Category: Learning Skills

Resources and information about learning and learning skills. Designed for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and education specialists.

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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The Comeback Kid of Effective Reading Instruction

Reading instruction doesn’t often grab headlines in mainstream media.  More and more news outlets across the country, though, report on a growing shift in reading instruction in early education.  That’s good news.  Even better is the welcome return of phonemic awareness and phonics, key building blocks of good, effective reading instruction.  Good for students AND …

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Help Struggling Learners Improve Visual Memory – Free Video Training

By the time children learn the alphabet, most can remember what letters look like (visual memory).  They also remember what letters sound like (auditory memory).  For some kids, letter recognition doesn’t come so easily.  As proactive parents and educators, we may need to help struggling learners improve visual memory, as well as auditory memory, deliberately …

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Help Struggling Learners Improve Auditory Memory – Free Video Training

Why should parents and educators help struggling learners improve auditory memory? This free auditory memory video training answers that question, and more.     For instance… What role does auditory memory play in a child’s ability to read and learn? Why is auditory memory development so important? How do we know if underdeveloped auditory memory …

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Digital Practice Activities for Reading Intervention

Have you discovered the reading intervention program called Letter Sounds Made Simple?  If yes, keep reading.  If not, I invite you to start here: Letter Recognition for Struggling Readers.  You’ll learn why this easy-to-implement, multisensory program is so simple yet so effective.   I especially encourage the helpers of learners who either: Have dyslexia Have …

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The Visual Memory Piece of Reading Intervention Goes Digital

When you think of reading intervention activities for kids, I’m guessing visual memory training is probably not the first thing you think of. Perhaps you believe working with letters is more important for reading intervention than working with, oh, let’s say… colors. That’s a perfectly reasonable assumption. Here at Inner Pieces Gallery I talk a …

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The ONE THING All Good Reading Intervention Programs Have in Common

If your child or student reads below grade level, you might have tried a number of reading intervention programs with varying degrees of success.  Maybe you still want to find a reading program that actually works.  Keep in mind, all good reading intervention programs share one very important quality in common.   By the way, …

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