Phonemic Awareness Strategies & Activities for Struggling Readers
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Phonemic Awareness Strategies & Activities for Struggling Readers

In this post, I share my favorite phonemic awareness strategies and activities for struggling readers. Phonemic awareness is the first step in learning how to read and spell. Phonemic awareness refers to the ability to recognize and manipulate the individual sounds that make up words. So for example, whether a student can identify the beginning…

Why Systematic Synthetic Phonics Is Best for Dyslexic Students

Why Systematic Synthetic Phonics Is Best for Dyslexic Students

Teaching students with dyslexia to read involves very different methods than the traditional reading programs used in most classrooms. Effective phonics instruction is key to remediating reading difficulties and using a systematic synthetic phonics program is best. But first I’ll go over each type of phonics method to help you see why they are inadequate…

Multisensory Activities for H Brothers Digraphs
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Multisensory Activities for H Brothers Digraphs

Digraphs are another area many of my students struggle in. They either have trouble pronouncing them or they struggle to see the digraph as one sound and continue to verbalize both letter sounds when reading. Some students really struggle to visualize digraphs as one sound and will continue to sound out each letter in a…

Multisensory Strategies for B and D Reversal – Dyslexia Intervention for B and D Confusion

Multisensory Strategies for B and D Reversal – Dyslexia Intervention for B and D Confusion

If you work with students with reading difficulties, then you likely have students who struggle with b and d reversal or other letter reversals. I have learned several strategies in the last few years that have really helped my students overcome b and d confusion. There are lots of worksheets on letter reversals but most…

Elkonin Boxes For Reading Intervention

Elkonin Boxes For Reading Intervention

After years of working with dyslexic kids, I have several reading strategies for struggling readers that I always turn to because of their success. The best strategies are all multi-sensory because those are the most effective for all struggling readers, especially those with dyslexia. Blending and segmenting words are two skills many of my students…