Fermented foods! Fermentation is basically what happens when micro-organisms like yeast convert carbs or sugars into either alcohol or an acid. Yeast creates alcohol – as with beer, wine and cider. While bacteria creates lactic acid, which creates the medium for the friendly bacterial to thrive. So, they can fight the bad bacteria.
1. Focus on quality whole foods like broccoli, sweet potatoes, cucumbers (with skin), butternut squash, garbanzo beans. Also, fiber like Brown rice, lentils, and quinoa. Fruit, like Blueberries, avocados, and tomatoes. Good grains like oatmeal, and stay away from processed food.
2. Eat more live cultured food like cultured milk and yogurt (cashew yogurt w/o sugar is best), fresh dill pickles (not canned), and, kimchi / sauerkraut.
3. Probiotic drinks, like Yakult, Kiefer (raw kefir is best), and raw apple cider vinegar. Also, Boza, Sima, and Kombucha (great soda replacement) … Probiotic pills are a waste of $; they are dead and your body can’t process them!
4. Increase your anti-inflammatory fats, such as fresh and raw green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.
5. Eat good raw nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts (stay away from peanuts).
6. Increase your fatty fish intake like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. Also, especially for vegans, flax and chia seeds.
7. Eliminate the foods that feeds the bad bugs like processed white sugar, corn syrup, any processed high fructose…
8. Stay away from soda, especially diet soda and sugary drinks! Vitamin water is just soda without the carbonation and has no vitamins in it.
9. Exercise regularly.
10. Sleep better; do the above and you will.
(c) Dr. Krejcir (the “Dr” does have a purpose, although it is a Ph.D.)
“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into the thing that has them… They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry.” C.S. Lewis
Live with Vision in the Dash of Life!
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
On tombstones there is the date the person was born and the date they passed away. In between then there is a — dash. That is what they did in their life. What are you doing? How is your dash? Because, the three most important dates in your life are the day you are born, when you are saved, and the day you find out why you were born and saved! When we know that we can live out our dash and build a better “why”. It is never too late to become what you could have done earlier in your life.
Then we can venture into the realms that may cause fear that require discipline, be guided by truth and dreams and requires our fortitude. So, do not be afraid to find your gifts for this life, recognize your opportunities, then develop them, engage them, and give them away! You will find greater happiness when you are learning and growing. You will become greater in your life and faith. If not, you will stagnate; then, you will only find yourself in a rut of despair.
Here are Four Key Questions to Build your Life and Faith:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
One:What are you about, what do you stand for?
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8
That is, what is your prime purpose? After to know Christ and enjoy Him? If you do not stand for anything you will fall for anything and everything! Never be comfortable with who and where you are in life! We all must be growing in our faith and our goals. If you want real happiness, get moving in a positive direction. Face your setbacks, learn from them and then move on.
Two:What do you care about?
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
What convictions do you have? Where is your passion? If you do not have conviction and passion, then you will not have anything good coming back to you! If you know you can be better and do better, then do it. Be better!
Three: What will you be working on in your life in this new year?
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
You must have faith, real working confidence in Christ. Then you need to have dreams, then make a personal vision, then create goals; then, implement a plan to carry them out. If you are waiting for a change in your circumstances; stop waiting. Instead, be the change you want to happen. Thinking through how you can stretch and set goals to accomplish your aspirations in faith and life. Solution: Grow your faith and your Mindset!
Four: What do you really want out of your life more than anything else?
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23
That is, what is effectual and brings glory to God and helps yourself and family. This is your “why” that builds your vision, that sets your goals and becomes your dash.What do you need and want out of this life? This is your why.
Here are some thoughts to prevent stagnation:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Consider that nothing in nature is truly stagnant; either it is growing, moving or dying. Such as stars, they are moving through time and space and the same time they are dying by giving off their gasses for nuclear fusion. Then, green plants are growing, giving life and fruit, as is the Fruit of the Spirit in you. The same as with all things in us. You are either growing or dying; stagnation does not exist in nature or in The Kingdom of God. Real happiness is learning, building, growing, and becoming better; it should not be in decay.
So, ask yourself, are you growing or are you stagnant? With your Faith? Vocation? Family? Dreams? Goals?
“This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,…” Isaiah 43:16, 18-19
• Successful Christians are those who are mature, and growing in their faith have character and operate in the Fruit of the Spirit. They are also infused with gratitude and are forgiving. All because they are energized by the precepts from Biblical truths. Then they invest them into all aspects of their life. How is that going-growing for you?
• Unsuccessful Christians will operate in gossip, they love to ridicule, and live in the world of drama, anger, bitterness. They are infused with unforgiveness and are critical of others; especially those who do well. They get caught up in their fears and emotions, create problems, are rude, and seek to pull others down with them. Hopefully, you are not here. If so, pray and repent; embrace our Lord who forgives and restores, then rebuild your faith and life!
• The mature are grounded in faith and have composure and a growth attitude; because they trust Who is greater than themselves; Christ the LORD. They have the attitude that gives them skills, so they can problem solve without those fears and emotion. Then they can conquer their challenges, one problem at a time. The unsuccessful cannot do that; they will spend their energy to complain and criticize those who are successful.
• It is similar with successful people in other areas, like business and relationships. Such as champion athletes, great entrepreneurs, and stage performers engage a growth mindset that helps them conquer a problem with a logical solution or a find a workable approach to attack them. They do not get tangled up in emotions or get driven off the path by fear; rather, they grounded in a routine of effective problem solving and hone a champion mindset.
The last thing that grows on most fruit trees is the fruit. The roots, trunk and branches have to build, develop and be strong and quipped to produce the fruit. The same as it is with faith, life, owning a business, and working stewardship. We have to build a healthy growth mindset, the maturity, and a stewardship plan for life and faith.
Keep in mind; we came from nothing; we have nothing outside what Christ gave us. This is a good perspective to have. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is our faith and mindset and what we can do with it. We always have more than we think and can do more than we think we can. We are greater than we think we can become.
Let your faith move you to engage your dash where you need to be! Spend some time in prayer and in Scripture, then make 2021 awesome! The choice is yours as is your attitude.
Rev. Richard Krejcir, Ph.D., is a pastor and a with over thirty years of experience. He also is a licensed and experienced Financial Consultant and has worked for major banks, insurance companies, nonprofits, and families too. He is also an author, Special Ed Teacher, and holds a doctorate in Stewardship.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
As we have come to the close of 2020, we are in true indebtedness and humbleness to what the Lord has done. Our Lord and Savior has accomplished a seemly impossible work, at a time when all is shut down in the world. No travels, no workshops, no conferences, and our main supporters unable to contribute this year; our little ministry has endured. What we do in the brick-and-mortar world of ministry may have been turned off, without notice or thought; yet, what we have built online has flourished beyond what we could have ever hoped for. Because of your prayers and support, thank-you!
We got through the year! Yes, this awful, weird, upside-down world of a global pandemic; we found ourselves busier than ever. In the center of being the bearer of precious discipleship resources for countless churches that were not available or viable elsewhere. And, they received them for free; because, that is the Way of our Lord.
What I been been doing during the Global Pandemic:
I have been overclocked consulting with scores of churches to help them through these dark times. I have been teaching Exceptional students at IEA and doing Special Ed with other Pasadena area centers. As well as, not to be bored or lazy, conducting pastoral duties, taking care of our precious son, and working the Financial Planning business.
What I have been doing at the ministry:
We had over eleven million unique users and millions of more page hits, who came to our websites, not including our bogs in 2020!
We had over forty thousand unique visitors to our websites and blogs each day.
We have over two million connections in social media through our ‘open’ as well as ‘secret’ Facebook groups and pages! Where we inspire and equip.
Our resources are also used by other ministries that we cannot tally.
We continue to operate some of the top websites like churchleadership.org with quality content.
We have over twenty-six thousand pastors and church leaders on our Ezine Newsletter that we send out!
We provided the essential training materials to over one hundred thousand pastors worldwide through other partnered ministries!
Our Director and many of our people have been conducting Facebooklive and Zoom Bible studies.
Our online ministry is in the top ten Christian ministries in the world!
We continued our partnerships with dozens of ministries, like Bible Gateway, Olive Tree, iDiciple, Trochia and Discipleship Tools, and many others, helping them with devotions, Bible reading guides, research, curriculum, sermons, and discipleship materials.
Although, we were not able to publish this year, we continued to research post-doctoral level studies on church trends with the Schaeffer Institute.
We equipped, beyond our count, Bible students and pastors with our resources.
We are training over 20,000 pastors in over 80 countries and enabled us to help them to plant hundreds of churches.
We are big on a real impacting ministry, small in administration.
Please keep us in prayer as we seek His face and do our best to respond to His call. We are always looking for prayer partners and supporters for ‘Into Thy Word Ministries.’
Please consider a yearend gift for us to continue into 2021:
Because of you, we can continue a real impacting ministry. Thus, with your involvement we can continue to do the Lord’s work! So, every life-changing resource we make available to you, and thousands of others, is made possible by your prayers and gifts.
This is a very polarizing election of two worldviews in conflict. There is also a huge problem with deceptive ads; many that I have seen are outright lies. All you have to do is read the measures and view any ad… Anyway, pray, read the facts, and choose wisely. And as a reminder, this is an opinion, do your own research and remember values.
This is not an endorsement of any company, school or nonprofit that I am a board member of.
Below from a friend in the know:
If you love America and don’t want it to be “fundamentally transformed,” it is time to do three things:
1. Pray like never before that God will spare this great nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty. 2. Volunteer to help your candidates. 3. Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions. Also, consider forwarding this letter to your friends, family, and others whom you might influence. May God bless America!
James Dobson Family Institute
I primarily used Craig Huey’s Election Forum as my guide for trust-worthy recommendations from a biblical standpoint.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
What holds you back from doing good and helping others? The Christian principle is to help one another.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ Matthew 25:35-40
This is also about ethics in action. Do we do as our Lord says? Do we do as we say we will do? Most people, who claim Christ as their Lord, do little to nothing in service to Christ! He is either LORD, Lord or lord! Yet, we will rationalize that we do serve Him, even those we do not. Jesus calls us out on this! We have to realize when we are in Christ, we are called to serve others, too. This does not affect our salvation; rather, demonstrates our sincerity and heart.
Kindness and stewardship happen when we serve the Lord with what He gives us. It shows our love and unveils our possibilities and opportunities. When we ignore His call, we show our contempt and defilement.
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17
Thus, when you are in a position to help someone, do so, period. Do not expect a return; rather, be grateful for the privilege to serve as Christ served you. In fact, when we do help others, we are answering prayers! This is all about God working in and through you!
Remember, this guide is NOT an endorsement of any organization I am affiliated with like; LAC, ITW, CMTA, FASICLD, or the school I work at, just me as a private person. So, do your own research (see links below) and remember, even if we do not like anyone, we must do our civic duty and VOTE! Remember to vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason…
From a friend in the know, “Greetings, California Friends!”
“We are on the heels of the big Presidential Primary election on March 3rd, and to make the process run more smoothly in making your selections, once again I’ve compiled a list of conservative recommendations.”
“For Los Angeles County residents, I‘ve copied ALL the district recommendations below. So, beneath the guide you’ll find a list that I copied off Craig Huey’s “Election Forum” website with all district candidate recommendations. Scroll down until you see the options presented for your own district.”
FOR ALL OTHER COUNTIES, click on this site to find your own office and district recommendations:
“It’s so important for our people across the nation to pray and make their voices heard at the polls! “
“As for us, our state always goes bright blue but every now and then we DO win a conservative victory. We will never give up the fight!”
“Thanks, Everyone. God’s blessings to you, and may He continue to bless our great nation.”
CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE- California Primary:
(Scroll all the way past the guide for your own district recommendations.)
STATE SENATOR, 25th DISTRICT:
Unfortunately, only a progressive candidate is listed, so leave this category blank.
MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, 41st DISTRICT: Robin A. Hvidston (4 Stars)
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, 27th DISTRICT: Beatrice Cardenas (5 Stars)
COUNTY~ SUPERVISOR 5th DISTRICT: Kathryn Barger
DISTRICT ATTORNEY: Jackie Lacey
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 17: Shannon Kathleen Cooley is uncontested.
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 42: Robert “Bob” Villa (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 72: Steve Morgan (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 76: Emily Cole (4 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 80: Nick C. Rini (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 97: Timothy D. Reuben (4 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 129: Mark MacCarley (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 131: Michelle Kelley is uncontested.
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 141: Lana Kim is uncontested. She’s a liberal, so don’t cast your vote for her.
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 145: Troy Slaten (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 150: Manuel Alejandro Almada (5 Stars)
JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 162: David D. Diamond (5 Stars)
COUNTY MEASURE R: NO
STATE MEASURE 13: NO. NO. NO.
The cost to pay off the bonds would be a total of 26 billion—15 billion for the Principal, plus 11 billion for the interest.
NATIONAL ELECTION / PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE: Donald J. Trump 🇺🇸
CITY OF PASADENA MAYOR: Major Williams
PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER, TRUSTEE AREA NO. 4: I researched and found out that Tammy Silver is involved with Planned Parenthood. I’m still working on finding out about Hoyt R. Hilsman.
DISTRICT AND OFFICE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE “ELECTION FORUM” WEBSITE:
HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING
We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.
I have received quite a few requests to clarify what the Pope has stated on changing the Lord’s Prayer (Because I lead a ministry based on the Bible?). I am not Catholic and do not speak for or even care what is being stated in the Vatican. But for clarification purposes only, here is what the controversy is about, and it has to do with the average Christian not understanding the original Greek. Likewise, we have a prayer based on a 500-year-old beautiful KJV that used English far different than what is used today. So, we have some misconceptions.
It comes down to the verse that says, “lead us not into temptation,” that appears to state that God is the One Who places us into sin. That is not what is going on in the Text.
Luke 11:1-4, KJV:
“When you pray, say: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.Give us day by day our daily bread.And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.”
Luke 11:1-4, ESV:
“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins,for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
Both follow the Greek; however, English has a very different means of grammar and word order that does not transfer very well here. Thus, a tiny bit of exegesis needs to be done to extract the precise meaning as intended from the original language.
Do not lead us into temptation means help us not sin when we are tested or going through trials and help us through them (Psalm 141:3-4).
This comes down to trusting in God and not in ourselves. God may test us, but He will not allow temptations beyond our ability to resist (Deut. 8:2; Luke 4:1; 1 Cor. 10:13). Trials are a primary means for growth and maturity. It also does not mean to keep us from them altogether. If that were so, we would never grow spiritually.
This is why some paraphrases like the Living Bible state: don’t allow us to be tempted and the updated New Living Translation states, don’t let us yield to temptation. And the Message gives us, Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
This model of prayer (as all models must be) places the emphasis on God and His glory, not on us! This is called ‘brevity’ (brief and sincere), that we ask that God be glorified before we can seek our request in a clear and concise manner and our trust in Him. This model is one of intimacy, not a ‘business model’ as the pagans and Greeks saw prayer.
Our takeaway? The more time we spend in prayer the more we will grow in your Christian formation. However, be sure you are not praying in circles with vain repetitions (Jesus point here). Rather, cover more ground with requests for others and praise for God.
How one thinks and processes information will help his or her understanding and growth in Christ. Why is there no excuse for not understanding and applying God’s Word? How would this help you build a better faith and life?
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?” John 6:60
Take a look at John 6:52-71, Jesus is using an illustration to get His Disciples and us to think and go beyond their literal understanding to make a deeper existential connection with God.
The meaning here was that to grow in Christ, we have to move from what we perceive in our “concrete” thinking, what first comes to our minds, or is found in our own ideas and experiences, and move to the abstract. This is what will start to allow us to make a deeper connection with the principles of God’s Word to our lives, thinking, and behavior. We are enabled to grow when our lives are transformed because we “feed off” Christ’s precepts and life and get away from our self-absorption and distractions to apply ourselves to Him as He applied Himself for us. Whereas, if we remain in the concrete thinking, only seeing what affects us personally or what hinders us or not seeing above and beyond were we are, we will remain in the world of selfishness and absurdity, as life will not make sense so that all we retain will be stress, despair, anxiety, and boredom. All this will be attributed to our alienation from God and/or our refusal to put our faith into practice when we do know Him. When we feed on our Lord, we will live an abundant and fulfilling life; then, we can cross the obstacles and overcome life’s ills and sin.
Feeding on Christ means we consume His work and principles both for living now and for eternity.
This helps us have real meaning and a purposeful life. The Romans and other groups would also misinterpret this and use it to persecute Christians, but Christ used these situations to prove faith. We have a call to heed the simple message of the Gospel. Jesus also helps us infer indirectly who and what He is and does directly. That is, that we capture a parable, then ponder on it and then see how our lives can conform to His Truth. All too often, we can’t understand, or we confound the simple or fail to see what is important because we do not want to in our overly busy and what we think is important lives.
For us to develop trust and break down those barriers that hinder us, we must grow deeper in Christ; we have to realize what He is doing and trust Him.
Our sinful nature hates and fears true Truth, loves what feels good and is easy, and has a hard time trusting what is not tangible and believing in what is not clearly seen, which is what faith is all about. Yet, God demands a belief that is trusting and that is followed by obedience so we can overcome sin and receive His Redemption. Ironically, what Christ offers is the easiest of all; He does all the work and we respond with our trust. The hard part is our pride (1 Pet. 2:6-8; 1 John 2:19).
Remember, this guide is NOT an endorsement of any organization I am affiliated with like; LAC, ITW, CMTA, FASICLD, or the school I work at, just me as a private person. So, do your own research (see link below) and remember, even if we do not like anyone, we must do our civic duty and VOTE! Remember to vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason…
From a friend in the know, “I have once again compiled a conservative values voter guide that will hopefully be useful to you in your decision making. My recommendations are copied from the trusted “Election Forum” website by Craig Huey, and I’ve included his web address for Los Angeles County at the bottom of this email. If you need additional county recommendations, Google your County this way, for example:
Orange County election forum voter guide, or San Bernardino County election forum voter guide.
You’ll notice that I’ve included star ratings to give you a better handle on where these candidates stand in their political views (5 stars is the maximum).
As believers, may we all continue to do our part to try to preserve the biblical principles this nation was founded upon. I know that’s not easy to do in a bright blue state such as California, but we will never give up the fight for righteousness (thank you, Churchill, for your legacy and inspiration!). God’s richest blessings to you all! ”
CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE:
STATE GOVERNOR: John H. Cox / 4 star rating
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: David R. Hernandez / 4 star rating
SECRETARY OF STATE: Mark P. Meuser / 3 star rating
CONTROLLER: Konstantinos Roditis / 5 star rating!
TREASURER: Jack M. Guerrero / 5 star rating!
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Steven C. Bailey / 5 star rating!
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: Steve Poizner / 3 star rating
MEMBER STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (3rd District): G. Rick Marshall / 5 star rating!
UNITED STATES SENATOR: Paul A. Taylor / 5 star rating!
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE (27th District): Recommendation is to write in “Beatrice Cardenas” / 4 star rating
NOTE: THIS ONLY APPLIES TO DISTRICT 27.
MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY (41st District): Alan S. Reynolds / 3 star rating
JUDICIAL / JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT (Office No. 4): Alfred A. Coletta / 3 star rating
JUDICIAL (Office No. 16): Hubert S. Yun / 5 star rating!
JUDICIAL (Office No. 20): Mary Ann Escalante / 4 star rating
JUDICIAL (Office No. 60): Tony J. Cho / 2 star rating
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: Marshall Tuck / 3 star rating
COUNTY ASSESSOR: John “Lower Taxes” Loew / 3 star rating
COUNTY SHERIFF: Robert “Bob” Lindsey / 5 star rating!
CITY OF PASADENA:
CC: NOTE: “ELECTION FORUM” IS RECOMMENDING A “YES” VOTE ON “CC” / LIFTING THE BAN ON THE COMMERCIAL SALE OF MARIJUANA. I’M NOT IN FAVOR OF THAT, AND NOT SURE WHAT THEIR REASONING IS, BUT MY VOTE ON “CC” IS A HANDS-DOWN “NO.”
In our last blog post, we looked at what is Dyslexia. Now, having many decades dealing with this and getting through school, even college, graduate, and postgraduate school, as well as teaching students with learning disabilities, I picked up a few things that really work.
Some of the key symptoms of dyslexia are learning very slowly to read, even in the first grade or more. Sometimes there is a speech impediment, as they often go together. You may get a note from a frustrated teacher, as many are not always trained to deal with it. Many students find it very difficult to spell and write, a problem called ‘dysgraphia.’ But, this is not the sad end!
If you try to teach us to read, you need a lot of patience and we need to learn how to read. We will make the same mistakes over and over and not realize it. We may hate reading. And, spell things very creatively; so, what we write is nothing like what is meant.
Parents and teachers, be Patient! This a neurological issue and they can’t help it. They are not seeking to ruin your day or screw up at school. Allow them more time to get something when they are struggling. Sit with your student or child at times during homework or homeschool. Answer their questions and offer help with a good attitude. If you are the one struggling with this, it is OK, you will get it, just allow your brain the time to process. A brain with dyslexia is like a super-fast computer with too little RAM, or a high-performance engine with a clogged air filter. You can do this.
Keep this in mind, most people with dyslexia are not lazy and are very intelligent and can even see beyond what others can. Thus, when they get a handle on it, they will be able to excel in just about anything, including being published authors, teachers, lawyers, doctors, movie makers, and scientists. We usually do not make good editors though.
After Reading Efficiency assessments like (TOWRE-2) or (WIAT-III), you may be referred to Psychologists, Special Ed Teachers, Reading and Learning Specialists, and or a speech-language pathologist. But, beware of any visual therapy. These have not been proven and may even be harmful and are very expensive. Take advantage of whatever you can get. However, from my research and experience, the best help is below.
The Most Helpful Tips for Helping Students with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities
First off, think Positivebelieve in and affirm your student. A negative attitude will get you just that, negative grades while a positive attitude will be the grease that helps the engine move.
It is OK to go slow. A good school should modify the curriculum or provide an IEP or 504, but what is really needed is some extra one on one help. Budget the time, set some attainable benchmarks and goals. This will be hard work, but you all can do it!
For younger kids, read to them every day! Use Phonics! As you read, sound out the words and tell them what they mean. Tell a story for bigger words. Break bigger words into chunks.Connect letters with sounds, break up words into syllables and sounds, and blend them into words. Ask them to take a picture of the word in their mind, so they visualize and connect a story with the words. Read a lot of rhyming books and make Dr. Seuss your best friend. Then as they learn how to read, have them read those same books first, and do so out loud. When they get older get a whiteboard or blackboard and have them practice big, the bigger the word the easier to comprehend.
Focus on vocabulary! Learn words and then it is easier to recognize them. Make and use flashcards, practice a few times and then go over them again a week later. You can also read them into a voice recorder and play them back as you read them. Do this on a treadmill or walking and you will pick them up faster than you think.
Key tip: For all students with books, the best, simplest solution that worked for me and just about everyone I ever taught is this: Have them use their index finger under the words and go at a reasonable pace. Or cut a slit in the middle of a 3*5 index card to follow the words like a “viewfinder” or use a ruler under the sentence. And cover up the rest that you are not reading with colored construction paper.
For a computer screen or worksheet with a lot of words and curriculum, even math, use colored construction paper as a placeholder with some kind of clip or reusable tape for a screen, especially to underscore the line of the sentence. It is very important to cover any text and images that you have not read yet and have already read, so the brain does not get overwhelmed. Like a racehorse with side blinders or “blinkers.” This helps focus the eyes and not be distracted or overwhelmed.
Work slow, careful and smart, not fast and sloppy. Allow time to think and process, and this will wear them out. Thus, when they are frustrated or tired, take a break.
Classical music or “Wholetones” playing softly in the background or any music that is not distracting can be a help too.
Key tip: For older students, Junior High and above, have them read their material as above out loud into a voice recorder. Then, play it back. And for studying, record notes and the things that need to be learned and playback while driving, or at the mall, or anywhere, with a “smartphone.” This works great, especially in High School and College. As they can do this with any notes, study material, information, even terms and words for science or a foreign language, or math formulas. Write what needs to be memorized on index cards like vocabulary, terms and do as above while taking a walk. This is one of the best ways to study! You are using all four main learning parameters, auditory, visual, read/write, and kinesthetic (movement).
You can also you an app like “Prizmo Go Instant Text Capture” or “Darwin Reader,” or Scanpen,” or any app that is an “OCR” that takes a picture of the text and then reads it audibly for you. Then follow the voice from the app as you read.
There are some other great tech helps out too. The “Livescribe SmartPen” will remember what you write and will place text into the computer or smartphone. Voice recognition software can be your best friend, as well as apps like “Eye Tracker,” “Natural Reading,” “Advanced Reading Therapy” and “Comprehension Therapy.” For writing, there is “Ginger” and “Snaptype” helps students to fill out on workbooks and worksheets. In practice, there are “Eggy Phonics,” “Dyslexia Quest,” and “Biteboard.”
Audiobooks are awesome for us! Check your local libraries and reading services. Listen to the audiobook and read the text using the above methods. You may have to stop and start a lot until you pick up speed.
Have them sit toward the front of the class. It helps with attention and concentration, especially in large classes and lecture forums. It is too hard and overwhelming to copy what is written on a blackboard or whiteboard or listen to a lecture and copy text. Please give out a handout instead.
Allow extra time to take tests and answering questions. If they can’t take the regular test, do it orally with them instead. Students with dyslexia take longer to process and can’t be held to the same standards as normal functioning students.
If this will not embarrass the student, you can provide noise-canceling headphones to block out audio distractions. Or provide a quiet space, like a cubical.
Remember, good posture, if the concentration slips, have them crouch forward andit will increase your concentration. And, stretch often!
Play the games “hangman,” “Password,” “Crossword Puzzles,” “UpWords,” “Scrabble,” and sound matching games, like what starts with R? And use “phonics” curriculums for below grade three. As they learn to write, place your hand over theirs and guide them with gentleness.
Go Large with Praise! Any child needs approval and to feel safe and loved. Give them praise for work when it is done, and when they accomplished something. Have celebrations and rewards too. When you provide a stable, happy home and class, they have a safe place and will be better at learning.
When you help a person with a learning disability, they will have the tools needed to succeed, not only in school, also socially, and into adulthood and their professional life too. In fact, in my opinion, who is dyslexic and a published author with a Ph.D., this is not a disability at all; rather, an opportunity. Our minds just work differently.
For a school that has a curriculum that is intuitive with great trained and considerate teachers, and has helped my son and can help you and your child’s success, look here: http://www.methodschools.org/
Dr. Richard Krejcir is an Author, Researcher and the Director of a nonprofit that does educational training in third-world countries. He is also a Homeschool Coordinator at Method Schools and an instructor in a STEM program and a father of a son with autism. He holds a BA from SJSU, an MA; MDiv, from Fuller and a PH.D., from London. He has over 30 years of experience working with students with learning disabilities. Including, overcoming severe Dyslexia himself. He has the tool to help your student succeed!