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Why doesn't my child want to read

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

“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 increase with movement

Reading Skills Increase 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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build self-esteem dinner table

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

Build Your Self Esteem at the dinner table.   Family, culture, and the dinner table build self-esteem. Can You Describe Hamburger Frying? 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 childs 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. Let’s …

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Reading skills and benchmarks

Reading Skills and Benchmarks: 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 when assessing reading skills. Benchmarks are the benches and blueprints for teachers and parents, as …

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Back to school homework

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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Handwriting for Kids

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. Handwriting for kids may seem like a dying art for some.  You may even 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 …

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Reading Skills game

Reading Skills Game 2 -Are You Game?

Here is another game to help your child learn to read and strengthen their reading skills! 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 …

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Reading skills vs Brain skills

Reading Skills vs. Brain Skills; Is Seeing Believing?

Reading Skills vs Brain Skills, is seeing really believing?  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 …

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