One of the things I'm doing more this year is reading. Growing up I was a reader. I would devour anything in sight. Reading didn't come easily for me at first. By third grade I was an avid reader. By upper elementary school I usually had 3 or 4 books I was reading. All of … Continue reading My Reading List for 2014
Well January is almost over and I haven't even gotten around to posting this year's them. My theme for 2014 is "Back to Basics". It isn't that I haven't had a theme picked out. I've just been busy focusing on several basics in my life. One of the foundations for who I am is my … Continue reading Theme for 2014: Back to the Basics
At the wise old age of 6 I decided that I had no need to learn to read. I was determined not to waste my time learning to read. My mom was equally determined that I was going to learn to read. Reading, writing and basic computational skills are considered essential components of a … Continue reading The Importance of Reading
Editor's Note: This is a piece I originally wrote for HomeschoolBenefits.org. As a teacher, I have used many different approaches for teaching reading: phonics, whole language, literature based, etc. Many workshop instructors attempted me to convince me their program was the best. I have also encountered many people who believe that phonics and sight words … Continue reading The Best Method for Teaching Reading
Each year Jumpstart sponsors Read for the Record day to promote early education. It is an interesting program that encourages parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults to read aloud to their child. This year's book is one of my favorites Corduroy. For more information.
Recent studies suggest that there is a correlation between native language and the effects of dyslexia. According to findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the effect of dyslexia is different in children who read and speak English contrasted with those read and speak Chinese. Prior to this study, the language being … Continue reading Dyslexia and Language
According to recent study released by the American Educational Research Association that after-school tutoring mandated by No Child Left Behind is not making the grade. The study reviewed tutoring practices in Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. It seems that many children who are eligible for the programs do not attend. Also, some of the programs … Continue reading Federal Tutoring Failing Kids