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The Best Grammar Resource for Teaching Grammar Using a Multisensory Approach!

During the Orton-Gillingham training that I attended during the summer of 2019, I was introduced to some resources that I could tap into to help students learn grammar.  One Fellow-In-Training, an educator working on the last requirements for becoming an official Fellow in the OG approach to reading, joined our cohort for a couple of days.  She drew a simple T chart on the board and said, this is the […]

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What to Do About Face Shields!

For the first time in my life, I’m wearing a face shield!  Not all the time, of course, but there are times when I really have no choice.  I do adult professional development as part of my job, so I need to be able to have people understand what I’m saying.  I am also aware that a face shield alone does not adequately protect you from COVID-19.  A face shield, […]

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“Germs” and Hand Washing: A Visual Demonstration for Students with Special Needs!

Even though I shared this concept in last week’s blog, I realized that there were a lot of my followers who didn’t get to see it.  This week, I’m showing everyone what this demonstration of “germs” and handwashing looks like!  The idea of germs on our hands is an abstract concept that is hard for our students with disabilities to understand.  When they can see what we are talking about […]

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Show Your Students in Early Childhood How Much Fun Brushing and Flossing Can Be!

Students learn best by doing, you know that!  They learn better when you don’t Tell, Tell, Tell, but when you Show, Show, Show!! Finding clever ways to teach students important life skills can sometimes be challenging.  I remember leaning about how to teach the importance of hand washing to students with disabilities.  Soooo amazing!    First you get some oil mixed with glitter.  The students cover their hands in the mixture […]

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Wanna Help Your Students and Families Get What They Need? There’s an App for That!

On January 6, 2020, our school district started offering our staff and community a way to help our students and families who are struggling!  It’s anonymous, it’s free, and it’s a win/win! How many times do you know about a student who is sleeping on the floor and you wish you could help?  How many times do you know that a student could use a new bookbag, snacks on the […]

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How to Get Struggling Readers to “Hear” Short Vowel Sounds!!!

About five years ago I worked with a middle school student with Down Syndrome on reading decoding.  She had the worst time trying to sound out simple CVC words when I realized she just couldn’t hear the word she was decoding. I tried something to get my student to help her figure out what she was sounding out, not knowing that it was already “out there” as a strategy in […]

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Dyslexia: Are You Aware of These Outstanding Programs!

I am on fire with all of the knowledge and product information I have been learning this summer as it relates to struggling readers, especially those who have Dyslexia.   I can confidently say that I not only know how to teach reading, I also know what products or strategies to use for those students who struggle with conventional reading instruction. I am so excited, that I just needed to share it […]

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Brain Break: Two Strategies to Give Your Students a Break!

If you enjoyed my video on “Palming” as a stress reliever, then you are going to enjoy two more strategies that you can add to your SEL bag of tricks! Take a look! You can learn more about the information that Dr. Lori Desautels has to offer on her site, revelationsineducation.com You will find a wealth of information and resources.   Dr. Desautels is an assistant professor at Butler University and was […]

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Use Tapping to Help Make Decoding Words “Sticky”

We know that when teaching reading, a multi-sensory approach is the best way to help students to get information and make it stick especially for students with a specific learning disability.   One of those multi-sensory strategies is tapping. What is tapping?  It’s a strategy using your fingers to make sure students understand the 1:1 correspondence of the number of phonemes in a word or syllable. Take a look! Stay tuned […]

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A Multi-Sensory Rainbow Alphabet

If you’ve got students who can’t seem to remember their letters, perhaps they’re telling you they need something more.  Perhaps they need something that can tap into any and all modalities that they need to learn. If so, then you are going to want to know about the Rainbow Alphabet.  You’re going to ask, “Does it work because the students can visualize the different letters better?”  Or you might ask, “Does it […]

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