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Pint-Size Book Authors: Using Early Readers as Mentor Texts

Early Readers and Early Writers

Early Readers and Early Writers

Children love to write books. In the classroom, when they read and see books all around them, they are naturally inspired to create. It's as though there...Continue reading

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Why is Literacy Development Important for Children?

Literacy development is the process of learning words, sounds, and language. Children develop literacy skills in order to learn to read and write confidently and eventually improve their...Continue reading

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Naming Letters Is Not a Straight Path to Literacy: Here’s Why

“The best predictor of beginning reading achievement is a child’s knowledge of letter names" (Adams, 1990). 

I am sure that you have heard this statement. It is one of the most popular...Continue reading

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Teaching Numbers to Kids

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One of the first lessons we learn as kids is how to count numbers. Opening the door to mathematics, learning numbers is a crucial...Continue reading

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How to Improve Handwriting for Autistic Students

Handwriting Support for Autistic Students

As of September of 2020, 1 in 54 students is likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While autism’s symptoms vary from person to person and have a wide range of severity, it is...Continue reading

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How to Teach Letter and Alphabet Sounds

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Alphabet knowledge is one of the first building blocks of...Continue reading

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A Winter Fine Motor Activity: Snowflake Cut-Outs

Snowflake Cutouts

At Learning Without Tears, we’re all about fine motor skills activities! Our calendar is filled with fun and silly days to celebrate building successful handwriting and keyboarding skills. When we...Continue reading

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Dyslexia and Dysgraphia: How to Help Your Child or Student

“Tell your hand what to do.” “Magic c becomes the d.” “Bzzzzz”

 

These may sound rather cryptic, but they are powerful reminders for all students, especially those...Continue reading

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Helping Children Write Their Names

how to teach a child to write their name

Every child deserves the chance to learn to write their name. As an occupational therapist working with children for over 35 years now, it’s something in which I firmly believe. I pride myself on...Continue reading

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How Can Teachers Communicate Effectively with Parents?

Teacher Parent Communication

Why is Teacher-Parent Communication so Important?

Now, more than ever, establishing effective communications with parents is vital to classroom success. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced...Continue reading

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