Category: Unique Learners

Learning Ability – Not Just for Other People

Have you ever felt like talent was for, well, other people? For me, it’s singing.  I stink at it.  I do it anyway, of course.  Heaven help the sad soul within earshot of me when I do. Maybe you’ve always wanted to be a virtuoso on the guitar.  Too bad those fingers of yours don’t …

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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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Can We Start the New Year Early?

Okay, I admit that I’ve wanted to fast forward through 2020 ever since the lockdown began in March.   I’m actually quite familiar with being mostly homebound.  Becoming almost entirely homebound as I try to avoid a virus that I’m fairly certain will finish me off, that’s different.   The monotony, the lack of occasional …

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Looking at Learning Differences With New Eyes

The year is 2020.  Need I say more? It’s a year that’s testing us all. Our patience. Our resilience. Our fortitude.     We’re learning that even when we think we’ve reached our breaking point, we keep going.   Okay, maybe we happen to be short-fused.  Maybe we feel like we’re losing our minds a …

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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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Letter Recognition for Struggling Readers

Have you ever typed an address into your GPS and thought to yourself, “Well this is silly.  I’ve already driven to this place a gazillion times before.  Why don’t I know how to get there on my own by now?”   No?  Not you?  Okay.  Even if you can’t relate to the question that I …

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