Category: Teacher Tips

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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The Big List of Games for Helping Young Brains – By Cognitive Skill

Games are one of the best ways to help kids improve cognitive skills.  When struggling learners decide that learning isn’t fun (not one little bit), games are a great way to sneak in some extra learning time.  You don’t even have to mention that you’re developing underlying learning skills while you play!   Have you …

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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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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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