Summer Reads – 2019: While writing this series I quickly realized I needed to put boots on the ground in order to provide accurate “here and the now” reviews. My book devouring nieces were more than happy to lend a helping hand (or three).
In Part 2, Sanna (age 11), shares her review.
Where you work/study is as important as how you work/study! Intuitively, we know this. While the rare few may be able to work/study anywhere (just like the lucky handful who can sleep anywhere…), the majority of us need a designated workspace/ study zone – it’s one of the keys to our success. Here are few hints for creating your own ideal space.
When a child begins to learn to write they are simultaneously employing multiple processes and body parts: visual (eye/hand coordination), tactile (hands), and fine motor skills (hands). Through brain mapping, researchers have found that the act of writing in cursive stimulates both the left and the right hemispheres of the brain, in ways that print and typing do not. This synchronicity between the two hemispheres increases brain development in the areas of language, thinking, and working memory. The more the neurons were activated and connections made, the greater the learning and retention of new information, benefiting the student further down the road.
ADHD is a commonly diagnosed learning and attention disorder. It is one of the few learning disabilities that has received attention beyond the medical/educational fields and has entered into the public consciousness. Due to it’s place in “common knowledge”, many misperceptions have arisen. ADHD effects a person’s ability to focus and maintain self-control. Just like dyslexia, it is a result of a person’s brain being “wired” differently and often runs in families.
In the 1930’s, Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham developed a language based approach to reading instruction, now commonly known as the Orton Gillingham Approach. It was originally designed to help struggling readers by explicitly teaching them the connections between sounds and letters. Nowadays, Orton Gillingham is a highly structured, multisensory approach, widely used with beginning and struggling readers.