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The Value of Laughter in the Home

Children look to parents and follow their lead in actions, words and attitude. How you react, particularly to the unexpected, teaches your child many things. From you, they learn patience, perseverance, flexibility, accountability, integrity, creativity, discipline, humility, kindness, compassion and much more. Find Humor Laughter is an invaluable attribute that helps many deal with unexpected situations calmly and wisely. As a parent, are you
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What research tells us about reading, comprehension, and comprehension instruction

For many years, reading instruction was based on a concept of reading as the application of a set of isolated skills such as identifying words, finding main ideas, identifying cause and effect relationships, comparing and contrasting and sequencing. Comprehension was viewed as the mastery of these skills. One important classroom study conducted during the 1970s found that typical comprehension instruction followed what the study
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Gluten free chocolate “dirt”

Ingredient 1 handful dark chocolate chips Directions Place chips in a coffee grinder Grind until the texture of  coarse sand Serve over cream, berries or cupcakes


Dirt Cake with “worms”

Ingredients 2 (20 oz.) pkgs. Oreo cookies 1 (8 oz.) pkg. low fat cream cheese, softened 1 c. powdered sugar 1/2 stick butter, softened 2 pkgs. instant French vanilla pudding 3 1/2 c. milk 1 (12 oz.) Cool whip Gummy worms   Directions Crush the cookies. Mix the butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Mix the pudding and milk to directions and add cream
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8 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

  8. Children with special needs benefit from collaborative efforts among school personnel and parents that support the children’s unique learning abilities and needs Collaboration among parents, teachers, and administrators is essential for children with special needs to achieve academic and behavioral success. School personnel and family members can share valuable information about early reading skills, teaching strategies, co-teaching possibilities, and school/home coordination. The
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7 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

7. Children with special needs benefit from technology-assisted reading instruction Assistive technology devices and services can be used to help children with special needs access and comprehend text more successfully. Assistive technology devices should be selected based on the reading tasks in the classroom and the special needs of children. Assistive technology services should be provided to ensure that devices are obtained and training
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6 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

6. Children with special needs benefit from flexible grouping and intense instruction When Children with special needs have been taught the routines for working together, they learn best from instruction in small same-ability groups and from working with more capable peers. They benefit from small-group instruction that is intense (e.g., five days a week for at least 20 minutes) so that they can develop
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Garden Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Raspberry Dressing ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup raspberry vinegar 2 tablespoons honey 1 teaspoon salt Put vinegar, honey and salt in blender. Close the lid and turn it on. Open the top part of the lid and SLOWLY add the olive oil until it is all added in (In class we used a tuber ware with a tight lid and the kids took
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5 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

5. Children with special needs benefit from instruction using materials at their reading level Children learn best when they work with materials that are challenging but not so difficult as to be frustrating. It is important, therefore, to have in the classroom materials with various difficult levels. Materials can also be adapted to better match the learning levels of children with special needs. In
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4 of 8 Essential Elements for Adapting Instruction to Facilitate Beginning Reading Success for Children with Special Needs

4. Children with special needs benefit from instruction in which their progress is monitored regularly and adjustments made as needed Children learn at various rates. Keeping track of the progress of children with special needs through regular monitoring helps ensure that they are learning efficiently. Based on information gained from monitoring, instruction can be adjusted, extra assistance can be given, or reteaching can occur.
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