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Writing Sentences with Your Spelling Words

Tips for Writing Sentences (and Stories!) with Your Spelling Words

October 20th, 2021 2021-10-21T13:44:11-07:00 2021-10-20T14:26:48-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Most teachers assign spelling words homework at some point. The assignment may be to use their spelling words in sentences or to write a story using their spelling words. Both of these assignments can be daunting for a lot of kids. Read to find out what you can do to make these assignments easier.

Family Thanksgiving Activities

5 Thanksgiving Activities for the Family

November 24th, 2019 2022-09-02T12:36:28-07:00 2019-11-24T09:00:50-08:00 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!

ADHD Sleep Problems

ADHD Sleep Problems and Learning

March 5th, 2019 2020-03-10T10:20:01-07:00 2019-03-05T12:05:33-08:00 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.

How to Get Dyslexic and ADHD Kids to Love Reading

Reading Activities Help Dyslexic and ADHD Kids Love Reading

January 16th, 2019 2020-04-29T07:51:13-07:00 2019-01-16T15:55:49-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

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 and Reading Fluency

November 13th, 2018 2019-08-28T16:43:45-07:00 2018-11-13T03:43:30-08:00 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.’

Executive Function Skills Activities

Activities to Improve Executive Function Skills

February 26th, 2018 2018-11-13T18:18:42-08:00 2018-02-26T21:37:59-08:00 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.

Free Auditory Processing Activities

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

December 4th, 2017 2020-04-23T11:49:05-07:00 2017-12-04T11:10:21-08:00 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.

Learning Disability Awareness Month

Learning Disabilities Awareness Month is October

October 8th, 2017 2018-12-12T15:57:48-08:00 2017-10-08T21:56:33-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning Disabilities impact 15 to 20% of the population. The most common types of learning disabilities are in the areas of reading (dyslexia), writing (written expression), and math (dyscalculia). Attention problems such as ADHD, language problems, and behavior problems may co-occur with learning disabilities.

Self-esteem, Executive Function, and Homework

How Homework Can Help Build Self-Esteem and Confidence

September 25th, 2017 2017-09-30T19:12:49-07:00 2017-09-25T12:00:12-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Kids need to feel like they belong, can contribute, and are needed. They also need to feel confident, have a sense of achievement, respect of self and others. Completing and turning in homework gives that sense of accomplishment. It improves one’s self-esteem.

Executive Function and Homework

Executive Function Skills and An Argument for Homework

September 18th, 2017 2017-09-19T01:48:10-07:00 2017-09-18T12:55:27-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Developing executive function is a key benefit of homework. Kids can and do learn these skills with short 15 minute assignments. They don’t get burned out or hate school if the total homework only takes 15 minutes. The detriment of homework comes in when daily homework is longer than that.

Learning Disabilities Help

Learning Disabilities Help

August 28th, 2017 2017-08-31T19:44:37-07:00 2017-08-28T09:22:51-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning disabilities and ADHD impact between 15% to 20% of the population. That is 9 to 16 people on a street with 20 homes. That being said, according to the CDC, less that 1 in 3 children with ADHD receives both medication and behavioral therapy. And, students with learning disabilities earn lower grades and experience higher rates of course failure. Listen to find out what you can do to help learning disabilities kids improve their skills.

reading comprehension

5 Steps to Improve Reading Comprehension with Family Field Trips

August 15th, 2017 2017-08-02T02:49:11-07:00 2017-08-15T12:00:08-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

By having a framework or structure to your family fields trips, you can drastically improve memory skills. If you do not have a bit of a structure to your trips, your kids are not as likely to remember the great things you have done as a family together. With these family field trips, you can improve your vocabulary, memory and factual knowledge base.

Back to School Supplies

Back to School Supplies for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

August 8th, 2017 2017-08-01T18:38:56-07:00 2017-08-08T12:30:39-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Can back to school supplies really help with school success? School success depends on a number of characteristics: willingness to learn, attending classes regularly, asking questions, being attentive, doing and turning in assignments. One thing that strikes me here is the doing and turning in assignments characteristic. Studies have shown that students tend to do well in school when they have the tools they need handy. So, what are some of those ‘must have’ tools? Are there any ‘secret weapons’ so to speak that will really help your child succeed?

Back to School Tips

6 Back to School Tips for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

August 1st, 2017 2017-08-01T18:31:20-07:00 2017-08-01T12:00:49-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Back to school tips: There are specific things you can do to make learning easier for your child with dyslexia or ADHD. Start off by letting your child know that you do remember some struggles from last year. What can you do differently this year?

Family Activity: Go to the Museum

As Summer Break is Winding Down, Get in a Few Family Activities

July 24th, 2017 2018-09-01T00:04:59-07:00 2017-07-24T22:17:43-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Summer break is winding down, but there is still time to have fun and bring your child’s skills up. There is nothing like taking the last few weeks of the summer and infusing in some extra fun while gearing your kids up for the new school year. This is especially important if your kids have any learning problems, dyslexia, or ADHD. Giving your kids the best start you can is one of the most important things you can do as a parent.

family activities

6 Fun Family Activities Prevent the Summer Slide!

July 19th, 2017 2018-12-12T16:04:18-08:00 2017-07-19T15:17:48-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

It’s not too late to prevent the summer slide with fun family activities. The activities are geared for elementary, middle, and high school kids. Listen to the audio. Activities include weekly trips, nature adventures, and home activities.

Signs of ADHD in Children

5 Signs of ADHD

March 14th, 2017 2018-02-20T22:22:17-08:00 2017-03-14T12:00:12-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

There are 5 hallmark signs of ADHD. These must be present early on and present for at least 6 months. You don’t develop ADHD suddenly in 3rd, 5th or 8th grades.

Attention and ADHD

March 7th, 2017 2017-03-08T02:05:59-08:00 2017-03-07T12:00:56-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Attention and ADHD are interconnected. Your ability to attend and stay focused on any activity is directly impacted by ADHD. That being said, ADHD is not a learning disability. ADHD often co-occurs with learning disabilities or dyslexia (about 60% of the time). Those with ADHD, LD, and dyslexia can be successful.

Teaching Kids Decision Making

Teaching Kids Decision Making: Raising Thoughtful Voters

November 1st, 2016 2018-10-31T20:21:54-07:00 2016-11-01T16:17:33-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Election day is just around the corner. Many people have already started voting by absentee ballot. The debates, surveys, projections seem to be everywhere. That being said, how do we teach someone or as a student learn to be a thoughtful voter?
Whether we realize it or not, we actually vote on ‘stuff’ every day. A vote for something is a decision or choice about something. For example, if you are thirsty and you get a drink of water, the act of drinking water rather than juice, coffee, tea, or a soft drink is an ‘act’ of voting or choosing water.

Suspect ADHD Symptoms

ADHD Symptoms? Suspect ADHD? Diagnosed with ADHD?

September 27th, 2016 2022-02-09T18:34:38-08:00 2016-09-27T12:10:46-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

In order to be diagnosed with ADHD by a professional, the ADHD symptoms must have persisted for at least six months and have been present before the age of 12 years according to the DSM-5. The symptoms must also be severe enough to disrupt school, as well as home life.

Learning Disabilities Help

Learning Disabilities Help for Your Child

August 29th, 2016 2018-12-12T16:02:49-08:00 2016-08-29T06:03:38-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Learning disabilities and ADHD impact between 15% to 20% of the population. That is 9 to 16 people on a street with 20 homes. That being said, according to the CDC, less that 1 in 3 children with ADHD receives both medication and behavioral therapy. And, students with learning disabilities earn lower grades and experience higher rates of course failure. Listen to find out what you can do to help your learning disabilities kids improve their skills.

Holiday Activities Reduce Stress Over the Holidays for Dyslexia and ADHD

December 5th, 2015 2015-12-05T02:29:05-08:00 2015-12-05T01:40:36-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

Holiday Activities: Keeping my children engaged over the holidays can be daunting or it can be fun. I don’t like being stressed so I always think of a plan to keep everyone engaged in a variety of activities that can be done without a ton of running around. To that end, I have created the following list of family holiday activities. Each activity builds family comradery as well as learning skills.

holiday activities for ADHD and Dyslexia

Reduce Holiday Stress…with 7 Holiday Activities for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids

November 25th, 2015 2016-02-02T23:12:57-08:00 2015-11-25T01:56:11-08:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry
ADHD or Dyslexia...Reduce Holiday Stress... Register for the FREE Webinar NOW! Learn 7 Holiday Activities for Dyslexia and ADHD Kids You know as well as I do...holiday time can be stressful for our learning challenged kids, especially those with ADHD or dyslexia. Did you know...there are specific things you can do to lessen your stress [...]
ADHD Inattentive Type Day Dreamer

ADHD Inattentive Type

July 14th, 2015 2020-04-29T07:47:42-07:00 2015-07-14T00:21:48-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

ADHD inattentive Type: When your child ‘forgets’ to do things, you might want to try…or when your child ‘forgets’ to do things, you might want to try…or when your child is disorganized with their possessions, you might want to try… Read to find the solutions.

dyslexia symptoms, ADHD symptoms

ADHD Symptoms and Dyslexia Symptoms

May 19th, 2015 2015-07-08T19:22:50-07:00 2015-05-19T00:57:57-07:00 Bonnie Terry Bonnie Terry Learning Bonnie TerryBonnie Terry

ADHD and Dyslexia share some characteristics so ADHD is sometimes misdiagnosed. Additionally, those with ADHD often also have dyslexia or or learning problems. When you look at the list of ADHD symptoms, you will notice that short attention span and distractibility are on the list. Then look at the list of Dyslexia Symptoms. You will notice symptoms like does your child take too long to do their assigned work and poor listening comprehension. Think about it, if you have a short attention span, it will take you longer to do your work and if you are distractible you will have poor listening comprehension. So we do need to dig a bit further to discern what is really going on.

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