Category: Unique Learners

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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 …

Read more

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.  …

Read more

To Learn Or To Cope With Learning Differences

Recently I had my home’s sliding back door repaired because the lock mechanism broke.  Not good.   The repair guy tried to convince me that he was finished, even when the new door didn’t close all of the way.   “But it doesn’t close.”  (Seemed obvious to me.)   “You just have to push it …

Read more

How to Use Hear the Hidden Message for Auditory Memory (Video)

How are your child’s listening skills?  Good?  How about remembering what you say?   Inside The Free Printables Collection you’ll find a sample of Hear the Hidden Message.  This is an activity that I designed to help students strengthen a variety of learning skills, especially auditory memory.   Here’s how it works…  (Video not showing?  …

Read more