What is a Growth Mindset?
Start the year with one of the best ways to expand learning and productivity in all areas of your child’s life. According to Dr. Carol Dweck, the social scientist who coined the term “growth mindset,” there is a big difference in success rates between students with an attitude of growth and students with a fixed attitude. A growth mindset means that anything can be learned through effort and that no one is born deficient in any learning area.
A fixed growth attitude limits and stunts academic growth. If a fixed mindset student believes there’s no point to getting better at reading comprehension or to improving math skills, then it keeps students intellectually stuck. It can produce low self-esteem too. As adults, productivity is severely diminished and intelligence is limited.
A growth mindset tells us the opposite. Anything can be learned!
As your children grow up and reading becomes a bigger part of their lives, helping them become active readers is very important. This is because good readers are active readers, and getting engaged in reading helps with comprehension. An article published on understood.org provides 6 tips for parents to use in order to help their children improve reading comprehension by actively reading. We’ll outline them here for you and we encourage you to try them out with your child. Here are the 6 tips:
We all know that finding gifts for our children with learning differences can be challenging. Kids want cool toys and we want gifts that will move them forward in their development. Here’s a gift list in common learning areas that will make everyone happy throughout the new year. Another plus – all gifts are available through Amazon for easy shipping.
If you have been in any store recently, you know that the holiday season is upon us. For some parents, this means dealing with a child on constant overwhelm and possible meltdowns. If you dread this part of the holiday season, just a few changes will give you lots to cheer about.
Summertime is playtime! You and your child have worked hard all year so it’s the perfect time to preserve cognitive gains in fun ways. One great way to keep learning alive is through monthly subscriptions- boxes or magazines.
Working memory consists of short term information and the ability to manipulate it verbally and visually. It’s critical for success in school, at work, and in everyday living. Internet tips for boosting working memory are everywhere but research shows it boiling down to 4 skills: Mindfulness, Visualization, Relaxation, and Affirmation. These skills lower emotionally reactive behavior and are most effective for success. There’s also the bonus of developing lifelong coping strategies that make daily happiness a reality.
Research into dyslexia has advanced further than research into other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD. While this is exciting news, looking over studies can be a little overwhelming. This is why we are happy to have come across a piece which highlights some of the exciting new research being conducted. We heard it on Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR, and would like to share the key points of the program with you. We hope that you find this information as exciting as we do!
As you may know, October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability, affecting one in five children. Although common, dyslexia continues to be widely misunderstood, and many children who have it are not appropriately diagnosed and are not given fitting interventions. As this month is designed to bring awareness to this disorder, we thought that it would be the perfect time to share some information with you. Our hope is that this helps you learn a little bit more about this learning difference, and if you’re a parent who is concerned about your child’s reading difficulties, it inspires you to take the first step to getting him or her the support they need.