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Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension

October 29th, 2018 2018-10-30T21:22:49+00:00 2018-10-29T00:07:28+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Reading comprehension is the ability to understand, analyze, synthesize, and use what you have read. Without comprehension, there is really no point to reading. Graphic organizers allow you to easily take notes and turn what you read into a graphical display or story structure. These strategies improve critical components of reading comprehension.

Halloween Math Activities

Halloween Activities Improve Math Skills… Spooky Thought!

October 24th, 2018 2018-11-13T18:20:39+00:00 2018-10-24T09:00:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are so many ways you can improve math skills while having fun on Halloween. Math concepts keep getting refined as you get older. However, these activities can be used at any age for fun learning and review. Remember, sorting and categorizing items is critical to learning math concepts. Classifying is the action of putting objects into sets based on common traits. You can even chart your results.

What is Phonics? A Key to Reading Intervention

What is Phonics? A Key to Reading Intervention: Best Practices

April 4th, 2018 2018-12-12T15:44:28+00:00 2018-04-04T22:48:33+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Phonics is different that phonemic awareness. We often think of phonics skills and how we may need to improve them without actually understanding what phonics skills are and how they differ from phonemic awareness.

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness Activities Improve Reading Skills

March 22nd, 2018 2018-12-12T15:46:22+00:00 2018-03-22T14:25:48+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Phonemic awareness is a foundational skill that impacts one’s ability to read. 7 of the 9 areas of auditory processing impact phonemic awareness. This is because phonemic awareness is the ability to understand sound structure. Activities follow.

ADHD Sleep Problems

Sleep Problems and Learning

March 11th, 2018 2018-11-13T18:15:29+00:00 2018-03-11T12:05:33+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Whether you have inattentive type ADHD, hyperactive type ADHD, or the combination type ADHD, sleep problems often impact you. In fact, studies show that 50% of those with ADHD have signs of sleep deprivation at least a few nights a week.

Executive Function Skills Activities

Activities to Improve Executive Function Skills

February 26th, 2018 2018-11-13T18:18:42+00:00 2018-02-26T21:37:59+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Before we can get into executive function activities, it is important to understand what executive function is. So, what Is Executive Function? Executive function is the term used to describe a set of mental processes that helps us connect past experience with present action. We use executive function when we perform such activities as planning, organizing, strategizing and paying attention to and remembering details.

How the 5 Senses Impact How We Learn

How the 5 Senses Impact How We Learn

February 19th, 2018 2019-01-01T12:11:43+00:00 2018-02-19T12:16:52+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

The 5 Senses Impact on How We Learn – How we learn, how we intake information directly impacts our ability to succeed in school. Parents frequently email me or call my office looking for help for their child or teen. They don’t know why their child struggles in school. They just know that they do. Learn what impacts learning skills.

President's Day Learning Activities

President’s Day Activities Improve Learning and Writing Skills

February 14th, 2018 2018-02-15T00:36:36+00:00 2018-02-14T15:00:08+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

President’s Day Activities Improve Learning Skills – February is the month with two President’s birthdays. First, Lincoln’s Birthday was February 12th and then Washington’s Birthday is February 22nd. We celebrate both birthdays on President’s Day, February 20th. George Washington is the first US President. He became president after the Revolutionary War. This is the perfect time to do a few craft activities in commemoration of these two US Presidents.

Reading Comprehension Improves with Graphic Organizers

4 Activities to Improve Reading Skills (Part 4 – Writing)

January 10th, 2018 2018-01-11T20:49:00+00:00 2018-01-10T12:00:25+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

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.

Reading Comprehension Activities

4 Activities to Improve Reading Skills (Part 3 – Comprehension)

January 3rd, 2018 2018-01-10T22:43:32+00:00 2018-01-03T12:00:01+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

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.

Free Auditory Processing Activities

11 Auditory Processing Activities You Can Do Without Spending a Dime!

December 4th, 2017 2017-12-08T20:44:09+00:00 2017-12-04T11:10:21+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

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.

What motivates your child?

What Motivates Your Child?

November 28th, 2017 2017-11-29T02:32:32+00:00 2017-11-28T17:13:53+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Figuring out what motivates your child is a common problem that every parent faces at one time or another. I know for me, I often felt my kids should just be self-motivated to do their best on their homework. But, then I remember, they were kids. And then I remembered how it was when I was growing up. I often rushed through my homework to just get it done. I’m betting you are a lot like me and didn’t always do your best either.

Parent Teacher Conference Classroom

Tips for Parents at Parent Teacher Conferences

November 14th, 2017 2018-12-12T15:54:40+00:00 2017-11-14T12:00:26+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

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!

Spelling and Visual Processing (Perception)

Visual Processing and Spelling

November 6th, 2017 2018-12-12T15:55:48+00:00 2017-11-06T12:00:43+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Difficulties with visual processing areas can affect spelling. Poor visual memory and visual discrimination skills lead to trouble with spelling.

Spelling, Auditory Processing and Perception

Spelling and Auditory Processing

October 14th, 2017 2018-12-12T15:56:46+00:00 2017-10-14T00:38:57+00:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Auditory processing skills are foundational skills for both reading and spelling. Phonemic awareness and phonics are the first steps in learning to read as well as spell. Both phonemic awareness and phonics depend on the auditory system. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds – phonemes – in spoken words. Phonics is the ability to accurately relate an auditory sound with a visual symbol. This is exactly what we do when we spell.