Multisensory Monday- Syllable Sort

In Brainspring’s Phonics First® and Stuctures® programs, syllabication is one of the main components of the Five-Part Lesson Plan. The eight different syllable types are introduced one-at-a-time over a period of many, many lessons. Although students may use the Syllable Division Cards when identifying and labeling the different syllable types in the syllabication lessons, it Continue Reading

Beautiful Handwriting is as Easy as 1, 2, 3!

When someone says, “She has the neatest handwriting,” what are they really saying? What is it about someone’s writing that makes it so neat? Good writing, whether it be print or cursive, can be narrowed down to three simple things: size, slant, and spacing. 1 – Size Uniform size is one of the three factors Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Spelling with Smores

This is a great multisensory spelling activity to accompany the “sm” beginning blends.  All you’ll need is some Marshmallows, a wooden skewer, and a marker.  If you allow snacks in your classroom, the students will be excited to find out they’ll be having a little treat, too! Materials Large Marshmallows Wooden Skewers Markers Directions for Continue Reading

Handwriting- It is a Journey

January’s topic of the month is Handwriting, and to start the month off “write,” we would like to specify why handwriting is a key component to a child’s development in this “keyboard age” we currently live in. Science and research prove that writing by hand has significant brain benefits, and many school systems around the Continue Reading

9 Ways to Incorporate Reading into the Holiday Season

The Holidays are such a busy time of year. Sometimes during the hustle and bustle of the season, people find there isn’t much time left for reading. Here are some fun ways to fit reading with your children into this hectic time of year. The Twelve Books of Christmas: Just about everyone has heard the Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Greek & Latin Roots (hydro/aqua)

We’ve all heard words like “aqueduct” and “hydrogen” and maybe even words such as “hydrocephalus” and “aquarellist”. But, do you know how these words are all related? They hail from Greek (hydro) and Latin (aqua) and mean “water”. Greek & Latin Roots In Brainspring’s Structures® curriculum, the roots hydro/hydra and aqua are taught in Module Continue Reading

Dyslexia Statistics: Questions from a Superintendent

A Superintendent from a large district recently reached out to Brainspring with the following question…. “I was looking for some statistics regarding the rate of dyslexia in children ages 5-21.  Can you point me the right direction?  No one seems to have a real percentage. I just keep seeing 15-20% thrown around with no research Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Clothespin Spelling Game

My younger students really seem to enjoy this simple spelling game. To make it, you will need some clothespins, a clothes hanger, and some letter stickers.  Assembly time is quick: Simply place one letter sticker on one side of each clothespin. The object of the game is to create as many words as you can Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Vowel Team ee Tree

Sometimes I find myself getting stuck in a rut when it comes time to create vibrant and fun multisensory activities for my students. I like having ideas that I can use year after year with students of differing ages. I also like having multisensory activities that store easily and are inexpensive to create. As it Continue Reading

Raising a Reader: A Six-Step Guide

As parents and educators, we all want our children to grow up and become successful adults. In our society, being successful and fulfilling the American Dream requires the skill of literacy. Without it, the hope of living the American Dream diminishes. Our society is literacy driven – even the most mundane tasks like filling out Continue Reading