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Mar 16

The Importance of Grammar in Reading Comprehension

mbernard

According to Timothy Shanahan, who is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of urban education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was Founding Director of the Center for Literacy and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, “there is a lot of evidence showing the importance of grammar in reading comprehension. Studies over the years […]

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20
Mar 16

The Great Reading Challenge

mbernard

Our guest blogger is Lorna Wooldridge, co-owner of Wise Owl Tutoring Services. Lorna has a Bachelor of Education degree from Bath College of Higher Education in England & holds a Certificate of Professional Practice from Roehampton Institute in London: “Teaching Children with Reading and Writing Difficulties/Dyslexia.” Lorna has a Bachelor of Education degree from Bath […]

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Feb 16

13 Characteristics of Dyslexia

mbernard

What is Dyslexia? Dylsexia is a language disability. This condition – which is remedial – makes it difficult for a person to read, write, spell, compute, organize and comprehend, despite adequate intelligence and conventional instruction.   * 15% to 20% of the population experiences some degree of Dyslexia.   Dyslexia (definition by the International Dyslexia […]

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18
Feb 16

Silent e Rule

mbernard

Teaching students the various miscellaneous spelling rules that govern the English language is so important for tasks involving decoding and encoding. For this reason, the various spelling rules are embedded in the Orton Gillingham curriculum. The silent e rule is one such rule that enables students to blend words and spell accurately. We cannot assume […]

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12
Feb 16

Illiteracy Statistics in the United States

mbernard

A colleague shared these staggering results with me. Appropriately addressing the literacy needs of our children is of paramount importance. I believe there is a paradigm shift in place in the United States, as Dyslexia laws are enacted, Dyslexia awareness is increasing, and more and more school districts are electing to train their teachers in research-based […]

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Feb 16

2 Doubling Rules

mbernard

It is important to teach students with Dyslexia the various rules and patterns of the English language to promote optimal success with their literacy skills. Rules involving syllabication are among the many essentials to teach when using the Orton-Gillingham Approach. When adding suffixes, there are 2 doubling rules that assist with mastering decoding & encoding […]

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