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Yearly Archives: 2017

Back to School Tips: Imagine Better School Day Mornings

23 Feb, 2017

Perhaps your kids just spent the summer at camp. Or they spent long hours in the pool or at the beach. Maybe lazy days were spent reconnecting with friends and family. Regardless, the back-to-school transition may be a big change for your family. Why not take this opportunity to establish new habits that contribute to…

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Response to Intervention: Fresh Solutions for Your Biggest Challenges

23 Feb, 2017

Response to Intervention (RtI) has been difficult for many school systems to implement effectively. In an ideal tiered system, general education classroom teachers present core curriculum through differentiated instruction; universal screening tools help identify students needing targeted intervention in Tier 2. Progress monitoring tools help keep Tier 2 instruction on track. Depending on how well…

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What May be Missing When Your Reader Struggles

17 Feb, 2017

When a student struggles with reading, extra help typically focuses on sounding out words and spelling rules. Unfortunately, after months of hard work and frustration, many students continue to struggle with grade level text.   Perhaps they can sound out words but it is slow and labored. They may take so long to sound out…

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Begin the New School Year With Confidence

14 Feb, 2017

It’s time to go back to school! If you’re like most parents, you spent the last few weeks of summer with your family: relaxing and enjoying your time together. Maybe you went away or possibly, you preferred a stay at home holiday.  You may have scheduled trips to the local library and bookstore for your…

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Imagine Better Reading Comprehension

10 Feb, 2017

Most reading experts agree on one thing: In order to comprehend what they read, students must have strong decoding skills and adequate oral vocabulary. In other words, a child must be able to accurately decode every word on the page, and know what each of the words mean.   Unfortunately, many students who can decode…

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{INFOGRAPHIC} Here I Come, Kindergarten! Start with the Magic of Learning

9 Feb, 2017

If your child is starting kindergarten this year, you know his teacher will have a long list of goals to accomplish before the end of the school year. To some degree, your child will definitely be working on:   Letter names and sounds Sounding out for reading and writing Sight word recognition and spelling Printing…

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The Imagery-Language Connection for Vocabulary Skills

8 Feb, 2017

Today’s standards-based English Language Arts curricula have put a new spotlight on reading comprehension and vocabulary.  To function in the classroom and do well on assessments, students are expected to have strong “everyday” language skills in addition to acquiring academic words—this is key for college and career readiness. At the same time, US schools are…

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[In the News]Cañon City School District: More students measuring up in reading

3 Feb, 2017

(Photo: Sara Knuth / Daily Record) Cañon City School District is using a Colorado Department of Education grant to change outcomes for their struggling readers. The Cañon City Daily Record has been following the progress of teachers and students alike and has exciting news to report. Go to story. Lindamood-Bell can be a key factor in making…

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Does My Child Need a Learning Check-Up?

3 Feb, 2017

As parents, we are all familiar with the yearly well-visit to the pediatrician’s office. The hearing and vision screenings, in particular, can offer insight about a child’s struggles in school. Catching an issue early can stop problems before they start. For many students, a learning check-up can be equally essential. Identifying and addressing an underlying weakness in reading…

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Get Help: Afterschool Learning to the Rescue!

2 Feb, 2017

If your family is like most, you’ve enjoyed the summer break—and may not exactly be looking forward to the school year’s relentless schedule of project deadlines, events, and class obligations. And if last year ended on a sour note—either because your child has a learning difficulty or because getting through homework was just rough—you may…

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