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How to Make Color Overlays for Struggling Readers: FREE DIY

Many struggling readers have difficulties tracking text across and down the page. Their eyes get lost in a maze of words and keeping their place takes up most of their attention - leaving little stamina for decoding and comprehension. Did you know that there is a simple and fun fix for this problem?  You can make your own color overlays! What are Color Overlays?
Colored overlays are plastic sheets that allow students to change the background color of the text.  This can make the stark contrast of black text on white paper less intense, and many kids enjoy the colors.  Most importantly, by placing the line of text that is being read at the bottom of the plastic lens, it can be a wonderful way for students to keep their place while reading.

Would You Like to Create Your Own Color Overlays?
You can make your own overlays by using transparent, colored report covers, dividers, or overhead projector film.  They can be used as whole sheets, but I prefer to cut strips so that it can help with t…

The 12 Ways of Learning - A New Approach to Empower Students

I think we all agree that no two people have the same strengths and weaknesses. But because we cannot observe the inner workings of the brain, it’s easy to assume that what helps us learn, will help everyone. In fact, some teachers and parents may insist on certain approaches. So should parents and teachers step out of their own preferred ways of learning and accommodate the unique needs of others?  How can this possibly be done? What are the 12 Ways of Learning?
I have been working with children and adults as an educational therapist for over twenty years, and I can promise you that everyone has their own unique ways of processing information. The 12 ways of learning offers a dozen diverse methods that can be used to help learners encode information. When exposed to these distinct approaches, learners develop learning preferences that are also influenced by their cognitive strengths and weaknesses.  The image below offers a quick summary:

So instead of thinking about fixed or limited…