Windy Row Blog

07/27/15

More and more individuals are "coming out" about their struggles with dyslexia. Whoopi Goldberg is one of them, as she explains in a recent video. She says, "It was nice to know I wasn't just lazy...and didn't have to explain myself any more."

American astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium, Neil deGrassse Tyson...

07/13/15

What professionals talk about reading, the two words that most often come up are "phonological awareness" and "decoding."  

Phonological awareness is the ability to identify the different sounds for letter and then associate sounds with written words. It is the basis of reading. A reader also needs to be able to put sounds together to make words. For example, if you know how to read "cat" and see "bat," you should realize that the "at" sound is being used again. There are 44 separate...

06/29/15

Dyscalculia is the term used to describe a severe inability to do math; it is often called "math dyslexia." In New Hampshire school systems, the terms "dyscalculia"  and "dyslexia" may not be used but they are covered as "learning disabilities."

As with reading challenges, math challenges do not mean that your child is unable to learn. Reading and math are skills, just like driving and cooking--we all know very intelligent bad cooks! At Windy Row Learning Center in Peterborough, New...

06/15/15

As the fledgling New Hampshire branch of Decoding Dyslexia has mentioned on its website, "Many parents in NH are being told by their local school districts that dyslexia is not a term recognized by that district and therefore they have no services for a child with dyslexia." However, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) does specifically mention dyslexia as a learning disability that school districts should address. 

Here in New Hampshire, we have a branch of...

06/01/15

Several states have laws now that specifically mandate screening and/or intervention for reading disabilities like dyslexia. Those states include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. For example, the Wyoming law reads as follows: "Each school district shall design and implement a reading screening program that measures student reading progress and includes prescreening for dyslexia and other reading...

05/18/15

Summer is a time for fun and the Windy Row Summer Program is set up for fun plus real progress in reading and math.

From our very first summer session, learning became a joyful adventure. The proof? After camp, students eagerly headed home to practice some more!

We have two Summer Programs. Our 4-4-4 program is held for four weeks in early July to early August. It is held four days a week and four hours a day (including lunch). Along with reading and math tutoring, we have lots...

05/04/15

Here at Windy Row Learning Center, we receive requests for information about our reading and math tutoring from parents who have found us in many different ways:

  1. Many parents have found our website by searching on the internet for local reading tutoring or math tutoring, dyslexia or other keywords.
  2. Teachers often recommend Windy Row if they see a child struggling with reading and math. Most heartwarming, those teachers often attend our tutor-training program so that they...
04/20/15

If a child you know is having trouble with reading, you'll want to attend this talk on reading challenges at the River Center, 44 & 46 Concord Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire, on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. Stephanie Hood, a long-time New Hampshire special education teacher and case manager with a Master's degree in education from Antioch University will discuss the signs of reading challenges like dyslexia and what steps parents and educators can take to help children who are struggling with...

04/13/15

1.       Dyslexia is rare. Reality: As many as 1 in 20 children have reaching challenges.

2.       Dyslexia is about turning letters backward. Reality: Reading challenges present in many ways, including an inability to connect the sounds of words with their shapes and an inability to understand the order of words in a sentence

3.       Dyslexia is about not being able to read at all. Reality: Children with dyslexia can usually...

04/06/15

Any child who has challenges in reading, writing, math or other academic areas may be exposed to bullying by other children. Unfortunately, adults may also become bullies by repeatedly accusing the child of not trying hard enough or "goofing off" on purpose, without realizing or respecting the underlying struggle.

One of the cornerstones of Windy Row Learning Center is that we understand and support each and every child in acquiring reading and math skills in whatever way best suits...

03/23/15

Children with reading and math challenges often have problems with time management. They do not have a firm concept of the passage of time or how one set of actions affects another; they may have trouble following age-appropriate directions or figuring out how much time they need to complete a task. In addition, working on reading or math homework is exhausting, because it takes longer and requires more energy. Children may become overwhelmed with homework and unable to complete projects "on...

03/09/15

Dr. Cheryl Orcutt has served as the Executive Director of Windy Row Learning Center since its foundation...

02/23/15

The New Yorker recently (February 11, 2015) published an article on the latest research into dyslexia, including the connection between dyslexia and executive functioning.

These studies have indicated that the first three years of reading, from kindergarten to grade 3, are the years where the greatest strides can be made to overcoming reading challenges. The potential for...

02/23/15

As a parent or guardian, you are your child's advocate. Sometimes that advocacy seems frustrating, confusing and very lonely. At Windy Row Learning Center, we try to support parents as they reach out to us for information about resources and ways to help their child. Here are a few sources of information to help you on your journey:

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02/09/15

Some attitudes toward dyslexia and other reading challenges have not changed. Even today, the real problem of dyslexia is often been lost in the jargon, because so many synonyms are used to describe reading challenges. It is often common to blame reading problems on laziness or ADD (which can be addressed with drugs). At Windy Row, we have met children who have spent years unable to read while they were "treated for" behavioral, psychological and developmental issues--trapped in programs...

01/26/15

One possible aspect of dyslexia that we haven't addressed in these blogs is dysgraphia, difficulty in putting thoughts down on paper. As you can imagine, a child who cannot read finds it difficult to write. Also, some of the issues related to reading challenges--difficulty with saying the alphabet in order, difficulty with following directions--also interfere with writing, the process of organizing thoughts on a page of paper. You may never hear the word "dysgraphia" used to describe a child...

01/12/15

We hope the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions will respond to some of your concerns about your child's reading and math challenges and about Windy Row. If you have more questions, please contact us by phone or info [at] windyrow.org (email).

Q. I'm not sure if my child has dyslexia but she seems to have trouble reading. Can you help her?

A. Please contact us, even...

01/10/15

The Masons in West Peterborough recently donated $1000 to Windy Row. Here are (left to right) Jeff Allen, President of the Peterborough Masonic Association, Kevin McElhinney, Treasurer of Windy Row Learning Center, Craig Livingston, Treasurer of the Peterborough Masonic Association, and John Kaufauld, Board Member of Windy Row. These funds will help with Windy...

12/29/14

Recently, the Dyslexia Foundation retweeted a version of the old rule, "I before e except after c." The new version goes: "I before e, except when you run a feisty heist on a weird beige foreign neighbor." English is full of exceptions to rules, especially since we borrowed much of our language from other cultures and countries. Take, for example, maize and maze or phial and file.

When children have trouble reading, the problems show up first in the everyday words. A child will read...

12/15/14

Recently, a friend of Windy Row Learning Center forwarded news about Christian Boer, who has designed a new typeface that makes reading easier for people with reading challenges. The letters in this typeface have heavier bottoms, making it easier for a reader to see the differences between letters, for example, between b, p, and d.

"When they're reading, people with dyslexia often unconsciously switch, rotate and mirror letters in their minds," said Boer, who is dyslexic himself.  "By...

12/01/14

George Sterling is an entrepreneur in Peterborough, NH. A certified business coach, he is founder and president of Sterling Business Corporation and chair of the board of the Windy Row Learning Center.

Being dyslexic does not mean you are stupid. Nor is dyslexia a disease. And for some, like me, the challenge is not reading but numbers.

I have never been diagnosed with dyslexia or dyscalculia, but I transpose numbers a lot even if the numbers are keyed into a calculator...

11/17/14

Math can be a stumbling block for many children, but sometimes that stumble is also a warning sign. "Dyscalculia," a difficulty with numbers, often involves language processing problems and is similar to dyslexia in some of its warning signs: difficulty in following the steps in a game or in directions; trouble with placing numbers (or letters) in order; and difficulty in visualizing patterns (for example, shapes and sizes).

Despite some similarities, dyscalculia and dyslexia are...

11/03/14

Windy Row Learning Center is known for our ability to keep costs down for our one-on-one specialized tutoring in reading and math, using world-renowned programs. Our costs include licensing fees for those programs, tutor salaries and the usual rent, phone bill, website maintenance and so on. Many of the families who come to us are unable to afford our fee of $55 for each one-hour lesson; they are desparate for help for their child who may be years below grade level in reading and math. We...

10/20/14

Phonetics is the study of the sounds of speech. Children with reading problems often have difficulty recognizing how letters sound, alone ("t") or in combination ("th"). They may be challenged by combinations that are similar (like "sh" and "ch").

Decoding is the ability to recognize words each time they appear. Often children with decoding problems have memorized certain words that appear regularly (like "the") but are unable to read or recognize other words ("these") and so...

10/06/14

When you know your child is having difficulty in school, sometimes it is a relief to name the problem: dyslexia, learning disability, slow processing speed.

However, words can also feel like limits. Will my child outgrow this condition? Will my child feel inferior and inadequate? Will everyone stress the "can't do" instead of the "brilliant at"?

On the other hand, will a refusal to use certain words like "dyslexia" prevent my child from receiving appropriate help?

At Windy...

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