DYSLEXIA – A DEFINED AND LEARNING DIFFICULTY

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This is a lovely article I read on Kathy Kiefer’s blog on dyslexia. Worth the read. For those that have been asking…….

How hard is it to learn with Dyslexia?Can it be overcome?With dyslexia can you be successful?What are they symptoms and causes (if any) ofย ย  dyslexia?

Source: DYSLEXIA – A DEFINED AND LEARNING DIFFICULTY

Helping to Unleash.

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POTENTIAL! POTENTIAL! POTENTIAL!

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That’s what I see whenever I look at my 12yr old daughter.

Now, it’s not that she is not a moody and grumpy child (just like her mum), nor am I saying she can’t be lazy or even naughty; what I am saying is that she is a child like every other child out there, fighting the hormones, learning subjects she is probably not going to use in her future career (maybe except the basic – Maths, English & Science), making and loosing friends, learning how to behave in public, etc. I could go on and on and bore you to death.

And like every other child, she has something else deep within her soul begging to come out, burst, explode – it’s what I call a POTENTIAL.

First, let’s understand what the term means, I have chosen three definitions from the world wide web:

1. Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future. (when used as an adjective)

This is when we say – “Aliyah is a potential chef” (i.e. we mean Aliyah loves cooking and cooks extraordinarily well for her age.)

2. Latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness. (as a noun)

This is when we say – “Aliyah is a young interior designer with great potential.” (i.e. we mean Aliyah has actually done something related to interior design, either as a course studied or a hobby, and she produced wonderful works of design.)

3. The quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field. (when used as a noun in physics)

In this case, I will draw similitudes –

a) Quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field =

Quantity (excellence of finished product)

determining the energy of mass/charge (talent)

in a gravitational field/an electric field (field of work/study/hobby).

All three definition have two things in common – having an abilityย and driving that ability!

The beautiful thing about potentials is that every child was born with it, you don’t learn it but you learn to develop it. No matter the physical or learning challenge an individual has, it doesn’t stop a potential from developing if the right environment is created for development.

Switching back to me:

Back in the days, the rule of thumb was that you had to be either of four main careers when you grew up: Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer or Architect (A typical Nigerian home), or else why are your parents wasting money to send you to school?

Now it’s different because the products of that generation (maybe due to global economics or just plain frustration) have decided to think differently.

My daughter has a very creative streak, I know because she got it from me. She loves to sit in her spare time and make things, from necklaces, to bracelets, to purses, to cases, baskets, e.t.c. from different materials. She converted an old biscuit tin into a craft case. She takes her time to combine shapes and colours such that you are amazed at the results. The other day, she asked me for an orange and I told her to go take one. I noticed it took her quite a while to finish that particular orange but I didn’t press her as to why. Later, I was looking through my phone and I saw a picture of my daughter’s orange (below) – she called it her flower.
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As a teacher, I had to go into reflection modeย and I know that the best thing to do will be to help her bring out her creativity and take it to another level. Yes, she must finish her secondary and tertiary education in a certain field but if she decides she wants to let her creativity determine her career, I would probably encourage her to sign up for a Design, Business Administrative, Management, or even Marketing. She is currently a science student but that doesn’t mean she can’t use that in whatever designs she wants to create in the future.

Here is another work from her younger days:
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As a child (and till now), I loved to draw and drew better pictures than my mates. I also loved to make things from paper but I just never had the right environment or encouragement to develop it so I sort of just pushed it aside and use it once in a while when I am doing the mother-children craft activity with my children.

If parents can just take 5-10mins a day to actually observe their child, take cues from their teachers and try to pinpoint what actually takes up the concentration of their child in a constructive manner, they will indeed be doing a great service to that child. Try to discover the talent in your child and channel your energy into helping him or her to use that talent positively and constructively. It doesn’t have to be a physical activity, it could be that your child is a potential orator or writer. And at the end of it all, your child will truly love you for being a true parent.

Here are some quotes I love that you can show your child:

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Having said that, though I am planning on taking my 12yr old to a 4 day craft course this holiday, I still haven’t gotten round to pinpointing the talents in her three younger siblings -10, 7, and 4yrs old. I hope I can find their own hidden talent as easily as it was for their elder sister.

Teachers are a Gift!

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It was during one of my PGCE classes that the lecturer asked us about one main resource we found most influential in our learning life right from childhood, and I wrote down the PEN.

So when it was time for all of us to show the rest of the class what we had written, my course-mates saw my – ‘PEN’. Some were like ‘hmmm, – just pen?‘ One of themย  said: ‘didn’t you have any teacher that was influential in your educational life?

Poor me, I felt like a betrayer but I could only murmur out: “actually we were too many in the class for any teacher to have that required influence”.ย  Since then, I have been asking myself: ‘Are you an ingrate?’ ‘What of teachers like:

  • Mrs. Kuti (my Primary 2 teacher), Mrs. Oransaye (my Primary 3 teacher), who used to teach us with so much energy and passion that everyday, when I got home, I kept on singing the rhyme she had taught us: “there is an engine…”, ‘dear me, I really have forgotten most of it now.

Also, back in Secondary school,

  • I had my Junior Secondary Agricultural Science teacher, my After-school lesson teachers:Mr. Rotimi and Mr. Adesanya;
  • my English language teacher: Mrs. Amadife and
  • my Chemistry teacher.
  • Also I remember Mr. Eniola who wasn’t an assigned teacher to our year but always gave me the required attention whenever I go to him with a Physics problem.

Finally, I have to say that every teacher I have passed through in life had contributed in one way or the other to my education. There are also some key people that weren’t teachers but were very helpful and important in my learning experience. Some of these people are:

  • my cousin – Aunty Kehinde, who taught me, in those early years of my life, reading and maths (never mind the use of Aunty for a cousin because that is a colloquial use in Nigeria);
  • Jubril Adelakun, a classmate in Primary 2 who told me that the secret to knowledge is revision; and
  • Victor Akhindenor who helped me to improve my essay writing skills whilst we were preparing for WAEC, because my writing skills prior to that time was – to say the least – abysmal.

These, and others I haven’t mentioned deserved to have been penned down by me in class that day, not my PEN. Now, tell me, if today you are asked what or who is the most important resource you have had in your learning life, what or who would it be?

 

 

Abdulghaniy Kayode Otukogbe.
The man who is afraid to risk failure seldom has to face success.

EGPs for our Lagos (Nigeria) Clients……

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Hello Lagos!

We finally started our Educational Gift Packages in Lagos.

Now, you can give that child a gift that is not just for the fun of it but also what can be considered a lasting legacy. When you give your child an educational gift, the child will not only learn academics and life skills, he will also have fun during the learning process.

Educational Gifts also promotes bonding, because a member of the family will most likely use it to teach the child a concept, or to solve a problem, or to acquire a skill.

Whether it is an indoor or outdoor gadget, make it something lasting, something special, something educational!

Check out our Products page here to see what we have as gifts. Products updates in progress.

Check out some simple samples of our EGPs here.

Please, feel free to contact us for further enquiries.

READ ALOUD BASICS: Making children book lovers and not haters (Part 2)

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A book contains the same content be it new or used and regardless of the reader or listener, so far as it is the same title.

Civilizations have survived on reading with few writers because reading is an integral part of the human existence, just think about the enormous effects scriptural books have played in the history of mankind even at times when most of mankind could neither read nor write but had few of them reading these scriptures to them.

This tells us that reading is not just very important but reading aloud is very essential for the survival of the human race as this has always been the means by which those that know are able to inform those that do not know. This lead one to say that: in the process of building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading, reading aloud to children is the key.

ย ย ย ย ย  When we read aloud to children we are helping the childrenโ€™s brain to get accustomed to words, proper sentences, and grammar rules and above all we are helping them to develop the love for reading. Continue reading

The Learning Process

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What does โ€œLEARNโ€ mean?

To learn is to gain knowledge or skill from experience or from being taught, a complex process that involves steps or stages on which further learning is based.

  • The organ of Learning is the BRAIN

The brain is the command center of the developing organism. It contains neurons and provides the basis for physical, cognitive, and personal and socialย  development.

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The brain needs to be prepared to accept information, retain that information, and build upon it to allow it the ability to do increasingly difficult work. Continue reading