Category: Wild Card

Random bits that just don’t fit anywhere else.

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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3 Ways That Kids With Learning Differences May Benefit From Quarantine

As we look for the good news during the great quarantine of 2020, you might be surprised that children with learning differences may finally catch a break.   Check out 3 unique possibilities for our very unique learners.     Benefit #1: Spotlight on the Effects of School I’ve heard countless parents share stories of …

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Reframe Your Struggling Learner’s Destructive Thinking

One of the most powerful beliefs that I think we can have is the belief that we get to choose our own beliefs.  We get to think whatever the heck we want to, good or bad.   When we recognize that thoughts don’t simply happen to us, that we are not at the mercy of …

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At Home With the Kids All Day – Three Unexpected Opportunities

At the time of this writing, schools across the country, and around the world, are shut down.  As we attempt to gain control of a pandemic, parents suddenly find themselves at home with the kids all day.   For parents who typically homeschool, this really isn’t much of a problem.   For parents whose lives …

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The Freedom of Learning Differences

Do those two terms, freedom and learning differences sound like they don’t belong together?     Notice that the title here is The Freedom OF Learning Differences, not the freedom FROM them.  (I do believe in both, by the way.)   If you are a parent of a child with learning differences, and you see …

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Struggling Learner or Neurodiverse?

When searching for resources for your child with learning differences, you’ve likely come across the term neurodiversity a time or two.   The trouble that I have with this popular label, strangely enough, is the same point that some people make in favor of using it.   That point is, neurodiverse essentially describes, well, everyone. …

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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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