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The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5)
By: Molly Lyle Brown

The LD Teacher's IDEA Companion (K-5) has page after page of goals and strategies to help your students succeed in the general curriculum. You'll have recent content standards, benchmarks, and instructional modifications in four core academic areas: language arts, math, social studies, science.

The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community
The Middle of Everywhere: Helping Refugees Enter the American Community
By: Mary Pipher
Mariner Books

"Though Lincoln, Nebraska, seems a strange gathering place for refugees from all corners of the globe, it is the setting for Mary Pipher's The Middle of Everywhere, an ardent, anecdotal, and at times moving study of some new arrivals to the United States. Pipher emphasizes the resiliency of the refugees — from Laos, Bosnia, Northern Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan, and the former Soviet Union — whose homeland tales of death, privation, torture, and multi-pronged persecution vary only in the details. In America the refugees must learn a new language and pick their way among the temptations and wonders of a complex land." — Amazon.com Review

The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities
The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities
By: Larry B. Silver, M.D.

This updated comprehensive guide addresses revisions to federal and state discrimination laws, includes educational options that are available to students with learning disabilities, and describes the pros and cons of various therapies.

The More-Than-Just-Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher
The More-Than-Just-Surviving Handbook: ESL for Every Classroom Teacher
By: Barbara Law, Mary Eckes
Peguis Pub Ltd;

The newest edition of this helpful handbook presents a number of strategies for addressing daily challenges that both ESL and mainstream teachers face in the classroom, such as: How do I prepare for a new ESL student? How do I balance the needs of students at different reading levels? How do I manage difficult classroom behavior? A number of appendices and forms are included as well. An excerpt from the first chapter is available on the Portage & Main Press website.

The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child
The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child
By: Rick Lavoie

Motivation is the key to learning. But very few parents and teachers have an effective arsenal of techniques at their disposal. Enter educator and acclaimed author Rick Lavoie, who arms all those who deal with children with proven, effective tools and strategies they can use to encourage any child to learn and achieve success.

The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children : 3rd Edition Revised and Updated
The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children : 3rd Edition Revised and Updated
By: Eden Lipson
Three Rivers Press
(2000)

The Classic Guide That Helps You Select the Books the Child You Know Will Love In this third, fully revised and updated edition of The New York Times Parent's Guide to the Best Books for Children, the children's book editor of The New York Times Book Review personally selects and recommends books for children of every age.

The Parent to Parent Handbook: Connecting Families of Children With Special Needs
The Parent to Parent Handbook: Connecting Families of Children With Special Needs
By: Betsy Santelli

If you are a parent of a child with special needs, perhaps you have also felt lost and wished you knew someone in a similar situation you could turn to for support. If so, you're not alone. Across the country, parents are providing emotional and informational support to other parents through a national network of Parent to Parent programs. In this comprehensive book, the authors share with you the ins and outs of developing and maintaining a strong, local Parent to Parent program that individually matches "veteran" supporting parents with those who are new to the challenges of caring for a child with a disability. Drawing on research about Parent to Parent groups and best practices in program development and training, you'll get the basics of setting up your own program, including guidelines for finding, preparing, and matching supporting parents with newly referred parents, ideas for organizing and incorporating your program, and evaluating its effectiveness, tips on accessing funding and promoting your program throughout the community, and useful forms and extensive lists of contacts and resources to get you started.

The Preschool Scientist: Using Learning Centers to Discover and Explore Science
The Preschool Scientist: Using Learning Centers to Discover and Explore Science
By: Robert A. Williams, Elizabeth A. Sherwood , Robert E. Rockwell , David A. Winnett
Gryphon House

With more than 100 activities, this manual gives children the opportunity to engage, experiment, create, and discover the exciting world of science. Using a unique inquiry-based approach, the activities explore science through learning centers and include targeted vocabulary, recommended children’s books, and tips for dual language learners, as well as strategies for adjusting the level of difficulty of the tasks.

The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
The Pretenders: Gifted People Who Have Difficulty Learning
By: Barbara P. Guyer, Ed.D.

This book tells the stories of eight people who never stopped trying. From humiliation in school and the anxiety of coping with everyday life unable to read street signs and menus, to shopping, driving, and working, these people lived in a world of dashed hopes and dreams — regardless of outward appearances — until they discovered their learning disability and unlocked their true gifts. Anyone who has ever endured a failure in school will appreciate the heartache of people who knew nothing but failure, yet held great potential.

Called "retarded," "lazy," "immature," "delinquent," and more, they managed to get by, all the while thinking that deep down they were worthless people—that everything anyone ever said about them was true. Except, as they would discover later in life, it wasn't. Proceeds from the sale of The Pretenders will be used to further the work of the H.E.L.P. Program.

The Read-Aloud Handbook : Third Revised Edition
The Read-Aloud Handbook : Third Revised Edition
By: Jim Trelease
Penguin (Non-Classics)
(1995)

Every child can become an avid reader, and this beloved, classic guide shows how to make it happen.

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