My Child Can Read, So Why Can’t He Spell?

Karen Holinga

Did you know that 47% of high-frequency words in English are NOT phonetic?  And did you know that no matter how well you read, research says you still have to “go through” spelling stages to get those tough words into long term memory? We will explain the five spelling stages and then discuss the most efficient way …

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Dr. Karen Holinga is a reading specialist and has a doctorate from The Ohio State University in Developmental Reading, Curriculum, and Professional Development. Reading Recovery-trained, she is the author of the new Spelling You See program recently published by Demme Learning.

She currently owns and operates her own business called The Reading Doctor, Inc., where she works full time tutoring children with reading disabilities and counseling homeschool families in curriculum development.

Karen successfully homeschooled her own three children for twelve years and has been doing narrative assessments since 1992. After struggling to teach one of her own children to read, Karen determined that she was going to help others with the same problem. Now she performs over 700 assessments each year, focusing primarily on solving reading problems among homeschoolers. In August of 2003 and again in 2005, Karen was featured for a week on the radio program with Attorney Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

Dr. Holinga has taught classes at Ohio Wesleyan University and at The University of Dayton. She is frequently invited to present workshops and seminars throughout Ohio. Dr. Karen has also done many workshops at the state Christian Home Educators of Ohio convention.