Watch Learning GROW

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The start of the school year has begun and along with that assessing the students to see where they are and where they need and want to go, we make goals. If their want is small, giving them the vision of where they could go is essential. Grouping students together is crucial in this endeavor and each watch the other achieve goals they never thought possible thus increasing their own vision of what they can do.

An Incredible Teaching Day

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Every day is an incredible teaching day when I am with students, but this summer has been that plus some. During the summer, parents drive their children to my home as I have too many to drive to them and this way I can get in more children. The great thing about this is I grew a large garden this year. During the summer, the children get to feel the garden when it first starts out, then feel it in its different stages. The raspberries and strawberries come first and the great pleasure of picking fresh fruit and truly tasting what fruit should taste like always gets huge smiles.

Resources

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If you are looking for resources.
American Printing House for the blind- http://aph.org/ offers just about everything under the sun for books and other materials for the blind/low vision
Grocery stores now have raised line paper from Mead--Thank you Lori for that info. It can also be had from APH
If you are looking for balls with bells and braille on games, go to
http://www.braillebookstore.com/view.php?C=Toys+and+Games

The Importance of Blind Mentors

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Being blind or teaching a blind person cannot happen in isolation. People will tend to fall back on stereotypes and misconceptions about what blind people cannot do rather than what they can do. Getting them involved with other blind people is eye opening and more importantly getting them involved with successful blind mentors is essential.

Learning through a learning disability

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Strengthen your weakest part of your brain and learn the things people said you could not. Arrowsmith School, http://www.arrowsmithschool.org/ has the system and methods to get you or your child where you want to be. Practice does make perfect and if you don't use it, you will lose it.

Making Brain cells grow

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No matter who you are or what your abilities, you can make your brain cells grow and learn. To increase language, reading and writing skills, take a crayon, yes blind children can draw too, and draw in circles and lines. Also, create tactile lines and have your child constantly feel and trace along the different types of lines that are created. These activities will help those brain cells grow which will lead to more developed language, reading and writing skills....and increased intelligence

Finding the humor in education

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One of my students whom I am working with this summer and I are pen pals. She has many other people she is brailling letters to also as this is a great way to get kids reading and writing braille. So last week she received my letter but she did not know it was from me.

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