PHONICS TALK: The Dorbooks Newsletter
Volume 41 ~ May 2010
by Dolores G. Hiskes

 

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IRA CHICAGO

SUCCESS STORY

MEMORIES

ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY

NEW APPS FOR NEW APPS

CD Q & A

MOTHERS DAY!

OUT OF THE OFFICE

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IRA CHICAGO

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I've just returned from the IRA Convention in Chicago, where I gave a presentation to an overflow audience of over 200 receptive attendees. They were hungry to learn, and at times seemed even disbelieving. One teacher raised her hand and commented "My principal never would believe this -- do you have any documentation?"

She was referring to the slide stating that MRI imaging confirmed that the neurobiological basis of reading disability actually changes to normal as students learn how to read correctly and become skilled readers.

I share this reference with you now, as I did with her during my presentation: This article is by Dr. Guinevere Eden of Georgetown University, printed in "Nature Neuroscience," May 18, 2003.

The sad thing is that this is not new information -- it is seven
years old, and yet few people are aware of it!

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MEMORIES

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Chicago is, of course, my home town. I had only to walk right
outside of my hotel door to see Navy Pier, where my husband
and I met when it was the University of Illinois. (Did you think
it was always just a mecca for games, rides, and little shops?)

When riding the bus to the conference we passed the colorful,
spectacular Buckingham Fountain, where Johnny proposed to
me many years ago on a bench right in front of it, while the many-
hued water sprayed diamond drops all around and over us.

(But I think I'll not go into the time I played hooky in grammar
school and just sat in a tree reading all afternoon!)

Wonderful memories of a loving family with us in the upstairs
flat and Mim and Pip (grandparents) in the lower flat, and the
special Sunday morning breakfasts of home-made ableskivvers.

All gone with the wind--even my younger sister. But dearly loved,
and to be remembered and cherished always!

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ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY

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"JustREAD addresses the literacy problems of teenagers who
cannot read well enough to keep up in class. Many begin
in "Phonics Pathways" with the basic sounds of the English
Language.

"Others begin each tutoring session reading "Reading Pathways"
to structure their brain before tackling their grammar and
writing lessons. These books are comprehensive and easily used
by both tutor and student.

"One of our high school girls, new to this country, tested at
kindergarten level in September, was tutored in Phonics Pathways
for the school year, and passed the mandated California Exit Exam t
hat year."

So writes director Molly McCrory of Palo Alto. Kudos to Molly and
all of the hard-working tutors for their excellent work!

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NEW APPS FOR NEW APPS

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iPhones aren't just for fun! A longtime dyslexic recently read a
book on his iPhone, and was surprised by how easy it was.
The spacing has something to do with it. "Many dyslexics have
problems with 'crowding,' where they're distracted by the words
they are trying to read," a professor of neuroscience at Oxford
University told him. "When reading text on a small phone, you
are reducing the crowding effect." (NY Times April 10, 2010)

I can't begin to imagine the applications possible for the new
iPad and similar gadgets -- even text color can be changed,
of special interest to those who think color can make a difference.
Not to mention text size, which can be made as large as desired.
We await these new apps with great anticipation!

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CD Q & A

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Several customers have requested information on how to use
the new CD, "Speaking Pathways."

First, know that there is a text folded inside of the cover with
a written version of everything on the tape, so you can both
read and hear the sounds as you work through it. This is an
excellent learning tool, and will help reinforce these sounds.

All the many ways to use this CD are still being worked out,
but a good beginning would be to go to the track of the sound
you are working on, and play it several times. Then play it
again, and this time you say the sound along with the taped
voice. Try it! This has proven especially helpful to ELL who
may find English pronunciation difficult at first.

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MOTHERS DAY

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Today is Mothers Day!

We celebrate not just mothers, but all care-giving females who
give so much of themselves to their young classroom charges
all over the world.

Or nurses and doctors who tenderly care for and reassure young
ones who might be frightened with office or hospital visits.

Or cooks, receptionists, etc. -- we simply celebrate this gentle side
of humanity, which truly leavens and softens the many ills of this
old world, making life better for everyone!

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OUT OF THE OFFICE

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Dorbooks will be out of the office from May 12th through June 10th.
Email will be possible, though intermittent and unreliable. If you
do write you will get an "out of office" autoresponder, but there is
a good chance I will still be able to read and answer mail.

Very Best, Dolores

Dolores G. Hiskes, President
"Phonics Pathways" - Six 1st-place awards-"Best Phonics Program in The Country"


Copyright Dolores G. Hiskes 2009- 2010

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