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What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia involves frequent difficulties with everyday arithmetic tasks like the following:

  •  Difficulty reading analog clocks
  • Difficulty stating which of two numbers is larger
  • Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level; for example, estimating the cost of the items in a shopping basket or balancing a checkbook
  • Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, mental arithmetic, etc.
  • Difficulty with conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time. May be chronically late or early
  • Problems with differentiating between left and right
  • Inability to visualize mentally
  • Difficulty reading musical notation
  • Difficulty navigating or mentally “turning” the map to face the current direction rather than the common North=Top usage
  • Having particular difficulty mentally estimating the measurement of an object or distance (e.g., whether something is 10 or 20 feet (3 or 6 meters) away).
  • Often unable to grasp and remember mathematical concepts, rules, formulae, and sequences
  • Inability to concentrate on mentally intensive tasks
  • Low latent inhibition, i.e. over-sensitivity to noise, smell, light and the inability to tune out, filtering unwanted information or impressions. Might have a well-developed sense of imagination due to this (possibly as cognitive compensation to mathematical–numeric deficits)
  • Mistaken recollection of names. Poor name/face retrieval. May substitute names beginning with same letter. 

– Wikipedia

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A series for girls who like mermaids or friendship

Far out in the ocean live the Shell-Keeper mermaids. While the rest of the world sleeps, one little girl joins them for some magical mermaid adventures.

Molly is like any other little girl when her family move to Horseshoe Bay. So when her gran gives her a pretty shell necklace, Molly never dreams it could be enchanted …or that she could become a secret mermaid

A review from the publisher’s website:
This is a wonderful series for early readers, there are some pictures to entice them and  fun adventures of a young girl.  This does say it is book 1 but I read the books out of order and they still made sense and were a fun read. Molly is sure to have young girls wanting to read about her exciting dream adventures and maybe dream their own dreams!!
Date: 2/8/2016 8:38 PM
Age 7+
Size 5 1/8 x 7 3/4
Pages 82
Series Secret Mermaid
Author Sue Mongredien
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Reading to children

 Sharing books with children has many wonderful benefits and it will give you the opportunity to cuddle up, relax and share a special moment with your child. And remember, it’s never too early or late to start!

Reading with your child can:

  • Develop his language skills
  • Help you bond with him
  • Help him feel more relaxed
  • Boost his confidence
  • Encourage him to draw and write
  • Give him a head start in life

Scottish Book Trust

lots of new books!!
Lots of new books to choose from!!
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Picture books for teens and adults

Picture books are not just for kids under 10.

“They are excellent spring-boards for creative writing in middle school and high school and should be read by teens who will love their beautiful illustrations and lyrical language.  Anthony Brown, children’s laureate in the United Kingdom thinks the cry for graphic novels is the result of people being dragged away from picture books too early.”

Dad and daughter reading a Shine-A-Light book

Dad and daughter reading a Shine-A-Light book

If you as an adult can enjoy a good picture book when you read it to your child, why wouldn’t a 16-year-old also enjoy it?  The key is finding beautiful picture books that tell fascinating stories.  Fox is an absolutely fantastic short story about love and friendship, regret and redemption…and definitely not for little kids.  Another short love story written in picture book form for teens/adults is Norman and Brenda.

Click here to see all picture books

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Hands-on learners

Some children learn better when their hands are busy.  The Homeschool Mom recommends Wrap-ups for math:

“Wrap-Ups are grooved plastic cards with threads that learners use to trace from a multiplication fact to its solution.  There is a separate card for each math fact family.  You can check your answer by flipping the card over to see if the way you arranged the thread indicating answers matches the guide on the back.

“Wrap-ups sound complicated and hard to imagine, but they were something the kids picked up on with little or no instruction from me and practiced on their own.

“Wrap-ups are more tactile than traditional flash cards and stood up to use by three different kids widely spaced apart.  This was one of those homeschool purchases I felt good about years later.”

CedarStone Children’s Books sells Wrap-ups for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, and even state capitals! 

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1001 Things to Spot

1001 _______ Things to Spot is a series of books that has lots of things to find on every page. ?The child is given the task of finding 4 goats or 9 spiders, etc. ? It keeps the little ones busy while you’re in a waiting room or in the car or at the soccer field, anywhere in which the kids need to be wait quietly. ?As soon as they find 4 goats, they immediately begin looking for the 6 sheep, etc. ?Big Book of Things to Spot is a collection of four of these books: Town, Long Ago, Farm, and Animals.

This series is great on so many levels! A great non-fiction search and find : learn about cities around the world (1001 Things to Spot in Town), introduce young ones to history (1001 Things to Spot Long Ago). ?Rather than finding Waldo, you can learn, too!

It’s a great early math book! “We need to find 7 of these, and we found 5 – how many are left?’

Pre-readers can enjoy this book too – they can see the number and the picture and they’re off searching. Great book for church, waiting at restaurants, a quick phone call!

I always carry the Big Book of Things to Spot in library binding, ours lived in the seat pocket of our van. The paperback wouldn’t have stood up to the abuse our book took but the library binding was perfect!?–Suzanne B.

Absolute favorite at our house! –Lacy D.

1001?Things to Spot books include Fairy, Pirate, Bugs, in the Sea, on the Farm, on Vacation, in Fairyland, at Christmas, around the World, Animals. ?9.99 for hardcover and $17.99 for library binding.

Big Book of Things is $20.99 for library binding.? Library binding is the strongest binding known (librarians know these things!)

There is even a new series especially for 18-month-old to 4 years called?Baby’s Very First book of things to spot. ?These are board books (very thick pages) for $11.99 each. ?The other two books in this series are?at Home?and?Out and About.

A book is a gift you can open again & again

The book is obviously inappropriate for this child’s age and will soon be torn apart and eaten, but isn’t this a cute picture?!

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Helping with homework


     First, avoid doing the homework yourself! Doing homework for a child sends a message that he or she is incapable of doing the work and that perfection is the main objective. It also denies your child the opportunity to develop skills and gain understanding from the experience. Remember, doing homework should help children plan, manage, and complete work on their own, Parents should be familiar with the school’s homework policy and help their children get the most out of homework by:

*Exhibiting a positive attitude in word and deed that homework is important and education comes first.

*Encouraging children to take notes about homework assignments when they are given.

*Discussing homework assignments with children to become familiar with what they are studying. Talk together about the topic of an essay before the child begins writing, and do short quizzes on the day before a test.

*Limiting after-school activities to allow time for homework and family activities.

*Limiting telephone use by agreeing ahead of time what will be allowed.

*Planning homework schedules and routines that allow some free time when assignments are completed. Make sure your child is well rested, not hungry, and has had time to wind down after school (Herold, 1999). Also, avoid scheduling homework right before bedtime when children will be too tired or feel pressured to finish by bedtime. For long-term projects, mark plans and deadlines on a calendar.

*Monitoring television and radio use. If there is a favorite show that comes on during scheduled study time, arrange to record the show if possible.

*Doing some assignments or questions together with a child when he or she asks for help. Sometimes children need help in learning how to break large assignments down into manageable pieces.

*Staying nearby-reading, writing, studying or catching up on paperwork. Be available to help if asked, but avoid imposing your help or way of doing something.

*Checking completed assignments, and reviewing homework that has been marked and returned. Avoid negative comments, but contact the teacher if your child consistently gets 25% or more wrong on homework problems and assignments, or if he or she never seems to have any homework (Shore, 1999).

*Providing children with convenient, quiet, and comfortable work areas that are well-lit , free of family traffic, and have the materials needed to complete assignments. Some people do study better with music or background noise, so try to accommodate your child’s preferred learning style.

*Encouraging the use of reference materials (such as dictionaries and encyclopedias), and providing a computer and calculator if possible.

And you know, of course, where to find the best reference materials…CedarStone!

Illustrated Dictionary, Illustrated Thesaurus, Illustrated Dictionaries of Math

Illustrated Dictionary of Physics, Chemistry, or Biology