Posted in opening words on September 3rd, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment
Reading variety promotes interest and curiosity, driving reading forward and encouraging the reader to find out more.
As the reader explores the details of a holiday brochure, sports report in the paper, promotional leaflet, instructions for a new game, or magazine article, their language and sight-word vocalbulary is being extended and rehearsed.
Don’t leave children to struggle on their own. Read with them, sharing discussions about the meaning and purpose of the text. Talk about word meanings, and also their implications. For example, is an antique clock just old, or is there more to it than that? Does the author describe the book as ‘well-worn’ to imply it is a well-like book, or one that’s been scuffed along the floor? Why did the ‘breathtaking view of the city’ take his/her breath away? … would we all find it breathtaking, or only the character who has never seen the view of such a large city before?
Reading practice is vital. For those who struggle with reading, they need help to remove barriers to success such as word-decoding, comprehension and implication to help the text flow smoothly, and willingly, into their eyes.
Best wishes to you all,
Posted in opening words on February 27th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment
Unconditional Support for the Struggling Reader
- removing barriers to failure
I have written this article to highlight the success of using an alternative strategy to support reading to engage those who are experiencing failure, frustration and lack of motivational reward.
A project using this approach with parents of dyslexic children in Cornwall proved to be very successful – more details on request.
Reading failure breeds low self-esteem, frustration and exclusion. Poor readers are hampered in their ability to access the language, information and rewards of achievement afforded to their peers. They face embarrassment, disappointment and demotivation. And, as if that wasn’t enough, they are then often subjected to torturous methods of intervention which only perpetuate their lack of reading success. read more »
Posted in opening words on November 4th, 2011 by admin – Comments Off
FUN TIMES TALES
links multiplication tables to stories and games to make learning
interesting and fun. (CD AVAILABLE FOR SALE BY POST)
designed and produced by Sally Collard
Some children run from their tables, unable to recall which numbers go where and what numbers come next.
What they need are memory aid prompts that lets them pull out the right answer to remember their tables with confidence, accuracy and fun.
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Posted in latest news on October 18th, 2011 by admin – Comments Off
Many dyslexic and dyspraxic child struggle to learn how to tell the time. This can lead to frustration and embarrassment, but also a poor sense of time.
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