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Summer reading ... for parents

How long has it been since you had a summer reading list? While it's tempting to take a few months off from the rigors of the special education world, the longer days of summer are a great time to dive into all those issues you've been wrestling with during the school year. Here are a few books (nothing too heavy!) to check out. They'll help you step back, learn some new skills, and maybe even strengthen your marriage. Not a bad way to spend the summer!

By Valle Dwight

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Teaching Math to People With Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners

Teaching Math to People With Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners (books 1 and 2)
by DeAnna Horstmeier
Woodbine House (2004, 2008), $16.47

If your child struggles with math facts, number recognition, and other basic skills, check out the first book for some great things you can do at home. Teaching Math offers games and activities that appeal to concrete learners, and not just those with Down syndrome. The second book covers more-advanced skills such as multiplication, budgeting, and banking skills.

Valle Dwight is a reporter, writer, and mother of two school-aged boys. She has written for many magazines, including FamilyFun, Wondertime, and Working Mother.

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