Parents often meet with me to establish 504 plans ~ accommodation plans ~ for students who have learning challenges. Many ask me what are accommodations and can my child receive them. Accommodations change HOW a student learns, not WHAT a student learns. The distinction is quite important for families, students, and educators to understand. When […]
My daughter is a lovely young woman who teaches fourth grade in a dual language program. She uses checklists for her day-to-day tasks, keeps her work area ready to plan lessons, and reviews every day tasks that she needs to complete during the week. All of these skills she learned while navigating the public school […]
The most important relationship is the one between you and your child. This relationship can be tested if a child or teen is struggling and there is consistent conflict around homework, projects, tests, etc. Tutoring support can often ease these tensions as well as provide additional content support and learning strategies. Our tutoring offers a […]
Many students with learning challenges struggle with working memory, the ability to retain and retrieve information that has been previously learned or reviewed. Strategies can be developed at school and at home to develop a more efficient and effective memory. 1. Give Directions in Multiple Formats. Whether you are asking your child to clean his […]
When I was in the sixth grade, we had timed tests every Friday. We would fold a paper so it had sixteen squares front and back, and our teacher would call out problems, sometimes with several operations in one, and we had to respond quickly. Just as I started to solve a problem, she would […]
Every September, from elementary through middle school, I would take home all of my textbooks and read every chapter. Then I would take out my loose leaf paper and answer every question at the end of the reading or math sections. I had a spot in the corner of my closet where I would organize […]
Welcome to Island Educational Services’ new blog. At Island Educational Services we know the term “education” is a mammoth one, but we hope to share a point of view about a variety of topics that impact families and their children. While the main contributor will be me – Lydia Harrison, the owner and director of Island Educational Services – the tutoring staff will also contribute ideas, thoughts, and resources that are important in their work. We hope you will give us feedback and share your insights as well.