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11 Tools to improve Reading Comprehension

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11 Tools to improve Reading Comprehension

Good readers employ strategies before, during, and after reading that help them comprehend text. As I mentioned in my last post “Causes of reading comprehension difficulties,” struggling readers do not understand why they have difficulty comprehending. There is however, no definitive set of strategies for remediation of reading comprehension difficulties and identification of where comprehension is breaking down will assist in employing the correct strategy to facilitate Reading Comprehension. In addition to employing reading...

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Causes of Reading Comprehension Difficulties

Posted by on 5:25 am in Info for Parents, Reading | 2 comments

Causes of Reading Comprehension Difficulties

Struggling readers do not understand why they have difficulty comprehending. In order to assist these children we need to understand why and where their difficulties are occurring. (For the purposes of this discussion I am assuming the child’s visual perceptual skills are intact.) A breakdown in Reading Comprehension can occur at different stages in the processing of language   Vocabulary and Prior Knowledge Learning to read written texts is not the same as learning to understand written texts. Reading comprehension involves...

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Reading Comprehension

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Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension is one of the pillars of the act of reading. When a person reads a text he engages in a complex array of cognitive processes. He is simultaneously using his awareness and understanding of phonemes (individual sound “pieces” in language), phonics (connection between letters and sounds and the relationship between sounds, letters and words) and ability to comprehend or construct meaning from the text. This last component of the act of reading is reading comprehension. It cannot occur independent of the other two...

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Reading Raven – App Review

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Reading Raven – App Review

    Developer: Early Ascent LLC Price: $3.99   Reading Raven is phonics-based engaging learn-to-read app that provides step-by-step reading lessons designed to help young children build a solid foundation for reading. The developer suggests this app from age 3 to 7 years, but I feel that 3 years is a little young and it is more suited for children from 4 ½ – 5 years. There are five lessons included in the app, each working on a group of five letters (individual letters, plus words that start with those letters). All...

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Writing TherAppy – App Review

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Writing TherAppy – App Review

The iMums (one of my favourite reviewers) reviewed Writing TherAppy by Tactus Solutions. The App is designed by a speech – language therapist for people with impaired written expression abilities. This includes adults with brain injury as well as children learning to spell. Grace (an iMum) reported “recently I found an unlikely spelling app that will help my 5 year old progress from his cutesy beginner spelling apps to handling future spelling dictation in a formal school setting.” Developer: Tactus Therapy Solutions Ltd. Price:...

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How do language difficulties affect learning?

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How do language difficulties affect learning?

Language is the primary medium of learning. Everything we are expected to learn is either heard or read. Our skills are demonstrated through words or written language. Language-based learning disabilities are problems with age-appropriate reading, spelling, and/or writing. It is therefore not surprising, that language difficulties can interfere with academic performance. Language is not just another subject at school; it is the means by which all other subjects are learned. The vast majority of children with learning disabilities have a...

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Memory Zoo – App Review

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Memory Zoo – App Review

The influx of Educational Apps makes it very difficult to decide which apps are worthwhile and which are not. Memory Zoo is an Auditory Memory app that is compatable with  iPod & iPad.   My rubric is based on www.speechgadget.com Thank you Deb for all your hard work and for sharing!   App Review Checklist & Rating Chart: Total Score 20 Speech/Language/Education Apps   GENERAL INFORMATION & OPERATION    5/6 App is easy to use & does not crash  1 Content is appropriate  1 No in app purchases...

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12 Games to Improve your Memory

Posted by on 6:39 am in Auditory, Info for Parents, Tips for teachers | 0 comments

12 Games to Improve your Memory

It must be remembered that everyone has a learning style that is best suited to them. Some people may find that they have a dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. Others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right mix. Nor are your styles fixed. You can develop ability in less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that you already use well. Using multiple learning styles and multiple intelligences for learning is a relatively new approach. By recognizing and...

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Read for Mandela Day

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Read for Mandela Day

The over-riding objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere. “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”   If you are going to be reading to children on Mandela Day, why not read WITH them? Paired Reading Paired Reading is a simple yet very effective way of improving a child’s reading. It helps to improve their basic reading ability (i.e. the ability to read words quickly and accurately) and...

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How to improve your memory

Posted by on 9:48 am in Auditory, Info for Parents, Tips for teachers | 3 comments

How to improve your memory

Auditory memory is highly correlated with achievement and learning and although auditory memory capacity is genetically determined, and therefore unlikely to change, it is possible to improve academic performance by improving the efficiency of existing capacity using memory intervention techniques.   Fundamental to the ability to recall information are the following: Attention Active Listening Calmness – increased anxiety affects memory Adequate Rest – lack of sleep impacts on concentration and memory   A mnemonic is a...

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