Why am I Writing this Blog?

I am very concerned about the growing level of illiteracy among our children. This blog is for parents who are homeschooling, parents whose children are falling behind at school and they don't know how to help them, teachers who would like to bounce ideas off an experienced teacher or get ideas to help student with problems. I will do everything in my power to help anyone in the areas of reading and writing.

In this blog I'll be using the original English spelling forms, so please make allowances if you're American or have been taught the American spelling form.

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Fantastic Free Video series on how to teach handwriting:
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Information on Education and Homeschooling
EducationBug: Education Directory - articles, directory, newsletter and profiles on schools

Free Worksheets:
Eastside Literacy
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Lined Handwriting Sheets:
Handwriting For Kids

Making Handwriting Sheets:
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Videos About Teaching Handwriting:
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Free Lessons and Ideas:
The Electric Company
First 55 Come Alive
Literacy, Families and Learning
ESL Partyland

Ed Helper - Spelling
Ed Helper - Reading Comprehension
Ed Helper - Vocabulary
First - School
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Clipart for Worksheets
The Teacher's Corner
Teaching Made Easier
School Express

Membership Sites:
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ELSIE: Reading 0-6

Inexpensive Handwriting Books
Staidens Homeschooling

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Check this out

Canadian canine expert and author Dr. Stanley Coren, professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, reports that Fido may just be as smart as two-year-old children.

Coren found that average dogs can learn 165 words, which is about the same amount as a toddler. And the smartest of the bunch can learn up to 250 words.! Signals and gestures are also part of the canine repertoire.

And if you think learning a few words and signals is the only thing man's best friend can do, think again! Dogs stand tow-to-toe with three or four-year-olds when it comes to basic maths skills. Go figure! They can count to four or five an can even notice mistakes in simple math computations. And when it comes to social skills, those lovable pooches are right on course with teenagers! According to Coren, Rover can also show emotions such as anger, disgust and happiness.

For more info and a list of the 10 smartest breeds and the ten least intelligent click here

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