• The Number Two

    Why does the number two have a ‘w’ in it? Sometimes to understand the spelling of a word we have to look at its history and what other words it is related to.  If we list a few other words that we know start with ‘tw’ we will start to find a pattern: twelve – ten plus two. twenty – ten times two. twins – two children or animals brought forth at a birth. twine – a strong thread or string composed of two or more strands twisted together. twist – to combine, as two or more strands or threads, by winding together;intertwine. Two is spelled with a ‘tw’ because it is related to all of these other words. The pronunciation has changed, but the spelling has endured. You can find similarities in spelling and pronunciation in the word two in quite a few European and ancient languages.  

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  • Phonics vs. Whole Language

    When your child nears reading age, you will start to hear of different approaches to learning how to read and spell. The two main camps are the phonics approach and the whole language approach.  Over the years, teachers have gone back and forth about which is the best way to teach a child to read.  But let’s face it, all children learn differently and what suits one child may not suit another.  Here is the low down on each approach. . . Phonics: The idea behind phonics is to teach children the sounds that each letter or letter combination makes.  They then learn to blend these sounds together into syllables […]

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  • Multisensory Learning

    Multisensory learning simply means learning by using as many senses as possible.  Seeing and hearing (visual and auditory) are the senses traditionally used for learning.  The other sense that can be very effective for learning is touch.  Touch can be separated into tactile (the touch and feel of something) and kinesthetic (muscle memory from movement).  Most people learn best and retain information the longest if they learn that information through as many different senses as possible. Teaching with visual and auditory methods is still very important.  The point is to teach the same thing using all four of visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic.  You could even throw in taste and […]

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