More Reading is NOT the Answer

Jill Stowell 504 Plan, Classroom, Development, Dyslexia, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School, Spelling, Writing

Chris Botti is one of my favorite artists.  When asked the key to success as a musician, he said, “Four things – Practice, Practice, Practice, and being friends with Sting!” It is generally accepted (and generally true), that if you want to be good at something, you have to practice, practice, practice.  In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell says that …

DON’T Get LOST on the First Day of School!

Jill Stowell 504 Plan, Anxiety, Classroom, Executive Function, General Information, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, School

I woke up this morning a little bit panicked from a dream I was having about the first day of school.  I was attending a new school that was essentially cabins spread out in a huge area in the woods.  (I know – crazy – but it was a dream)! My mom was with me and knew where my first …

Is My Child Dyslexic?

Jill Stowell 504 Plan, Classroom, Development, Dyslexia, General Information, Homeschool, Homework, IEP, Learning Disability, Reading, School, Spelling, Writing

Dyslexia is coming to the forefront as more and more states are looking at legislation around dyslexia and education.  Most sources now site 20% of students as being dyslexic. Here are some questions to ask parents that will help them determine if dyslexia testing is warranted: Is there a family history of dyslexia? Was there difficulty learning the alphabet? Is …