‘Writing’ Blog Posts
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.
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.
Often teachers presume their students know how to write a paragraph. They assign them to write a paragraph either in the classroom or at home and expect them to know how to do it. This makes paragraph writing difficult. Without specific instruction taught repeatedly, students do NOT typically know how to write a paragraph. Mastering any type of writing needs both practice and review, including review of the step-by-step instructions.
Steps to Improve Writing Skills and Have Writing Skills in Place:
Be able to write three of the four types of simple sentences? (They should be doing this by 3rd grade.)
Be able to write a five sentence paragraph? (They should be doing this by 3rd grade.)
Be able to write a descriptive, narrative, or compare/contrast paragraph? (4th to 12th graders should be doing this.)
Be able to write a descriptive, narrative, compare/contrast, argumentative/persuasive essay (7th to 12th graders should be doing this.)
Reading Comprehension is the ability to gain meaning from what you read and then to use that information is some fashion…whether for enjoyment when reading a pleasure book or for information and knowledge when reading a text book or non-fiction book. Reading comprehension even comes into play when reading a text message on a smart phone or reading a Facebook post.
Homework Help: Why do so many kids struggle with math, especially algebra? Teachers often move fast in math to cover the curriculum. Unfortunately kids don’t always have each concept solid before they have to move on to the next concept. Math just keeps getting harder. Kids that struggle with algebra never got a solid foundation […]
“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 […]
Writing is the doing part of thinking. To create good thinkers we need to create good writers. One of the easiest ways to create good writers is to use graphic organizers. The use of fill-in-the-blank organizers helps to prevent the deer in the headlights look kids give you when staring at blank sheets of paper.
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” […]
This comment was just left by trexpaddock after viewing the following video. I wanted to go into more detail for you on this post. It is difficult to tell if you don’t understand learning disabilities well, or are just ‘dumbing down’ the material to the point it becomes confused. Hi Trexpaddock, I do try to […]
Ashlea S. writes: We have a 7 year old who is in second grade and is having a difficulty spelling. Her spelling used to be great and she didn’t have a problem with it until this year. She wants to write her b’s as d’s and her d’s as b’s. It’s become very difficult to […]
Kids with dyslexia, LD, and ADHD are not the only ones that struggle with reading comprehension. Even gifted kids have been known to struggle with reading comprehension. How many times have your kids re-read the same pages in their textbook, searching for the answers? Your kids may have even flung their book down or at […]
I just came across this article on dysgraphia and thought you might be interested in it: Dysgraphia and Sequencing “Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing abilities. It can manifest itself as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper” (National Center for Learning Disabilities , found at LD Online). Those […]
I Can Hardly Believe It? Check it out… The call is filling up fast – Reserve your spot now. I have had so many calls from parents recently, wondering how to help their child over the summer. They realize summer is a great time to give their child a boost, but they also want to […]
I am always amazed at how many parents have asked me about how to address their kids writing problems. Writing problems usually occur at one time or another whether you have dyslexia, an identified learning disability, or are even gifted. I think it is safe to say that at one time or another every student […]
When I am working with a student who needs help learning how to write a sentence, to improve his sentence writing or to improve his grammar the first thing I do is pull out my Sentence Zone game. This is because it is a hands on game with color-coded cards. Their retention of what I’m […]
This study was just reported on … thought you would be interested… May 1, 2009 (WLS) — Many parents know about reading disabilities such as dyslexia. But there has been little research into writing disabilities. Now a new study suggests writing disorders are just as common as reading disabilities and are most likely to affect […]
My children are 11 and 13. My 11 yr old has processing problems and my 13 yr old wants to just read and not write. Thank you, Theresa Today I’ll address the writing problem. Children are often fearful of writing. They think that their writing won’t be any good. This happens to most children at […]
There is another solution to this that I use along with the Ten Minutes to Better Studying Skills. This solution can also be used very effectively at home, with a tutor, in a resource classroom, or in an elementary, middle school, or high school class. I have learned from years of experience and research that […]
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 […]