Hooked on Phonics vs. Readability Tutor

Hooked on Phonics

When parents are focused on helping their child learn to read or gain reading proficiency, they explore different solutions and research available apps and reading programs. One popular reading program is Hooked on Phonics. This program’s catchy advertisements once proclaimed “Hooked on Phonics works for me!” Readability is a newer reading tutoring program that offers … Read more

What is the Easiest Font to Read for Dyslexia?

Easiest Font to Read for Dyslexia

A diagnosis of dyslexia impacts around one out of five individuals (or 20 percent of the population), according to Yale University. Dyslexia causes reading struggles, and children with dyslexia have difficulties with letter sounds and blends (i.e. phonological processing). Yale explains that contrary to popular belief, dyslexia does not cause letters to appear backwards; they … Read more

Unlock the Magic: How to Build Your Child’s Interest in Reading Books

How to Build Your Child's Interest in Reading Books

As parents, one of our foundational goals is to create a lasting curiosity and interest in our children for learning. This initiative becomes particularly significant when we consider the immense value of reading. In a world progressively defined by instant gratification, instilling a love for reading amidst countless digital distractions can seem like a daunting task. … Read more

How to Create a Reading Nook

How to Create a Reading Nook

Some children struggle to immerse themselves in the excitement of a book. Even if they read “on benchmark,” their lack of enthusiasm could threaten their future reading skills. Educators know that reading more leads to an improvement in scores and gains. Parents who feel that their child is sliding down a path of reading aversion … Read more

How Germane Load Impacts Learning

Germane Load

Cognitive Load Theory explains that while the brain’s working memory is similar in performance across most individuals, different loads impact each person’s capacity to fully utilize this aspect of the brain’s function. These loads–intrinsic, extrinsic, and germane–can lead to an overburdened mind, impacting the retention of critical information related to working memory and long-term memory. … Read more

Cognitive Load Theory: Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic Loads

Cognitive Load Theory

The Cognitive Load Theory states that an individual’s working memory is impacted by factors that can decrease the memory function. These factors, known as loads, are divided into three categories: intrinsic, extrinsic, and germane. Only intrinsic and extrinsic loads are controllable. Germane load refers to IQ; individual intelligence impacts how much information can be stored … Read more