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The Reading Project

By Ashley DiMercurio

Hey there! Welcome to The Reading Project podcast where I help you build stronger readers one episode at a time. I am Ashley - Your Reading Tutor - and my experience as an online tutor, classroom teacher, and the mother of a reluctant reader, has allowed me to bring a fun and effective approach to building stronger and more confident readers. I created The Reading Project after working with dozens of families in my business that needed support in helping their readers at home. I want parents to know that you don’t have to be a teacher to help your struggling reader! I’m here to help!
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3.13 Teaching Reading and Living Bilingually with Melissa Muir
3.13 Teaching Reading and Living Bilingually with Melissa Muir
In this episode, I'm joined by Melissa Muir of Melissa is Teaching.  Melissa is Francisco's wife, and mom of 4 kids (ages 9, 7, 5, and 3). She's originally from Virginia but has lived in South America (Ecuador, to be precise) for the past 10 years. She has her Masters in the Art of Teaching from the University of Virginia and has taught in public, private, and international school settings along with teaching online for the past 4 years. She currently teaches privately and on a platform, and also provides teacher coaching opportunities for online teachers. Join us for a conversation about teaching reading and living bilingually.  Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: DuoLingo Freckle Epic!  Raz-Kids Libby Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart If you want more from Melissa, check her out on Instagram or Facebook. You can also join her Facebook community, Online Teacher EdTech, Curriculum, and Platform Support. You can also follow her on If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
29:01
December 05, 2022
3.12 Help! My Child Doesn't Like to Read
3.12 Help! My Child Doesn't Like to Read
I hear it all the time... Ashley, HELP! My child does not like to read! In this episode,  I'm sharing three pieces of advice for what you can do if your child has said that they don't like reading. Stay tuned until the end and pay close attention to #3. I think it might surprise you! Resources Mentioned in This Episode: How to Create a Cozy Book Nook in Your Home 3.8 5 Podcasts My 10-Year-Old is Loving Right Now Use Audiobooks to Get Your Child Excited About Reading! I Say Ooh You Say Aah by John Kane Press Here by Herve Tullet Don’t Push the Button! By Bill Cotter Don’t wake the Dragon by Bianca Schulze Season 2, Episode 23: Does Your Child Need a Reading Tutor? Season 2 Episode 12: Use Video Games to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Encourage Executive Function Skills If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
11:38
November 28, 2022
3.11 How to Support Skills Development in Your Everyday Routines with Melissa Wood
3.11 How to Support Skills Development in Your Everyday Routines with Melissa Wood
In this episode, I'm joined by Melissa Wood.  Melissa Wood studied elementary and early childhood education, as well as early childhood special education. She has been in the field for nearly 20 years and has a passion for child development. She finds her current role as the Early Education Director for a Supervisory Union in northern Vermont very rewarding and loves digging into the research to support early learning.  As a mom of her own preschooler, Melissa is able to connect foundational skills into her family's daily home routines. There are no workbooks, drills, or practicing - it just happens naturally, and she's excited to share some tips with you. Tune in as we dig into early literacy and how you can support skill development in your everyday routines. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Episode 1.11 The Language and Literacy Connection with Danielle Kent The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen If you'd like to contact Melissa, you can email her at weprefertoplay@gmail.com If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
42:01
November 14, 2022
3.10 Gameschooling for Language Arts with Cait Curley
3.10 Gameschooling for Language Arts with Cait Curley
Boy, do I have a special episode for you here! In this episode, I'm joined by Cait Curley of My Little Poppies, who I've been following for years, she is just amazing. Cait Curley, MA/CAGS is a school psychologist and unexpected homeschool mom to three outside-the-box kiddos. She is the founder of My Little Poppies, where she writes about homeschooling gifted and twice-exceptional children and teens. She is one half of The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.  Cait is also the creator of Never Board Learning, an online community of creative parents and educators who embrace play-based learning and gameschooling to meet the needs of their unique children.  Cait lives in NH with her husband, 14-year-old son, 12-year-old daughter, and 11-year-old son. Tune in to this episode as we talk all about gameschooling for Language Arts!  Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Gubs Outschool Dungeons and Dragons Magic: the Gathering Hit the Habitat Trail Chess Apples to Apples Clank! Memoir 44 Wingspan Yahtzee  Scrabble If you want more from Cait, check out My Little Poppies, The Homeschool Sisters Podcast, and Never board Learning. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
41:22
November 07, 2022
3.9 Middle School Literacy and How To Expand Vocabulary with Krysta Koppel
3.9 Middle School Literacy and How To Expand Vocabulary with Krysta Koppel
In this episode, we're focusing on middle school learners and how to help those students continue to build their vocabularies.  I'm joined by Krystal Koppel, and I can't wait for you to meet her! As an educator with over 13 years of classroom experience, Krysta has a passion for helping middle school students (and their families) come alive as they grow their literacy skills. Krysta currently homeschools her own 2 children while operating an online tutoring business that provides support and resources for families. Tune in to this episode for some great tips on building vocabulary with middle schoolers plus some fun app and game recommendations! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: FREE Gift from Krysta: Literacy Starter Pack Boggle Scattergories Wordscapes Word Stacks Word Search The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Frindle by Andrew Clements Build a Word If you want more from Krysta, check out Engage Communication Co. You can also follow her on Facebook or Instagram.  If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
33:18
October 24, 2022
3.8 5 Podcasts My 10-Year-Old is Loving Right Now
3.8 5 Podcasts My 10-Year-Old is Loving Right Now
Today, we're talking about one of my favorite topics... Podcasts! Recently, I saw a post in a parenting Facebook group looking for podcast recommendations for kids. So, I thought this was a great topic for us to dive into. Tune in to this episode as we discuss why podcasts are awesome for kids, the five podcasts my 10-year-old son is loving right now, and the podcast my 5-year-old daughter is listening to every night before bed! Podcasts Mentioned in This Episode: Story Pirates Stories Podcast The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian Earth Rangers Podcast Six Minutes Cupid and the Reaper - Volume II of the Natureverse NatGeo Kids Greeking Out The Dilo Dispatch The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel Invite to the Calm app (only 5 available, first come first served) If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
09:38
October 17, 2022
3.7 Things to Consider When Looking for a Tutor with Josh Mann
3.7 Things to Consider When Looking for a Tutor with Josh Mann
In this episode, I'm joined by Josh Mann. Josh is very passionate about helping students succeed. He has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College in writing and also studied at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and Oxford University. He has extensive experience tutoring and teaching at many private schools and homeschooling organizations in the Los Angeles area. He has taught literature, creative writing, life skills, drama, film, and Shakespeare classes to students of all ages. He currently teaches creative writing and essay writing classes. He also specializes in helping students who have learning disabilities and behavior challenges, such as Dyslexia, Autism, ADD, and Asperger's syndrome.  Josh incorporates life coaching skills into his process of working with students, in order to assist with organization, scheduling, executive functioning, time management, social skill improvement, and motivation. In this episode, we discuss whether or not children with learning differences should take a break in the summer or keep tutoring. We also discuss what parents should look for in a tutor for their child and what tutors should know about working with learning disabled children.  Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Tale of the Unknown Island by Jose Saramago The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago Hamlet by William Shakespeare If you want more from Josh, check out Collaborative Tutoring. You can also follow him on Facebook and connect on LinkedIn. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
25:26
October 10, 2022
3.6 Practical Tips for Working on Reading Comprehension at Home
3.6 Practical Tips for Working on Reading Comprehension at Home
Developing strong reading comprehension skills is critical to overall reading success. Often, students struggle with mastering comprehension skills. If you are a parent who wants to know how you can work with your child on reading comprehension at home, this episode is for you! Tune in for my top five practical and easy-to-implement tips for how you can help your child improve his/her reading comprehension skills! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 3.5 Having Meaningful Conversations About Books With Older Students with Laura Kebart Pinna - for family-friendly podcasts Episode 17: 3 Reasons to Watch Movies this Summer If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
05:39
October 03, 2022
3.5 Having Meaningful Conversations About Books With Older Students with Laura Kebart
3.5 Having Meaningful Conversations About Books With Older Students with Laura Kebart
Do you ever feel like you can't keep up with all of the reading your middle schooler is doing? As parents, we want to know what our kids are reading and have meaningful conversations with them about books. But, seriously, it can become difficult as they get older! Well, have no fear - Laura Kebart is here! In this episode, I'm joined by Laura Kebart. Laura serves super-busy middle school ELA teachers and parents who have active lives outside of teaching or homeschooling. She works with teachers and parents who cherish their personal family time and who refuse to sacrifice one more precious moment prepping for each day's lessons!   Laura pulls from her 20 years of teaching experience along with her curriculum design degree to create meaningful reading and writing lessons that engage kids while saving the teachers and homeschool parents 10+ hours a week of prep time! Tune in to this episode as Laura shares all about how you can have conversations about novels with your kids, even when you haven't read the book yet (or in a long time!)  Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Lonely Scarecrow by Tim Preston Season 2, Episode 28: The Benefits of Picture Books for Older Readers If you want more from Laura, you can check her out here. You can also join her Facebook community for Middle School ELA teachers. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
35:02
September 26, 2022
3.4 Book Trailers: What They Are and Why I Love Them!
3.4 Book Trailers: What They Are and Why I Love Them!
Have you heard of book trailers? They're really fun!  In this solo episode, we're covering what they are and why I love them! Tune in for...  My top three reasons to use book trailers with your kids and students. A fun bonus activity to work on with your students or kids. A list of the steps to follow to make your own book trailer and what to include in your book trailer.  If you have any questions about book trailers and how to use them, feel free to send me an email at info@yourreadingtutor.com. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
05:51
September 19, 2022
3.3 Understanding and Addressing Letter Confusions with Emily Laidlaw
3.3 Understanding and Addressing Letter Confusions with Emily Laidlaw
In this episode, I share an amazing interview with Emily Laidlaw. We're talking about letter confusion - what it is and how to address it at home! Emily has worked in private and public schools in various capacities, including as program director for students with learning differences and as a reading interventionist. She's tutored in person and online for several years now. She has a passion for providing efficient and effective instruction to help students achieve success. And, Emily strives to help other tutors, teachers, and parents do the same!   Tune in to this episode for an in-depth explanation of what letter confusion is, what it means for your child, and the best tips for how you can help your child overcome it! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss If you want more from Emily, you can check her out here. You can also follow her on Facebook, YouTube, TpT, and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
34:50
September 12, 2022
3.2 5 Online Tools We Use for Reading and Writing
3.2 5 Online Tools We Use for Reading and Writing
Parents often ask about the best online tools for reading and writing. There are A LOT out there. Some are better than others and some will be a better fit for you and your learner. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to learning.  In this solo episode, I'm sharing five of my favorite online tools for reading and writing. These are the exact tools we use in our house to homeschool our kids AND the tools I use in my private practice when I'm tutoring students.  Tune in to find out my favorite online tools for reading and writing! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Reading Eggs Night Zookeeper Pinna Epic! Books for Kids WordWall If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
09:54
September 05, 2022
3.1 How is Reading Being Taught in Your Child's Classroom this School Year? with Jill Kohlenberg
3.1 How is Reading Being Taught in Your Child's Classroom this School Year? with Jill Kohlenberg
It's that time of year - back to school! Let me ask you a question... do you know if your child is learning structured literacy or whole language in their classroom this year? If you don't know, this episode is for you! In our season 3 premiere, I'm joined by Jill Kohlenberg. Jill is an educator who spent many years teaching Kindergarten and Pre-K followed by teaching 4th-grade and 5th-grade reading. After 13 years, she left teaching to start her own private tutoring business. She has a Master's degree in Reading and an Ed.S in Curriculum. She's also Orton-Gillingham trained and certified. She knows there are lots of different ways to get an education and she's passionate about supporting families no matter where they are on their journey. She also runs an educational training company, Tutor Success Academy, with her business partner, Emily Gibbons.   Tune in to this episode as we discuss what to expect as our kids go back to school, how to help with the transition, what to look for in your child's reading curriculum, and when to get help! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Lange Learning Center Back to School Tips to Support Students with Dyslexia Season 2 Episode 10: Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences Peach and Blue by Sarah Kilborne The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang If you want more from Jill, check out Tutor Success Academy. You can also follow her on Facebook. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very much appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
51:05
August 29, 2022
Season 3 Preview!
Season 3 Preview!
I'm so excited to kick off the 3rd season of The Reading Project Podcast in just one week - August 29, 2022.  Wondering what you can expect in season three? Well, this season, we'll be releasing episodes on Mondays instead of Fridays. Our weekly episodes will alternate between short and sweet solo episodes and interviews with educators. We have some awesome episodes planned for you beginning with an awesome back-to-school episode, next week! Tune in to this season three preview for a rundown of the top five episodes from season two and a little preview of what to expect in season three! Top 5 Episodes from Season 2: 2.1 - Dyslexia Debunked with Emily Gibbons 2.19 - 4 Reading Error-Correction Tips & Tricks 2.2 - What You Didn't Know About Helping Your Kids With Spelling 2.13 - Beginning Readers and Struggling Readers. What's the Difference? 2.20 - Tips for Raising Confident Readers If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
05:26
August 22, 2022
Season 2, Episode 37: How to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer
Season 2, Episode 37: How to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer
This is the final episode of season 2! Whoa, it's been a great season with lots of incredible tips and guests.  As each school year comes to a close, usually I start to see questions pop up on Facebook and in parenting groups. "How can I keep my kid reading this summer?" So, today we are talking about the top 10 things that you can do during the summer to keep your kids reading! Now, don't worry, you don't need to do all 10 things. I'm going to give you 10 different things you can do, but your job is to pick three that you think will work best for your child and your family. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Reading Reward System Hoopla Libby Pinna Reading Eggs Season 2 Episode 12: Use Video Games to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Encourage Executive Function Skills Season 2, Episode 16: Literacy on the Go! Done for You Reading and Writing Lessons (use code: SUMMER) Season 2, Episode 36: How adding Snacks and Friends can Motivate Readers Episode 4 - Motivate your Reader with a Virtual Book Club Ultimate Guide to Starting a Virtual Book Club! Episode 17: 3 Reasons to Watch Movies this Summer If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
15:40
May 27, 2022
Season 2, Episode 36: How adding Snacks and Friends can Motivate Readers
Season 2, Episode 36: How adding Snacks and Friends can Motivate Readers
If you're a parent or caregiver who has ever thought, "I should start a book club for my kids!" You're in for a treat! In this episode, I'm joined by the very creative and inspiring Dachelle McVey. Dachelle is a homeschooling mom of three who knows the struggle of getting kids excited for reading, especially the classics! This is why she created Literary Adventures for Kids, a full language arts curriculum for preschool to high school that inspires kids to read through rabbit trails and a little bit of magic dust.  Dachelle uses her experience as an educator in the traditional system to create courses that encourage critical thinking and are catalysts for big conversations.  She is also the owner of Hide the Chocolate, a blog about her adventures in homeschooling and parenting, using a relaxed Charlotte Mason philosophy. You can often find her reading a good book (or even sometimes just an okay book) and enjoying a jar of Nutella.  Tune in as we talk about how adding snacks and friends can make reading more fun. Basically, we're talking all about book clubs today! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Secret Garden - book and movie A Wrinkle in Time Test-drive a Literary Adventures for Kids curriculum for FREE The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Virtual Book Club Virtual Reading Summer Camp - The Booke vs. The Movie If you want more from Dachelle, check out Hide the Chocolate. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
35:32
May 20, 2022
Season 2, Episode 35: The Power of Read Alouds for Upper Grades with Terica Butler
Season 2, Episode 35: The Power of Read Alouds for Upper Grades with Terica Butler
I'm so excited for you to meet Dr. Terica Butler. She is a former teacher and believes literacy is a tool to build student identity and ignite in them curiosity about themselves and the world around them.  She spent most of her career supporting literacy initiatives in large urban school districts before creating her business, Apex Education Consulting Solutions, LLC, in 2018. She started her company to meet the professional learning needs of teachers and leaders. Then she decided to add a student solution service during the pandemic. And here we are two years later, she has refined the model into virtual literacy learning pods for grades 3-5.  In addition, Dr. Terica likes to spend time outside in the garden, listening to music and spending quality time with her loved ones. In this episode, we talk about the power of read-alouds.  Tune in for some really specific reasons why read-alouds are amazing and for some really easy tips and action items for you when you are picking out a read-aloud for your family. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes Book Nook Freebie The Vanderbeekers by Karina Yan Glaser @themulticulturalclassroom @helpingkidsrise @ainarasbookshelf Counting on Katherine by Helaine Becker  If you want more from Terica, check out here. You can also follow her on Facebook or Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
36:56
May 06, 2022
Season 2, Episode 34: Stop the Summer Slide
Season 2, Episode 34: Stop the Summer Slide
Summer is just around the corner! Are you begining to wonder what the break will mean for your child's literacy skills? In this episode, I cover the summer slide: What it is, and how you can avoid it. Tune in for my top five tips you can follow to help combat the summer slide! And, make sure to listen carefully - I'll be sharing a coupon code with you! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Find a Library Near you! Done for You - Reading Game Bundle Use coupon code: MAY22 Stop the Summer Slide - 5 Day Email Challenge Epic Books for Kids Curiosity Stream Pinna Reading Eggs If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
12:21
April 29, 2022
Season 2, Episode 33: Getting a Dyslexia Diagnosis
Season 2, Episode 33: Getting a Dyslexia Diagnosis
In this episode, I share a very special interview with Courtney Niblick. Courtney is a kindergarten teacher, and she has a son who was recently diagnosed with dyslexia.  When she received her son's dyslexia diagnosis, she decided to dive in and learn everything she could about teaching children how to read. And that's when she discovered the Science of Reading! She's here with us today to talk about her journey. Tune in to this episode to hear the point of view of both an educator and a mom of a child with dyslexia. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Bad Guys by Ms. Kate Howard The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munch To connect with Courtney, join her Facebook group Science of Reading - Kindergarten/First/Second Grade If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
28:20
April 22, 2022
Season 2, Episode 32: 5 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month at Home
Season 2, Episode 32: 5 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month at Home
April is National Poetry Month! What are you planning to do this month to celebrate poetry in your home? If you've got nothing planned yet or you're looking for fun ideas, I've got you covered! In this episode, I'll let you know why I love poetry and why I think poetry is great for children. Tune in for five fun ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month at home! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month Poetry 4 Kids Wet Concrete: A Mix of Concrete Poems by Bob Raczka Love That Dog by Sharon Creech Poets.org If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
15:44
April 08, 2022
Season 2, Episode 31: What to do at Home to Help Your Child Learn to Read with Julie Scali
Season 2, Episode 31: What to do at Home to Help Your Child Learn to Read with Julie Scali
Parents, you are totally capable of supporting your child as a reader, a writer, and a learner at home! In this episode, we have a special guest all the way from Australia - Julie Scali. Julie has a background in primary education as well as special needs education. She spent time consulting in schools on learning difficulties. Most recently, she's served the last eight years as the deputy principal leading whole school change in literacy improvement. She runs her own business, Literacy Impact. She is passionate about linking evidence-based practice with what makes the greatest impact in the classroom students' literacy as well as making a link between the school and the home. Tune in for simple tips that will help you to build a strong base in oral language skills and oral language comprehension at home! These skills will transfer over into reading comprehension and reading language skills. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Season 2, Episode 16: Literacy on the Go! Greeking Out The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers If you want more from Julie, check out Literacy Impact. You can also follow her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
29:44
April 01, 2022
Season 2, Episode 30: What to do When Your Child Can't Remember What They Read
Season 2, Episode 30: What to do When Your Child Can't Remember What They Read
Have you ever read something to your child, with your child or they read something themself - and then, they couldn't remember what they read? Like at all! When this happens, it is a sign of a comprehension issue. They truly can't remember! They didn't understand what they read so they don't know. In this episode, I deep dive into five things you can do when your child can’t remember what they read.  Tune in to find out why this might be happening and for actionable tips you can use to support your child in developing better reading comprehension.  Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Sticky Notes Tutoring Services If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
15:27
March 25, 2022
Season 2, Episode 29: Play These Word Games with Your Kids! with Nicole Lace
Season 2, Episode 29: Play These Word Games with Your Kids! with Nicole Lace
Do you ever wonder what you can be doing at home with your kids to support phonemic awareness and phonological awareness? My guest today says - PLAY GAMES! Meet Nicole Lace, shes a first-grade classroom teacher who specializes in phonics, Orton-Gillingham, and teaching kids to read the right way. She has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master's degree in International Education.  Tune in to this episode for an exciting discussion of phonics, phonological awareness, and phonemic awareness! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: The Book with No Pictures by BJ Novak Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
27:04
March 18, 2022
Season 2, Episode 28: The Benefits of Picture Books for Older Readers
Season 2, Episode 28: The Benefits of Picture Books for Older Readers
Let's talk picture books! There are so many benefits of reading picture books with your kids.  If you think your kids have outgrown picture books, keep reading them anyway! Tune in to this episode and I'll tell you why reading picture books is beneficial, even for older readers! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Harry Potter, the illustrated collection Dogman: The Supa Epic Collection Diary of a Whimpy Kid, a complete collection If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
10:14
March 11, 2022
Season 2, Episode 27: What to do When Your Child Gets "Stuck" on a Word
Season 2, Episode 27: What to do When Your Child Gets "Stuck" on a Word
Undoubtedly, it's happened to every parent... you're reading with your child and they get stuck on a word. What should you do? In this episode, I'm joined by Alison Ryan from Learning at the Primary Pond. Alison has worked as a classroom teacher, reading interventionist, and reading specialist since 2005 as well as director of curriculum and instruction. She is trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and has extensive experience working with struggling readers. She holds an MA in Literacy Leadership. Tune in to this episode to find out the best strategies and ways to support your child when you are reading together and they get stuck! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Goodnight Owl by Greg Pizzoli Reading Support for Homeschoolers - Facebook group Special Discount Code for our listeners at Learning at the Primary Pond. Use code phonics25 If you want more from Alison, check out Learning at the Primary Pond.  You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
32:17
March 04, 2022
Season 2, Episode 26: Modifications and Accommodations with Ann Mitchell
Season 2, Episode 26: Modifications and Accommodations with Ann Mitchell
IEPs, accommodations, modifications... OH MY! Join me this week as I chat with Ann Mitchell about helping families navigate the difficult IEP process. Ann wears many hats! From being a wife, a mom, a grandmom to a certified reading interventionist trained in the Orton-Gillingham method. Yes, she's busy, but she would not change it for the world. She loves what she does and is so happy you are here. Find out more at Castle Rock Reading Tutor. Tune in to this episode to find out exactly what an IEP is, the difference between modifications and accommodations, and Ann's best advice for parents who are supporting their child with an IEP. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Season 2, Episode 17: Could Assistive Technology Help Your Child? The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett If you want more from Ann, check out Castle Rock Reading Tutor. You can also follow her on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
19:12
February 18, 2022
Season 2. Episode 25: High/Low Books for Reluctant or Struggling Readers
Season 2. Episode 25: High/Low Books for Reluctant or Struggling Readers
Ever wonder what a High/Low book is? Well, this is the episode for you! I'll be breaking down exactly what High/Low (or HI/LO) means, what these books are, and why you might want to use them. Tune in to learn more about finding High/Low books, what to look for, and some recommendations on great High/Low books! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Teachers Make Money Online Virtual Summit for Educators Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett Krosoczka Dog Man series by Dav Pilkey El Defo by Cece Bell Cam Jansen series by David A. Adler Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald Magic Treehouse series by Penguin Random House If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
11:02
February 11, 2022
Season 2, Episode 24: Building a Strong Reading Foundation with Kristin Dwyer
Season 2, Episode 24: Building a Strong Reading Foundation with Kristin Dwyer
Today, we have Kristin Dwyer on the podcast, from Brain Friendly Reading! Her literacy background is simply amazing and she's using it to create products, resources, and trainings that she putting into the hands of educators, homeschoolers, and parents everywhere.  Kristin combined her background in Montessori and Orton-Gillingham to create a new approach to teaching reading - a unique sequence of instructional strategies. This new approach has already achieved tremendous success for students from kindergarten through middle school. Kristin has trained hundreds of teachers, tutors, parents, and volunteers in this approach. Kristin is motivated by her love of working with really struggling and defeated readers. She works tirelessly to provide training and individualized coaching at low to no cost through her non-profit organization. Tune in to this episode to find out more about brain-friendly reading, building automaticity with our learners, and how you can use Kristin's unique approach with your students or children! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: We Shall Read 1st Chart All Together Chart YouTube Video Brain Friendly Reading Shop Coupon Code: use GAMES12 for 50% off in the Brain Friendly Reading shop. If you want more from Kristin, check out Brain Friendly Reading. You can also follow her on Instagram and Facebook. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
43:19
February 04, 2022
Season 2, Episode 23: Does Your Child Need a Reading Tutor?
Season 2, Episode 23: Does Your Child Need a Reading Tutor?
If you're a regular here, you already know, my business is called Your Reading Tutor. And as a reading tutor, there is a question I get asked ALL. THE. TIME! Today, we're going to be talking about that question...  "Does my child need a reading tutor?" or "How do I know if my child needs a reading tutor?"  In this episode, I'm going to give you a couple of things to look for or to think about if you're wondering if your child could benefit from a reading tutor. Chances are, if you, as the parent, are already wondering if your child needs a tutor, then there's a good chance they might need a tutor. You know your child best! Tune in for some things to look for and what you can do if you are wondering if your child could use a reading tutor! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Teachers Make Money Online Virtual Summit for Educators If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
07:20
January 28, 2022
Season 2, Episode 22: Multi-Sensory Instruction with Meagan Beam
Season 2, Episode 22: Multi-Sensory Instruction with Meagan Beam
Today we're interviewing Meagan Beam. Megan has a love and a passion for teaching literacy with a multi-sensory approach. And I'm not kidding when I say passion, you're gonna hear it in her voice!  Meagan majored in Special Education at Clemson University and has a Master's Degree in reading with an elementary focus from Grand Canyon University. She also has two certifications in Orton-Gillingham through the Orton-Gillingham Academy. Out of her passion for phonics and creating she's crafted and patented an engaging phonics tool called Phonics Builders to support teachers in their instruction and students in their learning.  She loves sharing her passion for literacy with other teachers and caregivers in hopes that it makes a difference for that one student who desperately needs that phonics instruction intervention.  Tune in to this episode to find out exactly what multi-sensory instruction is and why it's best for the brain. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Art of Glow Sand Draw Sketchbook Chatterpix If you want more from Meagan, check out OTTER Reading. You can also follow her on Facebook. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
23:23
January 21, 2022
Season 2, Episode 21: 5 Things Every Struggling Reader Needs
Season 2, Episode 21: 5 Things Every Struggling Reader Needs
In this solo episode, Ashley is talking about the five things that every struggling reader needs to succeed: Specific and positive feedback  Texts that they can read  Texts that they want to read  A reading model Set aside blocks of time in their schedule for reading Tune in for some snackable tips to help your reader find and feel reading success! Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: Season 2, Episode 19: 4 Reading Error-Correction Tips & Tricks Season 2, Episode 20: Tips for Raising Confident Readers Season 1, Episode 20: Helping Your Child Pick a Just Right Book  Reading A-Z How to Create a Cozy Book Nook in Your Home You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
11:25
January 14, 2022
Season 2, Episode 20: Tips for Raising Confident Readers
Season 2, Episode 20: Tips for Raising Confident Readers
In this episode, I'm joined by Adelle Southall. She's a former elementary teacher turned online tutor. She specializes in helping early readers and struggling readers build confidence as they blossom into fluent readers.  When she's not tutoring, you can find Adele cooking up something yummy in her kitchen binging on the latest trending show on Netflix. Tune in as Adelle shares her top tips for raising confident readers. Books & Resources Mentioned in This Episode: How to Create a Cozy Book Nook in Your Home Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry and Edward Herrmann The Little House on the Praire series by Laura Ingalls Wilder If you want more from Adelle, check out Adelle Tutors. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
33:18
January 07, 2022
Season 2, Episode 19: 4 Reading Error-Correction Tips & Tricks
Season 2, Episode 19: 4 Reading Error-Correction Tips & Tricks
Have you ever wondered what to do when you're reading with your kiddo at home and they make a mistake? In this episode, I'm joined by a special guest, Lindsey Norton. Lindsey is a former classroom teacher turned private tutor. She's the owner of Kids Tutoring Online and she's been educating preschoolers-fifth graders since 2014. Lindsey is 100% committed to the Science of Reading and using Orton-Gillingham methods for all students. Lindsey is on pace to become a certified Orton-Gillingham practitioner at the Associate level by May of 2022. Tune in to this episode as we chat about error correction and feedback for students. Lindsey offers four great tips for how to handle this tricky situation.  Resources mentioned in this episode: Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk Orton-Gillingham Error Technique Corrections Video Phonics International  The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg Nibbles the Book Monster by Emma Yarlett If you'd like more from Lindsey, check out Kids Tutoring Online.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
30:24
December 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 18: Emotionally Strong Kids Make Strong Readers
Season 2, Episode 18: Emotionally Strong Kids Make Strong Readers
In this episode, we have a really special guest. Her name is Jill Loesch, and she's a veteran teacher and coach living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her career spans over 24 years within the areas of pre-K through grade 2 classroom teacher, Kindergarten through grade 5 Literacy Resource Teacher, Kindergarten through grade 5 differentiation specialist, and Kindergarten through grade 5 academic and mindset coach.  Jill now owns and operates a fitness studio with her husband, and is a mom of two. She created a business called The Self Nurtured Teacher™. The Self Nurtured™ teacher was created after Jill was diagnosed with Addison's Disease in 2017.  In this episode, we discuss social-emotional learning and social-emotional health, and how those play into a child's reading development. Tune in for actionable steps to help build emotionally strong kids who thrive at reading! Resources mentioned in this episode: Reading Interest Survey Reading Rewards System Janelle Monae - The Power of Yet (Sesame Street) Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton If you'd like more from Jill, check out The Self Nurtured Teacher. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
43:51
December 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 17: Could Assistive Technology Help Your Child?
Season 2, Episode 17: Could Assistive Technology Help Your Child?
Meet Katie Larew from Assistive Technology for Dyslexia! I have been following her on the 'Gram and I am so impressed with the great information she shares. Katie is an educational consultant, and she does virtual trainings that teach about the best tools for assistive technology. In her trainings, she shares the best situations to use these tools, where to find the best tools, and how to use them to best support your learner.  Katie is a certified special education teacher, dyslexia practitioner, and assistive technology specialist. She provides virtual trainings for parents, teachers, and students. In this episode, we dive deep into the wide variety of available assistive technologies and how you can adapt and modify them to work for your child or student! Resources mentioned in this episode: International Dyslexia Association If you'd like more from Katie, check out Assistive Technology for Dyslexia.  You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
28:29
December 03, 2021
Season 2, Episode 16: Literacy on the Go!
Season 2, Episode 16: Literacy on the Go!
With the holiday season quickly approaching (seriously, is Thanksgiving really next week?!?) you may be struggling to find time and ways to incorporate literacy into your daily life. Whether you're traveling across town or flying across the country with your family in the coming weeks for the holidays, you can support your child's literacy skills while on the go! Here at the Reading Project Podcasts, we're all about creating a culture of literacy and helping families see that literacy can be woven into their daily life. Creating a culture of literacy doesn't have to be super complicated or difficult. There are small things that you can do every day while on the go, whether you're on a walk with your kids, driving across town, waiting for a doctor's appointment, or flying on a plane to see grandma for Thanksgiving. In this episode, we'll talk about six early literacy skills and how to easily incorporate them into your day-to-day life. Tune in for my top tips on how you can take literacy on the go with you and your busy family! Resources mentioned in this episode: Learn How to Tell A Story - Interview with Sam DiMercurio Rory's Story Cubes Fortunately, Unfortunately If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
13:01
November 19, 2021
Season 2: Episode 15 - What is an SLP anyway?
Season 2: Episode 15 - What is an SLP anyway?
In this episode, I have a really special guest, my friend Amanda! She joins us to speak about Speech and Language Pathology.  Amanda is a mother of two kids, ages six and nine. She is also a licensed speech and language pathologist living in the Burlington, Vermont area. Amanda and I first met and I got to know her because we are both writers at Vermont Mom. It's always a fun time to have someone I actually know in real life come on as a guest!  Professionally, Amanda spent seven years working with children from birth right on through 12th grade as a speech and language pathologist, both in schools and in home-health before she had her second child. While she still loves and takes every opportunity to grow her knowledge in all things speech and language, she's changed career courses so that she can focus more on being a mom.  She's currently beginning her fourth year working at her daughter's elementary school. which serves students in preschool through 3rd grade. There she applies her professional knowledge in her role as a substitute teacher, three or more days a week. That school is so lucky to have such an amazing substitute teacher on its roster!  I can't wait to talk more with Amanda about speech and language. Tune in to find out exactly what a Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) is and does! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
34:25
November 12, 2021
Season 2, Episode 14: Tips to Make the Most of the Library
Season 2, Episode 14: Tips to Make the Most of the Library
In this solo episode, I speak about how you can take advantage of your local library and make the most of your trips there.  Growing up, I always went to the library. My grandmother even worked at our little library in town. I remember getting off the school bus or walking to the library after school and getting my homework done, checking out new books, or just hanging out. The library was definitely a big part of my life growing up! I love that now I get to share that love of the library with my students and my own children.  November is Family Literacy Month, so it seemed like the perfect time to do an episode about the library. And November 7, is picture book day, so it's a great time to head to the library as a family and check out some picture books. And while you're there, you can see what your local library has to offer you.  Tune in to this episode for some tips on how you can make the most of your next family library visit! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
09:22
November 05, 2021
Season 2, Episode 13: Beginning Readers and Struggling Readers. What's the Difference?
Season 2, Episode 13: Beginning Readers and Struggling Readers. What's the Difference?
Let me introduce you to Laurie Molnar. Laurie is a certified Level OG (Orton-Gillingham) practitioner with over 35 years of experience teaching students in public, private, and homeschool settings. She is also a learning disability and dyslexia specialist. Laurie knows we all learn best and are willing to make mistakes when we are relaxed and happy. Learning is a process and it’s important to celebrate progress over perfection. As a private tutor for years, Laurie is always looking for the best ways to show students what they are doing right, so she can help them understand what they need to practice. In this episode, we discuss effective and gentle ways to help beginning or struggling readers build confidence in reading without guessing! Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Lexia Core 5 - which families can purchase through Family Literacy Centers Amos's Sweater by Janet Lunn Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann Dyslexia Resource Center Kendore Learning/Syllables If you'd like more from Laurie, check out her Kitchen Table Learners. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
36:11
October 29, 2021
Season 2 Episode 12: Use Video Games to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Encourage Executive Function Skills
Season 2 Episode 12: Use Video Games to Motivate Reluctant Readers and Encourage Executive Function Skills
I hope you're ready for a super fun episode! I have my husband, Sam DiMercurio here with me and we're talking about video games!  I'm so excited to have Sam join me on this episode. Sam and I work together in our business, Your Reading Tutor, and we also work together on homeschooling our kids and on this podcast! Sam also runs SD Tech Marketing and Consulting from our home. We're together quite a lot, probably more than most other married couples. We've recorded an episode together before in season one, all about storytelling with your children (you can check that episode out right here.) Today we're going to talk about video games and their connection to education and literacy, and how they can actually be really beneficial to kids. Tune in to find out how video games can help motivate reluctant readers and encourage executive function skills. If you'd like more from Sam, you can check out SD Tech Marketing and Consulting on Instagram and Facebook.  If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.  
25:45
October 22, 2021
Season 2: Episode 11: Outschool for Homeschool and Enrichment Learning!
Season 2: Episode 11: Outschool for Homeschool and Enrichment Learning!
In today's episode, I'm joined by teacher Noelle. Noelle is a former certified classical educator turned homeschooling mama and online Outschool teacher. She teaches Latin, geography, and literacy with the Orton-Gillingham approach to elementary students as well as her own kiddos. Tune in to this episode for some really awesome homeschooling tips and info about using Outschool in your homeschool.  Curriculums mentioned in this episode: Spell to Write and Read All About Reading You can find out more about Noelle by following her on Instagram and checking out her YourTube channel where she shares content about Outschool, homeschooling, and being an edupreneur.  If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
26:35
October 15, 2021
Season 2 Episode 10: Tips for Successful Parent - Teacher Conferences
Season 2 Episode 10: Tips for Successful Parent - Teacher Conferences
Parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner for many of us. In this episode, I have Emily Gilbert with me to talk about making sure these conferences are successful for parents, teachers, and students. Ashley is a full-time kindergarten teacher, as well as the founder of Keep It Up Tutoring, where she helps K-5 students achieve success and build confidence in reading, writing, and math through systematic, individualized lessons. She knew her passion was to help students find a love of learning and make academic progress but felt disheartened at the lack of time available in a school day to meet every student’s needs. So, she decided to start tutoring one-on-one or in small groups after school, in order to give every student what they deserve. Since starting her business, Ashley has worked with countless students, working toward her mission to empower students and engage families. Listen to this episode if you want to head into your next parent-teacher conference feeling prepared and empowered! Learn more about Ashley Gilbert and Keep It Up Tutoring! Follow along on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
21:50
October 08, 2021
Season 2: Episode 9 - Tips for Better Parent Teacher Communication
Season 2: Episode 9 - Tips for Better Parent Teacher Communication
I'm so excited to introduce you to my guest, Veronica Reid. Veronica is from Northern Virginia and ever since she was a little girl, she always wanted to create stories that would help to empower and inspire others in their own lives.  Veronica is the founder and owner of Reach Scholars Tutoring and Natural 4U, which sells handmade hair and body products. She is a true entrepreneur! Her goal is to continue on her journey of entrepreneurship and help others along the way.  In this episode, we talk about all things parent/teacher communication!  Learn more about Veronica! Check out her book, How to Fire Your 9 to 5 Follow Reach Scholars Tutoring on Facebook and Instagram Schedule a FREE Online Reading Assessment for your child! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
19:42
October 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: Tips for Low-Tech Online Learning
Season 2, Episode 8: Tips for Low-Tech Online Learning
In this episode, I have a special guest Michelle Breitenbach. Michelle is an energetic and motivating Wilson Certified Dyslexia Practitioner, and early literacy specialist. After working as a special educator for seven years she established her own company in Miami, Florida called Read to Rewire. She supports students online as a private educator and coaches teachers globally.  Michelle is passionate about teaching others how to teach a structured literacy lesson online with limited technology and engaging students through independent, online activities that involve movement and games. Michelle was teaching online for over a year before the pandemic and during the pandemic, she supported the transition to online teaching with free resources and webinars for educators.  Michelle loves creating unique resources to support teachers and maintain student interests. Michelle's webinars focus on elevating student engagement, maintaining multi-sensory methods, minimizing technology online in order to have successful lessons for students with dyslexia and other learning challenges. She knows how to weave quick and motivating activities into her lessons in order to maintain excitement and engagement with online learning. Michelle loves to share the positive side of online teaching and how it has really been a silver lining during this global pandemic.  I can't wait for you to meet Michelle Breitenbach! You probably already know that we have lots of things in common. In this episode, we'll talk about low-tech ideas for teaching online and the many benefits of online learning. If you want more from Michelle, check out her website, Read to Rewire. You can also find her on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
22:46
September 24, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: Online Learning Tools for Parents & Educators
Season 2, Episode 7: Online Learning Tools for Parents & Educators
I'm so excited to introduce you to Caitlin Herkenrath! Caitlin is doing such amazing things in the online education space!  She's a certified teacher and Orton-Gillingham trained literacy tutor from Toronto, Ontario. She's the founder of Sunrise Reading Solutions, which she began during the Covid 19 pandemic to support struggling readers and spellers. Caitlin is fascinated by the perks of online instruction and believes it will continue to play a key role in effective education for years to come. And, I couldn't agree more!  Caitlin shares with us her insights into online education, including her recommended platforms for parents and educators, best practices, and top support tips!  In this episode, Caitlin suggests some online learning tools. Her favorites are: Koala Word Wall Kahoot Check out more on Catilin at her website, here.  And follow along with her on Facebook and Instagram! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
42:17
September 17, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6: What is Word Study?
Season 2, Episode 6: What is Word Study?
I am super excited to bring you, Diane Talbott, as a guest to the podcast. She is the owner of Spiral Skills Tutoring in Boulder, Colorado, and Metamorphic Word Study which provides Orton Gillingham aligned word study, training, and products. She's a frequent speaker and has all kinds of amazing certifications in the field of education.  Today, she's going to talk to us about word study! Specifically, what it is, what it means, and why it's important to include in reading and literacy instruction.  Diane has offered a special Word Study freebie JUST for our podcast listeners. You can grab it right here! If you'd like to reach out to Diane, you can contact her at diane@spiralskillstutoring.com Follow along with her on Facebook - Spiral Skills Tutoring, Metamorphic Word, or join her Facebook Community for learners studying and sharing insights about the structure and meaning of the English language. You can also find Diane on - Spiral Skills Tutoring and Metamorphic Word. And, check out her websites for Spiral Skills Tutoring and Metamorphic Word.  Diane mentioned a helpful app she loves using with her family: EtymOnline! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
32:04
September 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5: Supporting Parents of Older Readers
Season 2, Episode 5: Supporting Parents of Older Readers
If you've got middle and/or high school-aged kids, this episode is for you! Let me introduce you to Christine Ducz. Christine has taught in public and charter schools as a middle school English teacher for five years and has spent time as a literacy coach in a K-8 school district.  After she had her daughter in 2016, she transitioned to a virtual educator working with students in grades 6-12 and serving as a reading specialist for students with learning differences. And later in 2019, Christina launched her own online tutoring business serving students in grades 6-12. She tutors students who need support with reading, writing, and home-based learning.  She also has a literacy blog with resources for parents and teachers, along with book reviews. In 2019, she launched two monthly membership programs, Little Reading Coach Academy School of Literacy for students in grades 4-8, and an educator series for teachers working with students in grades 4 through 8.  I'm super excited to interview Christine in this episode. We talk more about her membership program and how she supports parents/caregivers and educators with students in middle/high school grades. She has so many great ideas and so much passion for reading aloud! If you'd like to follow Christine, you can!  Connect with her on Facebook and Instagram. Check out Christine's membership and resources at her site, Little Reading Coach. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
25:54
September 03, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: Dysgraphia and The Reluctant Writer
Season 2, Episode 4: Dysgraphia and The Reluctant Writer
In this episode, we have a great interview with Heather O'Donnell from New Paltz Multisensory and we're talking about writing and dysgraphia. Heather was determined to find a way to provide instruction and intervention rooted in the science of how the brain works. She feels strongly that kids struggling with academic skills need this kind of support, so she opened her own practice. New Paltz Multisensory has grown to now include a talented staff to reach even more students. Heather is a certified dyslexia practitioner through the Wilson Reading Program, as well as structured literacy, dyslexia interventionists certified by the Center of Effective Reading Instruction. She's passionate about reading and writing instruction and loves watching kids develop confidence in these important literacy skills when given the right instruction.  Tune in to this episode, as we're going deep on all things writing! If you'd like to follow Heather, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram. If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on social media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
41:25
August 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Back to School Homework Help with Elizabeth Keenan
Season 2, Episode 3: Back to School Homework Help with Elizabeth Keenan
It's August so many of us are getting into the Back-to-School groove. One thing that comes along with back-to-school is homework. In today's episode, I'm joined by Elizabeth Keenan of Keenan Education Consulting and we're talking all about homework. We'll cover how Elizabeth supports families with homework, setting up a great homework space for your kids, routines, and what to do if homework isn't going so well in your home.  Elizabeth is a good friend of mine and a former neighbor! She's been in the classroom as a student or a teacher for the past 30 years. She's worked as a professional educator for 12 of those years and her experience has ranged from teaching kindergarten students through seniors in high school. She has worked in a Therapeutic Day School, a residential treatment center, an independent College Preparatory School, and is currently at an independent school for pre-k through eighth grade. She holds a master's degree in special education and is a licensed special educator in Massachusetts for students with mild to moderate disabilities, as well as in Vermont for students in kindergarten through age 21. She also has a bachelor's degree in psychology. She has her own business called Kenan Education Consulting LLC formed in 2017, and she works to support students with a variety of learning needs. In addition to providing in-class support to students in independent schools around Vermont. Elizabeth works with faculty and staff to teach how to support diverse learning needs. She is amazing. I have always learned from her and the ideas she's shared with me. Tune in to this episode to find out how you can help your children through any and all homework tasks! Check out Elizabeth Keenan at her website Terrific Tips for Teachers or follow her on Facebook! If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
35:16
August 20, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2: What You Didn't Know About Helping Your Kids With Spelling
Season 2, Episode 2: What You Didn't Know About Helping Your Kids With Spelling
One thing we haven't spent much time talking about on this podcast is spelling. Well, that all changes now! Today's guest is the incredible Casey Harrison. She is the founder and owner of Wimberley Dyslexia and Learning Center. It's a center focused on providing Dyslexia therapy and literacy services through structured literacy and a social-emotional approach. She is a licensed dyslexia therapist, certified structured literacy dyslexia specialist, and certified academic language therapist with over 24 years of educational experience! Casey also founded the Dyslexia Classroom, an online hub for parents and teachers featuring free resources, a community, and courses.  In this episode, Casey shares some really awesome, unique, and new ways of thinking about spelling.  If you'd like to follow Casey, you can find her on Facebook and Instagram. Want to learn how to use the Sound to Print approach with high-frequency words. Check out this great resource from Casey! Shows Casey recommends: Sounder & Friends and Wallykazam! Apps Casey recommends: The OG Card Deck If you'd like to support this podcast in a small way, you can do so right here. Please know that any support you can offer is so very appreciated! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
38:31
August 13, 2021
Season 2: Episode 1 Dyslexia Debunked with Emily Gibbons
Season 2: Episode 1 Dyslexia Debunked with Emily Gibbons
I'm so excited to welcome Emily Gibbons of The Literacy Nest to The Reading Project Podcast. She is a mom of four and an educator who loves creating and blogging about all things literacy. As a certified Orton Gillingham educator, she seeks to provide resources that assist teachers, families, and children with all aspects of structured literacy and dyslexia.  In this episode, Emily chats with me about the basics of dyslexia. We talk about what it is, what parents should be watching for if they suspect their child might be struggling with dyslexia, and what advice she can give families who are in this position, or who already know they have a child that has dyslexia.  If you want to follow Emily and The Literacy Nest, check out her website and the links below! Facebook or Instagram The Literacy Nest Teachers Pay Teachers Store  Word List Builder (For 10% off, use coupon code WLB10) Don't forget to check out the Building Readers For Life: The Literacy Nest Online Summer Conference 2021 and the Tutor Success Academy!   And grab some of her Decodable Readers! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
43:17
August 06, 2021
Episode 23: Thoughts on Being a Mom and a Teacher
Episode 23: Thoughts on Being a Mom and a Teacher
In this episode, I'm excited to tell you a little bit more about homeschooling! Particularly about what learning at home over this last year has been like for my family and for me as both teacher and mom. Guys, I'm going to bare it all to you. These are my personal thoughts on what it's been like for me, but I bet many of you can relate as you also took on these new roles this year. And, I'm also going to share the insights I've gained this year from working with some really fantastic families. Tune in for some real, honest, and raw thoughts on what it's like to be both mom and teacher. I'm hoping you can relate or learn something new! In this episode, I mention the Ultimate Homeschooling Bundle. Grab the bundle, here. Or sign up for the webinar, here. If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
14:15
July 02, 2021
Episode 22: Motivating a Reluctant Writer
Episode 22: Motivating a Reluctant Writer
This episode is going to be a little different because I'm going to be talking about writing instead of reading. I have done many episodes on all different kinds of literacy but I haven't talked a lot about the writing side of things. In the coming months, I will be talking more about writing, spelling, and developing stronger habits in those areas. It's not always the case that if you have a reluctant reader you will also have a reluctant writer, but it does happen quite a bit. Today, I'm going to give you some strategies and some options for things you can try with your kiddo if they are very reluctant to write. Additional resources mentioned in this episode: Draw - Write - Now Rory's Story Cubes Done for You! Reading and Writing Games If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to claim your spot in my summer reading program, right here! Summer Reading Program - Upside Down Magic - July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
15:25
June 25, 2021
Episode 21: How and Why it's Important to Develop an Independent Reading Habit
Episode 21: How and Why it's Important to Develop an Independent Reading Habit
Today, we're going to talk about independent reading and how and WHY you should work with your child to develop this habit. You may be wondering what I even mean when I say independent reading. Independent reading is when your child is reading on their own with no assistance from you. Oftentimes, students who independently read are stronger students overall. There is a connection between independent reading and reading excellence. Not every child is going to begin to independently read by choice on their own. It is a skill and habit that we need to help them develop. I can say from personal experience that the more your child develops a habit of independent reading the more they are going to read. The more a child reads and practices their reading skills the better they are going to become at reading. And, the more a child reads the more exposure they have to the way words are spelled, the way language works and is used, and it gives them the opportunity to learn new vocabulary. This is why it is so important for us to help our children develop an independent reading habit. So, today I am going to give you a couple of tips that you can do at home to help your child develop an independent reading habit. In this episode, I mention my guide to creating a Book Nook in Your Home and my 3-Step Reading Reward System.  If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to claim your spot in my summer reading program, right here! Summer Reading Program - Upside Down Magic - July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
14:21
June 18, 2021
Episode 20: Helping Your Child Pick a Just Right Book
Episode 20: Helping Your Child Pick a Just Right Book
Last week, I asked for podcast topic suggestions and this was one that was submitted by a listener... How do you help your child choose a book that is just right for them? So, today, I'll be sharing two simple strategies to help you help your child pick the perfect book for his/her reading level! Have you ever wondered how to help your child pick a book? Maybe you’re worried that the books they are picking are too hard or too easy. You’re not alone.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re standing in a bookstore or library. I get asked all the time, “How do I know if my child is picking the right books?” That’s what we’re going to talk about today! And it really is important for them to be reading just the right books. Just right books help to build confidence, reading skills, and fluency as a reader. Today, I will give you two tools you can use to get started picking Just Right Books. And, after the episode, head over to Instagram and save/screenshot the graphics that corresponds with this episode, Episode 20: Helping Your Child Pick a Just Right Book. Store them on your phone for reference next time you're choosing a book with your child! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to claim your spot in my summer reading program, right here! Summer Reading Program - Upside Down Magic - July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
12:55
June 11, 2021
Episode 19: How to Raise a Reader
Episode 19: How to Raise a Reader
If you've been on social media recently, you've probably seen the hashtag #raisingreaders. Maybe, it has you wondering what exactly it means to raise a reader. Maybe, you're also wondering how you can raise a reader, too? That's exactly what I want to talk to you about this week.  In this episode, I'll answer two very important questions: 1. What does it mean to raise a reader?  2. How can a regular family go about raising readers? Keep listening for the answers to those two questions and so you can get started #raisingreaders! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to claim your spot in my summer reading programs, right here! Summer Reading Program - Upside Down Magic - July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
14:33
June 04, 2021
Episode 18: How to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer
Episode 18: How to Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer
This past week on Facebook I saw a mom ask the following question, "Parents of readers - how do you go about keeping your kids reading all summer?" Now, I know if there is one person out there asking this question, there are likely many more wondering the same thing. In today's episode, I'm going to answer this exact question: How do you keep your kids reading all summer long? I'm going to offer you 10 different things you can do this summer! All you have to do is pick which ones you think will work for your child and your family.  FREE Resources Mentioned in This Episode 3-Step Reading Reward System How to Create a Cozy Book Nook in Your Home The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Virtual Book Club If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or check out my website at Your Reading Tutor for more reading resources and support! And don't forget to claim your spot in my summer reading programs, right here! Summer Reading Program - Upside Down Magic - July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
18:22
May 28, 2021
Episode 17: 3 Reasons to Watch Movies this Summer
Episode 17: 3 Reasons to Watch Movies this Summer
In this solo episode, I share one of my favorite subjects, Children’s books and movies!  My house is screen-friendly, my kids play video games and have screen time. But, it's also important to me that we make the screen time connect to learning. In our homeschool day, they have “learning screen time” and “choice screen time.” "Learning screen time" is a great opportunity to pull in books and their companion movies. Check out this episode for my top 3 reasons to read and watch children’s books with movies this week! And get a sneak peek inside my upcoming summer reading programs, too! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or follow me on my website at Your Reading Tutor. And don't forget to check out my summer reading programs, right here! Session 1/Group 1: June 14th - July 9th -Reading Upside Down Magic Session 1/Group 2: June 14th - July 9th - Reading Harriet the Spy Session 2/Group 1: July 19th - August 13th Reading The Spiderwick Chronicles Session 2/Group 2: July 9th - August 13th Reading Wonder Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
10:12
May 14, 2021
Episode 16: Stop the Summer Slide
Episode 16: Stop the Summer Slide
In today's episode, I'm going to talk to you about the dreaded summer slide! As we're all preparing to wrap up another school year and head into the summer, I'll bet a lot of you are thinking, "Where's my kid at right now?" or "What has this last year been like?"  We can't deny the COVID pandemic has changed the landscape of your child's education in the last year. Maybe, your kids have been in and out of school. Maybe they haven't received the same services they were getting previous to this. It is different. And a lot of families are wondering what impact those differences are going to have on their children and their educations.  Have you found yourself asking, "Are my kids behind?" or "What can I do to help?" or "Where do we go from here?" Today, I'm going to share with you five things you can do this summer to help prevent any summer slide. If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook Instagram Pinterest Or follow me on my website at Your Reading Tutor.  And don't forget to join my FREE 5-Day Email Challenge, STOP the Summer Slide! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
10:39
May 07, 2021
Breakfast Invitations are the Key to Stress Free Mornings
Breakfast Invitations are the Key to Stress Free Mornings
Today I have Beth from Days with Grey on The Reading Project podcast. I have been following Beth on social media for quite some time and using her ideas with my own children. I absolutely love what she is doing. She's a mom of three boys and a former teacher with a master's in teaching reading. She has been featured in Parents magazine, Good Housekeeping and People Magazine just to name a few! She has a passion for hands on learning and wants to help inspire play in families every day. Her breakfast invitations are simple games that inspire creativity and independent play, and give moms and dads back their mornings. Since I'm a huge fan of learning through play, I'm really excited she's going to share with us today! If you want to check out Days with Grey you can find her on social! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dayswithgrey  Website:http://www.dayswithgrey.com/ Instagram: @dayswithgrey If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
33:36
April 30, 2021
Building Confidence in Emergent Readers
Building Confidence in Emergent Readers
Welcome to The Reading Project podcast. Today's episode is SO GOOD! Thank you so much for listening to this, and I can't wait for you to hear this week's episode. Today I have with me Megan McNulty. She is the founder of The Tiny Tutor, which is a home learning system developed by a tiny mama (Just over four feet 11 inches!).  I have been following Megan on Instagram for quite some time now. I am so excited that she agreed to be on the podcast with me today. She is a seasoned private tutor and certified educational specialist with over 20 years of experience. She has amazing ideas and so much energy. I've used her content with my students and my own children. I can't wait for her to share with us a little bit about her educational background, because she has done an amazing job combining her passion for acting and education! You might have even seen her on the TV show This is Us! She is going to give my listeners a special coupon code for 25% off! You can head over to www.thetinytutor.com and use the CODE 25off to get 25% of boxes and all include free shipping.  All the materials delivered to your door and then you get all of your tutorial links emailed to you when you order. You can start watching the videos when you're waiting for your priority mail shipment to come! You can find Megan online! Go and give her a follow! Instagram: thetinytutor Facebook: The Tiny Tutor Website: thetinytutor.com Purchase: https://campsite.bio/thetinytutor If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
39:47
April 16, 2021
Learn How to Support Your Gifted Learner at Home
Learn How to Support Your Gifted Learner at Home
I have Sharon Frazier Verpooten with me and she's going to share 6 ways to support your gifted child at home. I met Sharon when I became an online tutor. She has such great energy, and always has awesome ideas. She's an educator, a mom and an entrepreneur. And I'm thrilled to have Sharon join me today. I think it's gonna be a great episode! You can find Sharon online!  https://strugglingreaderhelp.com/ https://www.instagram.com/strugglingreaderhelp/?hl=en If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
33:24
April 09, 2021
The Language and Literacy Connection - Interview with Danielle Kent
The Language and Literacy Connection - Interview with Danielle Kent
Today I'm talking with Danielle Kent from Piece of Mind Therapy and Consulting. Danielle is a speech and language pathologist who specializes in executive functioning with a neuro diversity and inclusion focus. She's also a mother of two and an entrepreneur. She is a multi passionate SLP dedicated towards equipping and empowering parents and professionals to support problem solving and communication. She recently published a children's book called Max Learns to Pause. The book is designed to help children and caregivers with co-regulation. Danielle is a wealth of information and you don't want to miss this interview! Danielle has agreed to givevaway a copy of her book! All you have to do is head over to iTunes and leave a five star review for The Reading Project to be entered. Make sure you leave your IG handle so that I can contact you. The winner will be chosen on April 16th and announced on instagram! Get your copy of Max Learns to Pause HERE. Follow Danielle on IG @msdaniellekent If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
33:21
April 02, 2021
Writing Children's Books to Change the World
Writing Children's Books to Change the World
Today I have an award winning authoress Sarah Woodard with me. She was born in a small town in Massachusetts and growing up, she was always the different one, the one off doing her own thing. She felt compelled to do something big with her life from an early age. Eventually, she discovered her purpose to create a world in which all beings are respected and honored. Through her words, Sarah encourages connection to self, soul spirit and the environment. Her writing gives a voice to those that don’t have one - nature, plants, animals, minorities, etc. You can find Sarah on social! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahwoodardauthoress Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarah_woodard_authoress_healer/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMiqqxfA8WBdL9DXEf2Wn4A You can find all of Sarah's books on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lTsA5U If you want more from Your Reading Tutor, I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
27:35
March 26, 2021
Learn How to Tell a Story - Interview with Sam Dimercurio
Learn How to Tell a Story - Interview with Sam Dimercurio
I have a really fun episode for you today. I actually have my husband stand with me, and we're going to talk about storytelling. Sam has practiced improvisational storytelling since he was a teenager. First through playing Dungeons and Dragons and then later storytelling with our children. I've personally witnessed his ability to make up stories spontaneously that are both engaging and enriching to our children. I know some parents are intimidated by storytelling. So I'm really excited for this episode, and I hope we'll be able to give you some tips to make it easier. I mentioned a free gift in the episode! Sam and I created a simple, easy to follow storytelling starter guide! You can get it here.  You can follow Sam @sdtechtutorials on Instagram and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sdtechtutorials/  If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
21:10
March 19, 2021
Finding the Confidence to Homeschool - Interview with Julie McNulty
Finding the Confidence to Homeschool - Interview with Julie McNulty
I'm really excited to have Julie McNulty on The Reading Project podcast! She is a mom and entrepreneur. She's got two boys and she's newly homeschooling this year. She made the decision, like a lot of families, to homeschool her children due to the COVID pandemic. Julie shares about her journey as a homeschooling mom and what that's been like for her to take ownership as their teacher and educator!  You can find Julie on social! Check out the links below.  https://www.facebook.com/urbasicmom and www.Instagram.com/ur_basic_mom If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
31:27
March 12, 2021
Early Literacy Matters - Interview with Alexa Imwalle
Early Literacy Matters - Interview with Alexa Imwalle
This week I am talking to Alexa Imwalle from Smart Start Tutors and we are going to be talking about Early Childhood literacy. If you’ve followed me for a while now, you might remember Alexa from several live streams we did together. I love working with Alexa! She is an amazing friend,  a former teacher turned online tutor, and mom to twin 3-year-olds! She shares how she develops a culture of literacy in her home and how she incorporates early literacy skills into her days with her girls. Check it out and share it with a friend with a pre-schooler that might want to hear this episode! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
22:02
March 05, 2021
Are You Teaching Your Children Executive Function Skills?
Are You Teaching Your Children Executive Function Skills?
I have Jamie Lofy on The Reading Project today! She is an executive function coach, and reading specialist as well as an online tutor. Jamie is a colleague and collaborator with my business, your reading tutor. Today she's going to talk about executive function, skill development and red flags that families can look for at home. Here is the link to book a consultation with Jamie!  https://calendly.com/jamie-lofy/initial-conult-test?month=2021-02 If you want to follow Your Reading Tutor on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ *Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
30:19
February 26, 2021
What You Need to Know About Living with Dyslexia
What You Need to Know About Living with Dyslexia
In this episode I talk with Kathleen from Dyslexic Labs about her experience growing up and living with Dyslexia. Kathleen is going to share about her own personal struggle with dyslexia, and then some of the benefits of having dyslexia and living with dyslexia, and so much more! You can find Kathleen on social! Check out her links below. Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dyslexiclabs/ Pinterest- https://www.pinterest.com/DyslexicLabs/_saved/ YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU86_X10yZJQeQXyfh0AoVQ Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/DyslexicLabs If you want to follow Your Reading Tutor on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
37:39
February 19, 2021
Episode 5: Climbing Trees is a Pre-Literacy Skill
Episode 5: Climbing Trees is a Pre-Literacy Skill
Today I'm talking with Colleen from Wonder Roots, LLC. She's a mom, a homeschooler, and an entrepreneur, and she runs an outdoor enrichment program at two locations in Vermont. She recognizes the value in supporting the whole child and is, therefore, a fierce advocate for play. She's challenging the traditional structure of education and bringing amazing outdoor education programs to our little state of Vermont. You can find WondersRoots, LLC on social media!  instagram.com/wonderrootsllc facebook.com/wonderrootsllc tiktok.com/@wonderrootsllc My website: www.WonderRootsLLC.com Colleen mentions several books in today's episode! You can find the titles and authors below.  Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom Simplicity Parenting by Kim Jon Payne It's Okay Not to Share by Heather Shumaker  Good Times on Grandfather Mountain Jacqueline Briggs Martin If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
29:41
February 12, 2021
Episode 4 - Motivate your Reader with a Virtual Book Club
Episode 4 - Motivate your Reader with a Virtual Book Club
Can you think of a time that you read something so juicy and amazing that you just had to share it with a friend? Maybe it was an article you forwarded or a book you recommended, but you were so engaged that you wanted to talk about it. That’s what we want for our kids when it comes to reading! We want them to become so wrapped up in the story that they can’t wait to share it with someone! I think we can achieve this with virtual book clubs! In today's episode I am going to tell how why virtual book clubs are awesome and how you can quickly and easily get one started. Make sure you check out my FREE Ultimate Guide to Starting a Virtual Book Club.  I'd love to know you're listening! Screenshot, tell me your takeaway and tag me on Instagram! If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com - don't forget to sign up for my newsletter while you're there! Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
10:46
February 05, 2021
Episode #3 - The Sight Word Situation
Episode #3 - The Sight Word Situation
Sight words explained! By the end of the episode you’ll have a better understanding of sight words and high frequency words, why they are valuable and how to help your child learn them! Learning sight words is a critical skill for developing confidence and reading fluency. Since these are words we use a lot in our language, when children know them, they can read more, and thus become more confident readers. Take a screen shot and show me that you're listening! Share your takeaway on social media and tag me @readingtutorashley Click on the link below to read more about sight words and download my FREE tip sheet.   https://yourreadingtutor.com/3-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-sight-words/ Thanks so much for listening! I'd love to connect on social. If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
14:14
January 29, 2021
Episode 2 - 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Children Develop a Growth Mindset
Episode 2 - 5 Things You Can Do to Help Your Children Develop a Growth Mindset
Teaching your kids to have a growth mindset takes some intentional planning, but it's not complicated! In this episode I will give you 5 things you can do to help teach your children about growth mindset.  Welcome to the Reading Project podcast. I am so excited to be sharing my knowledge with you on how to build better readers. Here are the books that I mention in the podcast.  What do you do with an idea? By Man Besom and Kobi Yamada The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken Flight School by Lita Judge If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound.
10:01
January 21, 2021
Ep 1 - Welcome to the Reading Project
Ep 1 - Welcome to the Reading Project
Welcome to the Reading Project podcast. I am so excited to be sharing my knowledge with you on how to raise stronger and more confident readers.  If you want to follow me on Social Media I can be found at the following links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YourReadingTutorOnline Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/readingtutorashley/ Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/yourreadingtutor/ Or follow me on my website at www.yourreadingtutor.com And don't forget to get my FREE Reading Rewards System and get your kids excited about reading today!: https://yourreadingtutor.com/reading-reward-system/ Music from this podcast was used with permission from Epidemic Sound. 
05:15
January 21, 2021