Want to Know More About Visual Processing and Learning?

If you answered, “Yes” to the title question, read ahead about the final visual processing skill we will look at this week.

Visual Spatial Relationships.

My friend was directing me to her home. Every time she needed to tell me where to turn at the end of one street, I noticed that she snapped her fingers on both hands, simultaneously.

“Why do you do that?”

“That’s how I know right from left.”

How Our Environments Can Impact Upon Learning

This is a guest post from Healthy Life and Safe Living Consultant, Lucinda Curran, who integrates Chinese medicine and Building Biology to provide truly holistic healthcare. Can your home be sabotaging your child’s learning? Read on to find out.

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Our modern conveniences and products make our lives easier to manage, but have you ever considered that they might impact on our health?

There are many factors in our modern environments that can negatively impact on health. For the purposes of this article, we will address aspects related to learning and functioning of your child.

Reality…About Children Learning and Mothers/Teachers Teaching

This post is the follow-up to yesterday’s: http://www.florencecallender.com/dreaming-about-children-learning-and-mothersteachers-teaching/

“Life is like a departure lounge. The place you end up depends on which ticket you bought.” ~ Dr. Dion T. Harrigan

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When children are born, they each come with their own “equipment.”

Law enforcement officers turn to their fingerprint files when searching for a criminal. The doors to some high-tech offices are now opened by the eye-print of the person seeking access. Blind people identify the person addressing them by their voice-print. An approaching individual can be recognized by his gait. The identity of a dead person may be ascertained by his dentition.

Dreaming…About Children Learning and Mothers/Teachers Teaching

“When you have the privilege of changing someone’s brain, you not only change his or her life, you have the opportunity to change generations to come.” ~ Dr. Daniel Amen

“No! You can’t have her. She is mine,” I screamed, and grabbed on to my daughter’s ankles. With super-human strength, I pulled her down into my arms…away from the woman who had snatched her.

With a baleful glance, the evil-looking woman slinked away.

Learning for Success in School and Life…The Visual-Spatial Way?

Florence is the mother of an amazing teenager; an educational consultant, author, speaker, speech-language pathologist, encourager and perpetual optimist. She shares tips, tools and resources with mothers (and other caregivers) of struggling and/or failing children. She is fiercely committed to helping them develop and enhance their children's foundational skills for learning, to grow them to success in school and life. A believer in the unique learning abilities of all children, she is an advocate for those who learn differently.

A few years ago, I went to visit my friend during my vacation time. When I walked into her home, I straightened up immediately. Everything was in order.

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You know the stuff your parents tell you as a child like, “A place for everything, and everything in its place?” She followed that principle.

I peeked into her closet. The clothing hangers were all white. And not only were her clothes sorted by category, but also by color.

4 Listening Tips for Learning Success

In life, of all the language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – listening is used more than the other three added together. Children (and adults) can learn a lot through listening. Regrettably, this is not an instinctive skill. Listening must be taught and developed.

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Driving home, last week, I noticed some activity on an empty plot of land. There was a tractor digging a deep hole. Nearby, I saw a stack of concrete blocks. A house was going to be built on the property. Preparation was being made. The first step was laying the foundation…a solid foundation.

Do Boys Have More Trouble Learning Than Girls?

The National Center for Educational Statistics tells us that boys are 30% more likely to fail or drop out of school.

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Now get this – according to education achievement data, there are more “boy geniuses” than “girl geniuses.”

They also outnumber girls in the top 1% of the IQ scale.

Why then are so many boys struggling or failing in school?

Who’s Listening To The Children?

On January 12, 2010, the island of Haiti was struck by a catastrophic earthquake. Unprecedented. Devastating. Life shattering. 

Once the shock began to wear off, offers of help started pouring in from all around the world.

Popular music producer, Kirk Franklin, assembled a number of other award-winning gospel artists to join together in singing a song called “Are You Listening?”

Each verse begins by saying, “I can’t imagine how you felt as…” then goes on to mention some horrible circumstance that may have occurred during the tragedy.