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June 16, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Fishing for Sounds

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!

June 9, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

The Not So Secret, Secret: Inequities in Special Education

If you have worked with students who have learning disabilities for any length of time, you are keenly aware of the inequities inherent to special education. While there are racial disparities throughout special education, in this post I am going to specifically focus on Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD – dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and white vs black. It needs to be noted that there are considerable gaps between white special education students and almost all minorities but, for simplicity, we’ll keep this conversation spotlighted on white vs black. Let’s begin with identification.

May 19, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Bowling for Sounds

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is twist on the classic game of bowling. Bowling for Sounds is set up and played similar to classic bowling; the main difference being how you score points. For every pin knocked down, a player reads 5 words using the pattern/skill written on the pin; they receive 1 point for each word read correctly. The player with the most points at the end of 10 rounds, wins!

April 28, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Dyslexia: Relevant Federal Education Laws – The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

In a recent post, we discussed how The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) relates to dyslexia. Today we’re going continue that conversation by digging into The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and examine how it applies to dyslexia.

April 21, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

Tip Tuesday – Word Boxes

Welcome to Tip Tuesday! This Tuesday’s reading tip is a game known as Word Boxes. Players take turns drawing lines by connecting dots and reading words on either side of the line. The player who “owns” the most boxes, wins!

April 16, 2020 / by LiteracyUntangled

How to Modify an ELA Assignment for Your Child

Recently, a Literacy Untangled mom sent me an email asking for help. The ELA assignments being sent home for remote learning where taking forever to do and completely overwhelming her and her child. Mom told me she had a hard time understanding what the readings and follow up questions were asking them to do. She asked if there was any way I could help. I told her to send me an assignment and I’d help them come up with a plan of attack.

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