Dyslexia

Reading is not something our brains are born to do. Although we have an innate ability to hear sounds and see images, for our ancestors these skills were used to find food and watch out for potential danger. Writing itself is a manmade convention; our brains are not hard-wired to either create written word or decode it. These are learned […]
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Ms. Mary Mollway joined Park Academy as our Assistant Head of School in April of 2018.  Here are her thoughts on the first three months. Passion. Commitment. Family. These are the words that come to mind when I think about Park Academy. Three months ago, I moved up to Lake Oswego from southern California to take the position as Assistant […]
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Many families seek us out post-diagnosis or after years of their community school doing the best they can do for their student.  At Park Academy, students receive the curriculum that works for them in small class settings during the school day.  Parents, teachers, and administration work closely together to ensure that students have the resources to reach their potential.  This […]
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Introducing the Park Academy Vlog! A series of mini-videos that will feature topics relevant to the latest Park Academy Blog posts. Our first video comes from Sandy Nemer, 5th grade teacher at Park Academy. Sandy answers the question, “What is Whole Language” with a brief background and definition, and why Park Academy uses an Orton Gillingham approach instead.
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Mrs. Nemer’s class conducted a Love/Hate #2 experiment. This is a non-quantifiable science project based upon a Japanese researcher, Dr. Masuru Emoto, who looked at how ice crystals formed when exposed to positive words vs. negative words. This video highlights how his experiment turned out. We wanted to test this theory. With our experiment, we used freshly cooked rice instead […]
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I’ve always believed that no student is “bad” at science.  This feeling only comes with time, after a child has been led to believe that science is a scary subject with too large of words and little connection to their daily lives.  The truth is quite the opposite though.  Science permeates our entire world, and our entire lives.  Science is […]
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