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The Imagery-Language Connection for Sports—Tips for Coaching Youth Sports

16 Mar, 2017

Did you recently volunteer for a coaching position? Have you coached before? Are you tired of yelling at your team but don’t know how to get them to follow directions? Do you want this year to be a more positive experience for you and your players? If you answered yes to any of these questions,…

Report Card ABCs

3 Mar, 2017

For some students, the phrase “report card” comes with a sense of dread. As a parent, it can be hard to gauge how things are really going at school if your student is tight-lipped about his day and his report card feels like a jumble of letters or percentages.   After getting straight A’s last…

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…

Tips for Your Young Learner: Ready or Not, School is Coming!

13 Jan, 2017

A generation ago, kindergarten days were filled with activities like finger painting, “Hide-and-Go-Seek”, making friends and learning to be peaceful at nap time.   And, while reading and spelling may have been introduced in grade 1, there was nothing like today’s pressure for students to be performing according to grade-level standards. Sure, there is still…

[VIDEO] Family Story Time: Your New Snow Day Activity

30 Dec, 2016

After the snowball fights and snowman building, it’s time for the indoor fun. Faced with hours in the house, parents are often on the hunt for activities that provide entertainment and some educational value. Arts and crafts, baking and board games are great choices in this regard.  But if you haven’t already tried audiobooks and read-aloud, you may be…

How and Why to Make the Most of Bedtime Reading

29 Dec, 2016

Bedtime reading can take children to a safe and enchanted world for a few minutes each night; and when kids are cosy and comfortable, reading aloud to them can help them “de-compress” from any worries from the day. Reading to your child is also a special time to be close to your child and bond…

The Imagery-Language Connection at Home: Tips for Parents Whose Kids Have a Comprehension Weakness

22 Dec, 2016

When a student has an identified comprehension weakness, parents might pursue help for their academics. Unfortunately, language comprehension troubles can affect family life, too.   A primary cause of language comprehension problems is difficulty creating an imagined gestalt. This is called weak concept imagery. This weakness causes individuals to get only “parts” of information they…

Comprehension Weakness: Here are 5 signs

15 Dec, 2016

If a student consistently makes errors, like misreading the word breakfast as “basket” or misspelling the word equipment as “ekwepment,” it is easy to see she has a problem. But it is not as easy to see when a student is just not “getting it.”   Hidden in plain sight, many students are not able…

Tips to Help Your Reluctant Reader

9 Nov, 2016

  Do you have a child who would rather wash the dishes or help with the laundry than read a book? Do you have to beg and plead with them to sit down and read, whether it’s for school or fun? Maybe they even say they “hate reading.”   It’s hard to know how to…

Tips: The Imagery-Language Connection for Writing

24 Sep, 2016

Book reports, essays, and even short responses, can cause frustration, panic, and, sometimes, even tears for many school age students. And it’s no wonder. Writing is a complex task that requires a lot: good thinking skills, organization, spelling, grammar and punctuation, as well as ease with a pencil, or keyboard.   Writing can be particularly…

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