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Parent Involvement at Academics

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Lending Library - Books (12)

Lending Library - DVDs (1)

Handouts (8)

Online Resources (4)

Books

Believe in My Child with Special Needs
by Mary A. Falvey
Every parent is filled with dreams, fears, hopes, and questions when preparing a child for school. When that child has a disability, this exciting time can seem overwhelming. That's why parents of a school-age child with a disability need this upbeat, reassuring handbook - to demystify complicated issues, help them celebrate their child's abilities and recognize possibilities, and show them how to be successful advocates throughout their child's education.

Better Math in 5 Minutes a Day
by Fran Gibson
Fun math activities for kids and parents on the go. In the car or wherever you are, teach your child: how to have number sense, shortcuts for multiplication and division, and decimal and fraction skills.

Better Spelling in 5 Minutes a Day
by Mark Pennington
Fun spelling activities for kids and parents on the go. In the car or wherever you are, teach your child: tips and tricks for even the most difficult words, how to break the learning-forgetting cycle, and how to create a super spelling study plan.

Bridges to Reading Kit
by Schwab Foundation to Learning
The "Bridges to Reading Kit" contain 5 booklets of easy-to-understand information, strategies to help parents support their child's reading abilities, steps to success, answers to frequently-asked questions, and lists of resources. (parents)

In Their Own Way
by Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D.
Does your child have a favorite subject, activity, or hobby? Children learn in multiple ways, and educator Thomas Armstrong has shown hundreds of thousands of parents and teachers how to locate those unique areas in each of our children where learning and creativity seem to flow with special vigor.

Mega Skills
by Dorothy Rich
Mega Skills helps us teach the values we all hold clear; the ones we are worried about and may have thought could not be taught. This book helps you put across the essential values of education, the pleasure of hard work, the delight in accomplishment and the joy of working together. This revised edition includes the response from parents, children, teachers, and employers who have used this innovative program, together with 50 new activities and new sections.

No Mind Left Behind: Understanding and Fostering Executive ControlŚThe Eight Essential Brain Skills Every Child Needs to Thrive
by Adam J. Cox, Ph.D.
From a clinical psychologist who has devoted his clinical and research work to the study of executive control skills, here is a program for helping children master the eight essential cognitive skills that are critical for success in life in work: taking initiative, screening out distractions, organizing, thinking flexibly, planning, regulating emotions, self-monitoring, and using memory effectively. Using case studies and anecdotes, the author presents a comprehensive and practical plan for parents. The book addresses special-needs children as well as neurotypical children, and includes practical suggestions for parents and educators.

Parent's homework Dictionary (PhD)
by Dan J. McLaughlin
The Parent's homework Dictionary is designed to help parents/adults understand homework their children bring home from school. It's impossible to remember concepts you haven't seen or used in 20 years, so that is the reasoning behind this book.

Parenting a Struggling Reader
by Susan L. Hall Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.
Don't lose valuable years waiting for a school system to test for your child's reading disability. This practical guide offers a four-step plan for identifying and resolving any childhood reading difficulty. This is a detailed, realistic program for getting parents actively involved in their children's reading lives.

The ABC's of Parent Involvement in Education
by The Greater Washington Urban League
This book has a variety of ideas for parents to use to help their children learn and grow. It is provided by the League to help parents enhance their information level on subjects ranging from the impact of male involvement in the education of children to the Internet to helping children with homework.

Tuned-In, Turned-On Book, The
by Marnell L. Hayes
The ideas you will find in this book come from many sources - but most come from kids. A book about learning disabilities, and some of the many ways you can help yourself to learn. (age 12 & up)

Your Home is a Learning Place
by Pamela Weinberg
This book is full of ideas not only on how to help children learn to read and write, but it also shows parents how to help their children gain the skills that go into reading and writing, such as observing, remembering, listening, speaking, and using these skills together. Grade level: K-3

DVDs

Steps To Reading: Parental Involvement Curriculum
by Educational Activities, Inc.
Visually stresses the overwhelming importance of parents reading to their children no matter what language is used or what the parents' education level. Illustrates how reading stories and nursery rhymes, singling, talking about daily life, giving instructions are all stepping stones to literacy. Parents are shown how to actively build their child's ability to write.

Handouts

A los ninos les encanta aprender -- los padres pueden ayudar (Kids Love To Learn -- Parents Can Help)
Channing Bete
Los padres con habilidades b├ísicas de lectura apreciar├ín los consejos pr├ícticos y consejos que ofrece este folleto de f├ícil lectura. Actividades simples como asistir a eventos escolares, ayudar en la escuela de sus hijos, leer juntos y compartir tareas dom├ęsticas son formas en las que los padres pueden demostrar su creencia en el valor de la educaci├│n. (Parents with basic reading skills will appreciate the practical tips and advice this easy-to-read booklet offers. Simple activities such as attending school events, helping out at their child's school, reading together, and sharing household chores are ways that parents can demonstrate their belief in the value of education.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #81

Ayude a su hijo(a) con la Escritura (Help Your Child With Writing)
Channing Bete
┬íCada ni├▒o puede aprender a escribir bien, y todos los padres pueden ayudar! Este folleto de f├ícil lectura anima a los padres a involucrar a sus hijos en actividades sencillas de escritura todos los d├şas. (Every child can learn to write well, and every parent can help! This easy-reading booklet encourages parents to involve their child in simple writing activities every day.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #68

Ayude a sus hijos a ser Mejores Lectores (Help Your Child Be A Better Reader)
Channing Bete
Incluso los padres con habilidades básicas de lectura pueden inculcar un amor de lectura en su hijo. Este folleto les muestra cómo - al reservar tiempo para leer juntos, elegir material de lectura que tanto los padres como los niños pueden disfrutar, y crear una biblioteca en el hogar de libros y revistas favoritos. (Even parents with basic reading skills can instill a love of reading in their child. This booklet shows them how -- by setting aside time each day to read together, choosing reading material that both parents and children can enjoy, and creating an at-home library of favorite books and magazines.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #66

Como ayudar a su hijo(a) con las matematicas (Ways to Help Your Child with Math)
Channing Bete
Este folleto asegura a los padres que no tienen que ser magos de matemáticas para ayudar a construir las habilidades matemáticas de un niño. Las actividades cotidianas simples, tales como medir ingredientes de receta, estimar distancias y contar utensilios, introducen a los niños a conceptos matemáticos básicos. (This booklet reassures parents that they don't have to be math wizards to help build a child's math skills. Simple everyday activities such as measuring recipe ingredients, estimating distances, and counting utensils introduce children to basic mathematical concepts.) (Spanish)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #131

Help Your Child Be A Better Reader
Channing Bete
Even parents with basic reading skills can instill a love of reading in their child. This booklet shows them how -- by setting aside time each day to read together, choosing reading material that both parents and children can enjoy, and creating an at-home library of favorite books and magazines. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #65

Help Your Child With Writing
Channing Bete
Every child can learn to write well, and every parent can help! This easy-reading booklet encourages parents to involve their child in simple writing activities every day. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #67

Kids Love To Learn -- Parents Can Help
Channing Bete
Parents with basic reading skills will appreciate the practical tips and advice this easy-to-read booklet offers. Simple activities such as attending school events, helping out at their child's school, reading together, and sharing household chores are ways that parents can demonstrate their belief in the value of education. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #82

Ways to Help Your Child with Math
Channing Bete
This booklet reassures parents that they don't have to be math wizards to help build a child's math skills. Simple everyday activities such as measuring recipe ingredients, estimating distances, and counting utensils introduce children to basic mathematical concepts. (English)
To request a copy of this resource, visit or call Pathfinder and ask for Handout #130

Online Resources

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Fargo
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A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Grand Forks
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A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Minot
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

ND Association for the Disabled (NDAD) - Williston
Agency/Organization

A nonprofit, charitable organization founded by concerned citizens for the purpose of assisting people with mental and physical disabilities in the state of North Dakota, many of whom are not eligible for services from other agencies.

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