Spelling and reading help for a variety of challenges including dyslexia, poor spelling, slow reading, difficulty writing. Teacher with 30 years experience will promote skill development and build confidence in order to improve areas of challenge.
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The approach I use draws children in, fosters growth especially when started early, and is
supported by research. There have been exciting advancements in the understanding of
reading and spelling development for both English Language Learners and English speaking
students who are struggling; call me to discuss your child’s progress. Our initial conversation
can help you see how what I o?er could be helpful for your child.
“The sooner the better” is a very good mantra to adopt when learning to read and spell. If your child is a) just learning
English, or b) is a beginning reader and you feel progress is slow, or c) is struggling and frustrated with the process of
learning to read and spell, l can help.
When children are taught in the way they learn best, their reading and spelling can improve. Given that dyslexia
means di?culty with reading and spelling, watch your child’s con?dence soar when given the appropriate tools for
What word comes to mind when you and your child discuss English spelling - weird? unpredictable? crazy? Now
imagine how children feel when they learn that English spelling is NOT weird or unpredictable or crazy! Making sense
of our English language clears the way for learning to happen; the excitement when children have access to this
understanding is amazing.
Take a look at what parents are saying.
Being parents with English as second language, Melane is de?nitely my son’s help in picking up English. It’s
beyond description how excited we were when we ?rst heard our 6 years boy read out loud without any
help. English reading is no longer a burden to him, amazingly, he just loves and enjoys the language. Melane
is passionate about and professional in her work. She cares not only her students but also their parents. She
is patient with our endless questions on reading and things related to learning. Melane, thank you very
S.L. & P.C.
Hi Melane, The work that you have done with our son this past year is just amazing. When we ?rst met, his
dad and I were desperate not knowing what we were going to do with our son and his problem with
reading. The school was not seeing the problems we were seeing and the dr’s thought he would just ?gure it
out. Meeting you and working with you has been the best thing that has ever happened to him! He went
from reading a handful of words to reading books! He has worked so hard and he proved it today when he
came home with a coupon today for a free pizza because he moved up in his reading challenges. Thank-you
for all of your help!
Hi Melane I just wanted to thank you so much for being in our lives. Not only for the help with her reading,
but for her self con?dence, that is what I have noticed the most. I can’t even express to you what a blessing
your work has been. I just couldn’t stop squeezing her last night, I am so proud of her, I don’t even know
what to do. And I know how hard this is, I am seeing more and more that the apple doesn’t fall far from the
tree. I so believe in what you are doing, I would scream it from the roof tops. I believe that this will have an
everlasting impact on the course of her life. I only wish it would have been presented to me. It’s upsetting
that this is not more known, this should be more exposed. I am excited to learn more of what you do, and I
am so so so excited to watch my little lady ?ourish. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Melane.
Melane Culham is exceptional with kids. Our daughter was severely delayed in her speech and language
comprehension which made her extremely frustrated in all aspects. While working with Melane, she quickly
made huge gains and became a con?dent, talkative, eager little girl. Our daughter is now reading and
understanding books above grade level. My daughter said “Melane makes you want to learn and she makes
you feel good about yourself.” Melane is very friendly and she encourages kids in the most beautiful way.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I understand the importance of reading. Why do you say spelling is so important for my daughter too?
These skills go hand in hand. Being able to successfully read a word is no guarantee that a child will spell it correctly.
But the reverse is true- if she can correctly spell a word, she will be able to read it.
I sometimes wonder if my son is just disinterested or maybe not trying his best when we read together. What
would you suggest?
If asked, I don’t believe a child would choose to be the one who struggles in class. So getting appropriate help is
certainly critical for skill development. Of equal importance, in my opinion, is ?nding, fostering and celebrating your
child’s many strengths. This will certainly assist your child in maintaining a positive self-esteem while working so hard
to improve reading and spelling.
Growing up, my spelling was not always accurate and that hasn’t really improved. My child’s spelling seems to
be following this same pattern. Can this be hereditary?
Yes it can. Sometimes the di?culties appear in subsequent generations, as either less or more of a challenge. If a
parent struggles with reading or spelling, watching your child’s developing skills is strongly encouraged. I say this so
often: the earlier the better!
My daughter has not been diagnosed with dyslexia. Would you still be able to help?
Absolutely! Dyslexia means there is di?culty when learning language (reading, writing, spelling). If you are searching
for answers, you have already determined she has not yet found her missing piece to the puzzle. I’m always happy to
speak to any parent about reading and spelling. Call me!
Do you know where I can get some general information on reading or dyslexia?
Yes, and here are some links:
Reading Rockets - 10 things you should know about reading
Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity
Dyslexia: at a glance
Dyslexia: fact sheets
Dyslexia: success stories
My passion is helping children to become con?dent readers and spellers. I have a Master's of Education and
nearly 30 years experience as an educator. Call me--let's get your child reading!
Melane Culham, M.Ed.
I am a Reading Specialist and educator with nearly 30 years of experience. I am passionate about teaching
children to read. When children unlock the reading maze, their lives change. I am fortunate to be able to help
foster these skills and be a part of the “a-Ha!” moment when it all ?nally starts to make sense. I acknowledge
that parents can feel frustration when their child is clearly talented in many ways yet struggles with reading. I
have the tools to not only help children learn to read but become more con?dent readers. Let’s remove the
e?ects of overlooked reading di?culties on a child’s self-esteem; let’s change the perception of children who
see others around them learning with such apparent ease that they come to the (unfortunate and incorrect)
conclusion that they are just “not smart.” Let’s get your child reading!
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