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  • Ending The School Year |
    talk with your student and get them to turn it in Some credit is better than no credit 2 Projects Many teachers give final projects in addition to a final exam This is not only a meaningful opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge students have acquired through the school year but also a great opportunity to improve their grade How can you help Make sure your student understands the project Teachers often give a project rubric or some kind of written instructions Review the instructions with your student Ask him her if they have any questions If they have questions encourage them to speak with the teacher and you may also want to call or email the instructor yourself If the project is a group project make sure your student and everyone else understands their personal responsibility You may encourage them to create a calendar and task list so that everyone can easily keep track of the project progress and important dates If they run into any problems with the members in the group remember that the teacher can always help 3 Final Exam Review It is not too early to start reviewing for final exams Did you know that many teachers give a study guide for the final exam They may hand it out to students in class or even post it on their web page Encourage your student to ask for the study guide in advance if they don t already have it Once your student has the study guide have them identifying challenging concepts They still have time to seek help They can also form study groups and complete chapter outlines It is always good to get ahead instead of waiting until the last minute As the end of the school year approaches helping your student

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2012/04/16/ending-the-school-year/ (2016-02-15)
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  • World Autism Awareness Day |
    Awareness Day Autism is not limited to a single region or a country it is a worldwide challenge that requires global action Secretary General Ban Ki moon In honor of World Autism Awareness Day this year the United Nations Postal Administration UNPA is unveiling Autism Awareness Stamps The UNPA conducted a world wide search identifying talented artists with Autism whose designs were used on the new stamps In honor of the three United Nations Post Offices New York Geneva and Vienna there are three different 20 stamp panes each containing two distinct designs Information on the chosen designs and their artists can be found on the United Nations website HandHoldAdaptive is offering their AutismTrack application 50 for FREE today only in honor of Autism Awareness Day We have not yet used this application but are excited they have chosen to make this application available for free and look forward to checking it out How can you celebrate World Autism Awareness Day today You can Light It Up Blue Join Autism Speaks and landmarks across the world and use a blue tinted light bulb to shine awareness on Autism today Happy World Autism Awareness Day Category Education and Learning Tags A

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2012/04/02/world-autism-awareness-day-2/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Starting a Children’s Library at Home |
    new titles and titles we don t own 3 I look for titles that teach valuable life skills like manners kindness and overcoming bullying 4 I also look for titles that teach art appreciation cultural competence environmental responsibility social responsibility and spiritual competence 5 Finally I look for titles about family and about the love between family members A list of our favorite titles authors and collections are below In My Ocean Jungle Den Nest Pond by Sara Gillingham These books have a predictable pattern to the text and are great for children learning to read They also have a puppet in the center of the book The puppet intrigues the littlest readers These books are also full of science content They teach children about animal habits and behaviors That s Not My Frog Tractor Dinosaur Airplane by Fiona Watt These books are touch and feel books They also repeat the same pattern and support early pre reading skills These books teach children about texture and improves their ability to use words to describe their surroundings Eric Carle These are also great books with repetitive simple text The illustrations intrigue children and parents alike Our favorites are Polar Bear Polar Bear Panda Bear Panda Bear Above Us in the Sky Below Us Under the Earth and Sea and With Us on the Earth and Sea Mini Masters Boxed Sets by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober These sets are art history and appreciation in a box for little people They are board books so children can be children with them The simple poetry that accompanies them make the classic art inside them accessible and fun Max Lucado This Christian author has a wonderful ability to point children to God and Jesus for solutions to some of childhood s challenges The stories

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2011/07/19/recommendations-for-childrens-home-libraries/ (2016-02-15)
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  • S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G It Out |
    impact on our children It progresses their academic knowledge develops critical thinking skills develops their social skills through camaraderie and friendship and builds confidence And assuming the 230 parent family members that serve as coaches do so in a healthy manner it most certainly ensures that great memories and family bonds will follow Whether our children are athletic or not exercising their mind is undoubtedly a sound investment and can be just as rewarding for them and exciting for us the fans But maybe it s time for a paradigm shift and as I say that I realize that the shift is actually l o n g overdue We sure could benefit from a change in perspective these days as we wrestle with our country s reputation in the world our domestic economic challenges and as we prepare the next generation to be the one to support the twilight days our generation As a society we spend a LOT of money on entertainment honoring the physical heroics or superficial beauty of a few but to what end Can you imagine what it would be like to see thousands cheering on our spelling bee science or math finalists Academic Decathlon Debate or Mock Trial teams just as much or more And if there is one thing we know where the excitement goes so too the money and media Think of the progress to be made if our energies ever met at the crossroads of our social need and purse strings Ok off soapbox But first consider the following statistics One out of 5 000 high school athletes in football or basketball will play professionally U S Bureau of Labor Statistics U S recently rated Average in world rankings on education 14th reading 17th science 25th math based on 34 countries in

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2011/06/06/s-p-e-l-l-i-n-g-it-out/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Autism Awareness Month: Autism & Prevalence |
    clear increase in prevalence with the Center for Disease Control s CDC Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring ADDM Network reporting that one percent of all children ages 3 17 and 1 3 of all children ages 6 8 in the United States had an ASD the prevalence of ASD 4 5 times higher among boys than girls In response to the growing rate of occurrence the Combating Autism Act CAA was passed in 2006 authorizing 920 million dollars in federal funding to support Autism In 2009 President Barack Obama included 211 million dollars for Autism in his Fiscal Year 2010 budget This is the first year since the CAA was passed that funding for Autism has been included in a president s budget proposal Even with these efforts parents of children with ASD have one of the highest reported levels of stress when compared to other parent groups Additionally culturally diverse children with ASD may have an increased risk of low developmental achievement because cultural barriers prevent their families from having access to information about available services Furthermore the majority of evidenced based interventions have not included many ethnically diverse participants in their studies Current information pertaining to families with a child diagnosed with ASD indicates a need for parent interventions that target stress and coping social skills training for children and culturally responsive treatments for ethnic minorities Learning Dynamics seeks to serve as a support for primary caregivers of children with ASD We developed a culturally responsive evidenced based parent education program that assists parents in positively reinforcing social skill development in children with ASD Participants in our course learn how to assist their children in generalizing adaptive skills into their everyday lives This program is also intended to assist parents in managing stresses associated with their child s

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2011/04/26/autism-awareness-month-autism-prevelance/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Children and Television A Review of Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children from Birth to Age Five by Lisa Guernsey |
    play Before we started turning off the television I did not know his play needed redirecting I knew he liked to crash but I did not know he also wanted to roar and hit Now we are giving him direction about how to play with us so that he can play appropriately with his peers and friends as he grows I am also embarrassed to acknowledge that I see reduced violence in my young son now that the television is on less I m glad we made some changes I only wish we had done it sooner This book is worth reading because it does not demonize parents who allow their children to watch television it does not even suggest that the television should never be turned on It does however make a strong argument for being very intentional about the programming that children watch and being careful about background television and noise It gives clear reasons for such intentionality and gives some guidance about the kinds of programs that have value for young children Lisa writes about the impact of background television about programs that are educational about programs that teach positive behavior and about programs that claim to teach children a second language Everything she has written is well supported and all of the sources are included so that parents can read the original research if they choose to Finally it was hard for me to turn off the television My parents always had the television on and I managed to do well in school earn a terminal degree and in many other ways be a successful adult It was not until I noticed some behaviors in my son that I was unhappy with that I was able to make the change I noticed violence I noticed difficulty

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2011/03/31/children-and-television-a-review-of-into-the-minds-of-babes-how-screen-time-affects-children-from-birth-to-age-five-by-lisa-guernsey/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Maximizing the Opportunity to Learn |
    can to do to maximize your child s opportunity to learn is to make sure he or she is as physically healthy as possible Make sure your child eats a healthy diet gets plenty of sleep and gets regular exercise Make sure he or she has a variety of healthy snacks to choose from throughout the day and plenty of water to drink Too much sugar can result in behavior problems in the classroom or on the playground for this reason you should avoid filling your child s lunch with sugary food Another way you can maximize your child s opportunity to learn is by making sure he or she can attend school regularly This means teaching your child to wash his or her hands to avoid unnecessary illness It also means planning doctor s appointments and other medical care around the school day when possible My boys have allergies asthma and eczema so I know that it isn t always possible to avoid being at the doctor s office instead of at school but any effort you make in this regard will go a long way especially if you are careful to keep up with what s happening at school yourself One final thought everything I ve written about here is an expression of our genuine love for our children but they do not always know it Children who know they are loved do better in school than those who do not Love is not all that is required for learning but learning without it is one of the biggest challenges children face the world over Maximize your child s opportunity to learn love him or her with everything you have Category Education and Learning Tags Parenting Time Guidelines What Do You Value Work Life Balance Leave a Reply

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2011/03/21/maximizing-the-opportunity-to-learn/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Communication Activity: Butterfly Catching Game Directions |
    butterfly Whichever butterfly piece sticks to the magnet is the piece used The player then initiates a conversation on this topic Once the players have completed their conversation the player to the left goes next Play continues until everyone has had a turn Conversation This game can be utilized to practice multiple communication skills Prior to beginning think about what skills you want to practice and structure your game accordingly Pick the conversation pieces that best complement the skills you want to work on and do not forget to consider your child s ability level when structuring how the game will be played Here are some examples If you are working on getting a child with limited verbal abilities to speak they may be instructed to identify the conversation topic photo If you are working on reciprocal conversation talking back and forth you may try If you are practicing expression of feelings you can have the player define the feeling share a memory or tell a story about that feeling Have the child make at least one statement and then pose a question to another player about the topic Have that player respond to the question and then pose a question back to the player that asked the question Allow for 2 3 exchanges in conversation you can also decide on another amount prior to beginning the game before the player s turn ends If you are practicing expression of feelings you can have the player define the feeling share a memory or tell a story about that feeling Game Portability Place the pieces in a bowl or bag and have players reach in to select a butterfly piece This allows the game to be more portable It can then be played while a parent is making dinner in the

    Original URL path: http://learningdynamicsinc.org/2010/02/11/communication-activity-butterfly-catching-game-directions/ (2016-02-15)
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