Archive for the 'Homework' Category

How planning skills impact learning

Sunday, January 24th, 2016
I often get calls from parents who are concerned about their kids dyslexia, ADHD, reading, writing, spelling, or math skills. And within our conversations it shortly becomes apparent to me that there is an additional problem that is interfering with their child's learning: having poor executive function skills.

Transforming a learning disability into an academic strength

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Nationally 7 out of 10 students are below grade level…7 out of 10 students are not proficient in reading, writing, and math…and these are not just the struggling or learning challenged kids. These are national statistics – so out of every 10 kids, only 3 are at grade level or above grade level. They may have basic skills, but they are not proficient! So why are so many students not proficient? Why are so many children and teens doing poorly in school?

Tips to regulate screen time with summer fun activities

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
One of the most important things the modern parent can do for their children’s cyber security is to give them quality attention. But the temptation is to yield to screen time because there is immediate gratification; the baby hushes right away and the older children are occupied for long periods of time. And summer time is when kids have lots more free time, which can be surrendered to the device

How to advocate for the education of the modern child: It’s personal

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
When my sons were in grade school, they each in their own way declared that their academic education was the teacher’s job, not mine. And just as my children were arguing for a sacred division of labor between parents and teachers, I explained with divine confidence that there could be no doubt that their education was ultimately the parents’ responsibility. I cannot say that I understood their logic for declaring their education none of my business, but I do know that it was important for me to form a united front with the teacher, so that my sons would not feel like they were serving two masters. And while I did my best not to assert my personal opinions about their academic performance, the expectation of the children in our home as students was simple: behave and do your personal best. My children knew that if they failed a class, they better still be getting an “A” in citizenship. And for me this was a no-brainer because if they knew how to behave in the classroom, they would capable of learning something if they so choose. Over the past decade, I have observed our system of academic education to be a somewhat emotional area for parenthood as the anecdotal evidence suggests that a college degree is not a panacea what with all the debt financing and a lackluster job market. In a recent New York Times article about whether college was worth it, it is interesting to me that the case was made that in the long run, earning a college degree, despite the cost, is worth it. One of the conclusions this journalist asserts is that college has become what was once the value of a high school degree. I perceive this to be true. I wonder what high school lessons consisted of 100 years ago and if we might find it resembling more college level learning. And by the same token, the benefits from the pursuit of education in any venue is such a personal matter because in order to be truly fruitful, enrolling in an educational institution still requires the individual to apply herself in some meaningful way. The most important thing a child can learn is how to seek and realize their personal mission in life; to embrace a strong sense of purpose to guide them. In this context, some children are college bound and others are not. So how will you receive your child if she decides not to pursue a traditional college education? Is a college degree the only path for her success in life? In this regard, child rearing expert, Madeline Levine cautions us in her book, Teach the Children Well, to be careful about levying a very narrow definition of success for our children because it causes emotional trauma and harm; it is indeed a boundary violation even though we may choose call it love language.

Behold your own beauty by taking ownership of your mind

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014
We must stand firm daily in what we enjoy and embrace to be beautiful. We live in a culture constantly presenting its views and perspectives of what beauty is. We are bombarded through social media, magazines, peers, with their definitions/opinions of beauty, perspectives often driven by greed and power. These can distract us from experiencing what we truly find to be beautiful.

Succeeding in life: Overcoming distraction and learning challenges

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

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Our learning expert, Bonnie Terry, has developed a phenomenal consulting practice around helping kids with ADD/ADHD issues become successful at school. Terry’s book, Family Strategies for ADD/ADHD Kids, explains the possibility of overcoming distraction which is increasingly commonplace in our modern lifestyles. Children with ADD/ADHD are considered to be especially vulnerable to distraction, having difficulty concentrating on a task at hand and

The homework dilemma: Can homework be good for you and your child?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Homework can be a very emotionally charged topic, as the volume of work expected to be done at home creates time management challenges for parents and students alike, starting at very early ages. The social and extra curricular schedules of children and families make very little room for homework or down time. Many parents are working long hours, only to be confronted with children challenged or upset about getting the homework done. So I asked our learning expert, Bonnie Terry, to help us get some perspective on the value of homework and how to prepare children, especially the learning challenged, to handle it well. Terry is a best-selling author of Family Strategies for ADHD Kids, Five Minutes to Better Reading Skills, and Ten Minutes to Better Study Skills and one of the co-authors of Amazing Grades is with us today. She is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and internationally recognized as America’s Leading Learning Specialist and the founder of BonnieTerryLearning. Her curriculum materials are used world-wide. Bonnie is also the host of Learning Made Easy Talk Radio and is a frequent media guest. Bonnie is a mother of 3 gifted kids who also happened to have ADHD and several learning problems.

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna ( and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.