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The quickest way to change your child’s behaviour is to first change your own.

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

Wouldn't it be nice if children would simply listen and learn.

"The thing that impresses me most about North America is the way parents obey their children"    (King Edward VII , 1841-1910)

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)

Children mimic well. They catch what they see better than they follow what they hear.

Setting limits teaches your children valuable skills they will use the rest of their lives. One day, they will report to a job where their ability to follow rules will dictate their success.

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

Adolescence can be the cruelest place on earth. It can really be heartless.  ( Tori Amos)

Good parenting requires sacrifice. Childhood lasts for only a few brief years , but it should be given priority while it is passing before your eyes

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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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