The Struggling Learner Scenario: Sounds Out Every Word PART 2

In part 1 of The Struggling Learner Scenario: Sounds Out Every Word one mom, who was dedicated to helping her son read, ran into the same brick wall over and over again.  If you missed it, and can relate with her frustration, start there.     Now let’s continue with 3 more potential reasons that …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Sounds Out Every Word

Scenario #5: When my son reads, he still sounds out every syllable in a word, even after we’ve read it 5 times already.  It’s making us both crazy!   Yes, that certainly is an exhausting way to read.  Let’s see if we can figure out what’s going on.     If your son sounds out …

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MLK Day Activity for Kids: Sequencing and Tracking

Did you know that many of the visual tracking activities that you’ll find here at IPG also develop the important learning skill of sequencing?   I don’t mention it much, but activities like Image Tracking and Letter Tracking, specifically the pages in which students track more than one image or letter at a time, include …

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Improve Children’s Memory with Draw What You Saw (Video)

When it comes to helping students learn, especially our struggling students, we MUST make sure that their visual memory skills are strong enough to support them.   Memory training can be a drag, or it can be fun!   So, let’s make it fun for kids to strengthen visual memory with Draw What You Saw.  …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Intervention Doesn’t Stick

Scenario #4: I’ve been working on a variety of learning intervention strategies with my homeschooled 3rd grade son for many months now.  Some days, the work we’ve been doing for a while just clicks for him, and we proudly celebrate the wins.  The very next day, though, he’s right back where he started, as if …

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How to Play The er, ir, ur Game, and Why (Video)

Whether you have a struggling reader at home or a strong reader, can we really blame anyone for confusing letter combinations that sound exactly the same?   How do you spell perfect?  Is it ur?  Is it ir?   How is a new young reader supposed to know this?   If your child has already …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Afraid to Learn

Is being afraid to learn even a thing?  I was surprised, too.  I share the following scenario from my own personal experience.   Scenario #3: When I started working with this 6th grade student she was reading and learning well below her grade level.  Through our work together she began to experience multiple lightbulb moments.  …

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