How Important is it for Children to Have Time for Independent Play?

How many of us, as children, had hours of time to make things out of wood, toss a ball in the air and catch it over and over, pretend all sorts of adventures, climb trees, pick food out of a garden and eat it on the spot, or ride a little red wagon down what … Continue reading How Important is it for Children to Have Time for Independent Play?

The Brain – Processing Patterns and Learning to Read

Our brains are programmed to perceive patterns.  Many people enjoy puzzles, whether they are jigsaw puzzles or manipulative puzzles or Sudoku puzzles. They all involve patterns. Art often uses patterns. Architecture and landscaping often follow patterns and they are more pleasing to the eye when certain patterns are followed to achieve visual balance. Math follows … Continue reading The Brain – Processing Patterns and Learning to Read

This is Your Brain on Reading!

As one who teaches struggling readers how to read, I find it interesting to read about how the brain works.  Some researchers have hypothesized that children who cannot read well have brains that work differently than those of children who can read well.  Brain scans showed that the brains of good readers actually looked different … Continue reading This is Your Brain on Reading!

You Can Teach Your Struggling Child to Read – Now!

Is your child a struggling reader?  Have you tried to help your child learn to read and it just doesn't seem to click?  Learning to read does not come easily for many children, so you are not alone.  Many people will tell you that some children just need to wait longer—but that is just not … Continue reading You Can Teach Your Struggling Child to Read – Now!

Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems

Many children have difficulty learning to read.  If your child is one of them you can become discouraged by all the suggestions that never seem to help your child’s situation. Recently I’ve been perusing Facebook Homeschool groups and I see questions by parents who really want to help their students who are behind in reading … Continue reading Diagnosing Children with Reading Problems

Different Types of Phonics—What Are They?

What differences are there, if any, between different types of phonics?  Is one kind of phonics more effective than another?  How do they compare? The chart below will help you decide. There are three main types of phonics: analytic, embedded and synthetic.  A fourth type, analogy phonics, is a subtype of analytic phonics.  Of these, … Continue reading Different Types of Phonics—What Are They?