Reading for Pleasure: Storyline Online & Learning Ally

Reading for Pleasure: Storyline Online & Learning Ally

If you’re hoping to find ways to get your students reading independently for fun this summer, check out some of the wonderful resources available through Storyline Online and Learning Ally.   STORYLINE ONLINE First, Storyline Online: It’s a free resource where famous actresses and actors read popular storybooks online with simple animations from picture books. The videos can be played through Youtube, Vimeo or SchoolTube. Some teachers use the channel for “reading center” activities because the lengths (10-20 minutes long) fit in well with this. At home, a site like this can be used with newly independent readers; they can preview books, then have a go reading it entirely on their own.

There’s a wide array of books that have been read, some […]

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Finding Dyslexia: Don’t Delay

Finding Dyslexia: Don’t Delay

“When I first heard that I had dyslexia, I was overwhelmed by emotions; I was angry, sad, and very confused. With time, I began to see my diagnosis as a self-affirmation. I had been correct in suspecting that I had a problem with learning, when many of the adults around me said that the only issue was my anxiety. I had adapted to school, devising personal coping strategies and learning techniques.” – Dr. Blair Kenney, family psychologist   When we conducted a survey of this community about the timing of their assessment for dyslexia, a number of striking observations were seen:   MOST DYSLEXIA IDENTIFICATION IS LATE Although there are current efforts to identify early (perhaps too early, for example before kindergarten), dyslexia identification is […]

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