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Benefits of Workbook for Children with Dyslexia

Friday, March 5th, 2010

I received an email  from a mom whose 3rd grade daughter has dyslexia.  She found my book on Amazon and decided to give it a try.  She mentions the following benefits:

  1. My workbook is entertaining to her daughter.
  2. Her daughter is amazed at the patterns she unlocks.
  3. Her daughter loves the repetition.
  4. Repetition is good for dyslexic children.
  5. The multiplication problems are in large font.
  6. The spacing of problems is good.
  7. Spacing has to be ample so the numbers don’t blur into one another.
  8. Her daughter likes that the first or last number is given.  This jogs her memory.
  9. The shading in the problems needing to be completed is a huge help to her.

This mom ends with:  “Thank you for all the help this workbook has given to us and the confidence it has brought to my daughter.”

The features also help children with ADD/ADHD.  If you have a story about your child and his/her response to my method, I would love to hear from you on my blog or on the CONTACT button on my website.  If your child has AUTISM, I would like to know how your child did with my method.  I know autistic children love patterns.

California’s Budget Deficit = No Summer School?

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Yesterday’s LA Times had a front-page article:  “L.A. cancels most summer school classes.”  We all know California voters resoundingly rejected state ballot measures.  State legislators, left with a a $21.3 billion deficit, are considering the governor’s proposal to cut $5.3 billion from public school districts and community colleges. Los Angeles  Unified will grapple with a $272 million deficit next year.

The impact of this budget deficit is severe and immediate. LAUSD announced it has cancelled the bulk of its summer school classes.  The LA  Times quotes Superintendent O’Connell:  “For kids who want to take challenging courses, for kids who need basic courses in order to graduate, these choices will contribute toward the dropout rate and we will have a less competent workforce.”

No one wants more high school dropouts (already a staggering 30% in California) or a less competent workforce.  We also want our children to take challenging courses that their schedule might not allow during the school year.  We also want them to graduate on time. 

My son would not have graduated with his class had he not taken an American History class in summer school.  This omission was discovered at the eleventh hour.  Had he not graduated with his class,  he would not have been able to participate in a yearlong student exchange program in Costa Rica before college.   He would also have had to delay his entrance to the university at least a semester.  Would the university have agreed?

Summer school also is invaluable in improving the skills of marginal students.  According to Dr. Mitchell Wong of Act4Education,  “Data shows that students lose a lot of ground in terms of learning during  the summer months.” (LA Times)

Students and parents counting on summer school this summer have few options.   California’s budget woes will continue.  What are we doing to prevent this from happening year after year?   Summer school provides all our students opportunities whether to learn or maintain basic skills, catch up or advance.    Our children deserve the opportunties summer school offers.

Mention by ADD/ADHD specialist, Sandra Rief, in SUMMER issue of ADDitude

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Sandra Rief

Sandra Rief

Thank you also to Sandra Rief for recommending my workbook in the ASK OUR EXPERTS column in the summer issue of ADDitude.  The question posed was:

“My fourth grader is having a great difficulty learning the multiplication tables .  We’ve tried many approaches along with offering rewards, but nothing helps.”

Sandra Rief’s response:   “If a child has ADHD or an LD, memory and other processing weaknesses — not a lack of motivation — are the reasons his brain can’t hold onto certain information.  Try [this resource]:  Teach Your Child the Multiplication Tables with Dazzling Patterns, Grids and Tricks ( helps kids identify patterns, so they can rely less on memory.”

how-to-reach-children-addSandra Rief is the author of  How to Reach and Teach Children with ADD/ADHD (