College Support

College Support

School has started.  Leaves are in the process of changing colors.  The weather is turning brisk.  These are signs that fall is in the air.  For high schoolers, this season brings with it the excitement and perhaps intimidation of applying for colleges and universities.  These deadlines are approaching quickly, but for struggling students or students with disabilities, there are still questions that need to be answered.

To Type or Not to Type...

To Type or Not to Type…

To type or not to type….. that is a question many students are facing when thinking about taking notes during this new school year.  A new school year is a fresh start in studying habits, being organized, and a renewed commitment to the learning process.  However, with the technology age in full throttle, we may need to rethink the way our students are taking notes, so that the actual studying and learning becomes more productive. 

Summer Slide

Summer Slide

Do you remember the exhilaration of simply sliding down a slide?  Do you remember the joy of exploring a new playground with an unconquered slide waiting for you to try out?  Slides seem to be a staple item on playgrounds, parks, or even back yard play structures.  But not all slides are beneficial to our children.  Summer is in full swing, but an all too common slide is lurking waiting to hurt our children more than we can afford. 

Let the Music Play!

There was a song in the ‘90s where Janet Jackson requested the DJ to “Give me a beat….”  Not surprising, a very catchy beat was then played along with the rest of the song.  I would hear this song, sing, and tap the steering wheel as I drove.  Little did I know or realize that the simple act of clapping, drumming, or moving to a beat was actually improving my language skills! The BBC News recently published that rhythm is an integral part of language and language skills.  Some of the discoveries through different tests and studies show that different methods of interacting with music or rhythm enhance different aspects of language skills.  One discovery was that practicing music strengthens reading.  read more[…]

Fun with Fractions

Fun with Fractions

Moans, groans, and physical agony may be seen and heard at the simple instruction of “Please take out your math book.”  Adding to the horror is the realization that today’s lesson is on Fractions.  Fractions can be one of the most difficult math skills to master, let alone understand.  It is the black sheep of the mathematical family, for it breaks the rules many young students have mastered.  However, new research and techniques can make learning fractions fun! The government is doing its best to restructure how fractions are taught to young students.  They are taking notice from testing results that students who often do well in math are suddenly and quickly hitting a wall when fractions are introduced.  There read more[…]

Get Ready for "Read Across America Day" on March 3rd!

Get Ready for “Read Across America Day” on March 3rd!

Just around the corner, students across America will have VIP visitors in their classrooms.  The unconfirmed but highly speculated visitors will include: The Who’s from Whoville, Sam I Am, Mr. Knox and Mr. Brown, Aunt Annie, Horton, and of course The Cat in the Hat.  These are just some of the headliners.  On March 3, schools across the country will launch a month long celebration of reading with Read Across America Day.  We can thank Dr. Seuss for giving us such colorful characters that will grace their presence in the classrooms.  As a thank you, educators throughout the nation will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ (Theodor Seuss Geisel) birthday. March 3rd is the official kick off for a month long encouragement read more[…]

Dyslexia and New Brain Research: Encouraging Findings

Dyslexia and New Brain Research: Encouraging Findings

You have just been told your child has dyslexia.  Some may be thankful for a diagnosis that explains years of academic struggle, while others face the reality with discouragement.  Every parent wants their child to walk a path that is struggle free; however, that kind of life is not a reality. New research may offer encouragement, though, to parents of a struggling child to see their child’s unique strengths. New scientific findings support the theory that people diagnosed with dyslexia may possess unique cognitive strengths.

The Power of Bedtime Stories

The Power of Bedtime Stories

Article Review of  No Bedtime Stories Affect Children’s Literacy.  Article by Vishakha Sonawane, ParentHerald, 8/21/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. When our children are little, it makes only sense that we as the adult are reading to them.  Great stories like Goodnight Moon, Fancy Nancy, Winnie the Pooh, Dr. Seuss, and Little Critter books were only some of the favorites in my household.  But as one would expect, our children grow and become independent readers.  They no longer need us to read them these stories, or do they?  It has been discovered that parents who stop reading a nightly bedtime story to their child around the age of seven are seeing a negative impact on their child’s literacy. A study read more[…]

Increase Learning Potential through Play

Increase Learning Potential through Play

Article Review of  “Linking self-regulation, pretend play and learning in young children”.  Article by Marcy Guddemi, PHD, MBAE, SEEN Magazine (SouthEast Education Network), 8/21/2013 Reviewed by Erin Calhoun, Contributor. The most amazing cookies and cupcakes I have ever eaten were made of ingredients readily on hand, took little effort, and bonded the family together while making them.  These cookies were even better than the famous Neiman Marcus or Mrs. Fields, for these cookies were made with imagination and love. Research has found that when our children come to us with imaginary food and make-believe scenarios, they are not only feeding our parental hearts, but such pretend play actually “feeds” our children’s developing brains!