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May 16

Synonyms and Antonyms

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Synonyms are words that have the similar meanings; antonyms are words that have the opposite meanings. It is important to incorporate lessons that cover synonyms and antonyms because this knowledge builds and enhances vocabulary development and reading comprehension.     We have developed an eBook for you with reinforcement worksheets covering the synonyms and antonyms. This resource […]

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Apr 16

Chameleon Prefixes

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Chameleon prefixes are prefixes that can sound or be spelled differently depending on the first letter of the root word. These prefixes are called chameleon prefixes because just like chameleon lizards change colors to match their surroundings, chameleon prefixes change their original spellings according to the first letter of the root word.       […]

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Mar 16

The Importance of Grammar in Reading Comprehension

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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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Mar 16

The Great Reading Challenge

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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

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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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Feb 16

Silent e Rule

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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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