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Raising a Reader in a Few Simple Steps

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A child who can READ can LEARN! The process of learning to read is just as important as reading. Learning letter sounds, breaking down words, and later comprehending the meaning of sentences and passages are all key to cognitive development. Not being able to reach one of these milestones is often a signal to parents of a learning difficulty.

To help the process, parents can encourage a love of reading right from birth! Check out this acronym from Readingrockets.org:

Look for new books and authors that your child may enjoy.
Organize an area dedicated to reading and writing tools.
Visit the library for story time and book recommendations.
Encourage your child to talk about what he’s read.

Talk to your child, and sprinkle interesting words into your conversation.
Offer a variety of books to read.

Read with your child every day.
Expand your home library to include magazines and nonfiction.
Ask questions if you’re concerned about your child’s development.
Decide to raise a reader!

The more you expose a child early in development to books and reading, the more likely that child will want to read. Another benefit of early exposure to reading is the fact that you can address reading issues sooner rather than later. Experts agree, difficulties in reading have a cognitive basis. The earlier the intervention, the more likely the child will be able to overcome learning challenges, and be able to achieve academic success.

A child who has dyslexia, ADHD, Language Processing, visual processing, or even who experienced an external challenge earlier on in life such as extreme poverty or health issues, may find the process of learning to read difficult. Brainjogging can help! Whether the issue is a cognitive delay or a lack of exposure, the result is a brain missing the necessary connections to learn. Brainjogging’s patented exercises help to strengthen the pathways in the brain responsible for reading and comprehension.

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Resources:

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/10-things-you-can-do-raise-reader

Boost Brainjogging: Create new word lists!

Updating your child’s word list often is important to Brainjogging’s success. Adding concepts from daily homework, key steps in a newly acquired life skill, or even new vocabulary from a book will help your child learn and retain the information. A child who has working memory is able to apply learned information and concepts. Children who do Brainjogging are able to increase the capacity of their working memory, leading to greater success in school and in life!

entering word lists

Here are some key tips to Creating Word Lists:

  • Separate big words into syllables. The word community can be typed com mun it y.
  • Only include key words and phrases. For example, do not type “A robin is a red bird.” Instead, enter the following:

robin

red

bird

  • Word lists are not only for vocabulary. You can include math concepts as well! Does your child have to learn “Common Core”? Common core math requires children to show the thought process in reaching an answer to a problem. Enter these steps in the form of words and short phrases. This will help your child remember and be able to apply the sequence of steps for homework and exams. Let’s use number bonds as an example:

number

bonds

split

tens

ones

add tens

add ones

add sums

check answer

You might find that you’ve reached 30 words and you still have a lot to enter in your new word list.  Don’t be discouraged!  Just start a new word list.

When it comes to word lists, aim to enter a few new word lists each week, and to have your child be able to enter those word lists himself.  Here at Brainjogging, we are constantly adding new and relevant content as well!

Homework Help from Brainjogging

Homework tips

A child with a learning difficulty can struggle with homework after a long day of school. This can be frustrating for both children and parents. To help your child – and you – avoid the headaches of getting through homework, it is best to create a plan that keeps them focused, and takes away the stress of homework.

Be Consistent

Provide your child with a set time and place to do homework. This creates a sense of control and predictability for children and for parents as well. While every family has their own preferences and afternoon schedules, you might consider giving your child enough time for a quick snack and then have him sit down to do his homework before he gets distracted with other activities. This method avoids all the excuses and complaints that happen later in the day as children get tired. You and your child will also have more free time without the added stress of unfinished assignments. Also, be sure that your child’s designated homework area has all needed supplies (sharpened-pencils, paper, calculator, water bottle, etc.) to avoid excuses for interrupting homework.

Approach the Most Difficult Assignments First

Children with learning disabilities tend to have short attention spans, particularly when it comes to challenging assignments. Have your child begin their most difficult assignments first since they will have more energy and focus to complete the task at hand. This will also encourage them to complete their other assignments, and to not avoid future work in that difficult subject.

Plan Shifts

If you see that your child is losing focus on one particular assignment, allow them to shift over to another and then come back to the original assignment. You can also set a timer every 15 to 20 minutes so that your child can look forward to breaks to recollect their thoughts. Be sure to time breaks as well. A long break can make completing homework even harder!!

Create a Homework Checklist

Checklists are a great way to keep your child organized and to help him remember each assignment. They can also be a great motivator as your child checks off each completed assignment. A child’s teacher should also be involved in the checklist and can help to let parents know what tasks are required each day. Some parents find a weekly email to the teacher helpful in knowing what is expected of the class each week.

Reward Hard Work

Set weekly homework goals that can easily be measure with a chart or other method. Having a simple reward system is a great external motivator and can be anything from being able to choose a weekend activity to even an ice cream cone! Avoid, extravagant rewards. Sometimes scheduling special “mommy-time” can be the best prize ever!

Be Encouraging

Parents feel obligated to correct every mistake on their child’s homework. Consider this approach: Have your child complete an assignment. Look it over. Praise what she did correct. And THEN, point out areas that she might have to redo. Or, offer to explain concepts that your child obviously did not understand. Praising before criticizing will make your child more willing to work towards the right answers.

Get Help from Brainjogging

Doing Brainjogging before starting homework can cut homework time in half. Many parents have seen that when students do Brainjogging, and then begin their assignments, they have greater focus and are able to complete their work more efficiently. In addition, adding vocabulary and key concepts to word lists in the Brainjogging program helps students remember and process new information quicker. The goal is to work SMARTER not HARDER!

Learning Disabilities

Deciphering Quick Fix Programs for Learning Disabilities

Any parent that has witnessed the learning struggles of their child for an extended period of time is likely to seek additional programs or therapies at one point or another. Like any good consumer in today’s information age, it makes sense to be as skeptical as possible although you may be desperate to try something different to help your child advance their learning disability.

Learning disabilities are a complex topic and the resources available are often masked with clever advertising and solutions that all claim quick fixes. However, parents with children with learning disabilities know that selecting a consumer learning program has to be a well-researched decision as selecting something that doesn’t work is likely to put the burden of failure on the child and additional stresses on parents seeing their child struggle.

Utilizing Independent or Third-party Research

The words “science,” “research,” and “proven” will likely come up a lot in learning disability marketing descriptions. Savvy consumers should be aware that these claims may not accurately describe the scientific methods used to vet the programs and that there are additional ways to understand a program’s effectiveness beyond website testimonials and flashy promises.

True scientific research encompasses the following:

  • Independent research- also known as third-party research, independent research means the findings of a program are based on objective analysis and by experts who have no affiliation with a product or service.
  • Quantitative research- this type of research involves collecting opinions and data from subjects who are exposed to a program.
  • Sample size- this refers to the number of people who have been tested. For obvious reasons, the bigger the sample population the more data researchers will have.
  • Variables- the factors that must remain consistent in order for the results to be valid.

Before starting any program, ask yourself if experts have weighed in on the benefits, if it will meet the unique needs of your child, if the program’s claims seem realistic, if independent research is available, what the success rates of the program are, how they measure success or progress and how long individuals typically use the program.

Brainjogging provides an empirically-backed research section with several independent studies conducted by professionals who are not associated with the program.

Computer-based Learning

While parents should remain skeptical about learning programs this does not mean that great ones don’t exist. Virtually every program’s success will vary from child to child and there does not seem to be a researched-based program that works for all kids. Still, Brainjogging, a computer-based program that uses visual stimuli to enhance learning efficiency through the building and strengthening of pathways within the brain, is one of the most highly regarded programs for children with learning disabilities and has shown to be beneficial through independent research as well as through parents just like you.

Learn more about Brainjogging today.

dyslexia

Getting Your Child with Dyslexia to Build Their Vocabulary

There have been numerous studies published that correlate reading outside of school with higher academic achievement. This type of reading “for fun” lends itself to increases in vocabulary as well as higher comprehension. However, parents of students with Dyslexia understand that their children typically read less due to their difficulties associated with reading. This is why it is important for parents to find ways to get their kids exposed to as many words as possible to keep them on track with their peers.

Here are a few tips for getting your child with Dyslexia to build their vocabulary.

Reading Aloud with Visual Tracking

It goes without saying that most children love a well-read story. Even high school English teachers understand the importance of reading aloud to their students as it gives them an opportunity to exemplify oral reading skills like oral expression, pronunciation and fluency.

While reading aloud is beneficial to all students, Dyslexics are especially prone to increases in reading comprehension as it provides them an explicit method to connect letter combinations to sounds. This is especially true when the students visually track the words on a page while their parents (or teachers) read aloud.

Listen to Public Radio

Public radio stations like NPR can help students with Dyslexia build their knowledge of current events as well as their vocabulary simultaneously. These stations offer up complex terms in meaningful contexts, thus introducing readers to topics they might not ordinarily be exposed to. Through the simple act of listening, children are able to amass a wealth of information on culture, current events and even politics. ip2adr . Challenging your student by asking them questions about their radio experiences allows to them to relive the discussions and practice some of the words they have learned in a real conversational setting.

Using a Vocabulary List to Write a Story

If there are words your child’s teacher would like them to learn, an effective way of learning is to get a child with Dyslexia to use them to create a short story. Providing the word list and allowing the student to creatively use them to create a story helps them understand the words in context, but also helps them tap into their creativity to make the story fun.

Computer-based Learning

In addition to the aforementioned tips that can be used to help students with Dyslexia improve their vocabulary, parents can turn to computer-based learning programs such as Brainjogging. Brainjogging introduces educational concepts specific to Dyslexics, helping to increase cognitive efficiency that helps bring together working memory, processing speed, auditory processing, recall and retrieval components all simultaneously.

Learn more about Brainjogging for Dyslexia today.