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Beth Powell has worked in the field of education for over 15 years. After completing her BA degree in Math and her MA in Transformative Leadership with a focus on math education, she developed the Math with Ease® Program. She worked at Lindamood-Bell and has been trained in Slingerland. She has given talks at many events, including the California Mathematics Council’s Asilomar conference, the Cupertino Union school district and for SELPA. Beth is also a musician and plays in a sailor band at historical recreation events.

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Myth #1: You need to wait until 2nd or 3rd grade to see if your child will learn to read.

There are several pre-reading skills that occur before a child starts to read with ease. The best predictor of reading is phonemic awareness, which develops between 3 – 5 years old. A screener for phonemic awareness skills is very easy to implement. Once students can blend sounds together, they need to be able to match sounds to a symbol. From there, they can begin
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Myth #4: Smart kids will figure out how to read.

A noticeably bright child who is having trouble learning to read is at a high risk for not learning to read. If your child is noticeably frustrated by reading or is faking their ability to read and you are told, “He’s bright, he’ll figure it out” or “She is still young and she’s smart – it will click for her” do not wait to
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Myth #3: Reading to your child will teach them how to learn to read.

Reading to your child will help them develop a love of reading and help them develop many critical literacy skills and print concepts. For some students who have difficulty learning to read, being read to becomes a strategy for them to memorize books so that they can appear to read. Pretending to read and memorizing stories are great habits for kids as long as
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Myth #2: Kids will learn to read when they are ready and motivated to read.

There are definitely many kids who figure out how to read after they find a book they really like. And some kids really do just need time for pre-reading skills to come together and start reading fluently. We’ve worked with families who have multiple children who were delayed readers but learned to read around 3rd or 4th grade without special help. But, much to
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May 8th at 12pm: Debunking Myths about Reading -How do children learn to read?

**Questions must be submitted before the broadcast at www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk or info@LdEduTalk.org. Week 1, Thursday, May 8th Tune in at noon: www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk  Debunking Myths about Reading How do children learn to read? The science of reading is well understood, and often times, issues with reading can be identified as early as 4 years old by difficulty with pre-reading skills. But teacher training has lagged behind the
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New Internet Radio Talk Show on Learning, Reading and LD

Thursdays, May 8th – June 5th from 12pm – 1pm at www.youtube.com/user/LdEduTalk Five Perspectives on Learning to Read – Breaking the Code Join us every Thursday at noon to find out when to be concerned about your child’s reading, how to find help, and what to expect from your child’s school. Each week a specialist will join us to give a brief talk on
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Myth # 10 – Fast Readers Are Good Readers

Are Fast Readers are Good Readers? Not necessarily. Accurate readers who process what they read as they are reading are good readers. It can be important to measure word per minute speed but that number can be misleading. Sometimes fast readers are just skipping over words. Sometimes fast readers read beautifully but have no idea what they are reading. At The Reading Clinic, we meet
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2/4/2014 ADHD and Communication

Feb 4, 2013 Noon – 1pm Free! Register: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA50DC83894D30 ADHD and Communication Learn how communication skills are affected by ADHD and what you can do about it. We will discuss strategies for improving listening comprehension and organizing thoughts before speaking. We will also explore the connection between reading comprehension and communication for students with ADHD.

1/21/2014 Learning to Read – Phonemic Awareness

Jan 21, 2014 Noon – 1pm Free Online Webinar! Register: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA50DC83894D3B Learning to Read – Phonemic Awareness Parents and educators will learn about the best predictor of success in reading. Topics covered will include what phonemic awareness is and why it matters, how to recognize issues with phonemic awareness, and most importantly, how to support the development of phonemic awareness in young children. We
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1/7/2013 Learning To Read – What Every Parent Should Know

January 7, 2014 Noon – 1pm Free Online Webinar! Register: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA50DC83894E3E Learning To Read – What Every Parent Should Know Parents who understand how children learn to read are more knowledgeable about their child’s reading progress. Learn to identify five essential reading skills and how they create a successful reader. Anecdotal stories about former students will help to illustrate the concepts presented.