Over the last few weeks, everywhere we turn, we are are hearing this question. There are no easy answers. In this post, we’ll share with you the same answers and guidance we have been giving to our Literacy Untangled families.
First and foremost, there are no ‘correct’ answers; there are only decisions to be made concerning what will work best for your individual family. Below we’ll guide you through the same questions we ask our families when they come to us asking for help in making this decision.
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday we are going to unscramble some scrambled sentences. How is this related to learning how to read? Quite simply, reading does not exist on an island all by itself. It is related and connected to the wider world and mechanisms of language: oral, written, and writing. Unscrambling sentences is an excellent way to introduce and reinforce the use of syntax, the concept of complete sentences, and the rules of punctuation and capitalization with your child. This very deceptively simple activity does a lot of heavy lifting towards becoming a better reader and writer! (Plus I talk about how I channel my inner Yoda!)
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s we are going to go fishing for sounds! Fishing for Sounds is similar to the classic children’s magnetic fishing toy: “fishing rods” with magnets at the end and “fish” with metallic disks. Your child can play this alone or with siblings. For every “fish” caught, a player reads the word on the card. Read the word on the card correctly and the player gets to keep their “catch”. The best part – this game also helps to build eye/hand coordination – building better readers and writers!
Masters of Teaching (MAT): Special Education
Former Special Education Teacher (English/Reading):
Kennedy Krieger Institute & Baltimore County Public Schools
Structured Literacy Classroom Teacher: The Center for Effective Reading Instruction
Associate in Training: Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
International Dyslexia Association Member
Dyslexia and ADHD are prevalent in my family, with multiple diagnoses of both in my immediate and extended family. This, combined with my experience teaching English and reading for the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Baltimore County Public Schools, instilled in me a passion for working with beginning and struggling readers. In my view, the ability to read is an essential life skill which no one should be denied.
I received my Masters of Teaching in Special Education from Goucher College and am trained in the Orton Gillingham Approach to reading instruction. Currently, I am working towards the Associate Level Certification from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). I am also a member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).