Links to Websites by Chapter
In this section, I’ve listed all the links to websites that I mentioned in each chapter. I’m also adding links to websites where you can go learn more about the subject of the chapter.
Chapters 5: What Is on the Test?
Here you will find a practice OLSAT test
The following links are to websites that talk about the various tests children take for kindergarten admissions
Chapter 6: Milestones That Matter for School Success
On-line resources for developmental milestones
Great on-line educational toy stores
CD’s and DVD’s
Free Interactive Children’s Sites
Workbooks and Free Workbook Pages
- www.thinkingtolearn.com (not free)
- www.criticalthinking.com (not free)
Chapter 8: Reading to Build all 7 Abilities
Videos on Dialogic Reading
Free On-line Sequencing Activities
Lyrics and Music to Thousands of Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes
Pre-reading and Reading Support
Chapter 9: Instruments to Strengthen All 7 Abilities
Information on studies that show the intellectual advantages of music lessons in children
Chapter 10: Conversing to Support 6 Abilities
Information on parent talkativeness being predictive of IQ
Chapter 11: Language and More
Great clean-up and transition songs
Finger Puppets and other inexpensive craft supplies
Teaching children to listen
Chapter 12: Knowledge/Comprehension
Free on-line activities teaching children about colors, letters, numbers
Chapter 13: Memory
Magazine supporting memory and all aspects of intellectual development
Chapter 14: Mathematics
Ideas to help your child develop math skills
Chapter 15: Visual-Spatial Reasoning
Games and activities to teach spatial reasoning
Chapter 16: Cognitive Skills
Workbooks that build reasoning skills
Chapter 17: Fine-Motor Skills
Tools to help build fine-motor skills
Chapter 20: Your Best Public School Options
School options for the gifted child
- www.kyrene.org/resource/gifted/parents/parent_book_list.htm (books about giftedness)
Magnet and charter schools
Chapter 22: How Public Schools Use Ability Tracking
If your child is in a slow math group
If your child is in a slow reading group
- www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html (if you feel your school’s tracking policy is discriminatory and you want to make a complaint).
Information on tracking
Chapter 23: Early Intervention and Special Education
Early intervention for children from birth to age-3
General information on learning disabilities
- www.nichcy.org – National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities – offers a wealth of information on navigating IDEA. www.yellowpagesforkids.com/ - a resource for finding local educational consultants, psychologists, educational diagnosticians, speech therapists, occupational therapists and lawyers for children with disabilities.
- www.handsandvoices.org/articles/education/law/transition.html and http://facts.crc.uiuc.edu/facts4/facts4.html – information on transitioning from Early Intervention to Special Education under IDEA.
- www.med.umich.edu/yourchild/topics/devdel.htm#early – a University of Michigan Health System website that covers developmental delays, learning disabilities, Early Intervention, and Special Education.
- www.allkindsofminds.org – a fantastic website on learning issues that was started by Dr. Mel Levine.
- www.successinmind.org – a program that offers learning profiles and learning plans for students from first grade to college. Program is based on the work of Dr. Mel Levine.
- www.bridges4kids.org - a Michigan site that provides referrals for children needing support services. It is full of useful information.
- www.specialchildren.about.com/ - About.com’s excellent site on special needs children.
- www.babyhearing.org/LanguageLearning/ - a comprehensive site with information about auditory and language delays.
- www.eifamilyalliance.org - a site devoted to helping families improve the outcomes for infants and toddlers receiving Early Intervention services.