Monday, September 26, 2016

Back-to-School Homework Tips

Good morning,

Many schools have been in session for a few weeks now, and you may have noticed your child struggling to focus and complete their homework in a timely manner. If  this is the case, we are here to help! We are a small firm in the Northern Virginia area that caters to students with ADD, ADHD, other LDs, behavioral issues and problems with executive functioning. We work with students of all ages and levels to help them succeed not only in their academic endeavors, but with life skills as well.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages

Today we are highlighting an article from The New York Times entitled 'What Babies Know About Physics and Foreign Languages.' This article isn't about what you would expect, but instead highlights how today's culture has demanded that children learn more and more at a young age. Keep reading below for more and find out how Linder can help your child learn in and out of the classroom!

"Parents and policy makers have become obsessed with getting young children to learn more, faster. But the picture of early learning that drives them is exactly the opposite of the one that emerges from developmental science. In the last 30 years, the United States has completed its transformation to an information economy. Knowledge is as important in the 21st century as capital was in the 19th, or land in the 18th. In the same 30 years, scientists have discovered that even very young children learn more than we once thought possible. Put those together and our preoccupation with making children learn is no surprise.

The trouble is that most people think learning is the sort of thing we do in school, and that parents should act like teachers — they should direct special lessons at children to produce particular kinds of knowledge or skill, with the help of how-to books and “parenting” apps. Studies prove that high-quality preschool helps children thrive. But policy makers and educators are still under pressure to justify their investments in early childhood education. They’ve reacted by replacing pretend corners and playground time with “school readiness” tests.

But in fact, schools are a very recent invention. Young children were learning thousands of years before we had ever even thought of schools."

At Linder Educational Coaching, we recognize that not all learning happens in a classroom or with prepared tests. We work with each child to bring out their natural learning abilities and help them succeed in a variety of methods.   Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your child at:

Monday, September 12, 2016

Listening Isn’t Cheating: How Audio Books Can Help Us Learn

Today we want to talk about a sometimes controversial topic, audio learning. There is a perception among some educators and parents that listening to audio books defies the point and is a form of "cheating."  In this article from, "professor Daniel Willingham, author of 'Raising Kids Who Read,' explains the difference in how the brain processes listening vs. reading" and why audio books aren't all that bad.

"Listening to an audio book might be considered cheating if the act of decoding were the point; audio books allow you to seem to have decoded without doing so. But if appreciating the language and the story is the point, it’s not.   Comparing audio books to cheating is like meeting a friend at Disneyland and saying 'you took a bus here? I drove myself, you big cheater.' The point is getting to and enjoying the destination. The point is not how you traveled."

At Linder Educational Coaching, we employ a variety of methods to help each child learn and succeed, including audio learning.We have students listen to audio books WHILE reading to learn pacing, help focus, and increase understanding especially for auditory learners.

Each person learns differently and needs to find a way to use his/her natural abilities in school. Our goal is to help bring out those natural abilities in every student. Each family calls us for a different reason, and we are very sensitive to the needs of each client. Some families want to make sure their child is prepared for the next grade, others call because their child has become detached from school and is doing poorly in multiple classes. We work with many students on specific areas that are weaker for them, whether it is language arts or math and sciences.

Contact us today to set up an appointment for your child!