Programs for Children with Cognitive Impairment and Learning Disabilities

I have had several queries about helping children with learning disabilities so I thought I would consolidate everything I have learned here. Please be aware that I am not an expert on learning disabilities nor do I have any experience with children with learning disabilities. I am deeply fascinated by the brain, the depth of its capabilities and itsContinue reading “Programs for Children with Cognitive Impairment and Learning Disabilities”

Critical Thinking is Vital in the Age of the Internet

A parent commented to me recently how easy our children have it today. When they’re working on an assignment, all they have to do is search Google for the answers and it’s there. Back in our day, assignments meant hours in the library, searching the catalogues for possible book sources that we then had to lookContinue reading “Critical Thinking is Vital in the Age of the Internet”

Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education

Continuing on from our previous discussion on screen time… if eyesight isn’t the problem with screen time then what is? What do we need to be aware of and how do we navigate the technology labyrinth? Quality vs Quantity “…the more important concern surrounding the screen-time debate isn’t the time; it’s the quality of the content.” GwennContinue reading “Finding the Sweet Spot of Technology in Education”

Connected Learning – is this the Future of Education?

For some time now, I’ve had an idea in my head of an experience I would love my boys to have but I have been struggling to conceptualise it. And then I saw this video on Edutopia and it depicted the words I could not find to articulate my thoughts. Yeah, it looks a little like Amazing Alex come to life… IContinue reading “Connected Learning – is this the Future of Education?”

Phonics: Encouraging Literacy in the Home

There is a heated debate over which is better – learning to read using “whole words” or “phonics”. A long time ago, I touched on some of the pros and cons for each method (see: Learning to read – whole words versus phonics) and the route we chose to go with was a combination of both. We began ourContinue reading “Phonics: Encouraging Literacy in the Home”

Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More

When a thought leads to another and another and another… My SIL has two cats who are her babies. They are uncannily “human” in the way they behave and respond to her and to various familiar faces. In fact, they respond so appropriately that it seems at times like they understand what we’re saying when we talk to themContinue reading “Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More”

Mental Math Secrets: Learning the Tricks Behind the Math

Math is one of those subjects that many students struggle with – but it’s one of those subjects that you really can’t afford to ignore. Even if you aren’t struggling with it, you can always afford to be a little better at it. You may even have watched those individuals with amazing mental math abilities and wishedContinue reading “Mental Math Secrets: Learning the Tricks Behind the Math”

The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child with JUMP Math

It’s a common thing to hear a person lament that she has “no head for math” or that he struggles with learning a second language because there is an inherent belief that we all have a natural inclination for specific subjects. Some of us just find it easy and others are doomed to struggle for allContinue reading “The Myth of Ability: Nurturing Mathematical Talent in Every Child with JUMP Math”

Science Says: Best Ways to Study

Learning How Best to Learn The value in understanding the best ways to study is so that our children can learn to “study smart” rather than “study hard”. Instead of spending weeks using an ineffective study method to learn something they will forget in a month, isn’t it better to know how to learn how to study soContinue reading “Science Says: Best Ways to Study”

The Art of Writing by Hand Still Relevant in the 21st Century

“That linkage between hand and mind is intimate.” – anthropologist David F. Armstrong With the phenomenal advancement of technology over the last couple of decades, computers, smart boards, and smart devices are now typical tools in classroom education. As keystrokes fast become the norm for producing written communications, the emphasis on handwritten work is fading. Should we be concerned? As longContinue reading “The Art of Writing by Hand Still Relevant in the 21st Century”