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Learning Strategies and Study Skills
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glass of lemonade If school work is a lemon, "make lemonade" with learning strategies! Learning strategies are similar to study skills but the term implies more involvement from the learner. A strategy is like a game plan for winning.

Children's Books about Study Skills    Books for Parents and Other Educators
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Children's Books for Learning Strategies (Study Skills)

See You Later, Procrastinator! (Get It Done) (by Pamela Espeland in the Laugh & Learn series) Children love to impress people with a few big words such as procrastinator. The age range indicated by Amazon is 8 and up. Yes, even parents and teachers can benefit from the 20 suggestions in this book with its comical cartoons.
Get Organized Without Losing It (Laugh & Learn) Age Range: 8 and up. For younger children, it is best to read a section, talk about, then encourage them to try it. Then move on to another suggestion. Another effective approach its to read the entire book with the child (or to the child) then ask the child to select parts. Hopefully they already do some of the suggestions. The child can find this is an encouraging discovery.

How to Do Homework Without Throwing Up
by Trevor Romain for ages 8-13
With clever cartoons and witty writing, Romain presents basic learning concepts. The manner of presentation brings new life to a subject which many find boring.
Super Study Skills This book gives immediate and practical suggestions to use in upper elementary school through high school.

Little Lemon book Little Lemon: Activities for Developing Motivation and Memory Skills
Betsy B. Lee, Ed. S., Linda Lee (Illustrator) for ages 5-8
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Most books about how to learn begin at the fourth grade level. Patterns of failure and poor study habits can be well established by then. Using learning strategies does not come naturally for some children. They need to be taught how to use them. A school psychologist/school counselor created this K-3 fictional story which has puppets, music, lesson plans, and discussion questions for developing motivation and memory skills. Lesson plans have memory cues for spelling, learning left from right, vocabulary improvement, correcting reversals, etc. These lesson plans have been featured on many websites including sites sponsored by ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center).
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A Purple Cow book cover A Purple Cow: How to Learn Colors
by Betsy B. Lee, Illustrated by Catharine E. Varnedoe for Ages 2 and up
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Memory cues are used in the story to help children learn colors. The book has an educator's guide for memory skill instruction. It has been used by parents, teachers, etc. The book is designed for enrichment or remediation. Children are not pictured. Children of any age can identify with the main character. We are only told that Charlene is older than the child who knows his colors. Her parents and her Little Lemon puppet help her with creative solutions.
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Books for Parents and Other Educators

3-D Graphic Organizers: 20 Innovative, Easy-to-Make Learning Tools That Reinforce Key Concepts and Motivate All Students! This is so helpful for students and for teachers. It has a CD with 3-D graphic organizers which can be customized. Projects are for reading and language arts, social studies, math, and science. The projects present objectives, time required, materials to use, ways to use across the curriculum, assessment and more. The Big Book of Reproducible Graphic Organizers: 50 Great Templates to Help Kids Get More Out of Reading, Writing, Social Studies and More It contains 50 graphic organizers: Reading and Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Math and Study Skills. Children assimilate concepts and develop critical thinking skills. These ideas have been used throughout elementary school and even pre-school. They offer great communication opportunities with ESL students.

Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools, and Solutions to Stress-Free Homework [Paperback] The word, simple, might be overstating it but 20 years of experience as a teacher helps this author present great tips for students ages 6-18 and over. These tips and tools do reduce the stress of homework and class work, too. With today's technology and information access, students are often overwhelmed with information overload.
Homework Without Tears
by Leo and Marlene Canter
Help children take responsibility their schoolwork. The authors are nationally renowned for their work in the fields of education and parenting.


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