I saw an interesting suggestion for helping children with ADD (attention deficit disorder) in an article about classroom interventions. In a long list of ideas it said, "Give simple, concrete directions, once." This reminded ... Read more
I asked my First Graders to write a story about "why their Mom was special to them." We talked about writing "from your heart." I told them how their words could be better than a "million dollar gift," and a keepsake that th... Read more
For several years I have been experimenting with voice-to-text software for my students who have difficulty writing for themselves. The students who need it the most had very little success with it! Well, actually I didn&rs... Read more
By the end of first grade students should know how to tell time to the hour and half-hour, on both an analogical and digital clock. This is sometimes a difficult skill for them to master, especially transitioning from a clo... Read more
Children who struggle in school often process language more slowly than other children. Many times parents and teachers ask a child a question and then make the mistake of not allowing them enough time to think and respond. ... Read more
Why don’t all school districts, across the country, have full day kindergartens?
Spring is the time of year when parents usually register their children for the upcoming kindergarten year. For many parents, whose schoo... Read more
Children with learning differences may have problems socially (see Kids Who Do Poorly in School More Likely to Become Bullies).
According to the Pacer Center, "children who bully suffer as much as those they target. They ar... Read more
This week is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year! This is "Reading Week," and every day we are celebrating the priceless joys of reading.
Here are six simple ideas to encourage your child to be a good reader.
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Some children who struggle with their schoolwork also struggle with social skills. This is especially true of children who have nonverbal learning disabilities. They may not pick up on normal social cues like other children... Read more
We can all benefit from a stronger mind/body connection. This is particularly true for young learners.
A few years ago I learned a simple program from the occupational therapists in our school. It is called "Brain Gym" and ... Read more