Dyslexia: What it is, and what it is not

Mar 21

Dyslexia: What it is, and what it is not

People often believe that dyslexia is a visual difficulty which presents as reversing letters and numbers. In attempt to find a quick fix for the problem, parents often take children to optometrists where they are ‘diagnosed’ with visual difficulties and prescribed glasses to “stop the letters jumping all over the page.”   Dyslexia is NOT...

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Expect Literacy, presume competence

Jan 24

Expect Literacy, presume competence

Expect literacy; presuming competence.  This mantra is ‘trendy’ in the AAC world but it is important to understand the rationale behind it. A recent post from SpeakforYourself AAC  addressed this topic.   However, the post emphasized that presuming competence is not idealism. Idealism ignores that there are challenges or barriers to...

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LittleShop Literacy

Jul 28

LittleShop Literacy

#LittleShop Minis from Checkers are really cute. They are also a fantastic learning tool for literacy.   I always address literacy skills at this time of year with the pre Grade 1 children. This campaign is the perfect way to kickstart the introduction to literacy and math language.     I collected some advertising pamphlets from @CheckersSA. The...

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Is texting killing language & spelling – LOL?

Feb 23

Is texting killing language & spelling –  LOL?

Perhaps I am giving away my age, but my children eventually spelled it out to me. “Stop putting LOLxx at the end of your texts mom,  it does not mean lots of love!”  😳   With the rise in the use of technology in children, there are increasing concerns about the impact of the use of this medium on written language. Complaints about spelling and...

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Listening Power: Grades K-3

Feb 02

Listening Power: Grades K-3

Completing the series of Listening Power apps from Hamaguchi Apps, is Listening Power  Grades K-3. Each of the apps in the series offers something slightly different in terms of activities and levels and complement one another. You can find out about Listening Power Preschool here and Listening Power Grades 4 – 8 here.   There are 5 activities and each...

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Listening Power Grades 4 – 8+

Oct 07

Listening Power Grades 4 – 8+

Hot on the heels of Listening Power Preschool, is Listening Power Grades 4 -8+ Even though I have used the Preschool version with some of my older children, it is really fantastic to have a resource that is tailored with more advanced content to target this age group. Hamaguchi apps will be releasing Listening Power Grades K – 3 later this year to complete the...

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