Difficulties with writing can range from the physical act of writing to the process of organising one’s thoughts on paper.

What is this program called LiPS?

One of the programs that we use in teaching reading and spelling is a program called LiPS.  Before you wonder what this program is teaching your child, LiPS stands for Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech (LiPS®). It starts not with letters and sounds of the alphabets, but by making your child aware of […]

4 Steps to Teach Correct Pencil Grip

Good habits that begin in early years will last a lifetime—and holding a crayon or pencil correctly is a very important habit. Awkward grips can cause fatigue, cramping, and even pain—making writing difficult. This problem can be prevented. The foundation starts with general upper body strength and fine motor skill activities. Follow these four steps […]

Summer Learning Links

The following links provide loads of fun games that promote summer learning! Reading Links: http://sqworl.com/bhntmh Research links: http://sqworl.com/o2eme8 Writing Links: http://sqworl.com/ziec06 ESL Links: http://sqworl.com/sc9rm4 Keyboarding Links: http://sqworl.com/k18gox Creative Projects Links: http://sqworl.com/husre4 Math Links: http://sqworl.com/6f44tt Spelling Links http://sqworl.com/2b2bba Brain Games (memory, auditory skills, processing, attention, etc.) http://sqworl.com/vlkpjg Enjoy Your Summer!!

Is speling reely importint?

By: International Dyslexia Association (2008) How common are spelling difficulties? Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly. Less is known about spelling competence in the general population than is […]

Educational Games

“We scoured the web for the best and most trustworthy educational games with the single goal of providing students, parents and teachers with the best interactive homework help the web has to offer!”  as it says on their website.

What? No more Friday spelling tests?

  Please open the article for an alternative spelling assessment for students who need learning support. spelling_tests Here’s an example of an electronic spell-checker  that I use with my students.  Locally, they are available at Infomax, Market Market.

EmPOWER: A Method for Teaching Expository Writing by Bonnie Singer and Anthony Bashir

This is a continuation of my other post.  Here are the first two steps that we have learned from the conference in Shanghai. EmPOWER: 1.  Evaluate What is this assignment asking me to do? __ Circle action words and underline key words that tell me what to do. How many parts will my paper need […]

Problem: “I don’t know!” Solution: Circle and underline

When presented with a written assignment, some students are often overwhelmed with the “wall of words”, and when you ask them what they need to do, their answer most of the time is “I don’t know.”  One way to help them is to use the first step in the EmPOWER: A Method for Teaching Expository Writing […]

A NEW way to think about learning differences

Indeed, cutting-edge educators now talk about “learning diversity” rather than “learning disabilities” — what Gaudet calls the “new LD.” Simply put, not all kids learn the same way. Some kids may have particular strengths with acquiring and using language, and some may have inherent problems with learning to read. Conversely, some kids may excel at spatial skills, whereas others may struggle.

Teaching Typing Skills

The article below from ‘The Innovative Educator’ discusses the benefits of teaching children to type.  This is a topic which is really close to my heart and I have enjoyed Anne Trubeck’s articles on the perhaps now questionable benefits of teaching handwriting.  It is very difficult to watch a child struggle to express themselves and […]

Handwriting is History!

Below is another article by Anne Trubeck published after the article written questioning the use of teaching handwriting.  She was called to defend her perspective and some of the claims she had made and does so below. At 11 p.m. on Dec. 27, I checked my inbox out of habit. I had 581 new e-mails. […]

Should we stop teaching handwriting?

Should we stop teaching handwriting in Elementary School?   Anne Trubeck wrote this provocative essay in 2009.  What do you think? Stop Teaching Handwriting! My son, who is in third grade, spends much of his school day struggling to learn how to form the letter “G.” Sometimes he writes it backwards. Sometimes the tail on his lowercase […]

Learning Disabilities: Recognizing Dysgraphia in Children with ADHD

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/725.html Dysgraphia is a learning disability that sometimes accompanies ADHD and affects writing skills, handwriting and spelling. How to recognize the symptoms… I knew my son had a problem with writing when I saw that his first-grade journal contained mostly drawings and only a few sentences. In second grade, Austin was still reversing the letters […]

LS Teaching Tools and Resources

The ES LS team have finished putting our orders in for next year’s budget. When we get back after the summer we usually have a few big boxes of new resources that we have ordered to use with our LS students. So, what do we use day to day in the LS classroom and in the general classroom with your child? Here is a round-up of some of the rools and programs that we regularly use.

How to present written materials…

… so that people with dyslexia can read them! This is something that I have been meaning to post for a while but was reminded by a forum thread I was reading last night about professional and ‘unprofessiona’ fonts to use in documents such as job application forms.  the British Dyselxia Association provides a very […]