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Homework & Study Skills

Helping children with learning disabilities get homework done doesn’t have to be a daily battle. Work with your child to build good study habits that can help to lessen the stress factor—for your child and for yourself. Explore the suggestions and fun activities in the articles below to make homework a successful part of your daily routine.

Homework and Study Skills

Homework & Study Skills



Summer Reading Tips for Parents

Summer Reading - Summer Literacy Summer shouldn't mean taking a break from learning, especially when it comes to reading. Studies show that most students experience a loss of reading skills over the summer months, but children who continue to read actually gain skills. During the summer parents can help children sustain (and even bolster) reading skills, strengthen their vocabulary and reinforce the benefits of reading for enjoyment.

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Homework Tips for Parents

Homework Help-Homework Tips The primary purpose of homework is to reinforce the information and skills your child learns at school. It has been reported that teachers of all grades are increasing the amount of homework they assign. This makes homework time-consuming both for parents and children. It is helpful when parents can help their children develop strategies to complete homework assignments in stress-free and learning-friendly ways. It is important that parents and children find a plan that works for their family and stick with it. Here are some tips to use when developing homework strategies:

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Summer Learning Tips for Elementary School Students

Summer Learning-Children with Learning Disabilities Have you ever stopped to think about ways to help your child get better prepared for the start of the new school year—by practicing the skills that he or she has learned during the summer months? Well, now is the time! You've already got a list of summer reading books from your child's teacher to keep the juices flowing. But what about all those other subjects your child will have to jump back into come back-to-school time—science, math, history and social studies?

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What Is Dialogic Reading and How Can It Help Your Child?

Dialogic Reading - The Importance of Reading Dialogic reading1 is an interactive technique based on the extensive research of Grover J. Whitehurst, PhD This technique encourages adults to prompt children with questions and engage them in discussions while reading to them.

By expanding on the child’s responses, encouraging children to retell stories, and by reiterating the names, objects and events in the book, dialogic reading helps young children build and reinforce the basic language and literacy skills that will make them successful readers.

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The Trouble With High-Stakes Testing

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Q&A With Sid Wolinsky, Disability Rights Advocate

Sid Wolinsky is the founder of Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and is now its Director of Litigation. Headquartered in Oakland, California, DRA is a national and international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. In this article, Mr. Wolinsky discusses high stakes tests, the problems they present for students with LD, and what schools can do to make sure these tests are administered fairly.

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Tips to Help Students With LD Pass High-Stakes Tests

Students with Disabilities-High Stake TestsA growing number of students now take tests that determine whether they will advance to the next grade level. If students do not pass these tests, they may be held back one year, which can damage self-esteem, lead to frustration, and increase their chances of eventually dropping out of school. A growing number of high school students now take exit exams that determine whether they will graduate with a standard diploma. Students who do not pass these exams often find themselves with limited options after high school.

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Quality Television Shows That Focus on Early Literacy

Reading Learning Disabilities - Reading Disabilities in Children With the winter months upon us there is a good chance you will be spending a lot more of your time indoors. For those with preschool and kindergarten-aged children, additional indoors time means finding new ways for making the most of the time you have together. Today’s educational television programming is a great option for caregivers like you who are looking for ways to spend quality time with children, or for the times when you need to give choices for what your children can watch when you step away. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the couch, and settle in for some special time with loveable characters, catchy songs and new learning activities to keep you and your child giggling and learning whenever the television is turned on.

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Making Sense of Standardized Tests

What is Standardized Testing-Standardized Assessment Test During the past decade, federal and state education reform efforts have dramatically increased both the use of and attention to student assessments. Commonly referred to as “testing,” assessing student learning through the use of a standardized format can provide valuable information for schools, parents and policymakers. Used inappropriately, these same tests can have serious negative implications for students, particularly those with learning disabilities (LD).

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Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring a Tutor

Seven Questions to Ask When Hiring a TutorChoosing a tutor for your child can be daunting. Whether you’re hiring a tutor to help your child get a boost in school or getting assistance for yourself with an advanced subject, you want to make sure you get the best possible match.

A private tutor can make learning tremendously easier. But with the wrong tutor, you could invest substantial amounts of money and time only to end up disappointed and not any smarter than when you started. Be sure to ask these seven questions before hiring your child’s tutor.

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Five Fun and Budget-Friendly Ways to Keep Your Teen Learning This Summer

Summer Learning Tips for Teens with LD Ahh, summer…a time for your family to kick back, relax and enjoy a welcome break from the daily grind of the school year. While relaxation is key to the summer months (and no one deserves it more than kids with learning disabilities and their parents), making the most of these hot days requires more than kicking back by the pool. Research has shown that young people experience “learning loss” when they’re not involved in educational activities during the summer—in other words, they return to school in the fall achieving at lower levels than when they left for the summer…and as we all know, kids with LD can’t afford to lose any hard-earned ground.

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How to Help Kids With Tricky Math Homework

How to Help With Difficult Math Homework | Parent-Child Study TipsAt some point in our children’s education it happens to all of us: “Sorry, but I can’t really help you with that assignment because I don’t know how to do it myself.” For many parents, this “uh-oh moment” happens first with math—but you don’t have to panic. Just because you don’t know how to do the math doesn’t mean you can’t help your child figure it out and get a lot out of the process along the way.

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What Counts as Homework?

Homework Help - Homework TipsIt’s an interesting phenomenon. Ask a preschooler to name one thing that they most look forward to when they move on to grade school and you’re likely to hear “getting homework” somewhere toward the top of the list. Ask a student in middle school to list the things they like most about school and the response is likely to be “lunch, recess, and not getting homework.” Pose the question to a high school student, and homework is rarely mentioned.

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Messy Backpack? How to Help Your Child Get Organized

Child Brings Home Miscellaneous Stuff | Tips to Organize Child’s Book BagFor most students, the backpack is the key to getting things home from school. Eventually, everything needs to get to the backpack, or it’s not likely to make it home. For some children, what they want to and think they should take home doesn’t always match what the teacher needs them to take home. And for you, the parent, it’s frustrating. There are, however, some simple and effective strategies you can use to help your kids get the “right stuff” into the backpack and home from school where it belongs.

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Should You Be Concerned About Your Preschooler’s Reading Skills?

Children Reading - Learning ReadingAs the parent of a preschooler, you play an important role in your child's development. Preschoolers are continually gaining important knowledge and skills that will help them learn to read, write and succeed in school when they get older. It’s important that you observe your child carefully and regularly share your observations with teachers, caregivers and health care providers. Sharing information about skills and about possible concerns will avoid later frustration, if your child shows signs of struggle.

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