Don´t Let Your Child Lose What They´ve Worked So Hard to Achieve Over the Summer

As the end of the school year looms near most kids are overjoyed with the thought of a Summer without books and homework, but taking the summer off can lead to a loss of those hard earned skills and is what educators call “the summer slide”.  Studies have found this is especially detrimental to student with learning difficulties.

Not to fear here are some fun educational activities you can do with your children to keep  their brains in shape over the summer:

  1. MakeSummerReading summer learning part of the fun by encouraging struggling readers to use audiobooks to build their knowledge and vocabulary while exposing them to age-appropriate content beyond their reading level.
  1. Help kids “frontload” for the next school year by exposing them to information they will be able to apply to next year´s curriculum. For example, students who will be learning about American history next year might prompt a family trip to the Freedom  Trail in Boston or to a local area of historical interest.
  2. Sign up for a library summer reading program these usually offer awesome prizes and incentives to inspire students to read and improve their school performance
  3. Limit screen time to activities that build competencies-games that build math skills, word games, and films that will inspire students to the read the book on which they were based. Even education screen time in no substitute for unstructured play or quite reading under a favorite tree.
  4. Read books together as a family and make a treat or visit a place that goes along with the theme book when you finish it.
  5. Make one day a week science day and build a project, collect specimens on a nature hike, or try out some interesting experiments.Summer-Learning
  6. Taking a family trip or vacation? Help your children create a travel journal and document events of the day and gather pictures and mementos.
  7. Do your children love to help you in the kitchen? Have them practice measuring and following recipes directions while trying out some new recipes.
  8. Visit local museums, galleries, city gardens etc.
  9. Sign your child up for an academic based day camp or class in a subject they enjoy.                                                                            At our learning center we offer fun and challenging summer programs to help keep improve your child´s abilities and keep their brains in tip top shape. Give us a call today at (210) 495-2626, or JOIN US and other parents at our Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities.

Fine Motor Skills Provide a Surprising Pathway to School Readiness

fine motor handsWhen it comes to achievement, many people are surprised to learn that a major predictor is the quality of a student´s fine motor skills. There are several reasons for this correlation.

  • The first is there are some areas in the brain (the prefrontal cortex to be exact) that are involved in both the processing of motor information and cognitive tasks. Therefore children who have greater motor abilities also tend to have better achievement because stronger motor skills early in life strengthen the neural connections that also assist children in many academic tasks. This link is particularly strong when it comes to math.
  • Also children who have well developed motor abilities at a young age are better able to navigate and manipulate their environments allowing them to gain a greater range of experiences early in life which set the stage for stronger academic skills.
  • An additional benefit of strong, early fine motor skills is the direct benefit in the classroom. Children use fine motor skills in schools when they write and draw and most of their early learning is derived from these processes. Children who are more comfortable doing these things will have more processes free to focus on classroom lessons rather than devoting most of their effort to the process of writing.

Based on these findings the most successful interventions for students who don´t possess strong fine motor skills early on or have a developmental disability, is a program that incorporates a number of tasks that require repetitive fine motor movements.

10+ToddlerEvidence suggests that these types of interventions should focus on developing and improving the child´s visual spatial integration skills to have the greatest impact.

Click this link to read the entire article http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/psyched/201402/fine-motor-skills-and-academic-achievement

If your child is struggling in this area our learning center has program specifically design to improve visual spatial integration skills. Give us a call today at (210) 495-2626, or

JOIN US and other parents at our Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities about how to best help your bright but struggling child.

New Research Sheds Light on the Link between Dsylexia and Visuospatial Processing Strengths

A student with visuospatial processing strengths is a student who learns holistically rather than in a step by step fashion. Visual imagery plays an essential part in these students’ learning process. Meaning the student processes primarily in pictures rather than words. These students have many talents in non-language visuospatial domains, such as art, architecture, and various arenas related to three dimensional thinking. Unfortunately the American Education system if based on linear sequential thinking, which is particularly difficult for these types of students and requires them to translate their usual thought processes to take in new information, which can be a daunting and time consuming task.

Click here to learn more about visual spatial learners http://www.dyslexia.com.html

According to a new study by Haskins researchers in which they examined the cognitive and neural bases of visuospatial processing abilities for different kinds of material in adolescents with dyslexia compared to typically developing peers, students with Dyslexia show a visuospatial processing advantage. It’s well known that children with Dsylexia, although they have specific problems with language impacting their ability to read, their brains are different not defective. This study suggests their difference could be the source of their many strengths. Research found that subjects with Dyslexia showed more expert-like brain activation patterns than non dyslexic subjects when processing figures, while the opposite was true for print processing.

Click here to read the entire article  http://interdys.org/DyslexiaAndVisuospatialProcessing.html

If this sounds like your child, at Learning Foundations we offer programs that utilize your child’s strengths while retraining their brains to process language and print more effectively. Give us a call today at (210)495-2626 or

JOIN US and other parents at our Parent Information Meetings on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm. This is an opportunity to ask questions and explore possibilities about how to best help your bright but struggling child.

The BRAIN Initiative Will Revolutionize our Understanding of the Human Brain

President Obama announced a new research initiative starting at $100 million dollars to fund the new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative that will revolutionize our understanding of the human brain.

Just like the Human Genome Project has advanced the biomedical field by leaps and bounds, the BRAIN Initiative plans to map out the entire human brain.

This could lead us to find cures for brain based diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Epilepsy, Tourette’s, Cerebral Palsy or Traumatic Brain Injury.

It will also provide more information to advance programs that correct learning and cognitive disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, Autism and Neurodevelopmental Delays.

As a center that specializes in correcting learning difficulties by training the brain, we have seen how new research change the lives of struggling children.

If your child is struggling in school, and tutoring hasn’t helped, you should consult with a specialist and find out what is the real problem behind his difficulties.

If you live in San Antonio, and your child is struggling, call (210) 495-2626 or visit www.learningfoundations.com/parents to attend a Free Seminar on training the brain to correct learning and attention difficulties.