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What to Do if Your Child Has Missed Too Much School

Research shows illness, both physical and mental, is a top reason why students miss school. Research also shows that students who missed more than 18 days of school were two times more likely to fail the required English standardized tests.  Eighteen missed days works out to approximately […]

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Let Your Child Design Their Own Summer School

What if your child could design their own summer learning program? At Brock’s Academy they can.  We combine your child’s interests with skill building summer tutoring or classes.  Here are three creative ways parents, children and Brock’s built custom learning solutions. (note: all student names were changed […]

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Summer School Could Bolster Your Child’s Confidence

At Brock’s Academy our mission is to keep the spirit for learning alive in every child.  Parents have used our summer school to rebuild their child’s natural love of learning after a long, sometimes unhappy school year. We employ a Designer Education method, allowing the student to […]

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Re-Thinking Remedial Summer School

The 1987 movie Summer School typifies our view of remedial summer school.  Students cooped up in a classroom trying to re-take the credit courses they failed during the school year. Shift to 2015 and actual summer school, while more professional than the movie portrayal, strays very little […]

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Use Unstructured Summer Time To Build Executive Functioning Skills

Letting your children spend more time on less structured activities this summer just might help them build a brighter future. A study by the University of Colorado Boulder found that children who spend more time in unstructured activities, such as reading, free-play alone or with friends, and […]

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Three Easy Ways to Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer slide or summer learning loss occurs when students don’t stay academically active over the summer.  On average, students lose two months of grade level equivalency over the summer. A student struggling with reading risks losing the hard earned progress they achieved during the school year to […]

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50 FUN Summer Activities to Build Executive Functioning Skills

One of the buzz words today in education is “executive functioning skills” (EFSkills). With the increased demand on students to achieve higher standards to be ready to compete in a global marketplace it isn’t surprising this word is finding its way into teacher/parent conferences. A Standard List […]

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Why Your Child Needs Summer Learning

The U.S. is currently ranked 14th internationally in education. There is ongoing debate in our nation over eliminating the traditional summer vacation to extend student learning in order to help our children be more competitive in the global economy. When the nine month school year was first […]

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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