Growing "Give-N-Take" Kids: Power Traits for Life™

Growing "Give-N-Take" Kids: Power Traits for Life™

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Our mission - empower parents and educators to empower kids to give and receive respectfully: •Find out how your child/student learns, works, and communicates best. •Deal with school issues and gain the confidence to reframe labels such as ADD, learning disabled, slow, lazy, or “just average”. •Strengthen communication among family/class members. •Acknowledge and encourage the strengths and “power traits” of each family/group member and their unique contributions to the world. aselfportraitonline.com • learningsuccessinstitute.com customized homeschooling - solimaracademy.com


Schooling & Learning - What’s the Difference?
May 24 • 18 min
Schooling is not the same as learning. In this episode Victoria and Mariaemma talk about the amazing opportunity parents have during the virus lock down to facilitate real learning in the home that is fun and engaging. These concepts and practical…
Identifying Feelings & Needs - What’s the Big Deal?
May 17 • 24 min
Victoria & Mariaemma discuss the importance of identifying feelings and needs to have more effective communication, improve relationships, and create more harmony. Victoria describes a tool that facilitates this process, called the No-Fault Game. For more…
School At Home Made Easier: Be F.I.T.T.T.!
May 7 • 20 min
Victoria presents our LearningSuccess™ F.I.T.T.T. Principles to help school at home be easier and more fun: To contact Victoria - victoria.hodson@sbcglobal.net, 805-701-0789 Special discount offering during this Coronavirus school-at-home time: our Power…
School at Home Made Easier: Different Learners, Different Needs.
May 1 • 26 min
Mariaemma & Victoria discuss the needs of different kinds of learners, as well as the importance of paying attention to the learner’s surroundings - such as sound - noise, quiet, music; body position - sitting, standing, reclining; type of lighting; and…
Forced Homeschooling: The Importance of the Emotional Factor During the Corona Virus Lockdown
Apr 8 • 27 min
Mariaemma interviews Edie Lanphar - teacher, educational therapist, and now director of curriculum & instruction at her current school. Edie shares the importance of taking into account the emotional factor affecting our children during this difficult…
Forced Home Schooling: How to relax and even enjoy it!
Mar 31 • 34 min
Because of the Coronavirus, many families are now in the third week of schooling at home. In this episode Mariaemma interviews educator Dawn Jackson, who is also the new owner/director of Solimar Academy, which was founded more than a decade ago by the…
Opportunities versus “Mistakes”
Mar 15 • 7 min
In order to be successful at anything, including learning, you have to be willing to make mistakes. The more we can see “mistakes” as opportunities and incorporate this concept into our everyday family life, the better it will be for our kids. We need to…
Relieving Homework Stress
Mar 11 • 11 min
Most kids dislike homework. They’ve been in school all day and now they are home and have to do more of the same. If it were up to us there would be little or no homework. However, since many students get homework here are a few learning style tips that…
For Homeschoolers: Strenghts-Based Learning in the Home Part #2
Feb 9 • 35 min
Today’s guest, Marianne Sunderland, is the mother of 7 children who have reading and learning difficulties when it comes to traditional schooling, and one child who is like her mom and thrives with traditional school work. Her website…
For Homeschoolers: Strengths-Based Learning in the Home Part #1
Feb 2 • 25 min
Today’s guest, Marianne Sunderland, is the mother of 7 children who have reading and learning difficulties when it comes to traditional schooling, and one child who is like her mom and thrives with traditional school work. Her website…
Literacy: The Reading/Writing Connection & Where It All Begins
Jan 19 • 43 min
Mariaemma is joined by special guests Edie Lanphar and Dr. Phil Fitzsimmons to discuss Literacy and the Reading-Writing Connection. Literacy begins at birth and the foundations for learning to read and write begin in the home. What happens next in…
The Brain & Learning Part 3
Jan 12 • 41 min
Mariaemma is joined by special guests Dr. Phil Fitzsimmons and Edie Lanphar to discuss the Conditions for Learning. For more information or questions email us: info@learningsuccesscoach.com or visit aselfportraitonline.com, powertraitsforlife.com,…
The Brain & Learning Part 2
Jan 5 • 36 min
In this episode Edie Lanphar and Mariaemma discuss the Neuroscience of Learning. When students are upset—frustrated, angry, sad, discouraged—a stress response occurs that tells the adrenals to release chemicals that affect the emotional regulation center…
The Brain & Learning Part 1
Dec 29, 2019 • 31 min
Edie Lanphar is back with Mariaemma to discuss the connection between learning strengths and social-emotional learning. Knowing how to identify feelings, interests, values, and strengths leads to self-confidence, one of the key ingredients for successful…
The Curious Disposition
Dec 22, 2019 • 12 min
Do you know someone who is always asking questions, wants to know how and why things work, likes to tinker, takes things apart and sometimes doesn’t put them back together, loves to experiment and discover, loses track of time when focused on a project?…
The Spontaneous Disposition
Dec 18, 2019 • 14 min
Do you know anyone who needs to move, move, move? Someone who isn’t into planning so much, can do things on the spur of the moment, thrives with adventure, or maybe is a natural “entertainer?” In this episode Mariaemma describes the Spontaneous…
I Wish My Child’s Teacher Knew…
Dec 8, 2019 • 7 min
In this episode Mariaemma discusses how powerful it can be when teachers know what their students and their students’ parents wish they knew! For more information or questions email us at info@learningsuccesscoach.com or visit powertraitsforlife.com,…
Celebrations & Gratitudes
Dec 1, 2019 • 7 min
In this episode Mariaemma discusses ways to honor and celebrate your children, your students, and any special people in your life. For questions, email Mariaemma - m@learningsuccesscoach.com copyright 2019 Reflective Educational Perspectives, LLC
Turnaround Stories 7: From a Classroom Teacher & Principal
Nov 25, 2019 • 38 min
Today we have a guest sharing turnaround stories from traditional classrooms. Edie Lanphar brings years of education and experience as a classroom teacher and principal. In this episode she talks about the importance of providing emotional safety in any…
How to Teach Kids to Read - What Does Dyslexia Really Mean?
Nov 17, 2019 • 21 min
There are so many misconceptions about learning to read. The very first misconception is that all kids need to begin early - as early as 3 or 4 years old! This is the very thing that causes problems for so many students and often results in eventually…
Learning Disabilities or Learning Strengths? Episode 3
Nov 10, 2019 • 5 min
What comes to mind when you hear, “Learning doesn’t have to hurt?” In this episode you will hear the story of a student who was encouraged to use her Verbal Modality strength when taking a test she didn’t think she could pass. She got a B! For more…
Learning Disabilities or Learning Strengths? Episode 2
Nov 3, 2019 • 6 min
Magic happens when students are looked at through the lens of different learning needs, instead of being given a learning disability label. The possibilities for students are endless when educators choose to focus on strengths: EVERYTHING changes and…
Learning Disabilities or Learning Strengths? Episode 1
Oct 18, 2019 • 24 min
What is a learning disability? What is a learning strength? Are learning “disabilities” really hidden learning strengths? Why is it important to focus on strengths in the learning situation? Find out in this episode! For more information or questions…
Turnaround Stories 6: Downshift or Uplift?
Oct 6, 2019 • 24 min
We have done several Turnaround Story episodes and they have all been about positive turnarounds. But there is another kind of turnaround that is not so positive - it is what we call the downshift turnaround. To illustrate, Victoria and Mariaemma share…
Turnaround Stories 5: Where Are They Now?
Sep 29, 2019 • 23 min
In this episode Victoria and Mariaemma share stories of families who decided to homeschool because their children were sinking in traditional school. As soon as their learning needs were met they began thriving. It’s been several years now since these…
Turnaround Stories 4: Multiple Turnarounds!
Sep 22, 2019 • 14 min
In this episode Victoria and Mariaemma tell several stories of students who struggled with reading, math, and writing - some to the point of tears. What’s the secret to their magnificent turnarounds? Find out! For more information or questions email us at…
Turnaround Stories 3: Math Facts Lead to Planning for the Future
Sep 20, 2019 • 18 min
In this episode Victoria tells the story of a 4th grader who was having trouble memorizing the multiplication tables. She looked to his learning styles for clues to the best strategies to meet his learning needs. Find out how he went from being…
Turnaround Stories 2: REAL Hands-On Learning with a Surprise Ingredient!
Sep 8, 2019 • 17 min
No matter what age the student is, the best, most authentic, long-term learning takes place when the student is allowed to experiment, make mistakes, and discover principles, concepts, and processes on his/her own. Find out what happens when a…
Turnaround Stories 1: A Thinker in a Family of Athletes
Sep 1, 2019 • 18 min
Greg was having difficulties at school and also didn’t seem to fit in with his family. All of them were athletic, energetic, and noisy! Except for Greg. No one could understand why he didn’t want to go to game after game, why he became upset and edgy and…
C.A.R.E.S. Series Episode 6: Switch On Confidence
Aug 25, 2019 • 11 min
Leading with negative judgments, anxiety, and worry is a missed opportunity to connect with the hearts of children, their liveliness and passion for life. Accepting, supportive, confidence-building actions stimulate the release of hormones in the body and…
C.A.R.E.S. Series Episode 5: Expand Your View of What Motivates Your Child or Student
Aug 18, 2019 • 14 min
It’s hard to stop happy, satisfied people from trying to learn more about themselves and the world, or from feeling good about themselves when they’ve accomplished something. It’s not actually human nature to do as little as possible - that’s a sign that…
C.A.R.E.S. Series Episode 4: Respond Rather Than React
Aug 11, 2019 • 16 min
When things happen that are outside your comfort zone, and you’re feeling a lot of pressure, what do you do? This episode is about reactivity and responsiveness, the difference between the two, what brings them out in you, and how they affect your life…
C.A.R.E.S. Series Episode 3: Accept Your Role as Your Child’s or Student’s Coach
Aug 7, 2019 • 12 min
We believe that our job as teachers and parents is to be Great Coaches – coaching young people to believe in themselves, to be confident in their own abilities and what they CAN do. This episode is all about how to bring out the stars in our children and…
C.A.R.E.S. Series Episode 2: Celebrate Your Child or Student
Jul 29, 2019 • 12 min
Children see themselves as we see them, and that is what they are going to believe. If we mostly see and point out their faults, they will see themselves as faulty, with nothing to share. If we see and CELEBRATE their strengths and abilities, they will…
C.A.R.E.S Series Episode 1: What Are Give-N-Take Kids?
Jul 23, 2019 • 11 min
What are Give-N-Take Kids? What does it mean to “grow” Give-N-Take Kids? And how do we do it? In this episode we will answer these questions. And we will explore environments that allow kids to thrive by developing Give-N-Take attributes that follow them…