Redefining Failure… It is Essential for Success

Oxford dictionary features 3 definitions of failure. The first definition is simply ‘lack of success.’ The second definition of failure is ‘the neglect or omission of expected or required action.’ Hmmm…

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Fear of failure is a term I’m sure everyone is familiar with. After all, fear of failure is the excuse many individuals use to hold back from fulfilling their full potential. I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point where we prevent ourselves from even trying something, even if the rewards could be great. I know I sure have been there too many times!

what would you do if you knew you could not fail?

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The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Boy Readers

Last week I wrote about The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Girl Readers. 

This week, I am expanding on this concept to include my favorite chapter books for reluctant boy readers.

There are so many books out there, yet finding one that our child will engage with can be especially difficult when our child does not particularly love to read. If you have a reluctant reader in your life, you realize the importance of having books that are not only readable for your child, but also are viewed as acceptable by peers. This is especially true when it is time to read in school.

This is why I have created this list of 10 awesome chapter books/series that are great for the reluctant boy reader in your life.

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The Best Chapter Books for Reluctant Girl Readers

If you have a reluctant reader in your life, you realize the importance of having books that are not only readable for your child, but also are viewed as appropriate and cool by peers. This is especially true when it is time to read in school. To simplify this process, I have created a list of my favorite chapter books for reluctant girl readers. 

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More of the Best Reading Comprehension Strategies

Last week, I went over a few of my favorite reading comprehension strategies. This week, I will be going over a few more.

What is reading comprehension? Reading comprehension refers to one’s ability to recall and understand information that was read. It also refers to an individual’s ability to compare what was read with information the reader already knows. Reading comprehension is important because it really is the difference between someone simply reading words and someone reading as an “active participant” in his/her reading. The reader becomes much more engaged as reading becomes more fun and more informative.

This is where reading comprehension strategies come in. Here are a few more to add to my post from last week!

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The Best Reading Comprehension Strategies

Reading is a true gift that opens up our world. Those who read well cannot imagine life without it! However, those who struggle with reading can be haunted by the need for it on a regular basis. This is even true for people who read words easily but fail to make the necessary connections for reading to be enjoyable. This last group requires reading comprehension strategies to be specifically taught and practiced.

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Predicting Future Success of Students

My mom has a traumatic brain injury. The consequences of the brain injury have been difficult to accept. Although she did return in the slightest bit to become a shell of her former self for a year or two after the injury, she is no longer there at all. Over the past few years, she has steadily and dramatically declined.

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When There’s Hate in the Heart

This is difficult for me to write mainly because I don’t like to ruffle feathers and I’m writing about a hate in the heart experience with a relative. However, I also need to bring attention to this subject. Every bone in my human and motherly body tells me this.

I recently took a long road trip with 3 of my children and offered for a relative of mine to come along. He is someone I have talked on the phone with on quite a few occasions and who lived with our family for a period of time when I was a child. Well, I guess I didn’t know what I was in for.

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Inspiring Children’s Book Authors with Dyslexia

It’s not often assumed that an individual who has difficulty reading as a youth would become an author as an adult. However, I dare say that many adults are incorrect when predicting the future of a youth who has difficulty with reading. Unfortunately, too often, it is assumed that there won’t be much of a future at all for some of these individuals.

This blog post is one that focuses on individuals who had difficulty with reading as a youth, yet went on to become authors of children’s books as an adult. I write it in hopes that it may help to inspire youth who currently struggle with the reading process. 

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