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Blog - Insight into LD

14Apr

blog 14.4.14You may be able to remember instructions from your parents or teachers about taking care of books. I still feel a twinge when I set a book down on its open pages, and I never leave it there for long.

Respect and care for books can be modeled and taught, enriching for children the notion that books are friends that when tended can bring joy.

09Apr

blog 14.4.9We are so comfortable with the idea of a book that we can easily forget that children need to learn how they work – where’s the front? Which way do you turn pages?

07Apr

blog 14.4.7When their children begin to learn to read, parents want to know what they can do to help them build the literacy skills they will need for success in school. But raising a competent reader can start much earlier. Children establish their relationship with books well before they are ready to read.

28Mar

blog 14.3.28The end of this school year is approaching. Now is the time to think about storing your student’s final report card for this past year. Why? Sometimes children begin to struggle in later grades or as adult students, either due to an undiagnosed learning disability or undiagnosed attention/focus problems.

18Mar

blog 14.3.18I recently had the opportunity to attend the Hamilton County Summit on Kindergarten Readiness. John Pepper, Retired Chairman and CEO of The Proctor and Gamble Company opened the Summit with a charge to create communication and collaboration on behalf of early childhood education and school readiness. He has been an advocate of Early Childhood Education on a national level for years, and a force majeure locally. 

13Mar

blog 14.3.13The website PBS Parents stated in a recent article that “the skills and behaviors children develop early in life lay a strong foundation for their adolescence and adulthood.” Part of this strong foundation relates to self-determination.

07Mar

blog 14.3.7If you read Part I of this blog on homework hovering, you may have been able to relate to the scenarios discussed. Included herein are some tips for parents struggling with an elementary age student, with a couple of goals in mind. One goal is to provide some parameters around fostering independence, and a second is to give you guidance on how best to address the issue of early learning difficulties.

04Mar

blog 14.3.4Everyone from the TODAY Show to Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary has weighed in on the hovering mother, often referred to as a “helicopter parent.” Parents Magazine even has a quiz to identify whether you too could be labeled “A Hover Mother.” 

25Feb

blog 14.2.25Many parents have strong opinions about whether to provide an allowance to their children. Some are of the opinion that children should do chores and other jobs at home without receiving a monetary reward. Pride in making a contribution to the family should be enough motivation. Other parents find it perfectly acceptable to provide a weekly allowance at a certain base rate, perhaps with extra pay for additional work.

21Feb

blog 14.2.21It’s 7:45 p.m., and the lights should be going out in 7 year-old Thomas’ bedroom, but not tonight. Thomas has snuggled in, and the bedtime story has ended, but he looks up with his big brown eyes and melodically chants, “Mommy, can you tell me the story about when you and daddy drove us home from grandma’s house in the snowstorm? I love that story.” Is this a ploy to stay up longer?