Category: Learning Skills

Resources and information about learning and learning skills. Designed for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and education specialists.

The ONE THING All Good Reading Intervention Programs Have in Common

If your child or student reads below grade level you may have tried a number of reading intervention programs with varying levels of success.  Maybe you’re still searching for one that actually works.  Keep in mind, all good reading intervention programs do share one very important quality in common.     By the way, when …

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Is it a Learning Difference or Defiance?

Can you tell the difference between a child who is being defiant vs a child who experiences a learning difference?  Sometimes they look a lot alike.     If you have a resistant learner at home or in the classroom, can you identify where the resistance is coming from?   What Learning Differences Might Look …

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The Parent’s & Teacher’s Guide to Helping Struggling Learners

Do you ever wish you could find a useful, eye-opening, made-for-you parent’s guide to helping struggling learners?  If you’re a teacher, maybe you’d love a teacher’s guide, one that covers the information you didn’t receive in your education courses.     Sure, you could read book after book about learning differences, but I’m not talking …

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What Numbers Have to Do With Reading Ability

Reading is all about letters, right?  Recognizing letters, understanding that letters make sounds, knowing how to move letters around to make words, and so on.  So, why would numbers have anything to do with reading ability?     Yes, learning math is a little like learning a new language.  But we’re not talking about math …

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Are Parents of Struggling Learners Giving Up?

I read some advice the other day offered to parents of children who were newly diagnosed with learning differences.  I agreed with most of it.  “Always have hope” was advice that I could certainly support.  This part, however, didn’t sit well with me: “Channel your emotions towards the fight.  The fight for services, quality education, …

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The Danger of Nonsense Words

Ever heard of a bap?  So… a funny story here.   One day I was creating an answer key for the Letter Sounds Made Simple program.  Within the program, students come across occasional review pages, some of which include real words and nonsense words.  Using their new letter recognition skills, students read the words, then …

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One Way to Reduce Anxiety About Pandemic-Era School

If you and your children are lucky enough to have super chill personalities, this next statement doesn’t apply to you.   For the rest of us, these are very stressful times.     As of this writing in June of 2020, many of us feel the weight of the world on our shoulders.   We …

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