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Living Well with Learning Disabilities

Posted on: July 17th, 2013 by Becky Scott

IMGP0921It’s everywhere! Kids must think teachers and parents are out to get them! Kids with learning disabilities can sniff “school” from a mile off… and during the lazy, crazy, hazy days of summer someone trying to slide a math work sheet under their nose can spell no fun. However, keeping skills current is important.

The loss of learning that can take place over a summer neglecting skills is considerable. “We think summer is a great break from school but not a great break from learning,” Gary Huggins, the CEO of the National Summer Learning Association told The Huffington Post. So how do we, as responsible parents, nurture the learning but give our kids with learning disabilities a break from academic rigor? The good news is there are a million different ways and lots of resources to find those ways.

Some ideas to exercise your kids mind include travel, cooking, gardening, scrap booking, playing games, going to the library and on and on. Here are some concrete ideas… let’s make this summer easy!

Just yesterday I found a website with 10 arm-chair field trips. Project those on your TV (the kids will know how to connect the computer to the TV!) pop up some popcorn and enjoy time together. These “field trips” can explore geography, different cultures and planning.  http://bit.ly/11FzvUB

Cooking and gardening can be combined to make jam. Use the quick method for jam – its easy and you will be doing math before you know it by measuring and counting. Bonus: fine motor skill activities are engaged too.  You will end with a sweet topping for ice cream and something for your toast. Win, Win, Win!

Lastly, take advantage of programs that your local library, YMCA and town newspaper already have done the footwork on to help you keep young minds active. If you make it easy for yourself, summer learning can continue in and out of the classroom making it fun for everyone!

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