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This Christmas Make Reading Fun!

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Dec 23, 2013 @ 11:46 AM

In Canada, adult literacy is measured in levels, with Level 3 considered optimal for everyday demands.  Unfortunately, four out of 10 Canadians, ages 16 to 65, struggle to reach Level 3—the level that should be attain by completing high school. 

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Topics: reading disability, free download, parenting, Reading

Top 10 Educational Games for Christmas

Posted by Matthew Turton on Mon, Dec 02, 2013 @ 08:42 AM

The holidays are approaching and with it, the anticipation for gifts.  It is often a struggle to keep learning positive as children are more focused on holidays, gifts, and school breaks and not their education. 

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Topics: love learning, free download, family activity, parenting, teachers, Educational Games

School's Out for the Summer

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 05:09 PM


Yes, I realize that you have just started your summer holidays. I understand you have probably been looking forward to them for months and months. You are already dreaming about lazing around a pool or playing volleyball at the beach or living it up at a theme park or battling black flies and mosquitos in the woods. I totally get that and plan on enjoying all those things myself.  I am not asking you or your child to 'sacrifice' any of your summer. I however, I am suggesting that you take a little bit of your time every day to invest in your child's future. Let's focus on some little, fun things that have the potential to impact your child's school success. 

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Topics: summer activities, love learning, free download, family activity, parenting

Top 10 Educational Games Guide - Stop The Summer Brain Drain (part 2)

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

How many times do we rely on fads or advertisements at Christmas time and birthdays to find a game for our families? There are so many games out there that the idea of shopping for one can be overwhelming. If you have done any shopping at Mastermind Toys or Toys R Us, you have seen firsthand how many options there are. The thought of narrowing down the options can seem daunting. Breakthroughs has something for you! We have compiled a list of our most valued games up to this point. We have incorporated these games into our Individualized Brain Development Programs.

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Topics: summer activities, love learning, free download, family activity

Stop The Summer Brain Drain

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

“A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over one who can't.” ~Author Unknown

We are often asked by parents what summer activities we would recommend. The summer is an ideal time to be making an impact on brain skill development. When the brain is not being taxed by the work and pressure of school, it can develop rapidly. Our top recommendations include reading, some excellent brain developing games, reading, activity workbooks like our Brain Boosters, Puzzlemania, Lumosity, reading and various kinds of physical activities and did I mention reading? Next week we will launch our Top 10 Educational Game Guide which will help make this summer one to remember.

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Topics: summer activities, love learning, free download, family activity, parenting, goal setting, Reading

Reading Disabilities & Eye Tracking

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

This month our focus is on reading and the critical role that eye tracking plays. Today I would like to bring your attention to the different ways your eyes track and work together as a team. Eye tracking affects just about every area of our lives, from reading to driving, to sports and more.

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Topics: Reading, reading disability, free download, classroom strategies

Elementary School Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 @ 02:28 PM

She had the brightest blue eyes that you can imagine, and her smile could light up the darkest of nights.  She had long vibrant red hair and her freckles (or should I say angel kisses) always made me smile.  There was a time when she would spend many nights with severe upset stomach to the point of sickness.  She did not want to go to school and her parents were concerned.
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Topics: love learning, free download, learning disabilities, warning signs

Kindergarten Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 @ 02:15 PM

This month our focus is on getting early access to help or interventions. Far too often we see children, and even adults, who have struggled for years before getting help. Our goal is that by getting children help sooner, we can limit the emotional toll, stop developing behavior issues, and prevent negative attitudes toward school. It’s tough to get excited about going to school when school leaves you feeling like a failure.

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Topics: love learning, free download, learning disabilities, warning signs

Preschool Warning Signs

Posted by Krystal Hundt on Mon, Apr 15, 2013 @ 03:36 PM

One of the questions we hear on a regular basis is "How do I know if my child needs help?" Today we are going to start answering that question for the early years. Over the next few weeks we will specifically look at older children as well. When looking at children in the Preschool and Junior Kindergarten level, these are some of the areas that could raise concern:

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Topics: love learning, free download, learning disabilities, warning signs

"Are you listening to me?" Verbal Comprehension

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 12:32 PM

Do your child’s eyes get glazed over when you’re talking to them? Do they have a hard time following through on instructions you’ve given them? When it comes time to do their homework, are they confused about what they’re supposed to do? Has their teacher commented that they often don’t get started on an assignment but just sit at their desk? All of these may be symptoms of poor listening comprehension.

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Topics: free download, parenting, learning disabilities, classroom strategies, teachers, behaviour, homework

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