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Recommended: Ask A Homeschooler

Ask A Homeschooler

A friendly podcast episode that may help parents trying to school at home.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7eEQK5yqDrwz3cQ7SGImIO#_=_

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/askahomeschooler

By |April 2nd, 2020|Audio, Blog|0 Comments|

Learning Through Art

As soon as I discovered I could learn through my hands, I realized I wasn’t stupid.
Last week, in talking with a gifted and successful artist and art professor, the importance of experiential education was beautifully described:

“I wasn’t going to finish college, but I took an art class that focused on creating instead of textbooks. […]

Math is about problem solving, communication, reasoning, and connections. It’s not about memorizing math facts and formulas.

USA Today: US students lag other countries in math. The reason likely lies in how schools teach it.
Read here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/02/28/math-scores-high-school-lessons-freakonomics-pisa-algebra-geometry/4835742002/

This validating article effectively argues what educational therapists have been saying for over a decade:

Stop teaching the ‘geometry sandwich’
Make more room for data science
Stop splitting up students so much, and don’t hasten the […]

By |February 28th, 2020|math|0 Comments|


It’s About Connection, not Correction

Writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, capitalization) are meant to establish meaning and clarity. To achieve understanding in writing, scholars and amateurs once engaged in nuanced debates and filled tomes with the context of the historical sound of /j/, the spelling of “their”, and serial comma usage. Now, we post distilled and pointed […]

By |June 8th, 2018|Posts|0 Comments|

Why the “Rules” Don’t Work

Understood.org posted a summary article about the 14 Phonic Rules and the chatter about it highlights something problematic about using rules in Orton-Gillingham instruction: For each rule there is a litany of exceptions.

“I hate schwas!”
“But what about putt?”
“Well, then shouldn’t druid should sound like droot?”
“Breath doesn’t take the long e sound…”

This is familiar […]

What’s after OG? Or, my kid can now decode but their spelling is still oful!

Do you want the good news bad news first?
Here’s the BAD NEWS:
We really aren’t helping our kids when we tell them that after they finish Orton-Gillingham (OG) they have all the keys to the kingdom that they need in order to read anything they want.

OG covers the basics. Wonderful, necessary basics.  But it […]

What is all this yak-ing about?


Some thoughts to consider on why we use yak as a memory image, why we don’t memorize “rules”, and why we want to expose our brain to rarer spelling patterns and nonwords!

If you have any feedback about this video, please email as at info@readkc.com!

Dyslexia in the News

A brief list of links to stories about dyslexia in the news.

Missouri offers financial help to children with dyslexia (Cassville Democrat)
Missouri amended Bryce’s Law this year to better assist children who have dyslexia.

“Bryce’s Law was initially written by State Rep. Dwight Scharnhorst, R-St. Louis, in an effort to provide scholarships for families of autistic […]

By |September 29th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|

CEO of learning disability mentor group pens book

“You must try harder.”

David Flink, 34, heard those words over and over again growing up in Atlanta — from his teachers, from his father — as he struggled against dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Slowly, he learned to embrace himself as a “different thinker,” and a new world opened.
We’re identifying kids faster, but we’re still […]

By |September 15th, 2014|Blog|0 Comments|