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“But That’s Not Fair!”

by Kelly Steinke, M.S. Ed., NBCT

If you have children, I’m sure you’ve heard this expression before.  Even as adults there may be times when we think, “That’s not fair”.  Some of us may even say it out-loud.  All of us are aware that some things in life aren’t fair; but we have to learn to live and thrive with whatever set of circumstances we have been given. 

What is Dyslexia?

by Kelly Steinke, M.S. Ed., NBCT

I think my daughter and/or son might have dyslexia.  But what exactly is dyslexia? How do I know for sure?  What symptoms would I see?  Isn’t dyslexia when you see words backwards? 

Imagine the Possibilities

by Kelly Steinke, M.S. Ed., NBCT

Is your child reading & spelling at grade level?

Reading is fundamental and essential for academic success. 

So, what do you do when your child is not reading at grade level?  Consider the following scenario.

How to Create Vital Learning Connections for Children who Struggle

by Sarah Major M.Ed.

Chances are if you are reading this, you have a child who is struggling more than you feel he or she ought to be. In our day and age, it has become normal to identify a child who is struggling and then begin testing to determine exactly what is going on. A really good test might pinpoint for you your child’s learning strengths and weaknesses alike. A really useless test will assign a label but not give you any clues for how to strengthen those weak areas.

How to help your children who have previously failed, learn

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

How to help your children who have previously failed, learn. Wow, there’s a topic for you that looks super ambitious and way too general. But there are some ideas we can consider that will go a long way toward helping children who are at-risk to fail, instead learn successfully. The challenges these children face might be in reading, in math, or in every subject they have.

Choosing Effective Reading Materials for Autistic Children

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

Factors to consider when choosing the most effective reading materials for autistic children

When deciding how to most effectively teach autistic children to read, several ideas should be considered: the child’s learning strengths and preferences, the medium you use, and finally, the approach to teaching reading.

Look at the child first: right-brain dominant vs. left-brain dominant

A Fresh Look at Teaching Children with Learning Challenges

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

A decade ago when I was in graduate school, I could hardly contain my excitement when the time came for taking remedial reading courses. I just couldn’t wait to find the answers to questions that had plagued me about why seemingly bright children struggled to learn to read. Imagine my chagrin when I found that the classes were preparing me to test, to detect learning differences, to track reading rates, to classify text as to reading level… in short, to do everything but successfully teach reading to a non-reader.

Experiencing the World Through a Balanced Brain

by Dr. Jeremey Fritz

Using Movement to Enhance Classroom Learning

by Dr. Jeremy Fritz

Remember the days when kids would walk to school, ride their bikes to play with friends, and spend the day exploring outside? They would make up games using nature and movement as the only ingredients.

Tips for Teaching Children with Short Attention Spans

by Sarah Major, M.Ed

Lately I’ve been reading books written by professionals who work with children with short attention spans, and children who have already been diagnosed with ADD. It seems to me that there has been a significant upsurge in the numbers of children who have difficulty maintaining focus on their school tasks, so many who have been diagnosed with ADD and put on medication, and I have become very curious not only about what has caused this upsurge, but of course, what we can do to make school lessons easier for these children short of medicating them.