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We should not medicate the boys so they fit the school; we should change the school to fit the boy. (Leonard Sax, M.D. Ph.D)

Parenting style matters - a lot!

The best inheritance  parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

The more 2 parents differ in their approaches to discipline, the more likely it leads to trouble for the child.

If there is no relationship - nothing else matters !

There has been an explosion in the prescribing of medication for very young children, particularly preschool and kindergarten boys (Juli Zito , Univ. of Maryland)

Criticism is not a motivator.

Being a parent of a teenager can cure a person of narcissism.

Children fare better when expectations on them are clear and firm.

The challenge of adolescence is to balance the right of the parents to feel they are in charge with the need of the adolescent to gain independence.

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Reading Rescue – the sequence – step 2 & 3

Step 2

Once the child can match and produce the correct sounds for the letters in grouping # 1, introduce the short sound “a” from list 2.

Step 3

The blending od sounds together is frequently a problem for some children. A Blending Book is used to address this problem. The child is shown a page with the letter “m” in view and asked to say that sound and hold it for a long time “mmmmmmmmm—-“. The teacher will undoubtedly need to model the correct way of saying “mmmmm”. The child is then shown how to hold the “m” sound and without stopping, slide into the “a” sound. The result should be a drawn out “mmmaaaaa” sound instead of separate sounds “m-a”.

The teacher will again need to model the correct pronunciation of the blended sounds. Once the child has mastered “maaa” sound, the third letter in the word is exposed and he is shown how to blend the 3 sounds together to make a 1 syllable word. Example : man, mat, map

there is a collection of short “a” words in the blending Book. It is again critical that the child achieve success and have fun (keep the lessons short, varied and use reinforcements). Practice the blending of the short “a” words until the child demonstrates a degree of mastery then introduce the other short vowel sounds in the same way at an appropriate pace. The sequence should be “a”, “o”, “u”, “i”, “e”.

The importance of mastering step 2 and 3 cannot be overstated. The blending of sounds together is the key to reading

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+ Reading Rescue

A program for children with reading problems

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Many parents wonder what hit them when their sweet little baby turns into an unreasonable toddler – ideas for dealing with mealtime, bedtime, temper tanturms, toilet training, noncompliance, etc.

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