Category: Wild Card

Random bits that just don’t fit anywhere else.

The Struggling Learner Scenario: Afraid to Learn

Is being afraid to learn even a thing?  I was surprised, too.  I share the following scenario from my own personal experience.   Scenario #3: When I started working with this 6th grade student she was reading and learning well below her grade level.  Through our work together she began to experience multiple lightbulb moments.  …

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To Learn Or To Cope With Learning Differences

Recently I had my home’s sliding back door repaired because the lock mechanism broke.  Not good.   The repair guy tried to convince me that he was finished, even when the new door didn’t close all of the way.   “But it doesn’t close.”  (Seemed obvious to me.)   “You just have to push it …

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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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Why This Game is Good for Your Child’s Brain: Game 7

In the games that I’ve introduced so far in this series I’ve introduced some pretty powerful skill-building games designed, for the most part, for multiple players.  Today we’re going solo.   Do you have a tactile learner on your hands, one who learns best through the sense of touch?  Even if you don’t, this hands-on …

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The Good News About Homework Meltdowns

What could possibly be good about homework meltdowns, you ask? Good question. I’ve heard a number of great tips for preventing homework meltdowns, or for handling them well when they do arise. These tips usually include things like • setting a homework routine • methods for organizing homework • taking regular breaks, or • finding …

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The Struggling Learner’s Summer Break Dilemma

If your child has been struggling with school work all year, you have an important decision to make for summer break.  You might be wondering what your best option is.     1) Do you relieve all of that academic pressure and let your child just be a kid?  No expectations? 2) Do you hire …

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Why Reading Programs Fail Struggling Readers

Having a learning “disability” isn’t the only reason why some students struggle to read, but it can be the most difficult to remediate. First let’s look at some other reasons why children experience reading difficulties.  Then we’ll talk about programs that help.   Reading Experience  A child can simply grow up with limited exposure to …

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