Review of the new Reading Rainbow app featuring interactive books and field trips (videos) with Levar Burton.

Review of the new Reading Rainbow app featuring interactive books and field trips (videos) with Levar Burton.

Disturbing facts about literacy: http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp

Disturbing facts about literacy: http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp

Reading “for fun” outside of school directly correlates to academic achievement and increased vocabulary.  However, reading is harder and slower for dyslexic students.  Dyslexics often have a gap between their reading level and their intellectual level.  This can turn them off of reading altogether.  They don’t want to read “baby books.”  Some handle this by faking engagement with thick sophisticated titles while others decide that they don’t like to read at all and avoid it completely.  Both can be disastrous responses.  Fortunately, there are a few tried and true tricks for building word power for elementary students with dyslexia. Check out the article to see the very long list of ideas:
http://dyslexia.yale.edu/PAR_wordvocab.html
photo from http://www.dyslexiatest.com.au/books.gif

Reading “for fun” outside of school directly correlates to academic achievement and increased vocabulary.  However, reading is harder and slower for dyslexic students.  Dyslexics often have a gap between their reading level and their intellectual level.  This can turn them off of reading altogether.  They don’t want to read “baby books.”  Some handle this by faking engagement with thick sophisticated titles while others decide that they don’t like to read at all and avoid it completely.  Both can be disastrous responses.  Fortunately, there are a few tried and true tricks for building word power for elementary students with dyslexia. Check out the article to see the very long list of ideas:

http://dyslexia.yale.edu/PAR_wordvocab.html

photo from http://www.dyslexiatest.com.au/books.gif

Strictly Come Dancing star Kara Tointon today backed the Evening Standard’s literacy campaign saying children are not getting enough help with reading.
The 28-year-old actress was diagnosed with dyslexia at seven and battled to overcome the condition and learn to read confidently.
Today she threw her weight behind our Get London Reading campaign, saying the one-to-one mentoring for pupils will prove invaluable.
She said: “The campaign is fantastic and really positive. I was one of the fortunate people because I was diagnosed with dyslexia very early.
"But when I learned more about dyslexia I was shocked that some other people now are not as lucky as I was all those years ago."
Tointon said she only started reading books for fun within the last few years.
Tointon, who presented a BBC documentary about dyslexia last year, is supporting a new “pop up” library opening in Selfridges tomorrow. It is part of the store’s Words Words Words campaign.
The library will have 15,000 inspirational books chosen by four publishers and a number of celebrities. It will also host a series of classes - including story-telling and poetry - lectures and handwriting analysis. Selfridges Library runs until March 1.

Strictly Come Dancing star Kara Tointon today backed the Evening Standard’s literacy campaign saying children are not getting enough help with reading.

The 28-year-old actress was diagnosed with dyslexia at seven and battled to overcome the condition and learn to read confidently.

Today she threw her weight behind our Get London Reading campaign, saying the one-to-one mentoring for pupils will prove invaluable.

She said: “The campaign is fantastic and really positive. I was one of the fortunate people because I was diagnosed with dyslexia very early.

"But when I learned more about dyslexia I was shocked that some other people now are not as lucky as I was all those years ago."

Tointon said she only started reading books for fun within the last few years.

Tointon, who presented a BBC documentary about dyslexia last year, is supporting a new “pop up” library opening in Selfridges tomorrow. It is part of the store’s Words Words Words campaign.

The library will have 15,000 inspirational books chosen by four publishers and a number of celebrities. It will also host a series of classes - including story-telling and poetry - lectures and handwriting analysis. Selfridges Library runs until March 1.

A robotic dragon developed by MIT, Harvard and Northeastern University is being used to teach language skills to children. It’s part of a National Science Foundation-funded program to help young children learn language skills, suggesting that forming a bond with a teacher plays an important role in the educational process. http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/26/robot-dragon-teaches-language-battles-im/

A robotic dragon developed by MIT, Harvard and Northeastern University is being used to teach language skills to children. It’s part of a National Science Foundation-funded program to help young children learn language skills, suggesting that forming a bond with a teacher plays an important role in the educational process. 
http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/26/robot-dragon-teaches-language-battles-im/