Online Help for the TAKS

TAKSIt's not too early to start brushing up on facts for the TAKS test! Below are links to help study for the Texas Assessment of Knowledge & Skills.

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Update Our Brains… for More Fun in Our Senior Years

Recently, listening to "The Brain that Changes Itself" (Norman Doidge) I was encouraged to hear that we seniors can keep our brains from deteriorating and even prevent Alzheimer’s! When we reach middle age, we tend to rest on our laurels, using the skills we’ve developed over the years (the established neurological ‘brain maps’), but Doidge writes that we need to develop new brain maps as we age. The key is challenging our brains with new learning, new skills, new input. Learning must be a life-long activity. The most vibrant older people we meet renew their brains and bodies and reinvigorate themselves with new friends, new challenges and serving other people.

Just a few suggestions for more vigor and joy in your life:

  • Study a foreign (to you) language
  • Take up a musical instrument, get lessons
  • Meet weekly with friends to play a game of cards
  • Volunteer in the community; meet new friends
  • Get on your treadmill (or go out for a long walk) or stationary bike with a good audiobook
  • Take a dance class and show off your moves
  • Take up a new craft (woodworking, crochet, etc) or pick back up one you already know
  • Enroll in a community college class

 

Another great idea: Many seniors have problems with receiving auditory input, which puts a real damper on relationships and social activity. Sound therapy is an excellent tool for improving auditory reception as well as mood, balance, concentration and energy. The Listening Program’s music production techniques are designed to stimulate, or “exercise,” the different functions of the auditory processing system. This enables the brain to better receive, process and use incoming information.

A sound therapy program of beautiful classical music can improve our brains and our social lives as we get older, by improving the way we hear conversations and engage with our loved ones. Call me if you’d like to reinvigorate your brain with The Listening Program.

Let's go! I’m doing my TLP 'listening' today and starting piano lessons soon!

If Your Child Avoids Reading

Red Flag Warning: Any Child Who Doesn't Like to Read!

If your child avoids reading, here are good tips from Ann:

  1. Have your child read aloud to you 15 minutes a day, 5-7 days a week, consistently.
  2. Don't say the word he struggles with, but help him sound out words. It is critically important for every reader to know how to sound out words.
  3. Don't let him skip words or misread (example: reads that for than, of instead of for ).
  4. For the 'good reader' who doesn't remember what she has read, do this exercise: She reads aloud, pausing slightly to tap once at each comma or semi-colon, and tapping twice at the end of each sentence. She cannot be voicing while tapping. This allows the brain time to catch up, and with time and practice, builds in a good habit of recognizing punctuation.

If your child doesn't make significant progress after a month or so, call us. We do some of our BEST work at the reading table!  Here's a comment from one 6th grader: "Miss Ann, I like to read now!"  This young lady now enjoys her studies as an art student at a well-recognized college in Georgia. Her parents told me recently that, through high school, Tanya's "nose was always in a book"!

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512.657.0126

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5450 Bee Cave Road, Suite 3B
Austin, Texas 78746

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