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Thursday
Jun142012

How Stress Affects Reading

How Stress Affects Reading

 
There are several possible causes of reading difficulty. You can get an overview of them from our website at www.easyreadsystem.com. The essential key to getting a child reading confidently is to be able to identify any underlying cause of difficulty and fix it.
 
One cause of difficulty that can stand alone or be combined with any of the others is stress. Some children develop a downward spiral of stress when reading that leads to a virtually complete breakdown in ability.
 
To understand how stress can achieve that, we need to look into the neurology involved.
 
Reading is very much a higher brain function, based in the cerebral cortex of our brains. It co-opts the visual cortex, auditory cortex, linguistic cortex, prefrontal cortex and motor control cortex into action. Every lobe of the cerebrum is involved.
 
To look now at stress, the origins of our stress response mechanisms have an evolutionary explanation. In evolutionary terms, when confronted with a dangerous situation – and danger would be represented by encounters with large aggressive animals or groups of other humans – the best form of response was “fight, flight or immobility”.
 
You will know that different people respond to danger in different ways, but in almost all cases the cerebrum tends to close down and the brain stem (or “lizard brain”) takes over to analyse which of these three options to take. It is only with training and practice that someone can get good at “thinking through” a highly stressful situation.
 
So stress is a very uncomfortable bedfellow of reading. The two are virtually incompatible. And yet learning to read can be one of the most stressful activities of a child’s life. It is very demanding and often involves a lot of “public” failure.
 
And by public I am not only referring to being at the front of peers or being on stage. A failure can feel public when a child is sitting on the sofa with a parent and getting stuck on the word was yet again. Children hate to fail at things just as much as adults do and early reading practice in English can be seen as a series of failures.
 
The symptoms of a stress pattern like this are fairly obvious: strong negative emotions to reading, coupled with an apparent ability to read satisfactorily at moments which can downgrade into a spiral of stress when making reading mistakes.
 
The solution to this is to provide a structured environment where the child is not faced with impossible tasks that lead to failure. Frequent encouragement is an absolute must, along with creating achievable goals which you as a parent are confident will be met.
 
Author bio: David Morgan is creator of the Easyread System, an online synthetics phonics course which teaches struggling readers through short daily lessons. Find out more at www.easyreadsystem.com or www.facebook.com/easyreadsystem
 
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Thursday
Jun072012

62 The Homeschooling Buzz - Interview with Homeschool Media Angel - Felice Gerwitz

 

 

In this episode we talk with Felice Gerwitz an education major turned homeschool mom. She and her husband, Jeffrey, have home educated their children since 1986. She has graduated two children and is schooling the remaining three.

Felice has been involved in the world of publishing since the inception of her first book in 1994. She is an internationally recognized author, whose articles have appeared in magazines, including Practical Homeschooling Magazine, Homeschooling Today, The FPEA Almanac, Crosswalk.com, and Eternal Encouragement. Eight of Felice’s books were chosen for inclusion in Cathy Duffy’s 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum and her new book, the updated 101 Top Picks. Another of her titles, An Insider’s Guide to Successful Science Fair Projects, was selected by God’s World Publishing as the Book of the Month. She is the host of the webinar series on the Ultimate Homeschool Expo including niche expos such as the Special Needs Expo, Fall/Christmas Expo, Creation Expo, Back to School and the Homeschool Expo. Felice is a popular conference speaker on a variety of educational topics, and serves as a private consultant to aspiring authors desiring publication. You can find Felice on her main hub at www.mediaangels.com

Show Notes:

Episode 62: Interview with Homeschool Media Angel - Felice Gerwitz

 

Topics Discussed:

Starting the homeschooling Journey on the Road to Damascus

Early challenges and how Felice overcame

Praise God for the Successes in Homeschooling

Keeping it real as a homeschool mom

Keeping on Keeping on

I don't know the future, but here is a tip

 

Related Links:

Colleges Want Homeschool Students

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

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Wednesday
May302012

Ace the SAT and get FREE college

Ace the SAT and get FREE college

Test-prep Guru, Jean Burk, will share her secrets of SAT success that have helped hundreds of students raise their scores as much as 600 points! Learn how to find shortcuts in test patterns and save time on all types of questions. Math, Writing, and Verbal sections are all covered in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you have kids in middle and high school, you can’t miss this seminar about preparing them for the SAT!
  

 
 
Sunday
May202012

60 The Homeschooling Buzz - College The Smart Way: Higher Education in the Information Age

 

 

In this episode we listen to CollegePlus share the current state of higher education in the information age and provide us with tangible strategies on how to achieve success. The Christian Home Educators of California hosted this free webinar which was inspired from their 2012 Bay Area homeschool convention in Santa Clara where many parents were seeking options for their highschoolers after graduation. The traditional road to college did not appeal to many of these parents. Many parents wanted their children to earn a degree and gain life experience at the same time. However, the question is "what exactly does that look like today?" and "How can we achieve this in a down turned economy?" Well... collegeplus shares some interesting and eye opening insights on the current state of higher education and provides strategies for making this a reality.

 

Show Notes:

Episode 60: College The Smart Way: Higher Education in the Information Age

 

Topics Discussed:

How to get you time and money back from higher education

Help your students discover their life puropse.

Help students build a college education around their passion.

First 2 years of college are a glorified review of high school.

How to earn your college degree debt free in less than 4 years.

How to increase the percentage of finding a job after graduation

Mentorship program to keep students on track.

Study, Practice, Test, Earn

CLEP Testing

 

Related Links:

Interview with a CollegePlus Coach

College the smart way with Ryan Yamane

Colleges Want Homeschool Students

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

Audio:  

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Thursday
May102012

59 The Homeschooling Buzz - Homeschooling With Love: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

 

 

In this episode join us as we talk to Gena Suarez, mother or 6 soon to be 7, speaker, author and one half of the publishing team behind the Old Schoolhouse Magazine at thehomeschoolmagazine.com. Gena and her husband Paul enjoy long country drives in the van while listening to books on CD, hanging out with good friend, and staying up late. Just thought you should know that... ;)

 

Show Notes:

Episode 59: Homeschooling With Love: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

 

Topics Discussed:

How Gena and Paul started their homeschool journey

Testing and a mother's worry

Hyper monkey's can get A's

From eBay to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. How'd that happen?

The Old Schoolhouse Tribe

What is schoolhouseteachers.com

Gena shares the secret of how she does it all.

Is there explosive growth coming in homeschooling? Gena Shares it All.

Closing thoughts.

 

Related Links:

Downloadable Homeschool Forms

How To Homeschool On A Gudget

Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Raymond Moore - Homeschool Wake up Call

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

Audio:  

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Friday
May042012

58 The Homeschooling Buzz - Bountiful Homeschooling on a Budget

 

 

In this episode join us as we listen to Jennifer Pepito instruct us on how to have a "Bountiful Homeschool on a Budget". Many families are in tough economic distress and because of this many people are struggling day to day to survive. Further, adding homeschooling on top of this new financial climate makes for interesting discussions with your spouse. However, tough economic times call for even tougher economic measures. If you are ready to turn 2 fish into thousands, essentially making due with what you have and creatively thinking outside the box, then listen to this episode.

 

Show Notes:

Episode 58: Bountiful Homeschooling on a Budget

 

Topics Discussed:

Four ways to homeschool at low cost

Try before you buy curriculum: Endorsed curriculum lending

The thinking of obseleteism

Use it up, Wear it out...

 

 

Related Links:

Downloadable Homeschool Forms

Say No To 5 Year-Old Compulsory Education

Dr. James Dobson and Dr. Raymond Moore - Homeschool Wake up Call

5 Ways To Homeschool For Free

  

Sponsors and Affiliates: 

Christian Home Educators Association of California (Resources for Homeschool)

Total Transcript Solution (Get your kids into college)

 

Audio:  

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Wednesday
May022012

California Homeschool Convention 2012 In Pasadena

Join us for the Largest California Homeschool Convention on July 12th -14th, 2012 hosted by CHEAofCA in Pasadena. Get refreshed and rejuvenated for the upcoming school year. Shake the discouragement and tedium that often sneak up on us during the year. Renew your vision and find your strength and courage by attending this years homeschool convention. Click here to REGISTER NOW. Still need more reasons to attend? Then read on...

 

 

Still not convinced? Ok... Then come to a Free session, An Introduction to Home Education, and invite your inquiring friends and family, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Pasadena Convention Center. After staying through the entire session you will receive a free pass to tour the exhibit hall.

We know you will enjoy the fun, fellowship and excitement at this years 2012 Homeschool Convention in Pasadena. Also, there will be a secret, hush hush announcement. Join us to find out what it will be.

Click here to REGISTER NOW