We do not learn spelling and reading in the same ways. I explore this in the last chapter of Spelling Skills: Acquisition, Abilities, and Reading Connection, edited by Blake C. Fabini.
Camp Sharigan, a 10-hour, one-week group-centered intervention, can help teachers meet the needs students who are struggling to read. Research shows that group-centered interventions are more effective with struggling readers than one-on-one tutoring. Struggling and gifted students alike can work together in groups. Camp Sharigan can be an excellent way to kick off a new school year. It is also an excellent review before testing.
For more information about group-centered interventions, see Elaine’s latest book, After-School Prevention Programs for at-Risk Students: Promoting Engagement and Academic Success.
Elaine Clanton Harpine, Ph.D.
Elaine is a program designer with many years of experience helping at-risk children learn to read. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Counseling) from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.