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THE READING CORNER E-ZINE, Issue #001 --Autism April
June 02, 2013
Hello Readers

According to The International Dyslexia Association, ONLY 30% of fourth graders read at proficient level. This month’s newsletter focuses on building vocabulary, just one aspect of reading that will help your child become a better reader.

Also find out how your child can use an e-reader to help build his vocabulary base.

A Different Kind of School will introduce you to a fairly new charter school in Kansas City, Missouri. Find out why I am excited about this school and why I think you should know about it.


BUILDING VOCABULARY

Summer is a great time for children to focus on some fundamentals that seem to get skipped during the school year. One of these fundamentals is vocabulary. After 5th grade most teachers don’t even focus on this necessary discipline. Perhaps there are too many other items to concentrate on.

If a student doesn’t understand a meaning of the word he just read, chances are that he will miss the meaning of the sentence and even perhaps the entire paragraph. Knowing what words mean will improve comprehension.

There are two ways that children learn vocabulary. One is implicitly and the other is explicitly. Implicitly means without a plan, through daily usage. Explicitly means that the teaching is intentional; with a plan. Click here to find out more about how you can teach vocabulary.


DO YOU HAVE AN E-READER?

An e-reader is a Kindle, a Nook , an i-pad or other computer mobile devices on which you can download a book and read it. I think any student that is struggling with comprehension should have an e-reader. WHY? An e-reader has a dictionary built into it.

If your child is having comprehension problems, one factor could be her vocabulary skills are very low. Many students do not like to stop reading in order to look up an unknown word(s) or want to even take the time to jot the word down. By the time she is done reading, she probably has forgotten the word that she stumbled over and too embarrassed to ask what a word means.

An e-reader, like the Kindle, has a built in dictionary. If the person reading a downloadable book comes upon a word and she stumbles over the meaning, she can just place her finger on the word and the definition will pop up. The reader can now see exactly how this word is being used in a sentence without stopping to pick up a dictionary.

There are thousands of children’s books on the e-readers. Even though children will not be “turning the page” if using an e-reader they will be able to find out a definition of a word in a book they are looking at or reading.


A DIFFERENT KIND OF SCHOOL

For those of you that live in the Kansas City, Missouri area you may be interested in this school. IF you don’t live in the area, you still need to watch this video about how enthusiastic the students are to learn! This video “blew me away” because the students wanted to learn. In fact, one student said, “If it was easy, I wouldn’t try so hard.”

The Kauffman School is a rigorous college preparatory school founded in 2011. The school design is based on inspiring examples of charter schools throughout the country that are helping urban students achieve at very high academic levels. The Kauffman School has longer school days and a longer school year. The school only admits students in 5th grade and above. Each year the school will admit 200 new 5th graders and continue to educate them until 12th grade.

WHY am I excited about a school that isn't even in my area? And why should you be excited too?

When you watch this film, this film, you see how excited the children are. They want to learn. They are hopeful that they will go to college someday. This is the type of enthusiasm I wished every public and private school had.

I wanted others to see this in the other areas of our country so that if your child goes to a school that is mediocre and wanting for something, you can get businesses and other parents involved so that you too can start a charter school like this one.


Follow me on Pinterest. and like me on Facebook. If you haven't read the Asperger's Syndrome Blog, read it today. It is about one mother's trials and joys of raising a daughter on the Autism Spectrum. At 22 Kelsey's mood swings were getting out of hand. Dawn decided to search for some answers and not rely on conventional treatment.

Dawn's journey and Kelsey's journey isn't over yet, but they are on the road of Hope once again.


FINAL WORD

I have enjoyed writing this e-zine. Please let me know what you would like to see in it.

NEXT MONTH: A book review about the health of your child and his brain health. This was supposed to be in this months e-zine but was postponed until next month.


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