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Simply Smarter: Intensity – How to Achieve the Best Results
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by Bob Doman The Simply Smarter® program is built upon the foundation of neuroplasticity, utilizing the science of targeted input, frequency, intensity, and duration. Targeted The program constantly modifies itself to keep you right at the sweet spot, the spot that is targeted for you to achieve maximum benefit. Frequency To take advantage of neuroplasticity, we need to keep triggering … Read More

School Year 2020-2021: What to do, what to do? Homeschool or a variation of it?
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by Bob Doman As we start the first tentative steps to come out of the COVID-19 lockdown, there is a lot of discussion as to what this coming school year is going to look like. It is perhaps time to become proactive and establish your own course for this coming school year. I suggest that you look at 2020 as … Read More

NACD Targeted Home-Based Education: The Vision and the Plan
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by Bob Doman We are often asked, “What does a day doing NACD Home-Based Education look like?” Let’s see if we can help you get the picture. The truth is, the picture looks different for every family and almost constantly changes. Every child and every family are different and so are most days. A typical day for a child with … Read More

Dyslexia: What Is It and What Can You Do About It?
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by Bob Doman According to the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity, “Dyslexia affects about 20% of the population and represents 80-90% of those with learning disabilities.” We are talking about as many as 62 million children and adults! What is “dyslexia?” It’s a developmental reading problem. Did you know that virtually every child under five could be called “dyslexic” … Read More

Teaching Chores Better Than Teaching Algebra?
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Why might teaching your child to clean toilets be more helpful than teaching them algebra? I love this video. All schools and parents should learn from this school. I have been extolling the importance of teaching chores and giving children responsibilities for decades. Sadly, parents and schools seem to do a poorer job of this every year. Many parents and … Read More

Chores: An Integral Part of Your Child’s Development & Education
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Toddler Issues a Chore Challenge August 2017 Ogden, Utah Twelve-month-old Arielle is challenging other children to raise the bar and get to work. Today’s children are doing fewer chores than ever before, and as a result we should not be shocked to realize that many teens and young adults have missed some very important lessons. Responsibility Having specific jobs that … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 4
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Who Is Shaping Your Child’s Self Image and Impacting Their Future? by Bob Doman   My teacher thinks I’m dumb! I must be! The other kids don’t like me! Something is wrong with me! I’m just not okay! Granddad thinks I’m the greatest! He’s smart—I must be great! Mom likes me and loves me! I’m likeable and loveable!   Everyone … Read More

Testimonial From the Parent of Three NACD Graduates
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by Sharon Lee We had been through nearly four years of searching for answers to our oldest son, Matthew’s, angry outbursts, failure to follow through with instructions, with fear and stress weighing him down. When I was at my whit’s end and totally misunderstood by other moms, a woman from our church told me about a neighbor who had success … Read More

My Greatest Discovery – How to Make Everyone Smarter
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by Bob Doman These COVID-19 Coronavirus times have certainly turned many of our worlds upside down. We now virtually have a world full of homeschoolers; more parents are at home with their children than at any time in the history of the world. Exceptional times and exceptional circumstances can also result in exceptional opportunities. Many of us are rediscovering and … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 3
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by Bob Doman   You say nice things –I like you! You’re fun to be around! You think I’m good-you like me! I’ll be good for you and try hard! You just say ugly things to me! You think I’m bad and dumb—then I’ll be bad and dumb!   Simple statements: The more positive you are with a child, the … Read More

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