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And the Skylark Sings with Me
Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education
by David H. Albert

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Answers to Questions Teachers Ask About Sensory Integration
by Carol Stock Kranowitz

In this elegant approach to the often elusive subject of sensory integration, Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA, author of the best-selling The Out-of-Sync Child, and expert occupational therapists, including Stacey Szklut, MS, OTR/L and Lynn Balzer-Martin, Ph.D, OTR, have assembled an extensive and easy-to-use set of checklists and other tools that are invaluable to every teacher and parent who has children with sensory integration challenges.

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Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children:
A Resource Guide
by Lisa Rivero

For a comprehensive guide to home-based education, that does not promote any particular curriculum or religious view, this is one book parents should buy!

Parents will appreciate practical advice on getting started, adjusting to new roles, designing curriculum that is both child-centered and fun, and planning for social and emotional growth. Parents will turn to their favorite chapters again and again.

Features interviews and tips from many homeschool parents as well as long lists of resources:
-Reasons to home-school
-How gifted children learn
-Positive changes for the family
-"Big Ideas" thematic approach
-Traditional and classical approaches
-Curriculum resources
-Record keeping
-College planning
-How to get started
-Interviews with parents

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Discover Your Child's Learning Style:
Children Learn in Unique Ways--Here's the Key to Every Child's Learning Success
by Mariaemma Willis, Victoria Kindle-Hodson

It has become widely accepted that not all children learn alike. Some grasp information best by reading, while others learn better through listening or discovering concepts in a hands-on fashion. Two longtime educators--Mariaemma Willis and Victoria Kindle-Hodson--suggest in this guide that there are actually five aspects to a student's learning style beyond the simple modes of visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Their "learning style profile" takes into account a child's talents, interests, preferred learning environment, and disposition, as well as the three more familiar modes. Written as a workbook, with a series of do-it-yourself assessments, the guide offers parents a chance to diagnose their child's learning style in all five areas. A chart of activities accompanies each style.

The assessments are uncomplicated and almost too simplistic. And the writers convey an idealism that may not fly in some schools, suggesting that parents encourage teachers to adapt to their child's learning style, accepting, for instance, a video-taped report instead of a written one from a visual learner who conveys his talents better on screen than on paper. Understanding the assessments' results and applying them involves careful--and lengthy--reading. Still, a parent who follows the workbook from cover to cover could gain insight into why a child is struggling in school and head off the labeling of yet another "learning misfit."

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The Dominance Factor:
How Knowing Your Dominant Eye, Ear, Brain, Hand, & Foot Can Improve Your Learning
by Carla Hannaford

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Dreamers, Discoverers and Dynamos:
How to Help the Child Who is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School
by Lucy Jo Palladino

Psychologist Lucy Jo Palladino claims that 20 percent of children have what she calls the Edison trait: "dazzling intelligence, an active imagination, a free-spirited approach to life, and the ability to drive everyone around them crazy." She named the trait after Thomas Edison, who flunked out of school despite his obvious brilliance. Palladino says that Edison-trait children think divergently, while the routines and structure of schools are more geared toward convergent thinking, or focusing on one idea at a time. The incompatible school environment, she says, usually leads divergent-thinking children to act out, receive poor grades, and often be labeled as strong-willed and disruptive.

These symptoms may sound similar to those of ADD, but Palladino says that's an overused term often mistakenly applied to Edison-trait children. "In most cases," she says, "ADD behavior patterns are comparable to but more extreme than the typical patterns of an Edison-trait child who does not have ADD." A diagnosis of ADD does not take into consideration factors such as "intelligence, perceptiveness, sensitivity, creativity, and wit."

With many references to scientific studies, Palladino helps you decide whether your child is one of the three types of Edison-trait children: dreamer, discoverer, or dynamo. She also gives pointed, practical advice regarding such controversial topics as diet, neurofeedback treatment, and psychological testing. For frustrated parents and educators, Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos will be a rich source of both help and hope.

Explains how parents can identify and appreciate the Edison Trait--intelligence, active imagination, and a free-spirited approach to life--and offers eight steps to help support its benefits and minimize its problems.

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The Edison Trait:
Saving the Spirit of Your Nonconforming Child
(Retitled as Dreamers, Discovers and Dynamos)
by Lucy Jo Palladino

Lucy Jo Palladino defines the Edison Trait (named after Thomas Edison) as divergent vs. convergent thinking. Edison Trait kids--one in five children--have the qualities that make innovative leaders, inventors, explorers, yet they often have a hard time in school where their personality traits may be seen as weak or negative. Palladino recasts these children in a positive light and gives specifics on understanding and becoming an ally for your Edison Trait child. The book is convincing, reassuring, and accessible. Perhaps it will help parents of nonconforming kids resist the pressure to make their kids "just fit in."
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Guiding the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
by James T. Webb

Gifted children have unique social and emotional concerns. Their characteristics, combined with current educational practices, often put them at risk for problems.

This award-winning book contains chapters on motivation, discipline, peer relationships, sibling relationships, stress management, depression, and many other issues that parents and teachers encounter daily with these children.

It has been called "The Dr. Spock book for parents of gifted children."

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Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers
by Carol Ann Strip

Helping Gifted Children Soar: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers:

This user-friendly guidebook educates parents and teachers about important gifted issues such as working together, evalutaing classroom programs, forming parent support groups, choosing appropriate curriculum, meeting social and emotional needs, surviving the ups and downs, and much more!

The information and useful advice provided make this book an ideal resource both for those just starting out in the gifted field as well as those who are seasoned veterans.

Features Include:
-Gifted minority and gifted disabled issues.
-Strategies for parenting and teaching gifted children.
-Social and emotional concerns specific to gifted children.
-A question and answer section for further understanding.
-An in-depth reference appendix for additional support.

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Homeschooling and the Voyage of Self-Discovery
by David Albert

Are children empty boxes into which we pour knowledge and wisdom? Or are they naturally predisposed to acquire these things? David H. Albert presents a collection of articles laden with gems, -including the single most important lesson to teach a child. -Topics include:
How children learn to read.
"Perfection" -- Why children are perfectionists and how to respond.
How to encourage your child to seek greater challenges and achievements.
Teens and what to do about them.
Why the testing is destroying our schools.
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I Know My Child Can Do Better!:
A Frustrated Parent's Guide to Educational Options
by Anne Rambo

A valuable source of support, empowerment, and encouragement for parents of children with school problems, I Know My Child Can Do Better! helps readers sort out the types of problems their children are having and offers a range of practical solutions.

With the help of many fascinating vignettes drawn from real life, Anne Rambo, a child and family therapist, parent advocate, and specialist in education issues that confront parents, enlightens parents about the academic, peer, and teacher-related sources of school problems and acquaints them with the full range of public, private, and home-schooling options and resources available to them. Each chapter includes evaluation techniques, a detailed action plan, and "Teacher Tips"--insider strategies for enlisting a teacher's cooperation with a parent's plan.

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In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child's Multiple Intelligences
by Thomas Armstrong

Does your child have a favorite subject, activity, or hobby? Children learn in multiple ways, and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor.

In this fully updated classic on multiple intelligences, Armstrong sheds new light on the "eight ways to bloom," or the eight kinds of "multiple intelligences." While everyone possesses all eight intelligences, Armstrong delineates how to discover your child's particular areas of strength among them.

The book shatters the conventional wisdom that brands our students as "underachievers," "unmotivated," or as suffering from "learning disabilities," "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder," or other "learning diseases." Armstrong explains how these flawed labels often overlook students who are in possession of a distinctive combination of multiple intelligences, and demonstrates how to help them acquire knowledge and skills according to their sometimes extraordinary aptitudes.

Filled with resources for the home and classroom, this new edition of In Their Own Way offers inspiration for every learning situation.

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A Mind at a Time
by Mel Levine

Recognizing each child's intellectual, emotional, and physical strengths--and teaching directly to these strengths--is key to sculpting "a mind at a time," according to Dr. Mel Levine. While this flashing yellow light will not surprise many skilled educators, limited resources often prevent them from shifting their instructional gears. But to teachers and parents whose children face daily humiliation at school, the author bellows, "Try harder!" A professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Levine eloquently substantiates his claim that developmental growth deserves the same monitoring as a child's physical growth.

Tales of creative, clumsy, impulsive, nerdy, intuitive, loud-mouthed, and painfully shy kids help Levine define eight specific mind systems (attention, memory, language, spatial ordering, sequential ordering, motor, higher thinking, and social thinking). Levine also incorporates scientific research to show readers how the eight neurodevelopmental systems evolve, interact, and contribute to a child's success in school. Detailed steps describe how mental processes (like problem solving) work for capable kids, and how they can be finessed to serve those who struggle. Clear, practical suggestions for fostering self-monitoring skills and building self-esteem add the most important elements to this essential--yet challenging--program for "raisin' brain."

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Physical Activities for Improving Children's Learning and Behavior
by Billye Ann Cheatum, Allison A. Hammond

Fewer things cause more concern for parents and teachers than a child who appears to have a learning problem or behavior disorder. It is even more difficult when no specific cause or reason for the problem is given. Now, with the help of Physical Activities for Improving Children’s Learning and Behavior, you can learn about the possible underlying causes for a child’s difficulty and select from 99 fun-filled activities proven to promote sensory motor development.

Authors Cheatum and Hammond, who have a combined experience of more than 40 years in the special physical education field, explain the complexities of sensory motor development in easily understood language. More than 130 photos and illustrations show the developmental processes and activities, helping you understand and implement the information presented. All activities can be used at home or in the classroom and require little or no equipment.

Whether children show signs of clumsiness, motor skills below age level, or hyperactivity, Cheatum and Hammond provide activities to help them overcome their learning and behavior difficulties. With this book, you can ensure that you’re giving your children the extra help they need to be successful in and out of the classroom!

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Reflexes, Learning and Behavior:
A Window into the Child's Mind
by Sally Goddard

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Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World:
Unlocking the Potential of Your ADD Child
by Jeffrey Freed

Requiring only ten minutes a day, the program revealed in this groundbreaking book provides an effective, step-by-step method for helping children with Attention Deficit Disorder develop their special skills and individual learning styles and excel in a classroom setting.
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Sensory Secrets:
How to Jump-Start Learning in Children
by Catherine Chemin Schneider

Sensory Secrets drives home the importance of using information from all the senses to develop foundational skills necessary for growing, learning, decision making, and communication. It is a guide to promote successful learning and positive behavior in people of all ages. Sensory Secrets is a must for parents; pre-school, kindergarten, and elementary education teachers; homeschoolers; and anyone who wishes to expand their understanding of neurology, thereby increasing positive outcomes. Sensory Secrets is written in an easy to read style with examples, ideas, and strategies. The Foundational Skills Inventory is included as a tool to assist educators and empower parents while locating possible areas of need to facilitate learning. Parents need this book the day they bring their newborn home from the hospital.
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Smart Moves:
Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head
by Carla Hannaford

How is the body involved in learning from infancy right through adulthood? Physical activity is crucial. A neuroscientist explains why and gives simple physical exercises that can increase anyone's learning power immediately. It explores brain development, neurological effects of TV, nutrition, stress, and causes of the growing plague of learning disabilities.
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Some of My Best Friends Are Books:
Guiding Gifted Readers from Preschool to High School
by Judith Wynn Halsted

Finding emotional support for the gifted through bibliotherapy.

Books can provide important emotional and intellectual support for gifted children, many of whom face unique issues in their lives due to their special talents and abilities. The author offers suggestions for using books as bibliotherapy.

The book contains short summaries of over 300 books organized by grade level adn indexed by author, title, and theme. Questions are included to facilitate discussion.

An invaluable resource for parents and teachers who wish for a list of books to recommend to their gifted readers.

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Unicorns Are Real:
A Right-Brained Approach to Learning
by Barbara Meister Vitale

This mega-best seller provides sixty-five practical, easy-to-follow lessons to develop the much ignored right-brain tendencies of children. These simple yet dramatically effective ideas and activities have helped thousands with learning difficulties. Includes an easy to administer screening checklist to determine hemisphere dominance. Engaging instructional activities that draw on the intuitive, non-verbal abilities of the right brain, a list of skills associated with each brain hemisphere and much more.

Offers an innovative approach to teaching learning disabled youngsters phonics, math, writing, music, problem solving, and other essential educational skills. Reprint.

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