Archive for the "Reading" Category

Dyslexia and Common Misconceptions

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Dyslexia is the most common language-based learning disability. However, it is frequently misunderstood. The term is often referenced beside descriptions of letter reversals and reading difficulty. But reversals are an unreliable indicator, challenges occur in varying degrees, and writing and speech are just as likely to be impacted. Dyslexia is characterized by a deficit in phonological awareness…


The Gift of the Public Library

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Reading is not just a nice thing to do. It’s how we help give our children the best possible start in life. This quote by Hillary Clinton during a recent speech at the American Libraries Conference got me thinking.

Laura Bush once referred to libraries as “community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally”. While this remains true today, technolo…


Improve Comprehension with Connections

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Making connections is an important step in reading comprehension. When students combine their own knowledge and information from the text to make predictions, draw conclusions, and relate to the overall experiences and feelings of characters, they are more likely to understand and recall what was read. This can also help maintain interest and lead readers to seek out a particular book series or ge…


Poetry and Language Skills

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Poetry can be used to help develop language skills. The length of most stanzas and poems is often less intimidating than a passage or book. However, the content can be just as emotional, relevant, and challenging. Although the school year is winding down, there’s still time to spark your child’s interest in the subject. It may even lead to new insight on an old text or the discovery of a sup…


Our Favorite Books and Recommendations

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As reading becomes easier, the desire to read usually increases.  When parents start to notice this transformation in their children, they often ask us to make book recommendations. Recently, one of our students asked for a list of Gemm Learning staff members’ favorite books. As I was compiling the list, I decided to share it with all of our Inside Learning readers.

Melissa is particularly f…


Reading Resolutions for 2017

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As the New Year approaches and holiday excitement starts to decrease, it’s common to make resolutions for the coming year. However, most are typically abandoned shortly afterwards and involve food, exercise, or career goals. While these types of resolutions can be beneficial, setting reading or educational goals can often be more practical. And they may lead to improved attitudes about learnin…