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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Following Directions Activities are a blast



Check out my St. Patrick's Day following directions activities.  They are wonderful at strengthening language skills and help students to better understand the subtleties of linguistic cues.  They are a terrific sampling of three fun activities that can even a student's ability to decode the language behind multiple choice tests.improve http://goodsensorylearning.com/following-directions.html 

 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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Friday, February 10, 2012

An Easy Way to Teach Main Ideas and Details

HEY!  WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?

Understanding #main ideas and details is critical in education.  It is both the foundation of reading and writing, and many students struggle with the concepts.  Hey, What's the Big Idea is a product that has turnedhttp://goodsensorylearning.com/hey-whats-the-big-idea.html instruction into a game.  What's more is this fun and interactive game also helps to improve the processing speed.  

 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Measurement Memory Strategies

http://goodsensorylearning.com/math-powerpoints.html

This is a clever and fun way to learn measurements - like, to name a few - how many inches in a foot, how many cups in a pint, and how many ounces in a pound.  Visual memory strategies make the first half of this Power Point fun, and the second half of the presentation will test the viewers' your new knowledge.
 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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Sunday, February 5, 2012

A link to an animation of Sir Kenneth Robinson's - Changing Education Paradigms




Sir Kenneth Robinson talks about how we need to change education paradigms.  This a clever and creative presentation of his ideas.  I hope you enjoy this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

Saturday, February 4, 2012

10 Easy Steps to Accommodate Students with Executive Functioning Weaknesses


   1.  Provide a consistent and structured environment:
a.     At home: Create a structured routine and try to schedule activities that are always on the same days and at the same times.  You can even schedule unstructured, free times.
b.     In school: All teachers should communicate and post homework assignments in the same way and at an expected time daily.  Home work should also be collected in a reliable, routine manner.  Finally, the classroom need to be managed in a consistent way with clear and concise expectations.
   2.     Provide reminders:
a.     Use smart phones, ipods, watches with alarms, and PDAs to provide auditory and visual reminders of important dates, activities, and things that need to be done.
   3.     Use a large month or two month at a glance calendar to schedule events and post it in a high traffic location.  Review the calendar weekly and verbally highlight each event.  If new activities are added during the week, be sure to communicate these verbally and write them on the calendar in a different color so that they stand out.
   4.     Weekly, schedule and organization time:
a.     At home: schedule an hour each week where all family members “get organized.”  Make it a fun time by playing music, having tasty snacks, and helping each other.
b.     At school:  schedule a time once a week where students have an allocated time to get their desks, backpacks, and lockers organized.  Try to make this fun by having contests and prizes for “the most organized,” “the tidiest backpack,”  “the best long-term planner,” “the neatest agenda”…  This too can be a time where teacher’s can play music or students can listen to their ipods.
   5.     Praise and reward organization, planning and time management skills that are self initiated.
   6.     Exhibit the behaviors you wish to see.  This means that you have to be organized, plan and manage your time too.  Set an example for your kids and students.  If you need help, hire an organization specialist for the family or classroom.
   7.     Organize the environment so that there is a place for everything.  You can even label drawers, closets, and shelves if necessary.
This publication is available on TPT and Amazon
   8.     Stay calm and supportive when your child or student struggles with planning, time management and organization.  Make a time when the two of you can sit down and devise a plan of action.
   9.     Avoid name calling.  Lazy, unmotivated, careless and other negative labels will not help the situation.  In fact, it can create an environment where the child/student feels helpless and it can also damage their self-esteem.
   10. When your child or student is “mentally spent,” provide breaks, do an errand together, play a short game, or take a walk.

       If you would like some ready made materials that help students with executive functioning difficulties, come check out Planning Time Management and Organization for Success.

 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Executive Functioning Freebie

Download the Freebie to see the 5 components
Parents, teachers and administrators commonly ask me to define executive functioning. In fact, it is one of my most popular presentation topics. Executive functioning is a commonly used term in education at present and accommodating students that have this weaknesses can be difficult. The following free product offers a graphic depiction/organizer that reviews the components of executive functioning.  If we can understand this cognitive processing area better, surely we can learn to assist these students. I would love to hear your thoughts! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Defining-Executive-Functioning-A-Graphic-Organizer

 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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Four Steps to Making Learning Fun

How can you make lessons exciting and fun for your Students? The expression that it's all in the presentation is the secret.
  1. Create a catchy and attractive name for a new lesson.  You could introduce a new lesson and call it, for example, "Script" or "Cursive."  But as one of my students said, script sounds like strict and cursive sounds like cursed.  Why not call this lesson, "Roller Coaster Letters."  All my students can't wait to join letters into words so they can "test out their new roller coaster!"
  2. Share your own excitement in your voice, attitude and energy level when introducing a new lesson.  If you are excited, they will be too.
  3. Students often need to be instructed multiple times before they "get the lesson."  Make sure to teach new material to the different learning styles and go as multi-sensory as possible.
  4. Student love games, try in integrate as many game-like activities into your lessons as possible.

Valentines Day is right around the corner, so I wanted to share a fun, holiday, following directions activity that is a part of a whole bundle of holiday activities: CLICK HERE


 
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Puppy Party

FREEBIE
Puppy Party Game Board
I wanted to share a free copy of my new favorite reading remediation activity that is one of the many games in my new publication - Reading Board Games: Making All Phonic & Orton Gillingham Based Reading Programs Multisensory and Fabulously Fun.  It helps students quickly master the short vowel sounds.  Your students/children will have so much fun playing this board game and collecting puppies, that they will learn the short vowel sound in no time at all.  I hope you enjoy it, and I look forward to your comments.  
  
Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn and Go Dyslexia, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to https://godyslexia.com/www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  
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