The Magic of Reading

By Marilee Senior | Uncategorized

​​​​​ This 4 minute video from The Children of the Code Project contains a couple of movie clips with American Indians.  It really demonstrates the magic of reading.  Children of the Code has over 70 videos and interviews from leaders in the  fields of neuroscience, cognitive psychology, linguistics, orthography and many other fields related to understanding the code.  Visit […]

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Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time

By Marilee Senior | DOWN SYNDROME & SPECIAL NEEDS

I read with great interest this article in my Sunday (paper) issue of the New York Times. I think you will enjoy it also. It does give a look at both sides of the issue stating recent, and slightly older, research. One that particularly caught my attention is that several studies found that young children “whose parents read to them from an electronic book had lower reading comprehension than children whose parents used traditional books.”

In addition to this, I think we parents of children with Down syndrome recognize the need to encourage as much speech as possible. (click on title to read more)

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Teaching Preschoolers Phonograms

By Marilee Senior | BUILDING PRE-READING SKILLS

Teaching Pre-schoolers Phonogram Sounds Not surprisingly, my daughter-in-law, Mandy, teaches my four-year-old granddaughter phonograms.  She embraces “Wordy’s Way” by teaching Carley phonograms here and there throughout the day.  In fact, Mandy started by just singing the jingles to her when Carley was around 6 months old.  She did the gestures with the jingles, and Carley […]

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Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

By Marilee Senior | PHONICS, READING & SPELLING

It IS the responsibility of teachers to teach reading and writing. But what a privilege for parents to be the first, foremost, and most influential teacher of these skills. We can go beyond our culture’s message of simply reading TO our children in preparation for these ‘professionals,’ and take our children on a fun-filled journey of learning early reading skills. (click title to read more)

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