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Does Cursive Deserve a Future?

Cursive for dyslexic readers

Does Cursive Deserve a Future?

Unfortunately, cursive is becoming a lost art form. Once a mainstay of the American education system, cursive writing is slowing disappearing from our classrooms. Since educators are beginning to place a greater importance on teaching the computer and typing skills they feel that they are an essential aspect of a student’s academic future, there has been a shift to teaching keyboarding over handwriting. Common Core State Standards leave the decision to teach reading and writing up to the states, districts, schools and teachers. While some schools still offer cursive, few require it. Essentially, cursive is becoming obsolete. The art of...

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Why You Should Never Do Your Child’s Homework for Him

Why you should never do your child's homework for him

Why You Should Never Do Your Child’s Homework for Him

It can be very tempting to “help” your child with his homework… maybe a bit more than you should. Not only does this deprive your child of the learning experience, but it can also rob him of the self-confidence that comes from conquering a challenging lesson on his own. This is not to say that you should allow your child to suffer through and struggle to the point of tears, but if your child cannot do the exercise on his own, his teacher needs to know that. Parents often become overly focused on grades and “how it will look” if...

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The Pride of Ownership

Owning dyslexia

The Pride of Ownership

I often find that parents struggle with the idea of "owning" dyslexia and sharing with others that their child is struggling with it. Perhaps it's the stigma... perhaps it's the constant reminder of dark days. Whatever the reason, I think there is so much to be gained by owning the label and allowing your child to call it by name. That is not to say that your child should ever be defined by dyslexia. By no means is dyslexia everything that your child is. But, it is a big part of her and is part of the reason she is...

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Why is Dyslexia so Misunderstood?

Why is dyslexia so misunderstood?

Why is Dyslexia so Misunderstood?

Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, or as I prefer to say “learning difference” in the United States. However, it is also the most misunderstood. Many still believe it to be a reading problem that includes letter reversals, backwards reading or poor vision. It is also commonly associated with low intelligence, partially due to the label “learning disability”. On the contrary, however, children with dyslexia typically have average to above-average intelligence. So why is dyslexia still so misunderstood, you might be wondering? I wish I had a simple answer to that question. The reason is partially due to the...

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6 Tips for Keeping Your Child Motivated

Keeping Your Child Motivated

6 Tips for Keeping Your Child Motivated

When the end of the school year comes around, it can be hard to keep momentum going... especially if it has been a tough year academically and/or socially. Everyone (both kids and parents) starts focusing on summer, camp and vacation time! Here are six tips to keep the energy high as the year comes to a close. 1. Set Specific Goals for the End of the Year - We all think to set goals at the start of the year, but rarely at the end. It is equally important to reevaluate throughout the year as well. Setting a realistic year-end goal...

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