‘Reading’ Blog Posts
When I first heard of Bonnie Terry’s 5 Minutes to Better Reading Skills program, I assumed it was only for beginning readers. Not so! It’s for everyone! My kids from 3rd to 6th grade are already benefiting from it and we’ve only been using it for a week. Their reading speed, confidence, and comprehension are going up by leaps and bounds!
Reading fluency is the speed and accuracy of reading without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. In other words, a fluent reader has the ability to retrieve and read words automatically. Efficient readers are fluent readers. Multiple studies show that slow single word reading leads to both poor comprehension and frustration.
Reading activities and games are a great way to help your kids improve both their reading skills and their love of reading. When learning becomes fun, in a relaxed atmosphere kids do better and their skills improve. Learning is a lot more fun when you are playing a game.
Visual discrimination is directly connected to reading fluency. Visual discrimination is the ability to discern subtle similarities and differences visually. This is the process of seeing details. What is the same? What is different? Shapes, sizes, and colors are details to be looked at. An additional part of visual discrimination is ‘form constancy.’
One of the easiest ways to improve reading skills with writing is to use fill-in-the-blank graphic organizers. They make note-taking, paragraph writing, and essay writing easy. As a parent, I hated watching my son struggle with a writing assignment. He would stare what would seem like hours at a blank piece of paper. I’m sure you feel the same way.
So many children struggle with reading comprehension, specifically finding the main idea of what they are reading or finding details that support the main idea or for sequential order. This can be daunting for some students, and not just those students with LD, dyslexia, or ADHD. You don’t have to have a learning disability to have difficulty with reading comprehension! Even gifted children struggle sometimes with reading comprehension. Solutions are here.
Auditory processing is a critical component to reading success. We work on a variety of auditory processing areas every time we do activities from the Reading Pack: Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills, Making Spelling Sense, Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills, and The Comprehension Zone. For example, The Comprehension Zone is a game where we play for both auditory memory, auditory comprehension, and reading comprehension. Making Spelling Sense is where we work on auditory discrimination, auditory closure, and auditory memory.
Parent-teacher conferences come around several times a year. This is the perfect time for you to check in and see how your child is doing. Have your kids been turning in their homework? Are they working during class time? Are your kids struggling with their homework? Do your kids like school? So many questions!
Improve vocabulary is one of the five components to teaching reading as well as improving reading skills. Vocabulary is a strong indicator of student success. Knowledge of words and word meanings is an important key to reading, speaking, and listening success.
Improve reading skills and writing skills through spelling. One aspect of reading is called decoding – the ability to sound out words. Another aspect is called encoding – the ability to spell the words you hear. This decoding and encoding ability really go hand-in-hand. Your ability to sound out words you see and then spell words you hear incorporates both visual and auditory processing skills.
Have a summer reading plan for the lazy, hazy days of summer. Kids should be reading on a daily basis. This can happen for 15 to 30 minutes after lunch, before swimming, or before bed. Kids should be reading pleasure books at one to two levels below their grade level so they are easy to read. Get the top 5 books to read this summer too.
You know your child is bright but you still have homework struggles. It seems like the struggles will never go away. There are a few things to check into when your child is struggling with reading. You need to become the detective. Their reading problems are typically due to more than reading comprehension problems. In fact, they can be due to one or more of the following reasons.
Learning Reading Help: Auditory Memory Part 3 In the last post Learning Reading Help: Auditory Memory Part 2 I talked about learning reading and went over some specific activities you can do in just minutes a day to target areas of auditory processing that affect learning reading. Remember, when you need learning reading help you […]
Proust and the Squid: A Must-Read for Parents with Kids Struggling to Read This guest post is contributed by Olivia Coleman If your child is struggling with reading in particular, is actually dyslexic, or possesses some other impediment to learning such a valuable skill, then it’s important to know as much as possible about the process […]
Give Your Child a 2 – 4 Year Advantage Learning Reading and Writing Whether Your Child Has LD, Dyslexia, ADHD, or is Gifted… You know your child is bright but you still have homework struggles. You know how painful it is to see your child struggle or take forever to read their assignments. You just […]
“FACT – It’s Not Too Late… Give Your Child A 2 To 4 Year Advantage in Learning Reading, Writing and Math In Just 20 Minutes A Day!” Does your child struggle with learning reading, writing, spelling, or math? Do they have reading comprehension problems? Do they understand their homework? Do they do their homework with […]
Looking for help with learning reading and don’t know where to start? Learning Reading Help Can Be Divided into 3 Categories learning reading skills.
Bonnie, I found you through Youtube and am intrigued by the 10 Minutes to Better Study Skills! My home-schooled daughter is 16 and dual-enrolling in our local community college and currently in her first class. She is struggling with note-taking! She also took the SAT in June and scored poorly in the reading portion, especially the “passage” […]
Parents want to help their kids improve their skills. That is a given as far as I’m concerned. All parents want the best for their children and when learning reading, writing, or spelling is hard they often don’t know where to turn. Parents often spend a small fortune seeking the help they need for their […]
For those of you that missed last Wednesday night’s call … I wanted to pass this along as soon as I could. Here is the link where you can go to listen to the Mid-Summer Activities to Improve Your Child’s Skills Teleseminar. You will want to listen over the next 3 days as it may […]
It’s the almost middle of Summer Vacation and as you know, it is the perfect time to give your child a boost in their learning skills, but you still want to have fun… Join Bonnie Terry’s call and find out what you can do in just 20 minutes a day to boost your child’s reading, […]
Hi, Bonnie. We spoke on the phone when I ordered your materials, which I’ve since received. Thanks very much! You mentioned at the time that you are open to questions as I began using the materials–and, of course, I now have those questions! -My son will be entering 3rd grade. His 2nd grade teacher noted […]