  4. Do you get sleepy or drowsy from reading?
  5. Do the words seem to move?
  6. Are the words blurry?

Anyone reading for hours on end or working at the computer extensively can experience tired and strained eyes. I know I do! So if that happens for many of us -  just using our eyes for reading extensively, you can bet it happens for kids with dyslexia symptoms who struggle with reading.

Here is where a specific tool I’ve found over the years comes in. I have used colored overlays to help address dyslexia symptoms with many of my students.

 Reading FluencyColored overlays:

  1. Make it more comfortable for you to read.
  2. Help your eyes to be in a more relaxed state, making reading easier.
  3. Reduce distortions of print that some with reading problems face
  4. Improve reading stamina
  5. Improve comprehension, because you are able to read more text and make connections in one sitting

 

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Pairing the use of colored overlays with Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills actually improves reading fluency faster than without using the overlays. Use of overlays often allows a struggling reader to perceive words on the page more consistently.

My favorite colored transparencies are of the highest quality. They are thick and sturdy vs. most others that are thin and break easily. These can also be cut into smaller sizes to use with smaller books.

Five Minutes to Better Reading SkillsUsing colored transparencies in conjunction with the Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills gives you the advantage of using a quick system that improves reading fluency, in only 5 minutes per day.   You can also see your daily progress using the included scoring mechanism.

Bonnie Terry

Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a Learning Disabilities Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, and address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s books, games, and guides at BonnieTerryLearning.com. Terry is an expert with quick learning activities for those with learning challenges.

Can Family Activities Improve Reading and Writing Skills and Family Education Too?

reading skillsUnfortunately, most school-age kids are not reading as well as they could, should, and can.  In fact, currently, in the U.S. we have nearly 7 out of 10 students not reading at grade level. This becomes a major problem! But there are some simple solutions available to families to turn that around.

I like to think of these activities as improving family education in general because when one or more of your kids struggles, life becomes hard for everyone. So, as you start addressing the reading skills, the whole family benefits.

Simple Activities Can and Do Improve Reading and Writing Skills

You know as well as I do that when your kids aren’t reading as well as they should be, life is more difficult than it needs to be. But, what if you could do some simple activities that would turn that around? Yes, it is possible!

Below are 2 examples of the many activities that come with our 12 weeks of step-by-step mp4 video and mp3 audio lessons to guide you and teach you exactly how to improve reading skills and writing skills.  Your kids become proficient with reading and writing as you do the activities that are in the lessons. This program includes 3 live calls with me, Bonnie Terry where you can get individual support and any questions that you may have answered.

What Parents Say…

“Our lives changed once we started working with Bonnie! She is the answer to our prayers! My daughter made gains I had thought were impossible for her to make!”
Kim Elliott

“If your child is struggling, give Bonnie a call… doing what she says WORKS! The activities are EASY and really made a difference!”
Rick Palletto

Who Is This Program For?

reading skills, family educationAnd the good news is, this 12 week Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Program is available online.  Bonnie Terry states, “I especially designed this program for struggling learners that are falling through the cracks, those kids with dyslexia, ADHD, learning challenges, Autism, or that are even gifted and just take too long to do their homework. Yes, even gifted kids often struggle unnecessarily.” This ASW Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Program is for 1st grade through adults.

This ASW program was designed with proven, research-based techniques, strategies, and methods to improve reading, writing, and study skills. It is filled with simple activities that are easy for anyone to implement  in just 15 to 20 minutes a day.

The first activity I’m sharing with you today  is an individual activity that you do with your son or daughter in just 5 minutes …and even doing it just several times a week gets tremendous results. The second activity is a whole family activity that improves writing, comprehension, and memory skills.

Two Examples of the Many Family Education Activities in the ASW Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program

Activity 1

reading skills, family activitiesImprove reading fluency using the Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills. Yes…it only takes 5 minutes to do! In fact, research has proven that 5 minutes a day gets better results than doing 30 minutes of fluency practice three times a week. It is the 5 minutes a day practice done on a regular basis that makes the difference.

This graphic shows the improvement from using Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills on a regular basis. You can see the words per minute going up and the mistakes per minute going down. This reading fluency activity is one of the easiest and best activities a parent can do to help their child.

 

Activity 2

reading skills, family activitiesAs a family…take field trips with a twist…take a weekly trip …to the zoo, a local park, the pool, the river, a local factory…and afterwards as a family write down what you did and what your favorite part was…use the graphic organizer fill-in-the-blank forms from Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills and create a booklet to keep for all of your weekly trips. This activity builds writing, comprehension, auditory memory, and visual memory skills.

 

Learn how to turn family fun activities into learning activities that improve reading skills, writing skills, and study skills and have fun doing it!

The Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program Includes the Following Lessons and Materials…reading skills

Find out more about the Awaken the Scholar Within Reading, Writing, & Study Skills Program and Enroll Today.

 

Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a Learning Disability Specialist and Board Certified Educational Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Education. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, and address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s Awaken the Scholar Within Programs and her books, games, and guides  at BonnieTerryLearning.com  Terry is an expert with fun learning activities for those with learning challenges.

 

Using Specific Learning Strategies Improves Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

reading strategiesI get calls almost daily from parents who are frustrated and perhaps even losing sleep because their kids are struggling in school. In fact, I was mortified when I heard that one parent was told by her 5th grader’s teacher that her son would never learn to read well, not only from the shock of the remark, but also because I know that everyone can both learn and improve their skills.

I’ve been working with kids with learning challenges, learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, etc., for over 35 years, and my experience has proven that everyone can improve their skills. Time after time, I’ve helped kids who have been labeled as hopelessly learning challenged and who don’t feel good about themselves learn  that that they actually can learn, can succeed, and that school can be a lot easier.

So that I can share my experience and help you help your kids improve their skills, I have just developed several very affordable coaching programs that use my methods of improving learning skills using simple learning strategies and reading strategies to improve overall learning.  As a parent, you can now use my 5 Awaken the Scholar Within Programs and strategies to really make a difference in your kid’s lives.

These programs can be a lifesaver, especially when you find your child’s needs are not being met at school.  They actually train and change the brain so that  learning becomes easier for them, even if they have dyslexia, learning challenges, ADHD, or Autism.

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Today, I want to introduce you to the Awaken the Scholar Within (ASW) Learning Skills Program

This Awaken the Scholar Within Program uses specific learning strategies to address all of the areas of perception that impact learning. We all learn 3 ways, by hearing, seeing, and doing. Within areas of processing information there are 9 sub-categories each, totaling 27 areas of perception. Difficulty in learning is due to one or more areas of perception not working as well as it could, should, and can.

The good news is, these areas can improve! The activities in the ASW Learning Skills Program address all of these areas, and also provide reading strategies that improve fluency and comprehension… in just 20 minutes a day. Kids with learning disabilities find that learning becomes easier. Learning disabilities are no longer a ‘sentence’ of not being able to learn.

The ASW Learning Skills Program Addresses Learning Disabilities

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In this 12 week step-by-step video coaching program, you will learn about the amazing power of your brain and how some simple brain efficiency exercises and activities improve the brain and make learning easier.  You will find that visual processing improves; auditory processing improves, and tactile/kinesthetic processing improves. The learning strategies you will learn are easy and fun and can be done in about 20 minutes a day.

 Check out the ASW Learning Skills Program here.

Warm Regards for Your Kid’s Greater Achievements,

Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET

November 1st, 2013 | Tags: ,

A Family Activity That Keeps Your Halloween Memories and Improves Learning Skills and Writing Skills

 

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If your Halloween was anything like ours, your whole family had a GREAT time, and you have a lot of wonderful memories. One thing to do can to save those recent memories is to capture them in a paragraph.

 

Learning Skills: How to Write a Paragraph Easily

Use the structure of step-by-step instructions to help your kids learn to write a paragraph. You can think in terms of a hamburger or sandwhich. The top of the bun is the main idea…what the paragraph is about. The ingredients (hamburger, lettuce, tomato, & cheese), are the details, and the bottom of the bun restates the topic or concludes the paragraph.

Family Activity:

An easy way to capture your family activity is to write one paragraph about your Halloween experience (costumes, Trick or Treating, the Halloween party, etc.). You might even include photos you’ve taken and compile it into a family scrapbook.

* Think about what your favorite part of Halloween was.

* Or, what was the funniest or scariest costume you saw on Halloween?

writing activity, learning skillsWriting Activity: 1, 2, 3 and Your Paragraph is Done!

1. Start your topic sentence by writing, ‘My favorite part of Halloween was…’ or, ‘The best thing I did on Halloween was…’ or, ‘The funniest costume I saw on Halloween was…’ or ‘The scariest costume I saw on Halloween was ….’

2. Go into some specific ideas about that specific instance.

3. Finally, wrap it up with: ‘That’s why my favorite part of Halloween was ________,’ or, ‘That’s why _____________ was the funniest costume I saw on Halloween.’

 

More Family Activity and  Writing Activity Tips

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For other easy writing tips, use the The Writing Pack. There are graphic organizers fill-in-the-blank forms make writing so easy, a Writer’s Easy Reference Guide and a game, The Sentence Zone that improves sentence writing too!

 

By Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET

Bonnie Terry, family activityBonnie Terry is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and Learning Disability Specialist, with a masters degree in education. She specializes in making learning easy especially for those with dyslexia, ADHD, or other learning challenges. Bonnie enjoys providing fun family activities that incorporate learning too.

October 28th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

How do you turn Halloween Activities into a Learning Experience Even if Your Kids Have Dyslexia or ADHD?

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2 Halloween Activities and a Stretch Activity for Kids with Dyslexia or ADD

This week is Halloween…And…you know your child is chomping at the bit to go Trick or Treating…or go to the Halloween Party…It doesn’t matter to your kids whether they have dyslexia or ADHD…They want to have FUN because it is Halloween.

So how can you take advantage of that and turn it into a learning opportunity?
If your children go trick-or-treating…when they get home have them sort their treats. You can have them sort the treats in a variety of ways and even keep track of the different ways on a sheet of graph paper.

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  • The candy they like vs the candy they don’t like
  • Round vs square vs rectangular pieces candy
  • Candy with sticks
  • Candy with orange wrappers, red wrappers, brown wrappers, silver wrappers, etc

 

Kids with Dyslexia Improve Memory Skills with Halloween Activities While Trick or Treating

Have your kids be observant while out trick or treating. Look at and remember all of the different costumes others are wearing. For those that attend parties, they can think about the costumes the party attendees wore. This is a great activity for kids with dyslexia too! It will build memory skills.

 

The Halloween Activities Learning Stretch

Then after your kids get home…record those observations.

family activitiesPick two of the costumes that you liked the most and use them for a quick writing experience…comparing and contrasting the different Halloween costumes:

  1. Colors
  2. Shapes
  3. Most unusual
  4. Easiest to wear
  5. Funniest/silliest
  6. Scariest
  7. Animal
  8. Famous person
  9. Most difficult to get around in etc.

Halloween activitiesUse the compare contrast fill-in-the-blank form from Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills to do your compare and contrast. It’s on page 29. It’s quick, easy, and fun!

Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills

 

 

Bonnie Terry, M. Ed., BCET is a LD Specialist. Ms. Terry helps parents identify, understand, and address the underlying causes of their child’s learning problems. Dyslexic, LD and ADHD kids advance 2-4 years in 20 minutes a day with Ms. Terry’s books, games, and guides at BonnieTerryLearning.com  Terry is an expert with fun learning activities for those with learning challenges.

October 17th, 2013 | Tags:

Homework Help…Does Your Child Need Organizational Skills?

Does Your Child Forget to Take Things to School?

Homework Help One of the most annoying things for me regarding homework help was when my son asked me for help, got it, and finished his assignment, and then forgot to turn it in! How could he have spent so much time working on it and then forget to turn it in? This happened over and over!

Does this happen to you too? Does your child do their homework  and leave it at home or it’s band day they forgot their instrument? Or, do your kids totally forget they had an assignment? You are NOT alone…at least 50% of kids at one time or another do leave homework or projects or band instruments at home. And at least 50% of kids at one time or another leave the books they need for an assignment at school so they can’t get the assignment done.
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This forgetting an assignment or forgetting to bring homework back to school is actually due to poor planning skills. Planning skills are part of what is called executive function, and frankly, executive function doesn’t become solid in each of us till we are about 25, so the forgetting of homework is something kids actually come by naturally. That being said, we still can’t just excuse the continual forgetting of homework. This is a skill that needs to be taught. The ability to plan does not just appear…it needs to be taught and practiced over time and then it becomes solid.
I didn’t realize this at first though — I didn’t realize I needed to address the homework help by teaching planning skills…No, I was just like most of you reading this…
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Homework Help Problem Solved

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We tried so many different things to getting the homework into the backpack and most of it was all me … constantly nagging about homework and getting it into the backpack or harping about doing the clarinet practice and then putting the clarinet by the door.  This was totally parent driven. My son could have cared less about packing his homework up. He also didn’t seem to mind if I needed to bring his clarinet to school so he’d have it in time for band. Finally I had a major aha moment. I wasn’t doing my son any favors by taking bring his homework or his clarinet to school for him. What I was doing was enabling him. I knew something had to give so we started working on planning skills.

Homework Help Planning Calendars

Weekly Calendar Examples from Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills (There are also Monthly Planning Calendars.):

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I finally solved our homework problem and you can too. What we did was to use the Planning Calendar from Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills and list which days different items need to be brought to school. List them on the previous day’s calendar so before going to bed you check the calendar and see what needs to get put out with the backpack to get taken to school. Also write “pack up homework” on the calendar so the homework gets taken back to school too.

Then post this calendar on bathroom mirror or bedroom door so your kids see it and review it – they can even check off that it is done! You can even keep a copy by the front door – or the back – whichever door your child leaves for school from – as a reminder to have all of their things.

10 Min with Melody Note TakingWhat Parents Say…

“My daughter completes her homework independently and gets it to school now too!”Teresa P, IL”These study materials and planning calendars are worth much more than the cost in currency; they are priceless when utilized to help a child learn and gain confidence in themselves.”

Wyla B, CA

Teach your children planning skills with Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills and homework help time will become much easier!

 

October 14th, 2013 | Tags: ,

Does Your Child Have a Hard Time with Their Math Homework?

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And…you have no idea how to help your child with their math assignment because you haven’t worked with multiplication of fractions in years…what do you do?

Math Homework Solution:

I’m sure you remember how it was in school. Your teacher explained how to do a particular type of math problem in class and you got it. It seemed so easy to solve it. Then you switched to another subject, and another as the day progressed. You got home, took out your math homework and totally forgot how to do the problem.

The same thing happens to your child too. So your child might want to have a study buddy over that knows how to do the assignment. An older sibling might help.

Or…you can get a math reference guide to have at your fingertips during math homework time.

Math Homework GuideWhen your kids have tools at their fingertips that guide them and remind them how to solve their math homework, homework time gets a lot easier.

Elements a Math Homework Reference Guide Should Have

There are a variety of math guides available but all of them are not created equal! When looking for a math reference guide you want one that is student friendly, especially at the early grade levels (1st – 8th grade) — and gives you all of the elementary math concepts.

Step-by-step how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide (long division)
Fractions
Decimals
Percents
Examples and strategies for doing word problems
Geometric shapes
How to find the area & perimeter
How to calculate ratios
How to find averages of lists of numbers
Math terms

What Parents Say…

“My 13 year old and 12 year old keep the math guide with their homework supplies. I showed them how to use it to refresh their memory on how certain types of problems were solved.  It reduced the number of times they had to call me over to help them remember something they’d covered before.  Math homework just got a lot easier! Thanks Bonnie!”

April B

“The gold in this math guide is found in the three pages devoted to word problems. My children seem to get hung up on word problems. The strategies include looking for clue words, drawing a diagram, and working backwards. Lots of examples of various types of word problems are illustrated step-by-step. This guide has made word problems so much easier for my children.”

Kathy G

Math Homework, Math Reference Guide

A really good math reference guide will show you how to do all elementary school math. The only one we found that has all of these elements is the

BT Easy Math Reference Guide.

 

 

September 19th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Solve One of the Most Common Reading Problems in Just 5 Minutes with Reading Fluency Training

 

When kids take a long time to read or do their homework, they typically have a reading problem known as “reading fluency problems” whether they have a learning disability, dyslexia, or ADHD. Kids that are gifted can even have reading fluency problems.

As a learning disability specialist and educational therapist for over 35 years, I can easily say that about 95% of the students I’ve taught with reading problems had reading fluency problems. Reading fluently describes how a skilled reader reads silently or aloud. You can only check reading fluency and improve reading fluency by reading aloud.

Confronting Reading Fluency Problems

Let me give you an example…I met Amanda in February; she was in 5th grade. She had brown straight hair and a great smile, although she didn’t smile very often then. She was floundering; it took what seemed like ‘forever’ for her to read. Her reading was stilted and she repeated, skipped, and substituted words when she read, too. It was painful to listen to her stilted repetitive reading. Her classmates were zooming right past her. Her mom Sheila was losing sleep over what to do and how to help her. Homework time every night was a struggle! Sheila had already been told by the school that Amanda would most likely be held back.

Sheila, at a loss for what to do contacted me and told me what was going on. First I reassured her that there was much that she could do as a parent to help Amanda. Then we got started.

I knew we needed to work quickly to get her reading level up so that Amanda wouldn’t be held back. One of the keys to Amanda’s improvement was reading fluency training which helped her to sound out words more quickly and read accurately without repeating, skipping or substituting words. By the end of her third session of specific fluency activities she had already improved her reading speed and accuracy. Within several days she went from 35 words per minute to 63 words per minute. Her confidence soared.

What Causes Reading Fluency Problems

Reading problems are quite common and are typically due to a combination of learning skills, areas of perception, that aren’t working as well as they could, should, and can. Now, this is important… you can have a reading problem without having dyslexia or a learning disability. And, yes, even gifted kids can have reading problems! I know, I’ve lived it with my own kids as well as many of my students!

So, what specifically was going on with Amanda?

Amanda did not have an actual learning disability or dyslexia. What Amanda did have was a variety of areas of perception (visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic) that weren’t working as well as they could have been. This really impacted her ability to read fluently. And this impacted homework time too! Homework time was a struggle because it took her so long to read!

Amanda was very bright; she just couldn’t read quickly enough to gain meaning from what she read. So, to improve both Amanda’s speed of reading and her comprehension, a major component of what we did was reading fluency training. The simple reading fluency training only took 5 minutes a day and improved her speed, accuracy, and comprehension as well as the areas of perception that were not working as well as they should have.

Solve Reading Problems with Reading Fluency Training

Reading fluency practice is the most important activity a parent can do to boost reading skills!

Reading fluency is one of the easiest reading problems to address and is the most important thing a parent can do to give their kids a boost in reading.

Fluency practice is NOT practice reading more and more each day. Fluency practice is different than reading books or passages.

What Is Fluency Training?

Fluency Training is actual practice reading words from left to right quickly. Studies have shown that kids make greater gains in reading fluency when they do fluency training for only 5 minutes a day. It is the consistency of the practice over a period of time that brings success.

When you practice with reading word (drills) from left to right aloud rather than passages you can’t anticipate the next word and you really can’t memorize it because it isn’t a passage, so reading drills are extremely effective for doing fluency training!

How to Solve Reading Problems with Fluency Training

Reading fluency practice only takes 5 minutes a day 3 to 4 times a week. You simply follow along as your child reads from a specially designed reading fluency drill, correcting any mistakes and then re-read the drill for 1 minute and keep track of how many words per minute are read and mistakes per minute are made. When you keep track of (chart) the words per minute and mistakes per minute each 5 minute practice session, you quickly see the reading improvement. This helps your kids know their reading is improving too, and reading can be easier every day!

Five Necessary Components to a GREAT Reading Fluency Program

  1. Phonological – incorporates every vowel and consonant combination in the English language, with lots of review built in.
  2. Perceptual – works on 16 areas of perception and ultimately changes the brain, making it easier to learn.
  3. Reading from left to right – we read from left to right so it is critical to strengthen the left to right eye-muscle movement required for quick reading
  4. Automaticity – reading more words automatically per minute on a daily basis.
  5. Record keeping device – charting their progress and seeing their improvement daily.

Where do I find a reading fluency program that does all of that?

Five Minutes to Better Reading SkillsTM is a GREAT fluency program because it incorporates the five components that need to be in place for reading fluency success and only takes five minutes a day.

Get your copy of Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills today!

Check out our Awaken the Scholar Within Reading/Writing/Study Skills program too! This Awaken the Scholar Within Program incorporates reading fluency, reading comprehension, writing, and study skills in just 20 minutes a day.