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The Importance of Handwriting

Nov 23rd, 2015 | By

Paired Reading – Preserving Children’s Reading Growth

Nov 8th, 2015 | By

    Over the course of a long teaching career I’ve learned that parents need to continue participating in reading activities with their children, especially during holiday breaks. Children who struggle to learn to read need additional help learning to read and consistent instruction throughout the year. Paired reading is a reading activity parents can

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Cursive – The Process Not the Product

Nov 8th, 2015 | By

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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Reading Tutor For Dyslexic Learners

Nov 7th, 2015 | By

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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Celebrating the International Dyslexia Association

Oct 16th, 2015 | By

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) was founded in 1949 in memory of Dr. Samuel Torrey Orton. This week marked what would have been Dr. Orton’s 135th birthday! The work of Dr. Orton has, and continues to have, an incredible impact on the field of reading and reading disabilities.The work he began in 1919 became the

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Eight Multi-Sensory Reading Activities To Reinforce The Alphabet Knowledge

Oct 13th, 2015 | By

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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About Carol

Oct 6th, 2015 | By
Carol Boles

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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Free Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know

Nov 8th, 2014 | By

As you know, each year for Dyslexia Awareness Month, the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of dyslexia and offer resources to parents, teachers and individuals with dyslexia. This year, IDA held its annual fundraising and awareness campaign, Unlocking Dyslexia. The result of the campaign is a handbook

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Multi-Sensory Teaching Techniques

Nov 7th, 2014 | By

Children who struggle to learn the sound/symbol relationship of written language are often dyslexic. In fact, ten in one hundred children and adults have dyslexia. Unfortunately, children often go undiagnosed until they reach the second or third grades of elementary school. While many reach adulthood before they realize they are dyslexic. Dyslexia is a genetic

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Raising Dyslexia Awareness

Oct 25th, 2014 | By

PROMOTING LITERACY THROUGH RESEARCH EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Across the U.S. and Canada, IDA Branches have been providing an array of opportunities within their communities to educate and inform families, educators, and legislators about dyslexia. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, which results in people having difficulties with specific language skills,

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