Importance of Early Literacy

A mother of a grade 4 dyslexic boy writes from Arizona

Hi Bob and Mary, I have been meaning to let you know how Devin has been doing on his reading. I have seen such a BIG change in Devin’s reading recently. It’s amazing!!!!!!! I have been pointing it out to Devin and he loves it. He says reading has gotten easier. WOW!!!!!! I am so Read more …

A grade 2 dyslexic writes her mom about the joy of learning to read.

A mother from Toronto writes. “I wanted to send you a picture of the note our daughter wrote to me the other night. Thank you so much. She is now reading simple books and writing with help. Although she still has a long ways to go, we are so proud of her and overjoyed at Read more …

Recommendations to the Congressional Science, Space and Technology Committee

The following is taken from the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity website: dyslexia.yale.edu In response to the many who have asked, below are the Recommendations made to the Congressional Science, Space and Technology Committee on September 18, 2014. I am optimistic, once this committee is aware of the strong science of dyslexia, educators will want to align Read more …

Reading Fluency: Why Accuracy Is Not Enough

The definition of reading fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy and fluidity.  Fluency is incomplete without all three of those components.  In turn, all three of those components are necessary for comprehension.  In her book The Proust and the Squid, Dr Maryann Wolf states that, “One nearly invisible issue in American education Read more …

Is Shaming Girls The Answer To Teen Pregnancy?

In the March 16, 2013 edition of the NY Times, Richard Reeves commends the city of New York’s newest effort to combat teen pregnancy: shame. Quoting directly from Reeve’s opening paragraph: ” New York is deploying a powerful weapon to reduce teen pregnancy: shame. New advertisements around the city dramatize the truncated life chances of Read more …

Question From a Mom In Wisconsin

I received this email from a parent in Wisconsin. Her grade  3 son was a non-reader when I started tutoring him two months ago . He is already one third finished his ITP. Just a quick question I was going to ask and then forgot… Sandy goes to a Montessori school and if you are Read more …

The Importance of Early Reading Fluency

In a so called “get tough on crime” agenda, Canada’s federal government is going to spend tens of millions of dollars on new prisons. Does research suggest this is an effective and wise investment, particularly when crime rates are falling? Research from United States that is reported by Kayla Webley in the Oct 10 2011 Read more …

Shut Off the TV and Read to Your Toddler.

U.S. pediatricians call on parents to keep children away from television, videos until their second birthday.  Vancouver Sun, Wed Oct 19 2011, Page: B1 / Front, Section: Canada & World, By: Elizabeth Lopatto, Dateline: NEW YORK, Source: Bloomberg And Agence France-Presse Children under the age of two shouldn’t watch television or videos because studies suggest Read more …

What is phonemic awareness?

A young child must develop phonemic awareness if she is to become a reader. That is to say she must understand that spoken words are made up of smaller units of speech sounds, called phonemes. “The end point is for a child to develop phonemic awareness, the most important and sometimes the most difficult task Read more …

The Reading Comprehension Challenge.

Is my child alone? According to a report by Dr Julia O’Sullivan, Dean of Education at the University of Western Ontario, children who do not read well by the end of grade 3 are at risk of dropping out of school. The report, entitled, “Key factors to support literacy success in school base populations”, shows Read more …