Barbara Wilmarth's signature sign-off on all her email correspondence includes this famous quote from Einstein:
"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it."
Wilmarth, a 33-year veteran in the public school system of Pinellas County, Florida, came across this quote after taking a Lindamood-Bell workshop on teaching comprehension: the Visualizing and Verbalizing program. The program develops mental imagery as a foundation for language comprehension. This approach to teaching reading changed her professional career. Today, she spreads the imagery mantra to her colleagues in the district's Exceptional Student Education (ESE) division, which services students with reading/language disabilities and IEPs. [...]
The Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program has been used effectively for over 30 years in developing phonemic awareness as a foundation for word reading, spelling, and speech. A key difference in the LiPS Program is its focus on oral-kinesthetic feedback in phonemic awareness for students who have difficulty perceiving the individual sounds blended within words. […]
Through an Early Literacy Grant, Cañon City Schools in Colorado trained teachers in Seeing Stars and V/V to improve reading and comprehension skills. Results after only one semester show that students are progressing faster than expected. Lucky Us! to have Cañon City Schools as a partner in our mission to make a difference for ALL […]
Visualizing and Verbalizing (V/V) Our sensory-cognitive programs are often a critical missing piece in English Language Development. By adding the overlooked component of explicit sensory-cognitive instruction, we have seen evidence of an acceleration of language and literacy skills for many English Learners. Here’s how our programs work: Oral Language Development Learning a language is a […]
Late last year, National Public Radio (NPR) premiered a five-part radio and blog post series titled “Unlocking Dyslexia” which highlighted new research and provided insights on dyslexia, the most common learning disability in the United States. In Part 1 of the series “Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It,” reporter Gabrielle Emanuel shares her own experience of living […]
The Common Core State Standards, as well as independent state standards, significantly raise the bar for all students regarding the demands of literacy and critical thinking. Teachers are expected to cover more complex material, more in depth, and with a focus on deep understanding and critical thinking. Students must be able to cite evidence from […]
Get ready to learn a few key tips on how to deliver an effective Seeing Stars lesson!
Tip 1: RELEVANT QUESTIONING IS THE ESSENCE OF GOOD V/V. The quality of your questioning is the difference between concept imagery developing quickly and accurately, and concept imagery remaining weak and unstable. Remember the Goldilocks principle: not too much, not too little, but just right. Your questions should be focused on the gestalt of the […]
Congratulations! You have just completed a Seeing Stars®, Visualizing and Verbalizing®, or On Cloud Nine® Math Workshop, or have recently begun using any one of our research-validated programs. Now you're ready to start helping students who have struggled for too long. [...]
The Colorado Reading To Ensure Academic Development Act (READ Act) focuses on K-3 literacy, assessment, and individual plans for students reading below grade level. The Visualizing and Verbalizing®, Seeing Stars®, LiPS®, and Talkies® programs were recently included on the Colorado Department of Education’s Advisory List as instructional programs that meet the reading needs of students […]