Carol Boles

About Carol

About Carol

Welcome to The Learning Leaf Hi, I’m Carol Fraser Hagen and creator of The Learning Leaf. I’m a former classroom teacher and a licensed Reading Specialist. I’m also a certified Orton-Gillingham reading tutor. I provide one-on-one tutoring sessions using multi-sensory teaching techniques to teach both children and adults who are struggling to learn to read. Before

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Cursive – The Process Not the Product

I remember being introduced to cursive in the second grade. Miss Giarrdi, my second grade teacher at Marie Schaeffer Elementary, taught me with pride how to embellish the letters of the alphabet with beautiful flairs and flourishes. Then, blend letters into complete words. To this day people remark on how beautiful handwriting is. Today many

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Eight Multi-Sensory Reading Activities To Reinforce The Alphabet Knowledge

Children and adults who are dyslexic learn differently. That’s why it’s necessary for parents and teachers to provide reading instruction using multi-sensory techniques. Multi-sensory reading methods engage all the senses sent to the brain; visual, auditory, touch and muscle movements, when introducing the twenty-six letter names of the alphabet, their correct pronunciation and how to print

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Reading Activity – Improving Speed and Accuracy with “Repeated Readings”

Every good reader must read quickly with accuracy. Struggling readers need to improve both of these skills. An activity designed to achieve speed and accuracy, while motivating students is called “Repeated Readings”. What You’ll Need: – A Stop Watch – A written passage your child or student can read easily – Graph Paper The reading

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How to Read Aloud to Children – Reading Activity

Reading a story aloud to your children or students may seem like a straightforward activity. However, including the following critical steps reveals to children why reading is enjoyable, teaches them specific elements found in stories, and helps them develop good story comprehension. Follow these easy steps to help kids get the most out reading aloud

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Learning to Read

Reading Tutor For Dyslexic Learners

Did you know ten in every one hundred children and adults are dyslexic? Dyslexia, sometimes called “word blindness” is a common disorder affecting five to ten percent of American. Defined as a specific difficulty in reading, that is severe enough to interfere with academic achievement, and is not caused by problems in sight and hearing.

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Simple Ways to Introduce Reading

Jim Trelease Read Aloud Handbook Many new parents today are both savvy and exited about introducing reading to their toddlers and pre-school age children. Parents want to know when’s the best time to introduce the alphabet, and the world of Books. Here are three ways I recommend getting started: Reading Aloud -As soon as your

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Multi-Sensory Reading Activity – Origami Projects

Multi-Sensory Reading Activity Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper. Not only is Origami fun, it reinforces a multi-sensory teaching technique, hands-on learning, and helps children learn how to follow step-by-step instructions. This activity is also great for reluctant readers. Since it results in a finished product, children are more motivated to read in

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President’s Day – Mock Interview Reading Activity

President’s Day began in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is always celebrated on the third Monday in February. Many states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present. “Mock

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Happy Valentine’s Day – Reading Actvitiy

Besides passing out Valentine’s Day cards and eating sweets today, take time to read to your children or students. The following reading activity is for children in first through third grades Read a short picture book, like The Yuckiest Stinkiest Best Valentine Ever by Brenda Ferber, aloud to your children or students. Tell them you

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