Dr. Warren’s blogger articles on language arts.

Compound Word Game, Making Connections, Also Develops Critical Reasoning, Mental Flexibility and Sequencing Skills

Developing language processing skills, critical thinking, mental flexibility, verbal reasoning and sequential processing abilities, is foundational in any elementary education.  What’s more, these lessons need to make the learning process engaging and fun.  I created Making Connections Compound Word Games to address these areas.  Learning specialists, homeschoolers, teachers and parents can now help students develop these skills!  Your students will love these brain teasers!  They can be quite challenging, so this product will offer a lot of fun for students of all ages.  I now even offer a free sampling, so come download it today!


This colorful Thanksgiving digital 

download – PDF offers enjoyable and

engaging printable activities that 

strengthen language processing skills 

such as listening, following written/oral 

directions, understanding 

homework/test questions and 

interpreting multiple choice items. 

Included in this publication are three 

activities that will also help your 

students practice linguistic cues and 

develop spatial, sequential, attentional and executive 

functioning skills.  You can come get a free sampling or

purchase this as well as other great

Following Directions activities by clicking on the image or the

following link. 


Fun Halloween Activity that Strengthens Language Skills

Weaknesses in language processing can be difficult to remediate, and finding fun activities that can help strengthen this cognitive processing area is a further challenge.  I designed my Following Directions – The Fun and Easy Way series to offer activities that help students develop listening skills, attention to detail, vocabulary, mental flexibility, spatial skills, and more.  They were initially created for my own private practice, and now they are available to the public.  Each page is filled with colorful images and students get to draw, complete mazes and work through process of elimination exercises that are fun and engaging.  For added enjoyment, I am now creating holiday exercises that can be used throughout the school year.  My latest download offers three Halloween handouts.  Come view all of the activities by clicking on the image and even download a free sampling.

All the best, Dr. Erica  Warren

Teaching Higher Order Language Skills: Abstract and Critical Thinking as Well as Multiple Meanings

learners, as well as those who struggle with higher order language processing,
often experience difficulties when shifting to more abstract ways of
learning.  Difficulties may arise
when multiple meanings are used in conversation or when reading.  Consequently, “reading between the
lines” or searching for a deeper meaning can be a challenge.  Additionally, concrete or rigid ways of
thinking can create miscommunication. 
It’s easy to misunderstand someone’s intended meaning when they are
being sarcastic or they are using unfamiliar vocabulary.  I’m sure you have had one of those
ah-ha moments in life where you thought, “Oh, that’s what she meant!”  Finally,  difficulties interpreting jokes, puns, or inferences can lead
to one feeling confused or embarrassed. 
I am sure we all know of a time when someone told a joke and although we
laughed along with everyone else, we did not really “get it.” 

Although learning
this important skill is a process for many students, it does not have to be awkward
or difficult.  In fact, practicing abstract
thinking can be fun.   That is
the goal of my new workbook Abstract Thinking and Multiple Meanings: Developing Higher Order Language and Mental Flexibility Through Critical Thinking and Visualization.  It was
written to engage learners and help them to conceptualize and practice higher
order language skills.  
If you would like to download a free sampling of the workbook, CLICK HERE
If you are interested in purchasing the 58 page workbook, CLICK HERE

Mindful, Fun, Multisensory Materials for Learning the Vowel Combinations or Vowel Teams

One of the most difficult reading concepts to learn in the English language is the vowel combinations or vowel teams.  Well, not anymore.  I have made the process fun, memorable and multisensory with my workbook entitled Vowel Combinations Made Easy.  It was created for my own students and I have found it to be extremely successful.  Students learn their vowel combinations by finding them hidden in images, coloring, doing mazes and playing card games.  What’s more, I am now offering a free sampling of my workbook, so you can have the opportunity to see some of the activities.  

If you are interested in getting the free sample pages and activities CLICK HERE
If you are interested in the full digital version CLICK HERE
If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the workbook CLICK HERE


Teaching Inference Skills Can Be Fun


Teaching students about how to
make inferences can be challenging.  Unlike most of the concrete learning
that they encounter, this is an abstract notion.  However, most students
love the idea of finding or uncovering a hidden message.  So, explaining that,
like a detective, they can solve the secret code, students will find this both
appealing and exciting. Here are four activities that you can do to help even
the youngest of learners find joy in searching for inferences. 

  1.    Look through magazine images and see if you can
    uncover any hidden messages.
  2.    When traveling look at billboards and see if you
    can point out any inferences.
  3.    Look at the images on book covers and see what
    kind of hidden messages they might include that tell you a little bit about the
  4.    When watching TV pay attention to the
    advertisements.  What kinds of
    secret messages are implied?

If you would prefer to use a 60 page
workbook, with images, activities and games, you can always purchase Making
Inferences, The Fun and Easy Way to Understand and Practice Implied Meaning
.  I also offer a free downloadable sample
Dr. Erica Warren is a Learning Specialist and
Educational Therapist that shares her unique multi-sensory and fun activities through
her many publications.  Products are
available as downloads and print at her websites to view all her products at www.goodsensorylearning.com & www.dyslexiamaterials.com