• Publishing English Literacy Workbooks for Spanish-Speaking Teens and Adults for Over 27 Years

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Literacy   How old is literacy? Literacy is 5,500 years old says Dr. Mayanne Wolf, a cognitive neuroscientist and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. She adds, the human brain has developed over the course of 40,000 to 50,000 years. She also states, there are no genes specific for…

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English for the Spanish Speaker

English for the Spanish Speaker   Happy New Year! Do you know friends or relatives whose New Year’s resolution is to improve their English? Fisher Hill has workbooks to help them. We have a whole language series with CDs or we have four English literacy series. The whole language series is called English for the Spanish…

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Samuel Orton

Samuel Orton Science of Reading Instruction   Have you ever heard of Samuel Orton? He is a pioneer in the science of reading instruction. He recommended systematic and explicit phonics instruction to teaching reading. Studies have shown that this is the best way to teach students to read.  I can testify to a systematic and…

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Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure Struggling writers often lack good sentence structure, sentence organization and variety. Having a word bank available with actions verbs, vivd adjectives, and effective transition words is helpful to add variety to sentences. Starting sentences with a prepositional phrase, including an appositive after the subject or ending a sentence with a dependent clause also adds variety…

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The Main Idea

The main idea when reading:   When reading, especially when reading informational text, it is important to determine the main idea in each paragraph.  Most paragraphs have a topic sentence that states the paragraphs main idea. Paragraphs also have detailed sentences that support the main idea. Identifying main ideas is needed in order to understand and remember…

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Common Spelling Errors

As a teacher, I have seen the following words used incorrectly many times. My sons who are both dyslexic have made these spelling mistakes often. I know I have made these mistakes in the past. Now I make a point of being careful when I use these words. Be careful when you write the following…

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Thanksgiving 2014

Be thankful if you can read! According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. According to the Department of Justice, “The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure.” According to BegintoRead.com…

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Summertime Fun

This summer have fun with your children and practice English at the same time. The following are some fun summertime activities. Beachball Fun: Toss the beach ball with your children. Each time you or your children catch the ball say an English word that starts with the letter of the alphabet. The first person will…

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Fisher Hill’s Literacy Series for Spanish Speaking Teens and Adults 150 150 fisherhilladmin

Fisher Hill’s Literacy Series for Spanish Speaking Teens and Adults

How does our literacy series work? We have four different titles in our literacy series. Each title has six volumes. Each volume is a workbook. These four series can be used in conjuntion with each other. The very first book to use would be English Reading and Spelling for the Spanish Speaker Book 1. This…

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The Public Library

This summer would be a great time to visit the public library.  If you want to increase your reading fluency, you need to practice reading.  Check out some good books and enjoy.  Library cards are free.  Go to your local library and get a card if you don’t have one yet. Your local library might…

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Unlike oral language, which is learned naturally from infancy, reading is a skill that is acquired at an older age, through instruction and with effort.  Some children read with less effort than others.  I’m sure you’ve heard parents say, my child just started reading one day.  Other parents will say, I’ve read books to my…

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Summertime… And The Living Is Easy 150 150 fisherhilladmin

Summertime… And The Living Is Easy

I hope you’ll have some easy living this summer.  I plan to.  I’m a schoolteacher so I get two months off: plenty of time for some easy living.  What do I plan to do?  Every summer I travel.  This year my husband and I will visit my younger son and his wife in the Netherlands. …

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Elements of Language (Part Two) 150 150 fisherhilladmin

Elements of Language (Part Two)

According to Dr. Eric Q. Tridas there are seven elements of language.  Dr. Tridas is the director of The Tridas Center for Child Development. He is a board certified pediatrician who specializes in the diagnosis and management of developmental and behavioral conditions such as ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and other neurodevelopmental…

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Too Many Wars

Here is a list of the wars the USA has fought in: Afghanistan War (October 7, 2001 to present) U.S. Casualties: 1,098 deaths; 2,379 wounded in action   Iraq War (March 20, 2003 to December 15, 2011) U.S. Casualties: 4,404 deaths; 31,827 wounded in action   Vietnam War (1959 to April 30, 1975) U.S. Casualties:…

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Elements of Language (Part One)

People’s language abilities greatly influence their every day lives and their capacity to learn.  In school, good language foundations help students acquire the essential skills for reading, writing and math. What are the necessary elements of language? Phonology:  Phonology is the study of the sound system of a language and the rules that govern how…

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