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Late Bloomers
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Late bloomers are kids who learn and grow in a normal fashion, but take their time doing it. For example, while most kids learn how to read by the age of six or seven, the late bloomer may not actually […]


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Setting Realistic Expectations for Your Child at School
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Research suggests that what we expect from our children we get. Hence, to expect failure from a child is to breed failure. To expect success is to court success. However, it’s also important to realize that parents should also avoid […]


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Test Taking Skills
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Tests, unfortunately, are becoming more and more common in our schools, creating test anxiety and learning blocks in our kids that get in the way of school success. However, you can help your child cope with the negative effects of […]


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Relaxation Activities that Promote Learning
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Many kids have trouble learning, because they’re feeling too stressed out or anxious to concentrate. Here are some activities that you can do with your child at home to help him feel more relaxed before beginning any learning task. • […]


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Spelling Techniques for the Physically Active Child
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Here are some ideas for helping your physically active youngster learn to spell more accurately. • First, have him spell words out loud, while jumping up every time a vowel is spoken. For example, to spell the word rocket, he’d […]


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Helping Your Child with Homework
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Many parents complain that they can’t help their kids with homework without it becoming a disaster for all concerned. Yet homework can actually be one of the best times to cement a positive learning bond between you and your child. […]


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Home Schooling
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

A growing number of parents around the country are taking their children out of both public and private schools and teaching them at home. There are several advantages to such an action. • First, children have the opportunity to learn […]


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Your Child Might Be A Genius In Another Culture
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

You may have a child with tremendous learning problems, who might function brilliantly, if he were only living in another culture. The reason for this seeming paradox is that different cultures place different priorities on specific learning abilities. In our […]


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How the Brain Works/How it Affects Learning
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Recent years have seen a massive increase in the amount of knowledge we possess about the human brain and learning. We now know that the gray matter making up the most visible portions of the brain controls many of the […]


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Learning Styles: The Musical Child
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.

Musical children learn best through rhythm and melody. These kids respond naturally to music at home and at school. They may be excellent singers or play a musical instrument competently. They usually know many tunes from memory and can be […]


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