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- Stirling and Elizabeth Vance
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READING IS HARD, IF IT WAS EASY – EVERYONE COULD DO IT!

What is it about teaching reading that arouses such passions in both parents and teachers?  Reading effectively is no less a vital skill than crossing the road safely, but we have more children who can cross the road than can read effectively.  Reading is difficult, it is a hard skill to master – if it was easy, everyone could do it.  The problem is, with every passing day a child struggles with reading, self-esteem may be dropping.   Reading difficulties combined with low self – esteem can cause a variety of other classroom issues including behaviour problems.

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Not Smart Like the Other Kids

“Mom, I’m just not smart like the other kids.” Hearing this statement, as a parent could be your worst nightmare. Perhaps your nightmare is your child coming home from school with an increased level of frustration, as homework time takes forever the list of assignments and unfinished lessons continues to accumulate while your child’s self-esteem appears to be dropping like a stone.  Your concern is mounting and you ask yourself “What is a parent to do? “

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Land of the Free, Home of the Beaver Part 2

The Economics of Literacy

To be perfectly honest it is hard to find a problem in today’s society that is not linked to literacy levels.
We live in extraordinary times and extraordinary times require extraordinary measures from all citizens of this country.  Currently in Canada we have 46% of our Canadian adult population who struggle, at best, with basic text.  To put that into perspective, 9 million adults woke up this morning without the literacy skills to get them through their day.  (Source: ABC Literacy Canada)

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SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS RELATED TO DYSLEXIA

The frustration of children with dyslexia often centers on their inability to meet expectations. Their parents and teachers see a bright, enthusiastic child who is not learning to read and write. Time and again, dyslexics and their parents hear, “He’s such a bright child; if only he would try harder.” Ironically, no one knows exactly how hard the dyslexic is trying. The pain of failing to meet other people’s expectations is surpassed only by dyslexics’ inability to achieve their goals.

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The Road to Advocation

In earlier articles, I wrote about the need to advocate for your child should you think there is a problem.  In this article we will explore the “rules of the road” when it comes to advocating for your child once you suspect a difficulty.

We have all heard the horror stories of parents who tried unsuccessfully to advocate for their child and ended up making the entire issue worse.  If you understand the process, and play by the rules, you should avoid needless frustration.

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