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At a Glance: Classroom Accommodations for Slow Processing Speed

By Kate Kelly

July 28, 2017

Kids with slow processing speed can have trouble keeping up in class, participating in discussions and staying focused. Here are some classroom accommodations that may help.

Captain Underpants Movie May Encourage Reluctant Readers

In the News blog post by Michael Bahler

August  2, 2017

The creator of Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey, can relate to the mischievous kids in his books. He didn’t like going to class either. But he had a serious reason why. Pilkey has dyslexia and ADHD.

The Bullying Problem: What You Need to Know

By The Understood Team

September 13, 2017

It’s impossible to watch or listen to the news these days and not hear about bullying. Maybe your child’s school has an anti-bullying policy or task force. But what exactly does bullying mean? And how can you protect your child from it? Learn more about this problem, and how it specifically affects kids with learning and attention issues.

Successful Entrepreneurs With Learning and Attention Issues

By Amanda Morin

October 11, 2017

Many successful business people say their learning and attention issues contributed to their success. Learn more about some of these creative entrepreneurs.

Reading Fluency: The Bridge to Meaning

October 13, 2017

Here are some helpful strategies to help your child with reading fluency.

Test Prep Vocabulary

by Mandy Neal * Cooperative Learning 365 * 

October 29, 2017

Understanding the 'language of tests' can help prepare students for testing situations. 

If you're asked to:

label - give the graphic organizer a title or heading

complete the Venn diagram - identify similarities and differences

sequence - put events in order in which they happened

compare - show how things are alike

contrast - show how things are different

classify - arrange in categories by characteristics

define - state the exact meaning

describe - tell the characteristics

diagram - use or complete the picture, graph, or chart

explain - tell your answer and give reasons, details, facts or examples

predict - make an educated guess about what will happen next

relate - show or express a relationship or connection

conclude - show your understanding of the story

give characteristics - tell how it looks, smells, feels, or sounds

persuade - convince someone by giving reasons

summarize - restate important ideas or events in a shorter way

infer - figure out what the author does not tell you

support - give reasons for your answer

tell the cause - find a reason something happened

tell the effect - tell what happened because of something else

use details - use specific examples from the text

read the passage - read the story including the titles headings, and captions

evaluate - make a judgment based on evidence

illustrate - draw a picture

What It Took for a Dyslexic Kid Like Me to Love Books/Dyslexia Blog

The Inside Track blog by Ben Foss (Sep15, 2014)

December 2, 2017

"For me and others with dyslexia, reading is like having a bad cell phone connection to what's on a printed page. Information drops out. I can't access the content. But when I listen to a book on tape or on a talking computer, it's like having a landline. I connect just fine and most everything is clear."

Delightfully Distracted: 18 Great Learning Games for Car Trips

by Melissa Taylor

December 2, 2017

"Whether on short trips to the store or long road trips, car games help make travel time more entertaining and distract your kids from the monotony of the drive. Even better is if those games help your kids learn. Here are some great car games for kids of different ages."

Growth Mindset for Parents Course

by Professor Carol Dweck

January 11, 2018

What is growth mindset?      Reflect on your own beliefs.     Which mindset is 'right'?

Read about the research: How Mindset affects learning.​ndset-parents

3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks

By William Dodson, M.D.

February 1, 2018

The textbook symptoms of ADD — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — fail to reflect several of its most powerful characteristics; the ones that shape your perceptions, emotions, and motivation. Here, Dr. William Dodson explains how to recognize and manage ADHD’s true defining features.

50 Questions to Ask Your Kids After School Instead of "How was your day?"

By Leslie Means @

February 5, 2018

Little Green Thumbs: 12 Garden-Filled Picture Books for Spring

by Devon Corneal

May 3, 2018

You probably  know that I am a huge fan of  'book lists' for children. Check out my first blog topic on this website. It's last summer's extensive children's book list. You may or may not know that I also love to garden. Well, here's a book list I couldn't resist sharing with you.

Stop the Slide! Summer Learning Loss Prevention Tips for 6- to 8-year olds.

by Melissa Taylor

July 13, 2018

Summer Reading: Book Lists and Tips for Every Age

by the Brightly Editors

July 13, 2018


by Sue Lively

September 20, 2018

Did you know that you can actually help your kids get smarter?

9 Components of Effective, Research-Supported Reading Instruction by  Learning First Alliance (Reading Rockets)

February  5, 2019

We know from research that an effective reading program must address several aspects of reading. Among others, these aspects include the alphabetic code, fluency, comprehension, and motivation.


by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Graphic by Nigel Holmes

March 14, 2019

7 Ways to Help Kids Cope with Big Life Changes 

by Ashley Cullins    March 28, 2019

April 1, 2019 

Big life changes are inevitable, but that doesn’t make them any easier for children (or adults) to manage. Structure and stability feel safe to children, so new experiences like divorce, moving, attending a new school, or welcoming a baby sibling can be scary. 

5 Tips to Reduce Test Anxiety in Children

by Ashley Cullins May 3, 2019

May 9, 2019

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2017 ALSC Summer Reading Lists

May 9, 2017

Great reading suggestions by the Association of Library Service to Children from birth to 8th graders!