If you want to create a fun memory with your kiddos that they'll be talking about into their old age, have them try to figure out an old rotary phone. You can probably find one of these relics in a thrift shop for cheap.
When you locate one, have your phone ready to video a laughter-filled and perhaps a bit of a frustrating moment. It's just hilarious because even the smartest of kids who have never used this type of phone cannot instantly figure it out.
We had this experience at the Sam Rayburn House in Bonham...there is a semi-functional phone in the visitor center. I thought for sure the oldest would figure it out, but nope.
Whenever we need a fun laugh, we just roll the video and giggle away! Try it with your kids and remember to capture the moment on video so it will remain a fun sharable family memory!
Kids with dyslexia enter the classroom with a set of unique learning challenges that neuro-typical kids don't have to worry about. That's where accommodations come in. Accommodations are variations in how the child is presented with information, test-taking or writing and other tasks in the classroom.
Parenting Goal: Give your kids the skills and knowledge needed to become a productive member of society without living with their parents as an adult.
But there are many daily situations where parents perform acts for the kids that we don't even see as a hands-on opportunity to meet the parenting goal of raising productive members of society.
Why is this? There are adult functions and child functions. It's because we think we have a certain parenting chores that society expects us to perform without question.
Look, I have three kids with their own set of challenges and strengths, and some days my parenting goal is just to get them to school with all their clothes on and teeth brushed.
But honestly, there are lots of things that we as adults step in and do for our kids that we never consider our kids can actually do also. Here are seven "adult" things we can start letting our kids do today:
There weren't any huge red flags that would have indicated my daughter had a life-long reading problem. Except that by the first grade she wasn't a strong reader. My son wasn't a strong reader until the 3rd grade, and then he began winning medals for reading, so that didn't concern me much.
I don't recall being a strong reader until I was older either. I can devour a book in a matter of hours now.
Nobody in our family had been diagnosed with dyslexia, and I didn't know the "signs" to look for.
If your child is struggling to get "AR Points", you're not alone. Some kids are natural readers, but if your child has dyslexia or another type of obstacle that makes reading hard, then you've really got to make every AR point count.
First, find out how many AR points your child needs to reach each week, month or every 6 weeks. This will help you monitor their progress.
Here are some tips for helping kiddos get more AR points, and to make every AR point really count:
If you read my son's "About Me" description (Our day consists of "wake up-school-homework-dinner-chores-bed" (specifically in that order), you'll think we live with a very strict and structured schedule that involves nothing else in life.
I wish everything went that boring and smoothly around here!
But really, at the beginning of this school year, I vowed to be better prepared and more organized. I needed desperate help getting my after school act together.
All it took was some color coding and a clock to keep us on track & drill it into the kids' heads how we'll prioritize our after school time. We did it in this particular order, but you can customize the sequence to fit your own family's priorities:
It was the fourth bloody tooth which my son yanked out of his mouth and sat on the dinner table that made my husband declare our children had not achieved the art of table manners.
I was just happy with the "no farting or burping at the dinner table policy", but apparently my husband has higher expectations of the kids than me.