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Although our regular business hours will change a little this summer, we will still have consultants available on a regular basis. Do not hesitate to call us at 800-343-1211 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. We will be closed on Fridays from mid June through mid August, and we will be closed the entire week of July 20th to the 24th. Otherwise, we will be happy to help you out any way we can.
Schools seldom schedule workshops for the summer, because everyone needs a vacation. However, in the summer of 2015 there will be several valuable opportunities for teachers to receive training on the Stevenson Program. On June 24th, Dr. Tom Diebold will give a full day workshop on the Beginning Green Level of the program at the ESC of Central Ohio in Columbus. On June 25th, Tom will do a full day on the Overlapping Strategy and the Basic Blue Level of the program. On August 3rd, at the Region 10 ESC near Dallas, Texas, our senior trainer Nancy Ziehme will do a full day workshop on the Beginning Green Level of the program as well as a full day workshop on August 4th on the Overlapping Strategy and the Basic Blue Level. You will need to register with the appropriate ESC, but you can find contact information here (scroll down to dates).
Some things to think about as you try to do the impossible.
Struggling readers come in many varieties, but we can safely say that they have one thing in common: they don’t easily learn to read in the same way as other students. However, we want the struggling readers to cover the same material as the other students. We want these students included or mainstreamed as much as possible because such inclusion has clear benefits. It also creates a clear problem for teachers who work with struggling readers. How do you do everything that the other students do, when your students need to do things differently?
Between now and the holiday break, we will be setting up some workshops for the second half of the school year. While some dates and sites are set, we still have a few options open. If you know an area where many teachers would be interested in attending a Stevenson Workshop, please let us know. We will see what we can arrange.
Best wishes to all our friends, customers and contacts. With all that is going wrong in the world, it is important to take some time to appreciate the peace and goodwill that do have. Share it whenever you can.
Now is the time to make decisions about your struggling readers
This is the heart of the school year. We hope you enjoyed the Holidays, but do not forget how important now and the near future will be for your student’s reading progress. Sometime in March or April , many schools will start preparing students for standardized testing. Spring breaks will come and go, and then the actual testing will interrupt the regular schedule. Now is the time to make some important decisions about your students’ reading development.
We wish you a wonderful holiday season. Teachers, who are often parents as well, are used to taking care of others, so don't forget - take care of yourself too. Get some rest. Have some fun.
Lessons 15 through 19 of the Basic Blue Core Manual establish a foundation for all the suffix work that is woven into the remainder of the Stevenson Program. While the essential concept of adding suffixes to words is reviewed several times at different points in the program, your instruction will proceed more smoothly if students really master Lessons 15-19 before covering much more of the Blue Level. Stevenson makes the whole process of adding suffixes easier to understand by making these phonics elements more concrete and more memorable. For example, students scrape off one kind of frosting from their layer cake words and then add a different flavor. However, if your students have very significant learning problems, the transition from single syllable (one-beat) words to two syllables (beats)