Dyslexia & Learning a Second Language

Learning a New Language I’m planning a trip to Central America, and instead of daydreaming about serene beaches, I’m fearfully anticipating that blank, confused, lost-for-words expression that will come over my face when some local starts to converse with me. To work through this fear, I downloaded a Spanish lesson audio course and uploaded it Continue Reading

Orton-Gillingham Part 4: Lesson Demonstration

We are often asked what a typical Orton-Gillingham lesson looks like.  Most lessons are comprised of five main components:  The Three Part Drill;  Introduction of a new skills and the application; a Syllabication process for decoding multi-syllable words; Red (sight) Words; and Oral Reading. For more information on nationally accredited Orton-Gillingham programs, contact Brainspring Educator Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Syllable Division V/CV or VC/V

Welcome to Multisensory Monday!  The V/CV and VC/V syllable division pattern is a difficult, yet essential skill, in the decoding process.  Today Tammi Brandon shares a great activity to help encourage students to try both options when decoding.   Once our students have mastered V/CV syllable division and VC/V syllable division in isolation, they are Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Consonant-le Uno Game

My students, especially my older ones, love to play games, but I am always struggling to find games that are fun and engaging while still teaching the skills my students need. Uno, however, appeals to the older student and can be customized to meet my students’ learning needs. To play, I created an Uno card Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday: The Story of Y

Many students struggle with understanding the sounds of  “Y”. Here is a cute story to introduce your students to the many sounds of “Y”! Rainbow City Presents: The Story of Y as a Chameleon It’s a very exciting time in Rainbow City. All of the letters are graduating from Alphabet High School. They will soon Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday: Short Vowel Ed the Elephant

  Students will love making or assembling their very own Ed the Elephant when learning about the short-E sound! Gather your materials: You will need a sheet of construction paper (any color), a scrap piece of white paper, a black marker or crayon, a straw, a glue stick, scissors, and tape.    Cut your pieces:  From Continue Reading

How a Mother’s Survival Led to a Teacher’s Revival

I have been a teacher for the past 26 years. I am also the mother of two wonderful and amazing children. My daughter, Lauren, is 20 years old and completing her senior year at the University of Arkansas, majoring in Information Systems.  My son, Zane, is 16 years old and about to start his junior Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Vowel Pie

Vowel intensives are quick, short activities that help students practice differentiating between vowel sounds. Vowels are the most elusive sounds in the English language so it is important to practice often. Here’s a fun way to change up your normal routine. Once your students are fairly comfortable listening for short vowel sounds, you can try Continue Reading

The Cognitive Benefits of Recess

Recess is more than just a break from the classroom. This period of unstructured play gives children an opportunity to be physically active, creative, imaginative, and social. Studies show that recess has a positive impact on focus, attention, and mood for a child. Similarly, adults report increased mental clarity and a better disposition after a Continue Reading

Multisensory Monday- Mystery Words Game

Student engagement is a critical part of reading remediation.  For students who struggle with reading and spelling, the repetitive skills required daily can lead to anxiety!  This is why it is important to offer a variety of multisensory activities to help students practice reading and spelling skills in an engaging manner.  Here is a fun, Continue Reading