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

Concrete
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.  
www.goodsensorylearning.com
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

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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
    story.
  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
@  CLICK HERE
 
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