Skip to main content

BRAINSAREFUN FEARLESS FRIDAY BLOG – news from the reading renaissance – Friday June 21, 2013

THE KEY TO TEACHING SKILLS – firm each part to mastery – from Rory Donaldson


The key to teaching a skill (reading for instance) is to break down the skill into its parts and then firm each part to mastery.


Provide the child with success from the first moment he or she touches the skill, "Hey Bill, good speaking up clearly." "Hey Martha, thanks for picking up that plate." Learning to observe kids doing something right and rewarding them (not with candy) immediately is a royal road to success.


The key to teaching skills is to teach success. Behavior that is rewarded with success is behavior that's repeated. The behavior I want to repeat is success with reading. I know you do too. Firming reading skills with the experience of success is where it's at.

Thanks for all you do to teach kids to succeed with reading and math. Let me know how I can help. Rory

P.S. We have 3 new solutions for sale over at – success with reading, math and study skills. I think you'll find the examples and instructions even easier to understand and use. They've turned out pretty well I think and your support not only allows continual development, it provides free copies to parents, teachers and grandparents who still need the product. *

* We know that some people don't have $24.95 right now to purchase Brainsarefun solutions, but still need reading success with kids this summer. If you need any of our solutions email me and I'll send them to you for free: I love to send stuff out for free. I love it when people buy our product. Either way kids win. Just let me know what works best for you. Thanks.

Rory Donaldson, reading, math and study-skills teacher. Brainsarefun founder. Fearless Friday Blog published fearlessly every Friday, © 2013 by Rory Donaldson,, 860-304-3178.

Rory Donaldson

I flood kids with reading, math and study-skill success.