JUL
23
2009

Junkyard Dan

20 July

I have just received a series of books written especially for emerging adult readers. I had a long chat with the author, Elise Leonard, on the phone and she described them as a cross between Cheers and CSI – and all in 100 pages per book!

I have just lent out the first two in the series to some students of mine and I will let you know what they think of them. They certainly look good – well laid out and action packed stories.

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JUN
27
2009

Davis Dyslexia Learning Strategies

27 June

The Davis Learning Strategies are designed for classroom use and are geared to beginning readers.These methods were found to benefit all students no matter what their learning styles or reading level. Teachers found that strong readers become stronger in language and grammar skills and weaker readers begin to read effortlessly.

If you are interested in finding out more about these Learning Strategies, the DLS Basic Teacher Workshop will be run in Ascot, Berkshire,on 25 & 26 September 2009. It will presented by Jane Heywood.

You can find further details at the Davis Learning Foundation site, you can give them a call or complete theonline enrolment form. I attended one of these workshops a couple of years ago so please give me a call if you would like to find out some further information.

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JUN
11
2009

‘The Closer You Get, The Bigger I Look’

8 June

It is Dyslexia Awareness week in New Zealand next week (15-21 June). The band dDub have just realease a new song, available as free download from their website www.dyslexiafoundation.org.nz

The song The Closer You Get, The Bigger I Look was written by Don McGlashan. He said

“as the parent of two unconventional children, I now know how it feels when the world is quick to judge someone you love. Rather than write something that asked for help or patience, I thought something defiant a ‘don’t judge me before you know me’ type song would be better.”

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MAR
07
2009

Percy the Peacock

6 March

I love the little video about Percy the Peacock (and I don’t think it is just because the seagull who brings the good news is called Sara!)

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FEB
24
2009

Why Tyrannosaurus But Not If?

24 February

The Davis Learning Foundation has recently re-launched its website and included a free 15 part course to explain the often asked question

Why can he read tyrannosaurus but can’t read if?”

The e-course is aimed at teachers frustrated by the children that seem to have mysterious barriers to effective learning.

If you have ever wondered “Why are there children who get 9/10 in a spelling test, but then spell those same test words incorrectly in their next piece of writing?”

Or “Why are there children who, however hard I try to make my lesson entertaining, just switch off, or sabotage my efforts and their own learning with seemingly pointless disruptive behaviour?”

then this course is for you.

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JAN
06
2009

ReadingZone

5 January

Happy New Year!

I finished off last year by recommending audio books and now I have a great site for children’s books.ReadingZone has advice for children (toddlers to young teenagers) and parents. There are book news, reviews and recommendations for each age group and a newsletter if you would like regular recommendations and news.

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DEC
20
2008

Do you need a last minute idea for Christmas?

20 December

I am a huge fan of audio books . Whilst the importance of reading cannot be overemphasised, listening to an audio book can have some similar benefits.Your child will be hearing new ideas, literary structures and vocabulary.The book may expand their knowledge or pique their interest in a subject.My son also used audio books to help him sleep at night; listening to a well-loved story helped stop his mind from following other thoughts and he would drift off while a familiar voice created a low background of sound.

Audible is a great site.You can download a single book or take out a monthly membership.

You may also like to look at Listening Books, a charity which provides audio books for people who find it difficult to read for a number of reasons including dyslexia. The books can be provided on CD or downloaded.

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DEC
15
2008

Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Dyslexia

14 December

You may have responded to Sir Jim Rose’s call for people to tell him of their views and experience of dyslexia. The deadline has now passed but he recently posted an update about the response he had. He received around 850 responses which are now being looked at. His recommendations for identifying and teaching people with dyslexia will be made next Spring.

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