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Kids' Essays

Demystifying the Homework Challenge




Homework is a constant for most children — it is always there. And for many children, it is often a chore.

Learn how to offer homework support for your child through positive, ongoing communication and establishing habits for time management and task completion.

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Multisensory Homework Ideas

Class lessons that engage students’ visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learning modes contribute to effective learning. But what about homework? In this article, you’ll find guidelines for assigning homework as well as lots of multisensory alternatives for completing the homework assignments.

The Communication Sandwich (and Other Ways to Strengthen Home-School Connections)

Educator and LD advocate Rick Lavoie offers his 21 best tips for teachers on how to avoid the pitfalls and keep the promise of a true partnership with parents.

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Instructional Grouping for Reading for Students with LD

As general education classrooms become more heterogeneous, due in part to the integration of students with LD, special and general education teachers need to use a variety of instructional techniques to meet the individual needs of their students. Get an overview of the research on grouping practices (whole class, small group, pairs, one-on-one) and what it means for your reading instruction.

Self-Questioning to Support Reading Comprehension

Proficient readers typically engage with a text by asking themselves questions as they read: Who is speaking? Why did the author choose this example? What's important here? Do I understand what I am reading? In contrast, struggling readers, and those with disabilities, are not likely to pose these questions. Learn about before, during and after reading strategies that work, as well as ideas for embedding technology supports.

Kids’ Books: Stories About Kids Who Find Reading Hard

None of us look just the same and we each have our own special interests. That's true of how we learn, too. Everyone has their own style and things that they do particularly well. As children prepare to go to school, it's a good time to remember there are various ways of learning, that achievements are wide-ranging, and that learning takes place at different rates. On the pages of these books, meet memorable characters with special ways of learning and dealing with school.

Contributions From You

Self-Portrait: Kellyn

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Self-Portrait: Kellyn, by Kellyn, age 12

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Today's First Person Essay

I'm never sure what to expect anymore by Michelle Sarabia

My son sits up at 9 months. He speaks at 15 months. The doctor says, "Some children take longer." Other doctors examine him. Our son is behind, they say, but it's nothing serious. They say, "Don't worry." No one says, "Developmentally delayed."

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