There are many ways to be smart. But in today's world all children need to learn to read, even if this is not their special talent. Because in today's world, reading is not optional.
For many children, learning to read turns out to be the most difficult thing they will ever undertake.
|The Story of The Reading Treehouse: Imagine that a child’s
language is represented by a growing Language Tree. Now imagine that the child is building a Treehouse up there in
the branches . . . more
Why is this so?
How can parents and teachers help all children to succeed?
The good news is that we now know which skills predict good reading, and we know how to teach them successfully to all sorts of learners.
Come and explore The Reading Treehouse, and experience reading in action. You will find encouragement, useful information and
loads of free materials inside!
Take a QUICK TOUR, beginning with a Learning to Read experience
Step By Step HOW TO BUILD a Reading Treehouse
. . . or click 'Reading Treehouse' in the menu bar, above. From there you can navigate the Quick Tour, Build a Treehouse, or check out the entire ToolKit of over 200 pages of free materials.
Welcome to my web site. I am Ruth Alice Jurey, a practicing Speech and Language Pathologist, and your guide to positive principles in speech, language and learning.
Language and reading are really one continuous process. And the skills we use to learn language are the same skills
that we use to learn all academic subjects. These abilities are complex, and so problems can be confusing to parents and
teachers. I hope that the explanations and experiences here will help to clarify the way to success for all students.
Because in today’s world, literacy is not optional.
Parents, please know that the ideas I share here are no substitute for the guidance of an appropriate professional who
can learn about and respond to your unique situation. So before you explore, be sure to read and understand the
Note: The views expressed in the Sponsored Links are solely the responsibility of the Sponsor, and do not necessarily
reflect my own. No single learning tool will fulfill all of a learner’s needs, and one size does not fit all. I hope
the information here will assist you in deciding on any purchases, and in understanding the specific ways within the
‘big picture’ that these learning tools may help.
Thank you for visiting. I value your comments. And I hope that you will share this site with others who may be interested.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: I am indebted to numerous researchers, teachers, clinicians, clients and parents who have
influenced my thinking over the decades. I am sure that I cannot remember who all of these people are, but there is
probably not one original idea here. Anyway, I hope not!
I recognize in particular the foundations laid by Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, William Glasser, Paula
Tallal and Mighael Merzenich and their ‘brain plasticity’ teams, Frank Vellutino, Denis Waitley; and the
professor who taught me a framework for clinical analysis and creativity, Susan Sordon.
Finally, my thanks to my brother, Mark Jurey, whose multifaceted creative talents, web-program expertise
and willingness to help have been instrumental in making this internet site a reality. Without his calm, clear and patient
responses to calls for information, advice and HELP over the years, this clinician would not have the opportunity to share
these ideas in this way with you.
DISCLAIMER: The causes and motives of human behavior are complex. Teaching and therapy are artistic as well as scientific endeavors. Individuals respond differently, for different reasons. One solution does not fit all.
Naturally we tend to seek out and hold on to information which is agreeable to our biases. We comprehend in terms of what already makes sense to us. This is not all bad. How else are we to separate the useful from the nonsensical? It is up to each of us to make judgments, to absorb what we personally can use, and to apply it as well as we can.
The interpretations and opinions expressed here are my own. Other qualified professionals may hold different views. I expect readers to use their own judgment and common sense in interpreting, accepting or rejecting this information. I do not assume responsibility for any actions based on the information at this web site, and reserve the right to make corrections or modifications without notice. If you want help with a specific need or concern, seek the advice of an appropriate professional who can learn about and respond to your unique situation.
last updated 4/20/2011