I don’t think I was taught phonics in school, or if I was, I didn’t understand it. I can read, albeit at a slow speed, and my spelling is excellent but I’ve struggled with unfamiliar words my entire life. Even in university, I rarely read an entire article or assigned textbook chapter. I often justified… Continue reading Orton-Gillingham Makes Sense
We often get requests for executive function help around exams. Executive functions are the cognitive processes that help people control their behaviour (emotional regulation, initiation, impulse control) and reach their goals (planning, time management, organization, self monitoring). Though there are some strategies for studying and test taking that can be learned during crunch time, there… Continue reading Start the Year Off Organized
Are you a teen thinking about spring exams? High school exams will be starting in the next couple of weeks, which means that it’s time to start flexing your study skills and working on keeping a positive attitude towards your learning. Back in January, Access Learning shared our Top 6 Study Strategies when preparing… Continue reading Study Tips Part 2 (Just in time for June exams!)
Despite the cool weather lately, summer is on its way! Those 8 weeks of long days and warm nights bring lots of time to relax, but many parents are also interested in continuing the learning their children have been doing at school. The curriculum books you can find at Costco may be tempting, but chances… Continue reading Get Out and Learn This Summer
It's Children's Mental Health Week in Ontario. Remember to make time to learn what anxiety looks like, how learning differences present in the classroom, and how to help students feel like they belong.
We’ve been focusing a lot on our Orton-Gillingham language program because we are excited for the summer. However, Access Learning currently has 8 amazing tutors with a wide range of talents! Read this week's post to learn more about Leslie and her gifts with English language learners.
When is the best time to talk about the next school year? Right now! Your child's teacher knows their students very well at this point, which makes it the perfect time to start a conversation about how to transition to the next year. Read more in this week's blog post!
By the time a student starts with us for reading and writing support, they are usually feeling defeated in their abilities. Being asked to produce work on paper every day at school can feel especially draining to students who struggle with letter formation and spelling. Every student is different in their learning strengths and needs,… Continue reading Taking the Paper and Pencil Away: Using A Multisensory Approach to Learning
We're always excited to share more about the amazing work we have going on at Access Learning! This week, we have the privilege of introducing one of our original team members, Alhana De Faria. Check out our blog post for the latest "Meet the Tutor" installment!
As educators we are always looking for ways to build our students up and instill them with confidence. One of the ways we do this is by using positive affirmations that help the kids we work with feel valued, respected, and understood. Positive affirmations are more than just feedback or saying “good job”; they are… Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day Gifts are Positive Affirmations