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PARENT READING TIPS: Why Doesn’t My Child Want to Read?

“In the pages of a book anyone can be a great explorer or become their dream.  The power of education and daydreaming creates the innovators of the future.”—Archer Sierra Reading and your child's interest in reading was on my local news last evening. http://www.kpho.com/story/28202822/kids-need-to-read-provides-books-to-disadvantaged-arizona-school-kids I can’t tell you how many times, as a Reading Specialist, …

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Reading Skills Develop Better with Movement

 Reading skills increase with movement.   Winter is taking its toll.  Snow piled up, schools closed, and some of the coldest temperatures on record!  Are your kids suffering from cabin fever?  How are their reading skills?  Keep them moving.  Research has shown that movement aids in cognitive processing and focus. Ask a ballerina.  My daughter …

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Family, Culture, and the Dinner Table Build Self-Esteem

Build Your Self Esteem at the dinner table. Can You Describe Hamburger Frying? Family, culture, and the dinner table build self-esteem. So much of who we are, was/is, established around the dinner table with family. Balancing today’s hectic schedules, added to the distance at which many families are separated, often means that only special events may bring …

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Exercise Your Child’s Learning Brain and Develop Reading Skills

Tracing is great visual perception and motor skill practice which helps build reading skills. Tracing develops the hand-eye coordination needed for reading and writing and the fine motor skills for writing.  Tracing also exercises their ‘eye for detail’ which aids in decoding and comprehension. Let’s Get Started! Collect things around the house and place them …

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Reading Skills: Construction Zone Warning for Parents!

Reading skills are a construction zone of Benchmarks.  Architects and carpenters are builders who use ‘benches’ and ‘blueprints’ for tools as they build their structures.  Teachers and parents are architects and builders also.  Their ‘benches’ and ‘blueprints’ just look different. Benchmarks are the benches and blueprints for teachers and parents, as they construct successful students.  …

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Back-to-School and the ‘H’ Word: Homework Tips

Many kids dread going back-to-school because of the looming amounts of homework.  Parents, do you sigh also? “Schooling should teach kids how to learn, and parents should teach them how to work by establishing work rules and work ethic at home.  Homework provides an opportunity for parents to reinforce and build upon what a child …

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Cursive Handwriting or Manuscript Handwriting for Kids?

Back-to-School and the debate over whether to teach cursive handwriting or manuscript handwriting style to kids heats up. You might think with all the texting and computers in use there is no need for such archaic techniques?  We aren’t there yet.  Until everyone has access with our technology, and electronic signatures are the mainstay, our children …

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Are You Game? Reading Skills Game 2

Here is another game to help your child learn to read and strengthen their reading skills! Game 2:  Follow the Light!  Ages 4 and up. This game is great for developing the ‘bilateralism’ capabilities of the brain.  This is a necessary brain function for reading skills because scientists have shown that reading involves both hemispheres …

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