Category: Learning Skills

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

The Struggling Learner Scenario: Intervention Doesn’t Stick

Scenario #4: I’ve been working on a variety of learning intervention strategies with my homeschooled 3rd grade son for many months now.  Some days, the work we’ve been doing for a while just clicks for him, and we proudly celebrate the wins.  The very next day, though, he’s right back where he started, as if …

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How to Play The er, ir, ur Game, and Why (Video)

Whether you have a struggling reader at home or a strong reader, can we really blame anyone for confusing letter combinations that sound exactly the same?   How do you spell perfect?  Is it ur?  Is it ir?   How is a new young reader supposed to know this?   If your child has already …

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Learning Intervention That Fits

Obvious statement alert!  Not all learning difficulties are created equal.  Of course, you know this already.   If you are a parent of a child with learning differences, then you already know that the word “differences” doesn’t even describe the half of it.   Your child with learning differences is quite unique, quite different than …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Can’t Sit Still

Scenario #2: My son is ALWAYS moving!  We believe he’s too young for ADHD medication.  He’s a very picky eater so we aren’t prepared to eliminate any of the few foods he actually eats, either.  He has some vision issues for which he attends vision therapy.  He will work with me on learning intervention activities …

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The Competitive Advantage of Learning Differences

Is your struggling learner super competitive?   Before you get mad at me for misinterpreting the term “competitive advantage,” I promise I’ll talk about what gives students with learning differences an edge up in life.   First, though, let’s talk about how to use your child’s competitive nature to your advantage.   Time to Win! …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Poor Handwriting Part 2

Does your child’s handwriting look like ancient hieroglyphics?  Do you attempt to interpret her page of scribbles just as you tried to interpret her drawings when she was… 4?  “How lovely!  Thank you!  What a beautiful… uh… uh… How beautiful!”   In Part 1 you learned to look for clues in 3 different places, clues …

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The Struggling Learner Scenario: Poor Handwriting 

Scenario #1: My 12-year-old’s handwriting looks like a 6-year-old’s.  What can I do to help? To clarify, when I say “handwriting” I’m referring to both print and cursive writing.  Does anyone teach cursive anymore?  I’m not sure, but I hope so!  For today’s purposes, let’s just assume we’re talking about printing.   One big reason …

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