I have talked a handful of times about my middle son. He not only struggles from many health challenges but he also suffers from many learning disabilities. When a review came available on the book Don't Count Me Out by Barbara Dianis, MA ED I was excited to give this book a read. Like most people I started with the back cover lol, but I found some facts that just blew my mind! Did you know that every day over 7,000 teenagers decide to drop out of high-school?? That is more then 1.3 million children annually! To me that is just an amazing number of children who feel like they can just not do it any longer. Seeing my son struggle this past year it became a strong reality that if this path continues my son could very easily be part of that statistic. Don't Count Me Out is a book of hope though, more accurately two books put into one. A guide to better grades and test scores, pre-k through 12th grade.
I liked a lot of things about this book, first off I LOVED the positive outlook that was kept throughout the book. Reading about real life stories of struggling children succeed really helped me to feel that their was hope. One of my favorite parts was though at the end of many of the chapters were ideas to help struggling students. As a parent and a former educator in special education they were things that I needed to be reminded of. I am going to include just a couple of he ones that really struck me the most.
- Celebrate the small successes that will lead to larger ones.
- Keep reminding your child they are bright. Tell them their talents and abilities.
- Just because the last test or quiz was a low grade, doesn't mean this one will be.
- Review the basics a few minutes a day.
- Think before you speak, to many negative words can create a bigger problem.
I mentioned earlier that their are two books within this one great book. In the second half of the book the author takes you grade by grade and discusses various things. From the problems that the child may be facing in their grade level to a solution for that problem. Problems like my 8 year old is facing like building good vocabulary skills and his low reading comprehension. Or the things my soon to be 5th grader may encounter, like grammar and creative writing(my down fall). Reading this book may not solve every problem that I will come across, but I feel like it would be a great starting point, not only for myself but for anyone who may have an influence on the education of children.
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