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Staff Spotlight: Rhonda

Staff Spotlight: Rhonda

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Rhonda! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III What did you want to be when you were growing up? A...

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Staff Spotlight: Judy

Staff Spotlight: Judy

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Judy! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? The entire "Foreigner" series. What did you want to be when you were growing up? An actress, a...

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Staff Spotlight: Jenny

Staff Spotlight: Jenny

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Jenny! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? Secret Life of Bees. What did you want to be when you were growing up? It changed a lot. Still...

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Staff Spotlight: Katie

Staff Spotlight: Katie

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Katie! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? Jane Eyre What did you want to be when you were growing up? Music therapist People say I am:...

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5 Things to Do if Your Child Hates Reading

5 Things to Do if Your Child Hates Reading

Does your child “hate” reading? Often, children who “hate” reading find it difficult, exhausting, and therefore unenjoyable. If your child is struggling with reading, it’s imperative that they receive explicit reading instruction so that reading becomes easier for...

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Building Comprehension With Summer Fun!

Building Comprehension With Summer Fun!

Background knowledge is a crucial piece of the language comprehension process. Your child may be able to read a story perfectly fine, but unless they have learned about the context of the story previously, they may be confused by the content. Working on increasing...

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Stop the Summer Slide!

Stop the Summer Slide!

How do you prevent the “summer slide”? Read, read, read! When kids are engaged in reading during the summer, they are better prepared for the new school year. Luckily, there are many great opportunities to keep them motivated. 1) Here at Langsford, we have 2 workshops...

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Langsford Lecture Series: Educational Evaluations

Langsford Lecture Series: Educational Evaluations

Have you ever been a bit confused when interpreting educational tests?  What are the best practices?   In a recent presentation, Stephen McCrocklin, Langsford's Executive Director, gave an overview of several educational evaluations that are commonly used by...

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5 Easter Books for Young Readers

5 Easter Books for Young Readers

What better gift to receive in an Easter basket than a book? Here are 5 recommendations that will fit perfectly in your basket. Clifford's First Easter by Norman Bridwell From Amazon:  In the tradition of Clifford's Happy Easter, an adorable lift-a-flap book...

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4 Places to Donate Your Used Books

4 Places to Donate Your Used Books

It’s finally Spring! Have you found some unused books during your spring cleaning? Maybe you’re just wanting some extra space for new books. Whatever your reason, here is a list of where you can donate your books so they can find a new, happy home. 1) Libraries...

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How to Prepare for that Standardized Test!

How to Prepare for that Standardized Test!

Standardized tests play a big role in public schools, and many private schools as well. As a parent, here are some things you can do to help ensure standardized test success! 1.) Be prepared. Teachers will often send home information—schedules and plans for the day(s)...

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Feel Lucky With These 5 Books

Feel Lucky With These 5 Books

Are you feeling lucky yet? Check out these 5 books to help you feel the Luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day! Ten Lucky Leprechauns By Kathryn Heling From Amazon: Fiddle-de-fizz, 'tis magic, it is When leprechauns find each other.

 Count from one to ten as one...

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Langsford Lecture Series: Maladaptive Daydreaming

If a child is often “in their own world” and routinely engages in repetitive movements, then they must have some form of Autism, right? Maybe not! If a parent or teacher describes a child as frequently off task because they constantly seem to be daydreaming, then they...

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Celebrate Presidents Day With These Five Books

Celebrate Presidents Day With These Five Books

How will you celebrate the presidents of the past today? Here are some great children books that honor the legacies of past presidents and celebrate the role of the Commander in Chief. Clifford for President by Mark McVeigh From Amazon: Clifford is running for...

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5 Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

5 Books to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is almost here—are your Valentines ready to be given? Are you loaded up with candy? You’ve picked out a great book to celebrate with, right? If not, here are some fun books to help you celebrate! Pete the Cat's Valentine's Day is Cool By Kimberly and...

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5 Questions to Ask Kids About What They’ve Read

5 Questions to Ask Kids About What They’ve Read

Get your kids really thinking about what they read with these 5 questions— Answers can’t just be “yes or no”! 1. If you could give the book another title, what would it be? 2. Which characters would you like to meet in real life? 3. What do you wish was different...

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New Year’s Reading Resolutions

New Year’s Reading Resolutions

As we enter the new year, many of us like to set New Year's Resolutions or goals we’d like to accomplish during the new year. Why not set some reading resolutions? Having a goal will help keep the momentum of the beginning of the school year going and push kids to...

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5 Stocking Stuffers That Build Reading Skills

5 Stocking Stuffers That Build Reading Skills

There are some great games and toys out there that are fun for kids AND help them build the skills necessary for reading and spelling. Below are some ideas for fun, literacy-building stocking stuffers, along with the skill they promote. I Spy, Little Letters by Jean...

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Finding the Joy in Writing

Finding the Joy in Writing

Putting thoughts on paper is as essential to academic success as reading and spelling. It is a key product that teachers and professors use to assess learning. However, writing can be challenging for some kids so they will avoid it. Imagine the ease of knowing what...

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How to Help Kids Do Their Best Work

At Langsford, we work with children on a 1 to 1 basis, meaning 1 child with 1 instructor. In this environment, we usually see children performing to the best of their ability. They have our full attention, and there aren’t other children around to compete with. This...

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4 Warning Signs to Watch For This School Year

4 Warning Signs to Watch For This School Year

Now that the school year has officially been underway for a few months, many of us have fallen into a routine. However, it is important to pay attention to any red flags that show up in the first part of the school year. 1. Inconsistent Grades The biggest sign that...

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4 Warning Signs to Watch For This School Year

4 Warning Signs to Watch For This School Year

Now that the school year has officially been underway for a few months, many of us have fallen into a routine. However, it is important to pay attention to any red flags that show up in the first part of the school year. 1. Inconsistent Grades The biggest sign that...

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Staff Spotlight: Leslie

Staff Spotlight: Leslie

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Leslie! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book? Anything by Eckhart Tolle & The Road Less Traveled by Scott Peck. Historical fiction and...

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Staff Spotlight: Paul

Staff Spotlight: Paul

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Paul! We asked him a few questions, and here are his answers. What is your favorite book?: JR. Tolkien's Two Towers What did you want to be when you were growing up?: Jet fighter pilot...

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6 Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving

6 Books to Celebrate Thanksgiving

It’s that time of the year again—a time of gratitude, food, and family. These books are perfect to accompany the post-dinner relaxation time! Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell From Amazon: Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover how much they have to be...

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Langsford Lecture Series: Screening for Reading Progress

Langsford Lecture Series: Screening for Reading Progress

Screening for Reading Progress The best way to solve a puzzle is to gather all of the pieces.  Then you can sort them to find out where they will likely fit. The same applies to reading instruction.  Knowing where each child is with their reading will help determine...

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Staff Spotlight: Katie

Staff Spotlight: Katie

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Katie! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book?: Leaves of Grass, Harry Potter, and Jane Eyre What did you want to be when you were growing...

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Staff Spotlight: Katie

Staff Spotlight: Katie

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Katie! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers. What is your favorite book?: Leaves of Grass, Harry Potter, and Jane Eyre What did you want to be when you were growing...

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Staff Spotlight: Daniel

Staff Spotlight: Daniel

Every week, we are featuring a Langsford staff member. This week, we are featuring Daniel! We asked him a few questions, and here are his answers. What is your favorite book?: The Old Man and the Sea What did you want to be when you were growing up?: Taller People say...

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