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How to Use Graphic Organizers to Improve Reading Comprehension, Writing, Listening, Note Taking, and Study Skills

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Reading Strategies, Study Skills, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

A graphic organizer is a research-based tool that provides learners with a visual representation of information, concepts, or ideas. Graphic organizers are often used to help children understand what they are reading. They can also be used to  organize information in order to report it, such as through writing or an oral presentation like a speech. Graphic organizers can also …

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11 Research-Based Spelling Strategies Parents Can Try at Home

In Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

Preface: In this article you will find a variety of fun and engaging ways to implement research-based spelling strategies such as: teaching phonemic awareness, (a strategy to help students understand letter-sound correspondence and the individual parts that make up words)  teaching morphological awareness (understanding/recognizing similar chunks in words, word families, and word parts) utilizing the whole-word approach (memorizing the spelling of …

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Help Your Child Improve the Quality of Their Writing with the Sentence Combining Strategy

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

In the sentence combining strategy (generally used with children in grades 3 and up), students are taught to combine two simple sentences into one more sophisticated/complex sentence. Example: Simple Sentences: The girl lost her doll. The girl is crying Complex Sentence: The girl is crying because she lost her doll. Research studies demonstrate that sentence-combining practice can help young students …

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How to Help Your Child with Writing Skills through Guided Writing

In Educational Strategies & Tips, Educators, Parents, Writing/Spelling, Writing/Spelling Strategies by Rachel Wise

This article explains how to help your child/student(s) develop writing skills through a research-based writing strategy called Guided Writing. While Guided Writing lessons are usually done with a small group of children in the classroom, parents can also utilize these strategies at home.It is very common for young children or children with learning or developmental disabilities to have trouble organizing …