Developing good organizational skills is a key ingredient for success in school and in life. Although some people are by nature more organized than others, anyone can put routines and systems in place to help a child "get it together." The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities has come up with a list of strategies you can use to help your child get — and keep — their life under control this school year.
Why Boys Struggle with School
The statistics are sobering. According to the United States Department of Education, boys have consistently scored worse than girls in reading for thirty years—all ages, in every year. Two-thirds of special education students in high school are boys, and boys are 50 percent more likely to be held back in the eighth grade than girls.
The foundation of your relationship with your spouse could have a big impact on your child. If they see the two of you getting along and supporting each other, they will mirror your behavior and will likely get along with friends and family.
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Logical-Mathematical Celebrity Profiles
Here's a list of scientists, mathematicians, and inventors who used logic and reason to find fame and fortune - well, at least fame! Each of them also lived with a disability. Their unique combination of intelligences -- strengths as well as weaknesses -- made them such successful people.
American physicist most famous for his theory of relativity. Einstein had learning disabilities and did very poorly in school.
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Reward Positive Behavior
Rewarding your child when he has done a good job, made progress on a tough problem, or achieved something he's worked for is a great way to accentuate positive behavior (and prevent problem behavior, too). A rewarded child learns, “When I do well, I'm appreciated and rewarded.”
Software Solutions for Preschoolers
The best computer programs for preschoolers who can't read must feature bright and entertaining graphics, clear sound, and simple instructions. If your pre-reader has any chance of using them on her own, software programs should require no reading or minimal reading. Instructions should be rendered graphically or through spoken words that your child will be able to understand easily.
In this article, you will find:
- The truth about adopted children
- Myths and media bias
The truth about adopted children
How Happy Are Adopted Children?
Many media stories and made-for-TV movies present adopted children as alienated, unhappy, or even criminal. The truth is, however, most adopted children grow up to be normal adults who blend in with everyone else.
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The SAT Reading Comprehension: Basic PrinciplesWhy Your Comprehension Improves the Less You Read of a Passage
Three sections of the SAT Reading Test begin with sentence completion questions before the reading passages; one section consists of reading questions. To give you a better idea of the layout of the passages within the SAT Reading Test, let's take another look at its three sections:
- 25-minute section: 8 sentence completions and 16 reading questions (2 paired small passages, 1 long passage)
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Nine Good Reading Habits
Note-Taking Test Your Note-Taking Know-How
Do you know what it means to be a good note-taker? Test your knowledge with our quiz! read more
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Dream Symbols and Names
What's in a Name
Native Americans are big believers in the inspirations that dreams can hold, and they use intricate webs of wood, threads, and feathers, called dream catchers, to capture all dreams, good and bad. According to legend, bad dreams get trapped in the web and eventually burn up. Good dreams are stored in the dream catcher's feathers, where they stay until they can be dreamed again.
When note taking is difficult, the problem is often due to a poor learning environment. This means that a child's ability to get the information he needs is impaired because of factors going on (or not going on) in the classroom around him. Fortunately, there's something called "accommodation."
Gifted Kids or Gifted Mothers
In a fascinating study in the early 1990s, Ellen Moss and her colleagues compared the way that mothers of exceptionally gifted preschoolers talked to them during problem-solving tasks with conversations between a control group of mothers and children with only average scores on a standard IQ test.
Summer Learning 7 Smart "Unschooling" Tips to Practice Now — Even If Your Child Is in "Regular" School
Even if you can't homeschool your child, you can foster your child's love of learning outside the classroom, according to Clark Aldrich, author of the... read more
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Managing Your Finances and Looking for Work After Divorce
One friend of ours has refused job after job because she feels the entry-level positions are not commensurate with her age. We have continually suggested she get in touch with reality. While many of her friends from college have been in the workplace for 20 years, she has spent 20 years at home.
Poetry for Homeschoolers
In this article, you will find:
- Setting the scene
- Making the time
Setting the scene
Homework Tips for Teens
At this point, your teen has probably established his favorite place to do homework, so your main role at this point is to stop nagging. If you were to visit households of some “grade A” high school students, chances are you'd catch one doing homework with MTV blaring in the background; another talking on the phone while completing a history paper; another working in the kitchen with his feet on the table; and yet another sprawled across the family room floor keeping up her A average.