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How to Choose Fun Educational Games for the Holidays

December 3rd, 2018 2018-12-04T17:48:53-07:00 2018-12-03T09:05:55-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

3 things parents should be looking for when they are picking out educational fun games for their kids to keep them engaged?
Think about which skills you would like to enhance…reading? language? vocabulary? math? spelling?
Can you play the game over a number of years…will this be a game your kids will enjoy over the long term?

Girls Puzzle Auditory Visual Closure and Reading Fluency

Auditory Closure, Visual Closure and Reading Fluency

November 27th, 2018 2018-11-28T21:28:06-07:00 2018-11-27T16:22:39-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Auditory and visual closure play an important role in reading fluency. Auditory closure is the ability to bring sounds and/or words together to gain meaning from them, visual closure is the ability to bring letters, partial letters, or words together to make sense of them.

Directionality, Laterality, and Reading

Laterality and Directionality: How Does it Relate to Learning?

November 18th, 2018 2018-11-29T14:11:10-07:00 2018-11-18T21:06:13-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

We read from top to bottom and left to right. We form letters in specific directions. Even writing your letters correctly involves directionality. Starting letters at the top and moving down is easier and faster and coincides with how we read. Yet, kids left to there own often start writing letters from the bottom up. These are often the kids that haven’t learned the top down orientation of reading, starting at the top of the page and reading from left to right.

Family Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

November 14th, 2018 2018-11-15T09:29:00-07:00 2018-11-14T12:00:50-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to spend time with your family. I’ll be with my kids, grandkids, and husband. This year we’ll be celebrating at our house. My children and 3 new grandchildren will be here. I’m so excited! We are getting ready with some simple Thanksgiving activities that will get both the kids and adults engaged in a great time. That makes for a happy mom and grandmom!

Visual Discrimination and Reading Fluency

November 13th, 2018 2018-11-13T04:26:16-07:00 2018-11-13T03:43:30-07:00 Rick Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Rick TerryRick Terry

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.’

Reading Fluency Improves Comprehension

How Reading Fluency Improves Comprehension

November 5th, 2018 2018-12-11T16:25:35-07:00 2018-11-05T20:15:06-07:00 Rick Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Rick TerryRick Terry

Reading comprehension is the ability to understand and retain the information given in the text as you read it. Reading fluency, on the other hand, is the accuracy and speed of reading without conscious attention to the mechanics of reading. A fluent reader has the ability to read and understand words automatically. They are able to more easily comprehend complete sentences and entire reading selections.

Improve Reading Comprehension

Strategies to Improve Reading Comprehension

October 29th, 2018 2018-10-30T21:22:49-07:00 2018-10-29T00:07:28-07:00 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 2018-11-13T18:20:39-07:00 2018-10-24T09:00:01-07:00 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.

Phonemic Awareness

Phonemic Awareness Activities Improve Reading Skills

March 22nd, 2018 2019-04-24T15:36:03-07:00 2018-03-22T14:25:48-07:00 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.

Executive Function Skills Activities

Activities to Improve Executive Function Skills

February 26th, 2018 2018-11-13T18:18:42-07:00 2018-02-26T21:37:59-07:00 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 2019-01-01T12:11:43-07:00 2018-02-19T12:16:52-07:00 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.

Reading Comprehension Improves with Graphic Organizers

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

January 10th, 2018 2018-01-11T20:49:00-07:00 2018-01-10T12:00:25-07:00 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 2018-01-10T22:43:32-07:00 2018-01-03T12:00:01-07:00 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 2017-12-08T20:44:09-07:00 2017-12-04T11:10:21-07:00 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.

Parent Teacher Conference Classroom

Tips for Parents at Parent Teacher Conferences

November 14th, 2017 2018-12-12T15:54:40-07:00 2017-11-14T12:00:26-07:00 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!