Importing Halloween

So who'd have thought it?  Traipsing through the streets of Beijing with nine kids on a rope singing Halloween songs and chanting "Trick or Treat". When we tired of that we did "Old MacDonald" - it's always good for a full block. When I have joined the...

That blasted Dolch List! AND creating dyslexics.

Just can't believe the logic behind using the "Dolch List"  to teach kids to read. Dolch - in 1932 -  looked at written language and compiled the most frequently occurring words. They reportedly make up 70 % of the language or something. ...

Exceptional kids and ambidexterity

Okay, now for that "ambidextrous buddy" - seven years old, in the international School in Asia last year. Kevin spoke even less than Derek.  And I, fool that I am, mistook his silence for - I hate to use the word, but here you have it -...

More on schooling

Last year I had a kid I`ll call Derek.  In an International School in Asia. Grade 2.  Former teacher`s notes indicated that she didn`t like him much.  `This one is so lazy!`` was the way she had summed him up. First thing I noticed about this...

Kids worldwide

So here I am in China marveling at how similar the symptoms of learning difficulties are worldwide. It's all so very clear to me that it's neuro-physiological. Kids aren't "bright" or "stupid"; they are simply put together in unique and varied ways -...