Blog Category - Struggling Readers


Boys – A Literacy Crisis

Boys – A Literacy Crisis

 Academic underachievement for boys is gaining significant attention in the media lately. Boys are underperforming girls on benchmark and standardized tests, and this is a major concern for both educators and parents. Following the wave of the women’s rights …
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Can a Font Really Help Dyslexic Readers?

Can a Font Really Help Dyslexic Readers?

A graphic designer by the name of Christian Boer had developed a font to aid his own dyslexia and he has released it to be available for purchase online. But can a font really help dyslexic readers? Acocrding to an article published by Scientific American, “it has received …
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Dogs May Help Your Child Read Better

Dogs May Help Your Child Read Better

You may already know that the presence of animals (dogs in particular) has been proven to provide health benefits for humans. Pets can both lower blood pressure and reduce stress. However, one benefit you may not have heard of, is that pets may also help struggling readers improve their …
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TV’s Effect on Learning and Literacy Development

TV’s Effect on Learning and Literacy Development

According to a recent survey 90% of parents admitted their children under the age of 2 watch at least some form of electronic media. Further, the average amount of TV watched for children aged 2 and under is 1-2 hours a day. However, based on the findings of recent research, the …
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Is ‘Unschooling’ Damaging to Literacy Development?

After watching this news clip from NBC’s Education Nation about a family that ‘unschools’ their children, I found myself strangely drawn to the concept of unschooling: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy As much as I have a …
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Slow & Steady is Not Always Better for Your Struggling Reader

Slow & Steady is Not Always Better for Your Struggling Reader

We’ve all heard Aesop’s Fable of the Tortoise and the Hare, relieved to learn that “slow and steady wins the race.” Rushing can be stressful and the lesson pacifies our minds and tells us that it’s better to approach things at a consistent pace then to burn …
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Can Parent Unions Help Struggling Readers?

In the last year parent unions have become a popular trend as more and more parents are displeased with the education of their children. Here is a recent news clip from NBC News discussing parent unions: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy  …
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The LeBron James Approach to Helping Your Struggling Reader

LeBron James? Education advice? It might sound like a stretch until you realize he himself came from an inner-city school and the same situation many struggling students come from today. And he got out… and he knows what got him out. Now he’s not only a phenomenal basketball …
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Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties Independent of Other Cognitive Abilities

Dyslexia & Reading Difficulties Independent of Other Cognitive Abilities

When you were (or still are) in school was there ever a concept that seemed impossible to grasp? Regardless of the effort you exerted it never seemed to come together for you. This is the case for the 10% of American children diagnosed with dyslexia… despite their best efforts they …
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Which Character Trait is More Telling of Academic Success than an IQ Test?

Which Character Trait is More Telling of Academic Success than an IQ Test?

Chocolate cake, brownies, ice cream, cookies, pie… things we all love (minus those crazy people out there who hate treats), but know we shouldn’t. Unfortunately, research has found that our ability to resist these tempting items is often telling of the success we have in life …
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