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Live: The LD Screening Tool Has Arrived!

March 23rd, 2009 2015-11-30T19:29:17+00:00 2009-03-23T18:49:30+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Yes, it is here! Spring is here, the tulip tree is blooming as is the manzanita tree, daffodils, the wild violets…And the Learning Disability Screening Assessment has arrived!   You will now be able to have your child or student assessed and find the underlying root cause of their learning problems. You will know the […]

Will Music Really Help Improve Reading Skills?

March 18th, 2009 2017-02-16T01:21:02+00:00 2009-03-18T16:53:52+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning to read is NOT rocket science, but it is more complex than most people think. Whether you have a learning disability, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD or not, every person is affected by their visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic processing systems. We all learn by seeing (visual processing), hearing (auditory processing), and doing (tactile/kinesthetic). Both visual processing and auditory processing are critical components to […]

How To Improve Reading Skills With a Non-verbal Autistic Student

March 17th, 2009 2015-02-04T23:58:09+00:00 2009-03-17T15:01:37+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

This question just came in from Penny Ray: Hi Bonnie! I have a question about “Five Minutes to Better Reading”. Have you used that program with a non-speaking student? What do you recommend for non-speaking (non-verbal autistic) kids in terms of boosting reading skills? Am looking for anything that would help. Thanks, Penny Ray Hi […]

New study links Dyslexia to slower processing of sounds in the brain

March 16th, 2009 2015-01-23T23:18:05+00:00 2009-03-16T15:27:57+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I just read this article written by Tralee Pearce regarding recent research on dyslexia and thought you’d enjoy it. This study again shows the deep connection and impact that processing problems have with learning problems. TRALEE PEARCE From Friday’s Globe and Mail March 13, 2009 at 11:57 AM EDT While researchers and educators have come a […]

Review: The LD Assessment Tool…

March 11th, 2009 2009-03-11T18:55:38+00:00 2009-03-11T18:55:38+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I’m so excited to share this review that just came in. I sent out a few advance copies of the new LD Dyslexia Assessment Tool: Learning Difficulty/Disability Pre-Screening Tool and Informal Comprehensive Identification Tool to several professionals and The LINK magazine. Here it is: By Emerson Sandow of The LINK homeschool magazine In homeschooling, Bonnie […]

12 Activities Address Two More Areas of Visual Processing

February 26th, 2009 2015-11-25T00:41:01+00:00 2009-02-26T16:28:12+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

The last two areas of visual processing are visual language classification and visual integration. Strengths in visual language classification help to create good comprehension. Visual integration pulls together the tactile/kinesthetic with the vision system.

Visual Tracking – One of the Most Common Reading Problems + 8 Activities to Improve It

February 24th, 2009 2016-02-25T00:45:59+00:00 2009-02-24T16:50:44+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Visual Tracking: The ability to track one’s eyes from left to right in an efficient manner; it enables the task to be completed quickly. When your child skips or repeats words when they read aloud

they typically have visual tracking difficutles. Visual Tracking is critical to reading fluently with ease.
Over my 35+ years of teaching aproximately 95% of the students I worked with had visual tracking difficulties. It is a VERY common problem!

Is Reading and Writing Critical to Learning Anymore?

February 17th, 2009 2009-02-17T15:19:50+00:00 2009-02-17T15:19:50+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I just started reading a book that was written in 1940 about reading. One of the very interesting comments it makes is “there is some feeling nowadays that reading is not as necessary as it once was.” This statement was made in 1940! How many of us think that is the current situation? After all, we have video, ipods, computers, and televisions that have taken over many of the functions of books, newspapers, and journals. What often happens then is that people don’t have to actually ‘make up their minds’ about anything, instead they can just take the opinions of others without having to actually think…

What Do I Do? I Know There Is a Learning Problem & the School Says No

February 11th, 2009 2009-02-11T18:49:58+00:00 2009-02-11T18:49:58+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

A few years ago a parent called me. She was distraught. She didn’t know what to do. She had just gotten off the phone with her daughter’s school. She was informed again that her 9th grade daughter did not qualify for any help within the school system. She had been trying to get help for […]

Laziness, Learning Difficulty, LD, or Dyslexia?

February 5th, 2009 2016-02-25T00:44:31+00:00 2009-02-05T15:34:12+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I haven’t posted for a few days due to flying down to Boca Raton, FL for a conference.  I’ll be in meetings the next few days and wanted to be sure and touch base though. This question recently came up from a parent (Kathy P) wondering, “Does my son have a learning disability or is […]

3 Simple Steps Done Regularly = Success in Reading

January 29th, 2009 2015-01-24T01:21:42+00:00 2009-01-29T20:23:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I was in a business class yesterday and this quote was discussed regarding business. The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them. Quoted by: William Lever of Lever Brothers Think about this. Isn’t this also true of reading, whether […]

How do I help a kindergartener improve in reading?

January 21st, 2009 2015-01-24T00:59:06+00:00 2009-01-21T18:08:08+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Sandi P. wrote: I have a friend whose kindergartener (just turned 6) is having trouble reading. She hasn’t obtained EL and EL4 is the goal for the year and the year is ½ over in Kentucky.Would “Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills” be a good place to start? Thanks for the question. Yes, Five Minutes […]

New Review – 5 Minutes to Better Reading Skills Really Works!

January 21st, 2009 2009-01-21T18:02:01+00:00 2009-01-21T18:02:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Five Minutes To Better Reading Skills is presented as a fast, fun approach to improve reading skills. The program includes a Teacher’s Manual, Mastery Charts, and a Student Booklet. The Mastery Charts are included in the Teacher’s Manual, so that the components include the two spiral bound books. The Student Booklet is 45 pages, while […]

My son was just diagnosed with CAPD. How can I help him?

January 7th, 2009 2016-02-25T00:49:34+00:00 2009-01-07T18:57:18+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Bonnie, My 8 yr old son was just diagnosed with CAPD.  I would like to know if the Reading Pack is appropriate for him?  Or if there are other more appropriate materials better suited to his specific disability. Thank you. Maricela A Hi Maricela, When your son or daughter is diagnosed with CAPD, ADD, ADHD, […]

Can You Improve Reading Speed & Fluency in 5 Minutes a Day?

December 18th, 2008 2008-12-18T15:43:19+00:00 2008-12-18T15:43:19+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Miriam writes: This child knows how to read. The problem is bringing him up to speed. He reads 23 words per minute and according to the teacher he should be at 43 words per minute! What do I do to help? Hi Miriam, Schools, teachers, parents, even homeschooling parents are becoming more concerned about reading fluency and […]

Trouble Understanding What You Read? Part One

December 9th, 2008 2015-02-04T23:45:03+00:00 2008-12-09T16:11:26+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

But what about an answer if the reading problem is #3 (lack of language or vocabulary)? Writes J. K. Remember, there are 3 roadblocks to reading success. The third problem, lack of vocabulary or language can be addressed in a variety of ways. First, a recap on the 3 roadblocks: 3 Most Common Reading Roadblocks (whether your […]

Reading Slow and Hindered, What Do I Do?

December 6th, 2008 2016-02-25T01:09:40+00:00 2008-12-06T15:09:19+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

I recently received this question: Even after doing a complete course in phonics, a child’s reading is yet very slow and hindered what would be the best strategy? Looking forward to your reply and guidance. Regards R. Typically when one reads slowly it is due to one of the 3 Most Common Reading Roadblocks (whether […]

ADD & Homework – Part TWO

October 22nd, 2008 2008-10-22T12:30:32+00:00 2008-10-22T12:30:32+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Two separate areas need to be addressed in order to fully understand homework difficulties: the academic area and the behavioral area. Academic 1. Do your kids have the required skills to do the assignments? 2. Is their reading level at their actual grade level? 3. Do your kids comprehend the information they are reading for […]

Easy Ways to Improve Reading Comprehension & Actually Utilize What You Read

September 17th, 2008 2016-03-22T08:46:36+00:00 2008-09-17T19:22:13+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Every time my students read, I ask them an important question. Is what you read informational (expository) or did it have a beginning, middle, and an end (narrative)? From their answer I give them a fill-in-the-blank graphic organizer form that they can use to take notes from the passage they read.(See Ten Minutes to Better […]

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