Conservative Voter Guide, March 3, 2020

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It is Election time!

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:

https://www.electionforum.org/california-voter-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.

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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.

Superior Court Judges

Office 17

  • Shannon Kathleen Cooley

Office 42

  • Linda L. Sun – Rating 2
  • Robert Villa – Rating 5

Office 72

  • Myanna Dellinger – Rating 3
  • Steve Morgan – Rating 5
  • Robert Jacobs Rating 3

Office 76

  • Emily Cole – Rating 6
  • Judge Mike Cummins – Rating 3

Office 80

  • David A. Berger – Rating 4
  • Klint James – Rating 4
  • Nick C. Rini – Rating 6

Office 97

  • Sherry L. Powell – Rating 3
  • Timothy D. Reuben – Rating 5

Office 129

  • Kenneth M. Fuller – Rating 3
  • Bruce A. Moss – Rating 4
  • Mark MacCarley – Rating 5

Office 131

  • Michelle Kelley

Office 141

  • Lana Kim

Office 145

  • Adan Montalban – Rating 3
  • Troy Slaten – Rating 10

Office 150

  • Manuel Alejandro Almada – Rating 6
  • Sherri “Onica” Valle Cole – Rating 3
  • Tom Parsekian – Rating 3

Office 162

  • Scott Andrew Yang – Rating 3
  • Caree Annette Harper – Rating 3
  • David D. Diamond – Rating 5

U.S. Representative

23rd District

  • Kevin McCarthy (R) (Incumbent)
  • Kim Mangone (D)

25th District

  • Robert Cooper (D)
  • Getro Elize (D)
  • Christopher Smith (D)
  • Christy Smith (D)
  • Cenk Uygur (D)
  • Anibal Valdez-Ortega (D)
  • Mike Garcia (R)
  • Kenneth Jenks (R)
  • Stephen Knight (R)
  • David Lozano (R)
  • Daniel Mercuri (R)
  • George Papadopoulos (R)
  • Otis Lee Cooper (I)

26th District

  • Julia Brownley (D) (Incumbent)
  • Enrique Petris (D)
  • Robert Salas (D)
  • Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy (R)

27th District

  • Judy Chu (D) (Incumbent)
  • Beatrice Cardenas (R)
  • Johnny Nalbandian (R)
  • Christian Daly (I)

28th District

  • Adam Schiff (D) (Incumbent)
  • Chad Anderson (D)
  • Sal Genovese (D)
  • Maebe A. Girl (D)
  • Ara Khachi Manoogian (D)
  • William Bodell (R)
  • Eric Early (R)
  • Jennifer Barbosa (I)

29th District

  • Tony Cardenas (D) (Incumbent)
  • Angelica Duenas (D)
  • Michael Guzik (D)
  • Brian Perras (R)

30th District

  • Brad Sherman (D) (Incumbent)
  • CJ Berina (D)
  • Brian Carroll (D)
  • Raji Rab (D)
  • Mark Reed (R)

32nd District

  • Grace Napolitano (D) (Incumbent)
  • Emanuel Gonzales (D)
  • Meshal Kashifalghita (D)
  • Joshua Scott (R)

33rd District

  • Ted Lieu (D)
  • Liz Barris (D)
  • Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D)
  • James P. Bradley (R)
  • Sarah Sun Liew (R)
  • Kenneth Wright (I)

34th District

  • Jimmy Gomez (D) (Incumbent)
  • David Kim (D)
  • Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla (D)
  • Keanakay Scott (D)
  • Joanne Wright (R)

35th District

  • Norma Torres (D) (Incumbent)
  • Mike Cargile (R)

37th District

  • Karen Bass (D) (Incumbent)
  • Errol Webber (R)
  • Larry Thompson (Independent)

38th District

  • Linda Sánchez (D) (Incumbent)
  • Michael Tolar (D)

39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D) (Incumbent)
  • Young Kim (R)
  • Steve Cox (Independent)

40th District

  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) (Incumbent)
  • Anthony Felix Jr. (D)
  • David Sanchez (D)
  • Antonio Delgado (R)
  • Michael Graham Jr. (American Independent Party)
  • Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (G)

43rd District

  • Maxine Waters (D) (Incumbent)
  • Joe Collins (R)
  • Omar Navarro (R) (incarcerated)

44th District

  • Nanette Barragán (D) (Incumbent)
  • Morris Griffin (D)
  • Analilia Joya (D)
  • Billy Earley (R)

47th District

  • Alan Lowenthal (D) (Incumbent)
  • Peter Mathews (D)
  • Jalen McLeod (D)
  • John Briscoe (R)
  • Sou Moua (R)
  • Amy Phan West (R)

California State Senate

District 21

  • Warren Heaton (D)
  • Steve Hill (D)
  • Dana LaMon (D)
  • Kipp Mueller (D)
  • Scott Wilk (R) (Incumbent)

District 23

  • Kris Goodfellow (D)
  • Abigail Medina (D)
  • Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R)
  • Cristina Puraci (R)
  • Lloyd White (R)

District 25

  • Anthony Portantino, Jr. (D) (Incumbent)

District 27

  • Henry Stern (D) (Incumbent)
  • Houman Salem (R)

District 29

  • Joseph Cho (D)
  • Josh Newman (D)
  • Ling Ling Chang (R) (Incumbent)

District 33

  • Lena Gonzalez (D) (Incumbent)

District 35

  • Steven Bradford (D) (Incumbent)

State Assembly

District 36

  • Jonathan Ervin (D)
  • Lourdes Everett (D)
  • Steve Fox (D)
  • Diedra Greeenaway (D)
  • Ollie M. McCaulley (D)
  • Tom Lackey (R) (Incumbent)

District 38

  • Dina Cervantes (D)
  • Annie Cho (D)
  • Kelvin Driscoll (D)
  • Brandii Grace (D)
  • Susan Christopher (D)
  • Suzette Martinez Valladares (R)
  • Lucie Lapointe Volotzky (R)

District 39

  • Luz Maria Rivas (D) (Incumbent)
  • Ricardo Benitez (R)

District 41

  • Chris Holden (D) (Incumbent)
  • Robin Hvidston (R)

District 43

  • Laura Fried man (D) (Incumbent)
  • Mike Graves (R)
  • Robert Sexton (I)

District 44

  • Jacqui Irwin (D) (Incumbent)
  • Denise Pedrow (R)

District 45

  • Jesse Gabriel (D) (Incumbent)
  • Jeff Gabriel (R)

District 46

  • Lanira Murphy (D)
  • Adrin Nazarian (D) (Incumbent)

District 48

  • Blanca Rubio (D) (Incumbent)

District 49

  • Edwin Chau (D) (Incumbent)
  • Bryan Mesinas Pérez (D)
  • Priscilla Silva (D)
  • Burton Brink (R)

District 50

  • Richard Bloom (D) (Incumbent)
  • Will Hess (D)
  • Jim King (D)
  • Boris A. Brink (R)

District 51

  • Wendy Carillo (D) (Incumbent)
  • Victor Jaun Vedin (R)

District 52

  • Freddie Rodriguez (D) (Incumbent)
  • Toni Holle (D)

District 53

  • Godfrey Santos Plata (D)
  • Miguel Santiago (D) (Incumbent)

District 54

  • Clinton Brown (D)
  • Tracy Bernard Jones (D)
  • Sydney Kamlager (D) (Incumbent)
  • Glen Ratcliff (R)

District 55

  • Andrew Rodriguez (D)
  • Phillip Chen (R) (Incumbent)

District 57

  • Josue Alvarado (D)
  • Lisa Calderon (D)
  • Primo Castro (D)
  • Gary Mendez (D)
  • Sylvia Rubio (D)
  • Dora Sandoval (D)
  • Vanessa Tyson (D)
  • Oscar Valladares (D)
  • Jessica Martinez (R)

District 58

  • Cristina Garcia (D) (Incumbent)
  • Margaret Villa  (Green Party)

District 59

  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D) (Incumbent)
  • Efren Martinez (D)
  • Marcello Villeda (R)

District 62

  • Autumn Burke (D) (Incumbent)
  • Robert Steele (R)

District 63

  • Maria Estrada (D)
  • Anthony Rendon (D) (Incumbent)

District 64

  • Mike Gipson (D) (Incumbent)
  • Fatima Iqbal-Zubair (D)
  • David Cunningham (D)

District 66

  • Al Muratsuchi (D) (Incumbent)
  • Arthur Schaper (R)

District 70

  • Patrick O’Donnell (D) (Incumbent)
  • David Thomas (R)

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Lead us not into temptation?

Lead us not into temptation

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.

Reference about the Pope: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-approves-change-to-the-lords-prayer-despite-opposition-its-deeply-problematic.html

See the exegetical notes and Bible study and our Theological Note on Our Pattern for Prayer, http://70030.netministry.com/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=34628&columnid=3803

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Make a Deeper Existential Connection with God

Deeper Existential Connection with 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).

 

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Conservitive Voter Guide, June 2018

It is Election time!

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

 

JUDICIAL (Office No. 63):  Poor candidate choices—no recommendation. 😒

JUDICIAL (Office No. 67):  Dennis P. Vincent / 2 star rating

JUDICIAL (Office No. 71):  David A. Berger / 5 star rating!

JUDICIAL (Office No. 113):  Steven Schreiner / 4 star rating

JUDICIAL (Office No. 118):  Troy Davis / 2 star rating

JUDICIAL (Office No. 126):  Ken Fuller / 3 star rating

JUDICIAL (Office No. 146):  Emily Theresa Spear / 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!

STATE MEASURES:

68:  NO

69:  NO

70:  NO

71:  YES

72:  YES

CITY OF PASADENA:

AA:  YES

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.”

DD:  NO

BB:  YES

FOR ADDITIONAL DISTRICT RECOMMENDATIONS AND OTHER INQUIRIES, CLICK ON THIS LINK:
https://www.electionforum.org/la-voter-guide/

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Tips for Helping your Student or Child with Dyslexia and Learning Disabilities

dyslexia help

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.

For teachers,

  • 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.

LEARN MORE ABOUT METHOD HOME

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/

Part one is here: https://www.methodschools.org/blog/what-is-dyslexia

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!

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What is Dyslexia?

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According to science and my experiences having dyslexia, reading is hard and complex. Our eyes perceive images that connect to the brain to decipher these images. Then, they are computed and compared to recognized learned patterns of letters and languages positioned into the right order. Then, we have to place the words in an organized direction as we read and then comprehend it all. Now comes dyslexia, where a neurological disorder causes us to have trouble corresponding those images. A mismatch occurs almost like an optical illusion, when letters or numbers are present. As the normal process is short-circuited, as we read letters and the infinite variations and try to place a reason behind them. Then, this flurry of words needs to be sorted into words and then into sentences. Since, what we perceive becomes jumbled up. Basically, it is just harder for us to do this, and takes longer frustrating parents, teachers and ourselves.

Dyslexia according to research, affects up to 20% of students and covers over 80% of learning disabilities. The cause is unknown, perhaps genetic. This is a neurological disorder, it has nothing to do with the desire to or not to learn how to read nor is it a bearing on your parenting or the teacher’s abilities. And to put away any scams out there, it can’t be cured; however, it can be managed and even turned into an asset.

What to look for

If you suspect your child either can’t learn to read or is having trouble writing words correctly or consistently, or is a “slow learner,” or becoming very behind, then this is the time to have them assessed. Talk to your pediatrician and get referrals. There are many programs, many are free. In California, we have the “Regional Centers.” Be proactive and see what eligible services your school or district or state can do. In Method Schools, our customizable curriculum and tutoring will automatically help your child in school and a few helps I will list in the next blog post will make their home and educational journey a winner.

Dyslexic children and adults will struggle to read effortlessly, will not be able to spell simple words and struggle or learn a second language, but it is possible. Ironically, people with dyslexia manage to become some of the best authors as they see more in words even when we can’t see the words well. As we are visual and creative thinkers with above average reasonability, and images are our friends. And we can learn to explain the image to tell a better story like Agatha Christie who had dyslexia as does Dav Pilkey, Stephen J. Cannell, Rick Riordan and Steven Spielberg. We are not alone, so has John Lennon, Ludwig van Beethoven, Steve Jobs, Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, Keanu Reeves, Richard Branson, Pablo Picasso, Magic Johnson, Mohammed Ali, Henry Winkler, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Graham Bell, John F. Kennedy, Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and George Washington to name a few who struggled with dyslexia. So, if your child has it, they are in good company.

What is Dyslexia Like?

I had a student tell me once, “when I read something, it is like looking through a kaleidoscope.” As we read, we see letters as backward, inside out and or upside down and or bunched together. So, instead of cat, we get tac, or atc or tca or x%z. They can even appear completely backward. Sometimes, we can’t describe what we see, it looks like, well just a mess. And, the text will seem to appear to jump around on us. It is annoying.

As we read we can get sick, and we are not faking it. This will have tired us out, cause headaches, stomachaches, and nervousness.  We have a hard time distinguishing letters that look alike, like, b and d or p and q, or w and v, or an o and c and e, or an S and a 5 and so forth. We also have a hard time to connect the sound of the letter to the letter, like saying L or W. Sometimes we can’t even understand them.

We Can Do It! 

Dyslexia is a disability and it is not! It is a learning difference! Your child is much brighter than average, perhaps a genius. But wait, there is more. This is not the end, but a bright beginning. They will succeed with your help, and can be a university professor or a doctor or, well, there is no limit, when they get a handle on it.  Well, you can skip the spelling bee. The key is your nurture and willingness to work at it and get them the help they need. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

For a school that has a curriculum that is intuitive with great considerate teachers, and has helped my son and can help you and your child’s success, look here:

 

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10 Productive Activities to Keep Your Child Busy During Winter and Summer Break

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It is just two weeks away! The dreaded, for us parents that is, winter break. The happiest time of the year, for kids (besides summer, that is). Two weeks of empty air time, scrambling to find sitters and finding something to keep them busy. So, what to do, what to do? Turn on Sponge Chris Round Pants, or whatever the annoying sea sponge is called, and go to work. Well, are there better ideas? Yes! Keep in mind your child’s mind, it needs to stay active. We can turn that dread into action and adventure for the whole family, ensuring their minds stay sharp in the process.

  1.  Read. Take them to the library on the first day of break and have them pick out a book or two. Make it a goal for them to finish them before break is over. Research shows, as well as, educators recommend, 20 to 30 minutes each day. To extend that time, have them pick up some fun books too. My son likes the Star Wars Encyclopedias.
  2. Learning Games. Educational games such as Brain Trainer, Rush Hour and Funbrain are a fun way for your child to learn something new. You can even download apps on your phone or tablet for them to enjoy. MathPlayground.comEducation.com, and learninggamesforkids.com are good places to go as well as your app store.
  3. Make Cards. It’s the holiday season, so make some festive cards! Get some arts and crafts supplies and spend some time decorating and writing notes to your friends and family. This is a creative way for your child to spread some holiday cheer!
  4. Day at the Museum. Take them on an adventure to the Zoo, Arboretum, aquarium or a museum. Most of these attractions offer fun and interactive displays for your child to participate in. Just do a Google search of museums in your city, many have discount and free days too.
  5. Learn a Musical Instrument. From Guitar Hero to instructional YouTube videos on how to play the piano, it is easier than ever to learn. You do not need expensive lessons, unless they want to progress. Music does wonders on the brain!
  6. Cook it Up! Try to bake some cookies and move up to a cake. But do not use a mix, do it from scratch. It is more fun and the measuring process of baking is beneficial for mathematical skills. Explore some recipes and decide what to create, shop for the ingredients and bake away!
  7. Park It. Get out, and enjoy the Southern California weather, even go to the beach, while the rest of the country is frozen over.
  8. Be Active. Try to get out and try new things, like bowling, hikes, dancing and biking. Get active!
  9. Be a Creator. There are always LEGO’s and Crayons, and you can go to an art store and get ideas. Check out these three websites and be creative, makerspaces.com/makerspace-ideas/learningliftoff.com and teachkidsengineering.com.
  10. Explore your City! Your city, like Pasadena, may have lots of activities to be involved in, which many are of low cost and fun, https://apm.activecommunities.com/cityofpasadena/Activity_Search, if not check out the YMCA, ymcala.org.

The holidays do not have to be a time of dread and stress, they can be family fun and a learning adventure if you are willing to invest some time and go for it. Remember to keep positive and be a nurturer and inspirer to your child. And some parenting advice, keep some structure going, like bedtimes, meal times and such, Kids may say they do not want it, but they greatly need structure. Just ease it a bit during breaks

 

For a school that can help you and your child’s success and help you create a supportive learning environment, look here: methodschools.org

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