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Big Five of Literacy #4: Vocabulary

Vocabulary is an interesting part of the Big Five Components for Literacy because it can be considered in multiple ways and can be taught in just as many.  No matter what you think of it or how you teach it, there’s no … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #3: Phonics

Oh boy, this is going to a long post!  (Fair warning) Phonics, in its simplest definition, means a way to teach reading by mapping sounds to letters or combinations of letters in order to decode words. Using this definition, the … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #2: Phonemic Awareness

I’ve already discussed Phonemic Awareness on the blog posts I’ve created this Dyslexia Awareness Month but it’s such a big deal that it’s worth another look. I also already posted the best resource I’ve ever seen for that, but you … Continue reading

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Big Five of Literacy #1: Print Awareness

Print Awareness is exactly what it sounds like, an awareness of print being one of the modes for transmitting information from one person to another. One of the factors that experts like to cite about the potential for reading success in … Continue reading

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The Big Five of Literacy

Essential Components of Reading The information in this article, along with its accompanying graphics, go a long way to explain what is necessary for optimum results in reading instruction. Unfortunately, the folks at Reading Naturally have forgotten what I feel … Continue reading

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Tsundoku

What a great word! The Japanese coined this to explain the phenomenon that readers don’t always read all the books they own. Another author named this the ‘antilibrary,’ which doesn’t sound like such a good thing. The New York Times … Continue reading

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Stealth Dyslexia

As if parents of struggling learners didn’t have enough to worry about, here’s another term to become familiar with: Stealth Dyslexia.  I linked a page to my FB page today about this term.  The page I linked there, from Understood, explains … Continue reading

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Strengths

Over these past few days I’ve been talking about how dyslexic kids have lots of great strengths.  Very often, they are amazing with their visualization skills.  They are often very savvy with tools too–able to fix things or make them … Continue reading

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Phonemic Awareness

I posted this link on my FB page today and want to include it here as well because Phonemic Awareness is so vital.  One of the things that had me wondering if my own son might be dyslexic, all those … Continue reading

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Cursive, Yes, Cursive!

Cursive writing should not be relegated to the realm of a secret code for older people!  Instead, it should be taught, perhaps even taught first, and definitely should be taught to dyslexic children.  The late Diana Hanbury-King wrote a wonderful … Continue reading

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