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March 28, 2013
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7 Tips on How to Teach Your Child to Read

Teaching your child how to read is crucial as reading is the basis for most future learning. Children who can read well and are confident in their reading will have a better kick start in school and also a more positive attitude towards learning in general.

You as the parent or guardian play the most important role in your child’s learning process as you are your kid’s first teacher. There is a lot of information to be found on this matter and it can be confusing to know where to begin. Here are my top 7 tips that you can immediately implement to improve your child’s reading. Continue Reading →

March 28, 2013
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Help Your Child To Read – Three Easy Games To Make Learning To Read More Fun

Some children take to learning to read like ducks to water. For others, though, it can seem like an endless chore. They find reading difficult and boring, so they don’t read very often, so they don’t get any better at it. If you can make learning to read fun, your children will want to practice more and will find that they can soon read more quickly and easily. The better they get, the more they will want to read.

One way to make learning to read fun is to use games. You don’t have to buy electronic games, computer software or expensive board games. The trouble with these is that they are unlikely to be at exactly the right level for your child, which can result in them being too hard and just downright frustrating, which is the last thing you want. The best games are the ones that you make yourself.

If your child has brought home from school a list of words or a set of flashcards to memorise, making a game to help them is a sure-fire route to success. The game that you make will cover precisely what they need to know, nothing more and nothing less. They will have the maximum chance of success, which will reinforce the pleasure and pride they feel when they can report back to their teacher that they’ve learnt all their words and are ready for more.

Here are some ideas for easy to make and play games to help your child learn a set of words:

* Lotto

* Pelmanism

* Snap

Lotto: Let’s say that your child has twelve words to learn. To make a lotto game for twelve words, you will need three pieces of letter-sized or A4 card. Fold and cut one of the pieces to make twelve small rectangular cards. Write one of the words to be learnt on each small card. Use a pencil and ruler to draw six boxes (three across and two down) on each of the other two pieces of card. Write six of the words to be learnt on each card, one in each box. To play the game, place all the small word cards face down and give one six-word card to each player. Take turns to turn over a small word card and read the word (you will need to read the word yourself at first until your child has learnt them). Each player then checks their card to see whether they have a match. If they do, they keep the word card, placing it over the matching word on their own card. The winner is the first person to cover a row of three words. When you have played the game together a few times, you will find that your child will be able to read the words on their own.

Pelmanism: This is a traditional matching and memory game. You will need a set of small cards, such as index cards, twice as many cards as there are words to learn. Write each word on two cards to make a matching pair. Shuffle them up and spread them out face down. Take turns to turn over any two cards and read the words (at first, you will need to read each word for your child). If the cards match, the player keeps them and has another go. If they don’t match, turn them back face down and the other player gets a turn. When all the cards have been matched, the winner is the one with the most matching pairs. Before long, your child will recognise the words easily.

Snap: This game works best when used to revise words which your child has already learnt, as it’s faster-paced than the other two games. Small index cards work well for this. Write each word on four cards, so that if the child is learning twelve words, you will end up with a pack of forty-eight cards. Shuffle the pack and share the cards equally between yourself and the child. Take turns to turn over one of your words and read it (you will need to read it to the child at first). Each time a new card is turned over, check whether it matches the one before. If it does, the first person to shout “Snap!” wins all the cards in the pile.

The beauty of these games is that your child will gradually absorb the words without making any apparent effort. This is because they will look at the word while you say it aloud, then they will study the word more closely as they try to find a match for it. You could try making and playing a different game every time your child has new words to learn. With your help, learning to read can be more fun!

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March 28, 2013
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How to Learn Speed Reading Quickly and Efficiently

Exactly how to learn speed reading may vary between courses or from one individual to another. Some people achieve wonderful speeds without being able to say how they manage them. However, the majority of us will need some kind of instruction to learn speed reading, even though it is determined to be a natural ability of the human brain. Once you have decided how to learn speed reading, a bit of practice will be needed to master the techniques.

Unfortunately, achieving high speeds is unlikely in 10 minutes! Therefore, determine a strong motivation that will keep you inspired to improve and willing to try new techniques when leaning how to speed read.

There are certain reasons why a person reads slowly. If one understands these reasons, the concepts of how to learn speed reading will become clear. Below is a list of some of the difficulties an individual may currently be experiencing.

o Physical eye defects
o Virtually no reading practice
o Sub-vocalization of the words read
o Reading of sentences more than one time
o Reading word-for-word
o Fear of not understanding the information
o Not being able to identify key words and information

An unknown eye condition may cause you to read slowly. If you are worried about the condition of your eyes, then it is best to have them checked by an eye specialist before starting any course in speed reading. One wouldn’t want to cause any further damage or achieve poor results due to this reason.

Being able to read is like riding a bicycle. You will never forget entirely how to read, only if you haven’t read anything lengthy for a long while, it may take time to re-accustom yourself with the process again. You cannot expect to suddenly speed read a novel if you haven’t read one in years! Try to incorporate a little reading into your schedule each day.

Most of us read aloud in our heads! This causes our reading speed to decrease because we can only read as fast as we can think. Unlearning this habit will enable the brain to process information at the high speeds it was designed to handle.

Often we re-read sentences or words, without realizing it, a couple of times. This drastically slows reading speed. Perhaps we do this because we are afraid that we didn’t read and understand it properly. An easy way to unlearn this habit would be to cover the writing that you have just read with a card or book.

How else is one supposed to read other than word-for-word? We only read in this way because this is the way we were taught to read. A speed reader will read larger groups of words or even paragraphs and whole pages simultaneously. To achieve this, our span of vision needs to be widened during reading. This process can involve various reading exercises and eye movement practices.

A person may deliberately read slowly to try and understand the information. In fact, one should actually increase their speed to improve comprehension. Very slow reading makes it impossible for us to find meaningful connections between the sentences and understand the concepts of the writing.

A speed reader will only focus on relevant and important information and words. He will deliberately skip over the useless words and ‘filler’ content of the writing. Key words are the important words of a sentence, and without them, the sentence would make no sense.

Another two quick tips to bear in mind is to start with material that has slightly larger fonts. Sometimes people have difficulties grasping speed reading concepts with small or normal size texts. Start speed reading with a book or an informational topic that you are familiar with. This will help you to initially focus on your technique rather than comprehension. Higher comprehension levels will come with practice.

Knowing a little about the tactics and how to learn speed reading will prepare you for the task ahead of completing a speed reading course. It is always useful to know more about what one is buying before the actual purchase. Remember that speed reading is possible for anyone, no matter what their current reading rate is.

The best way to practice speed reading is to time yourself while practicing reading actual passages to see if you can read more in less time. There is a,  TheTenMinuteTutor, that counts your words per minute and can help you determine how quickly you are able to read. Practice with that, and follow these tips, and you can certainly learn to read much faster.

March 28, 2013
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Sit for a Spell – How to Learn to Spell Easily and Consistently Well

Many people say they can’t spell or are poor spellers and one of the most common complaints parents and teachers make is that a child doesn’t learn their spellings. The reason for this is mainly that most people are not taught an effective strategy for learning to remember how to spell words. Good spellers are people who have stumbled across an effective strategy for themselves and of course they are not necessarily aware of how they do it. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides the skill set to enable people to use their brains very effectively, especially for learning. One definition of NLP is ‘the study of excellence’ and so if we study excellent spellers we can teach other people to do the same thing. Contrary to popular belief there isn’t one strategy or ‘THE NLP spelling strategy’. However it is possible to identify some key processes that great spellers do well and poor spellers don’t do.

When we ask someone how to spell a word, good spellers will usually look up to their right, look at the word in their mind (their spelling database) and when they see it there, they get a good feeling down their midline – a positive yes! Ask a person who is OK at spelling to spell a word they will look up to their right, check it by sounding the letters out or sometimes breaking the word into phonemes and then get a positive yes. Ask a poor speller to spell a word and they will do a whole range of other things! For example they may look up to their left and discover the word isn’t there, then they say to themselves ‘Oh no I don’t know how to spell this’, then they will look down and feel bad, then they will try to work it out phonetically and finally they get a yuck feeling and are still not sure!

Most effective strategies are very short. So it’s not that some people are naturally good at spelling and some aren’t, it’s that they have learnt to do it in a way that doesn’t work very well. It is perfectly understandable that people do these things because, as intelligent individuals, faced with the prospect of learning something new and without any guidance as to how to do it, they will work something out for themselves. Teachers and parents present spelling in some way that they have been told or believe works (this may just be the way they do it). It’s inevitable that some learners get it right and others don’t.

The first thing to pay attention to is how you are feeling before you start. It’s really important to feel good whilst you are learning something new because this feeling is glued to the learning. If someone is doubtful or scared it’s not a good starting point. So think about something that you feel really confident about and can do easily. Keep reminding yourself of this as you go through the steps and make sure that you are playful and have fun enjoying the new strategy.

With adults in particular, some people are sure of the letters at the beginning of the word and sure of the ones at the end but there will be a few in the middle that they mix up or can’t see clearly in their mind. For example people will say they are not sure how many c’s or s’s there are in “necessary”. In this case put the middle ‘cess’ in one different colour from the rest of the word so it stands out. I often use their favourite colour as this helps to make it memorable. The next stage is exactly the same as with a new word but the process is quicker as you are focusing only on the blurred part of the word.

As you read this simple step by step way to teach spelling you may be thinking that this is really easy. When we learn an elegant and effective way to do something it often feels like we have always known it.

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