Many parents and even educators are confused about what it means when we refer to Whole Language, Balanced Literacy, and Systematic Phonics approaches to literacy instruction. When I teach children, I use storytelling and metaphor to make difficult topics relatable. The following story/metaphor will hopefully help you understand the terminology identified with each approach and … Continue reading Taken for a Ride With Balanced Literacy
Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) is the time in school where virtually everyone, including the principal, teachers, and students pick up their books and begin to read for a designated amount of time. In theory, this sounds like such a good idea, until you notice that for some, D.E.A.R. stands for Don’t Even Attempt to … Continue reading D.E.A.R. Time: Don’t Even Attempt to Read
We have known for a long time that our immune systems keep the growth of disease in our bodies in check. Even if we have a genetic predisposition for a specific disease, a healthy lifestyle, including good nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction practices can help reduce the growth of cancerous cells and diminish the … Continue reading Early Identification and Intervention
While working on the past tense verb,“ed,” with a first grader, I noticed this little girl was having difficulty understanding how “ed” could have three different sounds. For example, planted or landed both have the id sound added to the base word – (plant-ed) and (land-ed) while the word “hopped” sounds like a /t/ at … Continue reading What is Explicit Instruction?
Have you ever been in a room with people coughing and sneezing, wondering if you were going to get sick? It seems inevitable when germs are flying all over the place, but somehow you were able to escape. A day or two passes, and you are fine. Your friends, however, were not so lucky. How … Continue reading Did Your Child Miss the Reading Bug?