learning skills

SOI LOCAN: Reaching Out to Malawi, Africa

Almost exactly a year ago, my husband and I were sitting in the living room of a dear friend, visiting with two recent acquaintances. One of our new friends, a lady from Kentucky, is the director of a mission in Malawi, Africa. The other new friend is a pastor and leader of the community, church, and school in this very remote village in Malawi. Over cool drinks, we shared our various experiences, work, and dreams as our Kentucky friend translated as needed into Chichewa for our new African friend.

Both were fascinated to know about SOI and the work I have done over the past 20+ years with children who were challenged in their learning. The visitors shared their concern over what they in Malawi had come to call “the third grade dropout.” Apparently, many students in their community progress to a third grade reading level, but then, year after year, are unable to move forward. Around the age of 18, they finally give up, unable to pursue higher learning.

They were perplexed. Why would children, so intelligent in so many ways, bog down and languish for years at the same reading level, unable to progress even after extensive tutoring?

Indeed, why? The question seemed familiar. Haven’t educators here in the U.S. asked similar questions about some of their struggling students? I assured them that using the Structure of Intellect (SOI) methods, we would be able to answer that question.

A few months later, Continue reading “SOI LOCAN: Reaching Out to Malawi, Africa”

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Summer School or Summer Camp?

It happens every spring. I get a frantic call from a parent of a child who is about to be held back a grade in school if the child does not attend summer school. Sometimes, the child is in public school and struggled with math, reading, or everything, and has the state testing results to “prove” it. Other times, the child is in private school and is not able to keep up with the private school’s accelerated program.

This year I received a call from Leo’s mother, Nina. Leo is a small, 12-year-old handsome Mexican-American boy with a smile that can melt your heart. Leo is about to be withheld in 6th grade if he does not go to summer school. Leo struggles with reading. But because his private school doesn’t have a summer school offering, Leo’s mother goes to the neighborhood public school to register him for summer school. The principal says that Leo ineligible to go to the public summer school because he does not attend the district’s public school during the academic year. Leo’s dad doesn’t want his son withheld, but his mother cannot find a summer school program.

That is when I received her frantic call. I assure Nina that the SOI test and IPP screening will get to the root cause of the problem, and that I have summer camp to help Leo individually. I also tell Nina that Leo would do the same things in summer school that he did during the school year that did not work.

Sitting across from Leo while he takes the SOI test, I can tell that he is definitely gifted in some areas but struggles in comprehension. When I perform the IPP screening, I discover Leo’s reading issue: his eyes cannot focus on a point nor does he have binocular vision. Probably everything he reads is blurry, but he doesn’t know the page is blurry because he has never seen a clear page of print! Leo can read or call words on grade level but Continue reading “Summer School or Summer Camp?”

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SOI Basic Reader

Do you have students who have trouble reading? This program could be your answer!

Basic Reader is a complete reading program designed for elementary age students who are struggling with reading. There are three major causes of reading difficulties: students do not have the necessary perceptual skills; students are not ready cognitively; or the teaching method does not match the students learning style.

Basic Reader addresses all of these causes and helps students read better in five easy steps.

The goal of this program is to enable students to read. To reach that goal, we need to achieve these enabling objectives:

  • Insure that students are not struggling visually
  • Establish each student’s predominance for learning
  • Focusing on that predominance and develop prerequisites to reading
  • Return student to formal reading instruction, prepared to learn

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