Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

Last week, I outlined the phonological awareness skills necessary for children to have a firm foundation for learning phonics (pairing sounds with letters) to begin reading and spelling. Today, I’ll break it down a little further and give you suggestions on how to teach each skill. WORD AND SYLLABLE AWARENESS Begin by saying a short… Continue reading Phonological Awareness – Words and Syllables

The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Reading is a visual and an auditory tasks.  Phonics, a very familiar term, refers to pairing letters and sounds to form words.  But, a skill that must be mastered prior to phonics is Phonological Awareness.  It is the missing link to many reading difficulties, especially in children who are visual learners or have auditory processing… Continue reading The A B C’s of Learning to Read

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Do you have a little one starting kindergarten in the fall?  Research shows that success in kindergarten sets the tone for continued success throughout future years of education.  Here are some practical skills that can make your kindergartener a kindergarten-super star: 1:  The ability to follow group instructions and physically stay within a group.  I… Continue reading Kindergarten, Here I Come!

Summer Play List – Revised

I’m revising my list of top toys for indoor summer play to include some new discoveries. Enjoy! Construction Because so many of the kiddos that I see have difficulty with coordination, I like building toys that don’t topple easily.  They can build bigger and taller without their masterpiece falling down.  I love: Duplo blocks, Bristle… Continue reading Summer Play List – Revised