The “I Can” Kid

by Carole Richards   Recently I met with a delightful smart and insightful ten-year-old fifth-grade girl. She spoke lovingly about spending time with her family. She was a happy child. Her mother brought her to see me because the parents thought she had dyslexia. The girl described school as difficult and reading was hard. However, when I tested her, she …

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Richards Learning Systems

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There is a literacy crisis in our country.  Millions of Americans cannot read and it has an enormous economic impact on our community.  We have a simple solution that will solve this problem – a revolutionary video reading series that will teach students and train teachers at the same time.  But we need your help. An Award Winning Curriculum – …

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Announcing Our Lakeland Summer 2017 Class Schedule!

North Coast Education Services is proud to announce our Lakeland Summer 2017 class schedule!  Take a class with us this summer at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, Ohio.  Here’s our new schedule: Learn About Our Lakeland Classes Not sure which of our Lakeland Summer 2017 classes is right for your student?  Read on to learn more about our individual classes: …

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Multiplication Table

The Easy Way to Learn Your Multiplication Facts!

Every school year, we receive dozens of calls from worried parents whose children are struggling with multiplication facts.  It’s one of our more popular math requests.  Multiplication is a fundamental skill.  Mastery of multiplication facts is necessary in order to move on to more complicated tasks.  But how do you learn multiplication facts? A Simple and Effective Strategy for Learning …

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Revealed: The Mystery of Gifted Education

REVEALED: The Mystery of Gifted Education by Carole Richards   In the 1950’s through the 1970’s, the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools had a nationally respected Major Work gifted program.  I had the opportunity to teach in the program. Students were selected based on an IQ of 125+.  They were placed in grade-level classrooms at satellite schools.  Students were given math and …

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Easy Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity into Your Classroom

There is no denying that our bodies were made for movement.  Think of all of the things we are capable of doing — walking, dancing, biking, swimming, and so much more. One of the most difficult challenges for a person is to sit down and stay focused.  Even as adults, this task can seem daunting.  We need to make an effort …

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Get Your Student Organized for the New School Year

Do you consider yourself an organized person? Do you find yourself making to-do lists and stacking papers in piles to keep your desk neat? What about your student? Is your student checking off assignments, or is their backpack a complete disaster? It will probably come as no surprise that there is a direct correlation between organization and success. Whether you’re …

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4 Tips to Help You Get Ready to Go Back to School

It feels weird saying “back to school” in July. This month is supposed to be about picnics, long days on the beach, popsicles, swimming, and fireworks. But the reality is that the 2017 – 2018 school year is just one month away! Before you let panic set in, remember that North Coast Education Services is here to help. We wouldn’t …

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Summer Sessions at Lakeland!

Did you know that many teachers spend the first month of the school year re-teaching last year’s material? Make sure your student doesn’t fall victim to the “summer slide”.  Consider enrolling your student in one of our summer classes at Lakeland Community College! These 9 week courses for grades K – 12 are both convenient and affordable.  We offer our …

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