Author: Cherice

Can We Say Goodbye to The Wait to Fail Model in Education?

If you have children with reading difficulties, you may be all too familiar with the wait to fail model in education.  Traditionally, right around the time students with dyslexia and other reading challenges enter third or fourth grade, their learning difficulties really start to show.  At least, that’s when their struggles become too obvious to …

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Which Skill Comes First in Good Reading Instruction?

When it comes to good reading instruction I often make the case for teaching students phonemic awareness BEFORE teaching phonics.   If you need a quick refresher about the difference between those confusing reading skills,  review the basics in Phonemes vs Phonemic Awareness vs Phonological Awareness and Why it Matters to You.  In short, phonemic …

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Creating a Safe Space to Learn

Does your child have a safe space to learn?  When I talk about roadblocks to learning I usually talk about learning differences.  An entirely different kind of roadblock to learning comes when children feel unsafe.   Both physical safety and emotional safety are important in any learning environment.     When we feel unsafe our …

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Children’s Book Review: Your Beautiful Mind

Your Beautiful Mind, by Zoe M. Kozina, is not only a children’s book written FOR students with learning differences.  It’s written BY a student with learning differences herself.   The Story Penelope the Panda enters the third grade SO excited to go to school.  That is, until math lessons become much more difficult for her …

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A Pumpkin Printable – Finish the Pattern and Color

Let’s take this pumpkin coloring page up a notch, shall we?  Children finish the pattern they see in each section, then color the pumpkin.     Finish the pattern activities bolster sequencing skills, critical thinking, logic and reasoning.   Plus, intricate coloring isn’t just a peaceful activity, a fun mindfulness practice or a simple way …

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The Reading Brain and Why Multisensory Learning Works

Here we all are, walking around with our own versions of a reading brain.  As a species, humans haven’t been reading for very long.  Oh, only for about six-thousand years or so.  According to evolution, that’s not nearly long enough for our brains to have developed one specific region dedicated to the act of reading. …

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Educating Teachers About Dyslexia – A Paradigm Shift

Dyslexia education often fails to reach teachers in the general education system.  Yet what we don’t know about dyslexia CAN hurt us.  More precisely, what teachers don’t know about dyslexia hurts our students.  When students with dyslexia and other learning differences pass from grade to grade without learning how to read, or to write, or …

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