While nobody likes to be disorganized, for students with learning disabilities, disorganization can spell certain disaster. Searching for lost assignments or course handouts can take up valuable time, and it's almost impossible to study and meet deadlines when notes from different subjects are all jumbled together.
Homework & Study Skills
Helping children with learning disabilities get homework done doesn’t have to be a daily battle. Work with your child to build good study habits that can help to lessen the stress factor—for your child and for yourself. Explore the suggestions and fun activities in the articles below to make homework a successful part of your daily routine.
Homework & Study Skills
Getting good grades isn’t easy, and understanding how to make the best use of your time and effort takes careful planning. It also helps to be a strategic learner. That means you:
When children become good readers in the early grades, they are more likely to become better learners throughout their school years and beyond. Learning to read is hard work for children. Fortunately, research is now available that suggests how to give each child a good start in reading.
“But Mom, Dad...”
Sound familiar? For many parents, these words are heard from the month of September and last well into June. What can be done to maximize stronger work habits and minimize frustration for you and your child? Quite a lot.
Most parents are aware that reading with their early elementary school-age children at home reinforces emerging reading skills. But many parents may not know that playing number games and engaging in math activities at home can provide similar reinforcement when it comes to early math learning.
The primary purpose of homework is to reinforce the information and skills your child learns at school. It has been reported that teachers of all grades are increasing the amount of homework they assign. This makes homework time-consuming both for parents and children. It is helpful when parents can help their children develop strategies to complete homework assignments in stress-free and learning-friendly ways. It is important that parents and children find a plan that works for their family and stick with it. Here are some tips to use when developing homework strategies:
It is not done simply—like most complicated things in life. The recent report of the National Reading Panel had a whole chapter on reading fluency. And that's really what we're talking about is reading fluency and automaticity, which are directly linked to comprehension.
Your child with learning disabilities may benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention provided by a qualified tutor. Tutors, working closely with parents and teachers, can help children in various ways: reinforcing specific subject matter, helping with homework, suggesting improvements in organization and other study skills, and serving to bolster a child’s self-confidence.
Dedication, perseverance and confidence—these are the values kids with learning and attention issues gain as they recite President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address each year at The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont.
Dialogic reading1 is an interactive technique based on the extensive research of Grover J. Whitehurst, PhD This technique encourages adults to prompt children with questions and engage them in discussions while reading to them.
By expanding on the child’s responses, encouraging children to retell stories, and by reiterating the names, objects and events in the book, dialogic reading helps young children build and reinforce the basic language and literacy skills that will make them successful readers.
Summer vacation is here. Children and their weary parents are dreaming of long summer evenings free of homework and studying. What a relief it will be to put those books in the drawer or on the shelf and leave them there for a few months! Right? Wrong!
Q&A With Sid Wolinsky, Disability Rights AdvocateSid Wolinsky is the founder of Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) and is now its Director of Litigation. Headquartered in Oakland, California, DRA is a national and international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. In this article, Mr. Wolinsky discusses high stakes tests, the problems they present for students with LD, and what schools can do to make sure these tests are administered fairly.
A growing number of students now take tests that determine whether they will advance to the next grade level. If students do not pass these tests, they may be held back one year, which can damage self-esteem, lead to frustration, and increase their chances of eventually dropping out of school. A growing number of high school students now take exit exams that determine whether they will graduate with a standard diploma. Students who do not pass these exams often find themselves with limited options after high school.
With the winter months upon us there is a good chance you will be spending a lot more of your time indoors. For those with preschool and kindergarten-aged children, additional indoors time means finding new ways for making the most of the time you have together. Today’s educational television programming is a great option for caregivers like you who are looking for ways to spend quality time with children, or for the times when you need to give choices for what your children can watch when you step away. So, grab a cup of hot chocolate, curl up on the couch, and settle in for some special time with loveable characters, catchy songs and new learning activities to keep you and your child giggling and learning whenever the television is turned on.
During the past decade, federal and state education reform efforts have dramatically increased both the use of and attention to student assessments. Commonly referred to as “testing,” assessing student learning through the use of a standardized format can provide valuable information for schools, parents and policymakers. Used inappropriately, these same tests can have serious negative implications for students, particularly those with learning disabilities (LD).
Ahh, summer…a time for your family to kick back, relax and enjoy a welcome break from the daily grind of the school year. While relaxation is key to the summer months (and no one deserves it more than kids with learning disabilities and their parents), making the most of these hot days requires more than kicking back by the pool. Research has shown that young people experience “learning loss” when they’re not involved in educational activities during the summer—in other words, they return to school in the fall achieving at lower levels than when they left for the summer…and as we all know, kids with LD can’t afford to lose any hard-earned ground.
As a parent of a 12-year-old who’s behaving very much like a teenager, I can personally relate. I started my teaching career working with junior high school kids who had emotional and behavioral reading difficulties. Parents can help in all kinds of ways.
A private tutor can make learning tremendously easier. But with the wrong tutor, you could invest substantial amounts of money and time only to end up disappointed and not any smarter than when you started. Be sure to ask these seven questions before hiring your child’s tutor.
At some point in our children’s education it happens to all of us: “Sorry, but I can’t really help you with that assignment because I don’t know how to do it myself.” For many parents, this “uh-oh moment” happens first with math—but you don’t have to panic. Just because you don’t know how to do the math doesn’t mean you can’t help your child figure it out and get a lot out of the process along the way.
For most students, the backpack is the key to getting things home from school. Eventually, everything needs to get to the backpack, or it’s not likely to make it home. For some children, what they want to and think they should take home doesn’t always match what the teacher needs them to take home. And for you, the parent, it’s frustrating. There are, however, some simple and effective strategies you can use to help your kids get the “right stuff” into the backpack and home from school where it belongs.
As the parent of a preschooler, you play an important role in your child's development. Preschoolers are continually gaining important knowledge and skills that will help them learn to read, write and succeed in school when they get older. It’s important that you observe your child carefully and regularly share your observations with teachers, caregivers and health care providers. Sharing information about skills and about possible concerns will avoid later frustration, if your child shows signs of struggle.