Category: Teacher Tips

Letter Recognition for Struggling Readers

Have you ever typed an address into your GPS and thought to yourself, “Well this is silly.  I’ve already driven to this place a gazillion times before.  Why don’t I know how to get there on my own by now?”   No?  Not you?  Okay.  Even if you can’t relate to the question that I …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 3

It’s time to get silly with sight words!  In Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1 you identified exactly which words cause your young learner difficulty while reading.  In Part 2 you strengthened sight word recognition by playing a quick and easy DIY game.  Now in part 3 of 3 get ready …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 2

In Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1 we discussed one effective strategy for identifying which sight words may interfere with your child’s reading fluency.  Here in Part 2 we move into a slightly more engaging way to improve sight word recognition, especially recognition of those words that you uncovered in Part …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1

Whether your child is just learning sight words or is starting to show signs of trouble reading them, I have three quick and easy ideas for you to help strengthen sight word recognition.   And hey, why don’t we throw in a little bit of processing speed work while we’re at it?   Timed Sight …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #4

Introducing Ginger…   a homeschooling, Spanish teaching, Montessori mom extraordinaire.   She offers tip #4 in this teacher tip series, answering the question:   What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?     Maria Montessori firmly believed that cognitive skills must be purposefully developed before attempting to apply them to academic work.  …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #3

  Continuing our series of guest teacher tips, educator Renee answers the question: What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?   As an early learning educator, parents often ask me how they can help their child grow.   Lo and behold the answer is not in flashcards or spelling drills but in …

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Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #2

Guest teacher Alessa Giampaolo Keener brings us the second in our series of cognitive skill builders for kids.  If you missed the first one, start here: Cognitive Skill Builders for Kids – Teacher Tip #1   What is your favorite activity for strengthening students’ cognitive skills?   Perfectionism can be a roadblock to academic risk-taking. …

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