Monday, August 22, 2016

Staff Spotlight: Christopher

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one staff member a week.
This week, we are featuring Christopher! We asked him a few questions, and here are his answers.

What is your favorite book?: "The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran

What did you want to be when you were growing up?: Medical missionary

People say I . . . : am friendly

What do you do in your free time? Tai-chi, meditate, garden, cello, listen to audio books, YMCA, mentor mindfulness, watch historical dramas, hear plays, ballet.

We also thought it would be fun to show off some old school photos. Isn't Christopher's school photo awesome?

Christopher Back in His School Days

Christopher Now

Monday, August 15, 2016

Staff Spotlight: Cheri

For the next several weeks, we will be featuring one staff member a week.

This week, we are featuring Cheri! We asked her a few questions, and here are her answers.

What is your favorite book?: So many to love!!! My favorite at this present time is All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?: A teacher, and I also wanted to get married and have a big family. 

People say I . . . : Some friends recently told me that I'm joyful . . . even in the hard times. My friends bring joy out in me. 

What do you do in your free time? My husband and I recently purchased a house, and I have been having lots of fun fixing it up. 

Monday, August 8, 2016

It's that time of year again! The days are getting shorter, the kids are getting up earlier, and the smell of school bus exhaust is in the air.  It's time to go back to school! We had lots of kids come to Langsford over the summer to work on their skills. Some wanted to catch up, some wanted a jump-start on the upcoming year, and some were returning clients wanting a review and the chance to brush up on their skills. The drive and motivation we witnessed was an inspiration to us all! Here's to a great 2016/2017 school year!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Auditory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Dyspraxia…… the list goes on and on.

Learning Disabilities.  What are they and what do they mean?  When does a child have a learning problem, and how do you get them appropriate help if they do?

As part of Langsford’s mission to provide our community and fellow educators with up-to-date information and research about learning, Langsford recently hosted approximately 50 local school administrators and learning resource personnel to hear Joe Edwards, Psy.D., present on Understanding Psychoeducational Diagnoses & Classroom Implications.

Dr. Edwards explained the DSM V’s criteria for specific LD diagnoses, and talked about what types of accommodations, strategies, and classroom modifications schools and teachers can make to help their students be successful learners.  It was a great opportunity for us all to learn more about learning disabilities and what we can do to help those affected in our classrooms!

Here is a picture of Dr. Edwards in action!

If you would like to learn more about what we learned during this presentation, check out the handout from the presentation below!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Summer Suggestions

Wondering what you should do to keep your child's skills sharp or to better prepare him or her for school next fall? There are 5 key areas you should think about.

Each will take only minutes a day. Why not set aside an hour a day this summer to keep your child's academic momentum going?


1) Read! 20 to 30 minutes daily. Sometimes challenging material (to further their decoding skills), and sometimes easier material (to work on fluency).

2) Build a sight word base for reading! Use a word list from school or other list with common words. Print words on 3 by 5 index cards and review daily. As words are mastered, review less often and add new words to cards for daily practice.

3) Build a sight word base for spelling! Use the same word lists as for the reading sight word base. Practice spelling the words daily. When a word is correctly spelled for a week, replace with a new word. Work on about 10 words a day.

4) Vocabulary! Learn the meanings of words discovered in reading or spelling tasks. Improving vocabulary skills can lead to improved comprehension! Put new words on 3 by 5 index cards with short definitions on the back to practice. Use the words in sentences or use as part of the daily writing activity.

5) Write! Write 2-3 sentences or a short paragraph describing what was just read, or anything of interest! Be sure to proof for spelling and punctuation.

Now go out and have some summer fun!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Accommodations for High Stakes Tests

How exactly do you apply for accommodations on high stakes tests, such as the ACT?

Part of Langsford’s mission is to provide our community and fellow educators with up-to-date information and research about learning. To support this mission, Langsford recently hosted approximately 50 local school administrators, learning resource personnel, and psychologists to hear ACT Senior Learning Specialist Meredith Townley and ACT Director of Accommodations Susan Michaelson present Accommodations for High Stakes Tests.

Meredith and Susan explained the available accommodations that can be made for students taking the ACT, as well as who qualifies for them and the application process. They also listed a few pitfalls that may result in the delay or even denial of the request for accommodations.

To take a glimpse at what we learned at this presentation, check out the presentation slides and lecture notes below!

Presentation Slides


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Langsford Friendships

Sometimes, children come to Langsford and quickly make new friends. We recently had a great group of boys who became fast friends and enjoyed playing with each other on their breaks between sessions.

Here, Quinn and Bennett were celebrating Quinn’s birthday. Or maybe Quinn was celebrating, and Bennett was photobombing :)

Here, Quinn, Cooper, and Jayden celebrated the end of Jayden’s sessions. Look at those smiles!

We loved watching these friendships blossom while the boys were here at Langsford--what a great group of guys!