Archives for Literacy

Reading Resources for Children with Special Needs

The United States Department of Education has a tremendous amount of information available for parents of special needs children. http://www.specialednews.com/reading-resources-for-children-with-special-needs.htm To understand the vast amount of types of specials needs look to the Federal Citizen Information Center website. There you will find government and private sources available for parents of special needs children. Special needs include ADHD, Autism, Asperger, Cerebral Palsy, Reading Read full article »

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!! Read full article »

Brain Rules for Babies!

I know we are not teaching babies here at ISM but I felt this video and website could be useful to parents. John Medina, best selling author of Brain Rules also just wrote another amazing book sheding light on all the current brain research:  Brain Rules for Babies. Please check out his website here and this hilarious, laugh out loud, Read full article »

Lindamood-Bell Literacy Training in Taipei

This past April Rachael Huelskamp and I had the opportunity to attend two Lindamood-Bell Literacy trainings. The trainings were held at Taipei American School. We were fortunate enough to attend Visualizing and Verbalizing, often known as V/V and Seeing Stars. We were also fortunate enough to be a part of a highly trained group of teachers from international schools in Read full article »

The Case for Cursive

And so the handwriting debate rages on! The New York Times article below gives us yet another perspective on the teaching of cursive handwriting. By KATIE ZEZIMA Published: April 27, 2011 For centuries, cursive handwriting has been an art. To a growing number of young people, it is a mystery. Megan Porter of Brownsburg, Ind., is in the third grade, the last year of cursive training Read full article »

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Tumble Books

Tumble Books is a huge online resource of books which can be read or listened to online. Many of the books have quizzes and questions afterword to help explore children's comprehension of the book. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Brain Pop

Brain POP is the home of fun learning! This site offers student the chance to explore many aspects of the world around us in a lively and exciting way. To access this students must use the log-in name and password given to them by the school. Please see the LS teacher or classroom teacher for more details.

Dance Mat Typing

BBC School's Dance Mat Typing is THE place to go for the least boring way to learn to touch type! This site takes student's through basic typing skills via a host of fun songs and crazy characters. No passwork required!