THE CoolerRuler:

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Yes, it is a dyslexia reading aid ...

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… but it’s not only for dyslexic readers. The CoolerRuler can really help any beginning reader. It can be used at the ‘cvc’ (consonant-vowel-consonant) stage as well as the more obvious syllable stage. A very early reader may be able to sound out c-a-t, but will benefit from using The CoolerRuler to find c+a, then forming ‘ca’ before adding the ‘t’. Later work will include identifying blends and adding endings in the same way (st+o to ‘sto’ then add ‘p’ for stop) and further down the line, beginning and end blends (st+a to ‘sta’ then add ‘nd’ for stand). By the time syllables come into the picture, the use of The CoolerRuler is so natural that it’s an easy step.

As Eleanor Beale commented on a previous blog entry (thanks Eleanor - glad it’s helping your pupils,) “It is a great aid to developing fluency and independent reading”.

4 Comment(s)

Tracy warren wrote:

Hi there... im a dyslexic author that visits schools to talk about dyslexia and to try and get rid of the stimga surrounding the issue and the tools that dyslexic children (and adults) have..... I have to say that many teachers have thought the cooler ruler to be a really useful tool and i personally think its a great idea.... I have trouble breaking words down myself so now even as an adult use when i researching for my next book !!! the greatest thing about the cooler ruler is that it looks no different and children in primary school especially are learning bigger words all the time so it would be great if we could get it in schools for all children... anyway just wanted to say how great it was, and many thanks to the inventer... can we get some funky colours ?????

on 17 March 2010 at 22:28

Sally Bruce wrote:

Thanks for your comment Tracy. I'm so glad to hear that The CoolerRuler is helping you as an adult; I can assure you that you're not alone in this. With regard to funky colours - well, give me time. When it's well established, I'll branch out into variations and the first thing on my shopping list is a 20cm version. But I certainly have nothing against funky - it's important that kids enjoy using The CoolerRuler and choosing a favourite colour will encourage them. Onwards and upwards for me and my CoolerRuler!

on 17 March 2010 at 22:28

Zehra wrote:

Hi, my 10 year old son is dyslexic and dyspraxic and had been struggling with reading for years. We came upon the Cooler ruler by chance whilst on the internet. When it arrived my son couldn't wait to use it. Such a simple idea that actually works! He took it to school to show the teachers and they were impressed too. My son felt at ease using it at school as it looks just like an everyday ruler - he was worried that his peers may tease him. With much hard work on his behalf, the teachers at school and the difference the Cooler Ruler has made, my son is now a free reader! Could a smaller version be made to use with small paperbacks? Well done Sally

on 17 March 2010 at 22:28

Sally Bruce wrote:

This is music to my ears Zehra, and thank you so much for posting your comment. I have experienced this often with my own pupils and it's so good to know that another stressed child has discovered the joy of reading. I am working on the 20cm version of The CoolerRuler and when it is finalised, you shall have one. Please give my congratulations to your son - I fully appreciate your comment relating to his hard work and greatly admire him for it.

on 17 March 2010 at 22:28

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