Life, Love and Dyslexia


Are you educating a creative child?


Tips, Tricks and Wisdom from Sarah Janisse Brown

Mom, Educator, Dyslexia Specialist and Founder of Thinking Tree Books 

You may have heard me, and some other moms of teens, joke about the "Brain Dead" Stage. Let me tell you what happens sometime between age 11 and 15...

YES, At our house we joke about the "Brain Dead" stage. It's very real and happens even to the best behaved kids.

Of course they are not brain dead, but they sure act like it. There is a phase where kids CAN NOT follow instructions, CAN NOT make plans, CAN NOT think logically, CAN NOT answer normal questions in a normal way, CAN NOT see how what they do now will impact the future. The can not manage...

Do you feel like you have tried everything, and your child still struggles just to read and write?

 I am a homeschooling mother, and I felt the same way when my eight year old daughter, Anna Miriam Brown, couldn't even tell the difference between the letters “b” and “d”.  We had tried everything!

I was losing confidence in my ability to homeschool, and my daughter was beginning to feel like she was "stupid" compared to other kids her age.  What really upset her was the fact that her younger sister was reading "real books" and she was lef...

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it.   

Angela Hanscom

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goe...

Did you know? Brain research shows that Non-Dyslexics use the left brain when reading. Brain scans reveal an absence of activity in the left brain when struggling dyslexics attempt to read. Research also shows that when a dyslexic person learns to read the brain activity is seen in the RIGHT SIDE of the brain, and not the left. 

The right brain must learn to compensate for the absence of activity in the left brain. 

SO, how does this information impact the way we teach dyslexic students? The right brain can be trained to read! But the right brain...

Stop for a moment and look up from your computer.  All around you are things that were designed by someone.  Even the webpage in front of you was designed.  Your computer was designed.  The room you are sitting in, the clothing you are wearing?  Everything was designed, and chances are they were designed by a person with the gift of being able to think visually.

Some people are able to imagine something in their minds that has not yet been created.  They are able to  envision a better way of doing things.  They are able to envisi...

"This little book gets you thinking, it takes you back to your own reasons for homeschooling, before you read all the philosophies out there. It came at a time of burnout. We were just going through the motions of learning but we forgot how exciting learning can be. Whether you are a first time homeschool mom or one who has been homeschooling for 14 years, it is worth your time to get this book and color and think through it." - Homeschooling mom of two girls

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 "I Spy Number Games"
Printable Learning Games to Play in Waiting Rooms and Restaurants - All Ages.
By: Laura, Susie & Sarah Janisse Brown 

Print these two "I Spy Number Games" and challenge your children to compete with you to find the numbers in order from 1 to 100.  Instructions Below for 2 to 10 players! 

FREE - Click here to Download & Print!
Copyright Rules: You may print, copy and share these pages with everyone!

 Two Players - How to Play:

1. Print a copy of each page.

2. Sit beside your child.

3. Ask your child to choose what page to use...



Your child doesn't learn like other kids.  He has to be on the go.  She is always creating something new.  He just wants to play... ALL THE TIME.  She's not interested in textbooks, but she likes computers.  He is in his own world.  She loves field trips and hates sitting still. She can't stop talking. He daydreams. She doodles. She is perfect.  He is perfect. They just have a different way of learning....

Here are the TOP 25 Fun-Schooling Books

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(All Thinking Tree Books use Dyslexia Friendly Fonts!)

#1 Do It Yourself Curriculum - Fun-Schooling with Minecraft

by Sarah Janisse Brown,  Isaac Joshua Brown & Tolik Trsihkin
Title ID: 6476834 ISBN-13: 978-1536914443
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#2 Comic Book Math ~ Fun-Schooling Journal

by Sarah Janisse Brown
Title ID: 6077795 ISBN-13: 978-1530092352
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