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Exercise your child’s learning brain

Exercise Your Child’s Learning Brain and Develop Reading Skills

Exercise your child’s learning brain and develop reading skills using tracing. 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. …

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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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Is Seeing Believing? Reading Skills vs. Brain Skills

The brain loves to play tricks on our minds using our eyes, ears, tongue, lips, and teeth.  These are all parts of the body that are necessary for us to develop reading skills and reading comprehension strategies. Visual discrimination is a brain process that helps our reading skills. It helps us to identify a letter. …

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Build Self-Esteem with a Positive Environment?

Build self-esteem and create a positive environment through consistency. Consistency is imperative as children grow and learn!  For kids, inconsistency creates anxiety.  Consistency is a key learning tool for your child.  Consistency offers a positive environment for building self-confidence.  Self-confidence builds self-esteem.  When children don’t know what is going to happen next or how their …

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Do You Know How to CLOZE for Reading Comprehension? Grade 2 and Grade 3

Reading Comprehension and CLOZE.  The prize to reading is comprehension!  We read for pleasure, and to gain knowledge and information. Just like any good recipe, there are several ingredients necessary for developing reading comprehension strategies:  [Building the Reading Brain PreK-3 by Patricia Wolfe and Pamela Nevills] Ingredients: using generous spoonfuls of Vocabulary development (both listening …

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You Better Read this or Else! Stop Bullying

Why do children bully?      Fact:  “Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, physical and psychological, threatening and persistent/repeated, and imbalance of power and dominance.” Facts About Bullying Before you can stop something you have to know what bullying looks like! hitting, slapping, elbowing, slamming someone with your shoulder, tripping, pushing Hurtful or …

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