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For Homeschoolers and Parents: Tips for Raising Kids with Learning Disabilities


1. Rebuilding Relationships and Learning Disabilities
2. Compromise, Parenting and Learning Disabilities
3. Instilling Motivation with Learning Disabilities
4. Solutions to Problems
5. Guiding Teens with Learning Disabilities
6. Rhythms, Music, Dancing for Kids of All Abilities
7. Nurturing and Learning Disabilities
8. Developing a Stable Home Life
9. Academic Benefits of Learning Rhythmic Dances
10. Social Impact of Learning Disabilities
11. Teaching Kids How to Be Helpful
12. Learning Disabilities and Charity in Attitude
13. Being Responsible for Kids
14. Nurturing Abilities in Kids with Challenges
15. Learning Disabilities and Enthusiastic Music Time
16. Attitude Makes a Difference with Kids
17. Wisdom and Learning Disabilities
18. Rhymes for Remembering
19. Encouraging Each Step of Growth
20. Other Strengths When Challenged
21. Helping Kids Get Along in the Family
22. Kids Learn About Sharing
23. Practice Dressing for Winter

 9. Academic Benefits of Learning Rhythmic Dances by Susan Kramer

The kinesthetic movement of rhythmic dances helps teach basic academic skills in math and language. An assistant or partner can work with special needs children. When I'm working with a group, I hold hands with a very active or ADHD child to guide their activity while we practice a new dance.

Here are a few benefits

1. Practice and learn sequencing patterns that dances are made up of, such as: ABA, AB, ABC.
2. Learn what a set of 4 is, and about multiple sets of 4, 8 and 16 counts. By consistently moving in sets of different quantities and adding and subtracting sets of dancers or movements in a dance, addition, multiplication, subtraction and division concepts are being used.

3. Learn about stressed and unstressed syllables in language by hearing, feeling and clapping the accented and unaccented beat of the rhythm with hands, tambourines or drums.
4. Learn forward, backward and side to side movement - to transfer to reading and writing: left to right across, and top down to foot of page.

5. Practice clockwise and counter-clockwise directions - for telling time.
6. Identify right side and left side of body for moving in those directions.
7. Learn up and down and left side to right side for north, south, east and west in map reading.
8. Develop memory through remembering the order of steps and sequences.
9. Learn to use arms in opposition to legs for right-left brain development.
10. Learn patience with self and cooperation with others in a group.
11. Finish what is begun: the steps, the sequence, completing the whole.

And, very importantly, find that learning can be fun while moving enthusiastically!

Article by Susan Kramer

Resource texts for parents, teachers and homeschooling families:

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Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically
Free to Move, Learning Kinesthetically by Susan Kramer
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Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Rhythms and Dances for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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