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    The ABCs of Fear and Anxiety in Children

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Children with ADHD or learning challenges may have a greater risk of problems from fear and anxiety.  If you have concerns about your child, don't miss Friday's Webinar: The ABCs of Fear and Anxiety in Children presented by
    Friday,i September 11 at 9:00 AM - California (Pacific) time (earlier than the Eastern time posted on the site)
    Dr. John Piacentini, Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA's School of Medicine and an expert in childhood fear and anxiety issues, will discuss:

    • The difference between age-appropriate and problematic anxiety
    • The warning signs of anxiety issues
    • How to decide if your child needs treatment
    • How to select the most effective treatment

    Today is International Literacy Day!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    September 8 was first designated as International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1965.
    This year’s International Literacy Day is dedicated to “The Power of People: Start a Literacy Movement.”
    You can make your own contribution to literacy by getting your kids interested in a project they can do themselves.
    How about building your own library?
    This is a simple idea that appeals to a lot of people. "Take a book, return a book." You can already find Little Libraries in San Francisco. Why not build one for your neighborhood?
    Here's an explanation of the "Little Free Library" idea:

    • how to create one of your own
    • what you'll need
    • how to find books
    • how to keep your project going

     A project like this will reward you and your kids with fun and a lasting sense that books and reading matter!

    Go West, Young Speller

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Learning new spelling words can sometimes be boring--even for kids who like to read. Skill practice for reluctant readers and writers is often an even bigger challenge. Here are two apps that could give your kids a new perspective on language skills:
    Mystery Word Town

    Learning to spell was never more fun. Mystery Word Town takes you back to the Old West. You'll use your spelling skills to find the Huevos Rancheros, a gang of gold thieves who have hidden their loot in buildings around the town. You'll be rewarded with letters to use in spelling words as you make your way through the town's buildings and hear tales of the old timers who used to live there.

    Delightful graphics and imaginative stories make the puzzle fun. Customizable word lists and audio features (including the ability to record new words in your own voice) enhance learning.
    Book Creator
    The pride of authorship may be just what your reluctant reader or writer needs to boost confidence! Book Creator offers a simple, exciting way for kids to turn their own writing into multimedia e-books to enjoy and share with friends. Text can be illustrated with photographs, videos, and drawings. A voice-recording feature makes creating text easier for struggling writers. Common Sense Media gives this app a 4-star rating for ease of use and potential for learning language skills.

    Easy Ways to Get Your Read and Write On!

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Do your kids look forward to practicing reading and writing each day? Help them view language learning as convenient and pleasurable activities with strategies like these:

    Text yourself a story
    Every day, we see odd things, have new ideas, and feel emotions we'd like to express. Don't let them slip away! Text or email them to yourself. At the end of the day, copy your messages into a word document or write them down on paper. Once you've got the habit, your texts are a journal filled with writing inspiration.

    Follow the music
    Most kids have a particular vocal group whose music "speaks" to them personally. Encourage your kids to find the lyrics of their favorite songs and read them as they listen to their music. Seeing the relationship between written and sung words helps us become more aware of the individual sound units in language and gives us a deeper appreciation of how words can be used creatively.

    Make home a reading zone
    Whether you have a single shelf or a whole room full of books, a library at home sends a clear message to kids that reading is important and valuable. You can find suggestions for setting up your home library here. And right now is a great time to do it. The San Francisco Public Library's annual Big Book Sale is less than three weeks away!

    Talk to your kids about how they use words in their lives. Together, you can find new ways to make reading and writing the good parts of each day.

    The Power of Self-Advocacy

    Last updated 3 years ago

    How will your kids handle problems in school this year? One of the most powerful skills they can learn is how to speak up for themselves. You can help them on their way with this clear guide to self-advocacy from

    Key points include:

    • What Self-Advocacy Is
    • How Self-Advocacy Helps Kids Learn
    • Promoting Self-Advocacy in Kids
    • Why Learning Self-Advocacy Takes Time and Practice

    For more information on how The Literacy & Language Center can help your kids succeed, call us today at (415) 242-1205, or visit our website at

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