A Case Against Letters – Part 1: “B” is for bird

A Case Against Letters – Part 1: “B” is for bird

I’m going to says something outlandish and radical, because I’m feeling edgy today. Perhaps it is because both my infant and my toddler are fighting colds, it feels like no one has slept in days, and I’m way over my caffeine quota for the day – and it is only 8:00 AM!...
Getting to the Source of Challenge When A Child Struggles

Getting to the Source of Challenge When A Child Struggles

When looking at performance – be it academic performance or social competence – you want to look to for the source of the difficulty when there are challenges. This requires a clear understanding of what the task requires – a task analysis – and knowing a child’s...
If you Give a Child a Fish, They Won’t Know How to Read

If you Give a Child a Fish, They Won’t Know How to Read

Ok, That’s a bit of a mixed metaphor.  But let me explain! I’m thinking a lot about process vs. content lately. Something that gets me really excited about the instruction we are providing to our students is that we are process focused. What does that mean? You know...
Of course you should read to your kids … right??

Of course you should read to your kids … right??

When a child is struggling to learn to read, I often hear the recommendation, “You should read with your child every day”.  When I inquire about homework or a home reading plan, parents often respond that they have been instructed to read to their children. They may...