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October 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Study Friendly and Doing it your way

I have always encouraged parents to have a “study” area in their house that was free and clear of clutter and had a cart or a box filled with school tools. This is the teacher talking.

Examples of tools would be: pencils, pens, paper, index cards, tape, glue sticks, colored markers and pencils etc.

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 31, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Fun Tools for Study-Friendly Nooks!

Create a nook for your kids. All of my favorite classrooms have a “nook” in the corner. You can create the same idea in your home or in your child's room. It may be a reading nook, or a “time-in” nook, but it’s somewhere for a child to sit comfortably to read, study, or just chill out. Be creative and find a friendly…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 29, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Confidence through Multiple Intelligences

Increasing a child’s self-esteem is a critical component to a child’s development, academically and to encourage life-long learning.  It is important to recognize that there are a reported nine levels of intelligence developed by Howard Gardner (1999) and in order for a child to feel good about themselves one needs…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 28, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

5 Ways to Optimize Your Child's Study Environment!

Everyone has a comfortable and successful place to study. Some kids need a quiet, calm, clean, and cool environment. Other kids need noise and activity, with a warm and busy environment. Still other children need some mix of the two. My own kids are different in that one child is easily distracted and…

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Added by Tobi Isaacs on October 23, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

FALLebration! Turn Your Yard into a Sensational Playground, and Watch Kids Have a Blast

Don't feel guilty about a yard full of leaves. Autumn turns your yard into a magnificent "therapy" opportunity for your kids! Do you have kids that need to be calmed down, or even calmed up? Your yard is a sensory rich environment that can provide the sensory input your kids crave. Heavy work, movement and tactile…

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Added by Sue Wilkinson on October 22, 2012 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Great Websites to use with Students for Halloween Fun

Halloween is here and the season of Ghosts, Pumpkins, Bats, and Cats is around. 

From my friend Keith Ferrell at Tech-Happy, there are three sites he references that will keep kiddos engaged, motivated, and if using an interactive whiteboard- active. 

 

The Kidz Page features Halloween games and downloadable…

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Added by Hillary Brumer on October 22, 2012 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Struggling Student at Conference Time

Can it be that the first grading period has arrived already? Yes, and with it come the annual or semi-annual, parent-teacher conferences. This realization usually causes one of two parental reactions ---“I can’t wait to see how Evan is doing!” or “I’m worried about what Ms. Jackson is going to tell us about our Emma.”



From a teacher’s standpoint, this first conference with parents can also be a stressful event. At conferences, educators often meet students’ parents for the…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 21, 2012 at 9:17pm — No Comments

A Sense-ational Fun House!

I enjoyed reading our colleague Hannah Ehrli’s blog on tips to make Halloween time more about the season and less about the spookiness which can have the potential to frighten some children…especially those with special needs. 

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions for creating a sense-ational “Fun House” with the emphasis on fun instead of fear and encourage tactile and…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 18, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

If you want to boost your child’s confidence, leave him alone!

All of us will agree that sometimes it is easier for you, the adult, to take over and do it for your child instead of allowing him/her to work things out in his/her own manner, in his/her own time. For your child’s sake, RESIST THE URGE! Maslowe studied how Blackfoot Indians were taught autonomy and responsibility.…

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Added by PAM BROGDON on October 16, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

The CATT Intervention System: Helping Struggling Students Succeed!

I just returned from a training at an elementary school in North Carolina that made the smart move to get their team of teachers on board with the CATT Intervention System.  The Classroom Accommodations Techniques and Tools is a comprehensive problem solving system designed to help struggling students and was designed as one possible solution for the RtI (Response to Intervention) initiative. 

Toni Schulken, MS,…

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Added by Cecilia Cruse on October 11, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Too Spooky or Not Too Spooky

There are many recommendations from various expertise sources regarding the whole “Spookiness” of October.

There are excellent recommendations regarding safe trick or treating, tasteful costumes, and candy/food concerns around celebrating Halloween as well, but as an educator this is how I approach the whole…

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Added by Hannah Ehrli on October 9, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Android Apps for Special Needs

We want this to be your go-to blog when you need reading or learning resources, strategies, apps and other help for all kinds of learners, especially those who struggle to read and learn.



That is why this week, we’ve decided to provide you with a short list of 3 collections that contain great Android apps for special needs---all kinds of special needs! You’ll find some apps that are FREE and others that are available at various…

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Added by Joan M. Brennan on October 8, 2012 at 3:22pm — No Comments

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