Saturday, July 1, 2023

What Does It Mean To Be "On The Spectrum" ?

Many neurodevelopmental conditions can often exist together, but each can be treated in different ways.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.

Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction and communication. The disorder also includes limited and repetitive patterns of behavior. The term "spectrum" in autism spectrum disorder refers to the wide range of symptoms and severity.

Austism Spectrum Disorder

4 Best Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism

Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Four Supermoons Coming Right Up!


July's Full Moon is commonly referred to as the Buck Moon due to its association with the annual antler growth of male deer, known as bucks. This name originates from Native American folklore, where different tribes observed and named the moon cycles based on the natural events occurring during that time of the year.

The full moon on July 3 will be the first of three full moons that will occur during the summer season and is the first of four “supermoons” that will occur in 2023. The three other supermoons will occur on Aug. 1, Aug. 30 and Sept. 29.

The first supermoon of 2023 will be visible next week. Here's how to see it.

4 full supermoons in a row, starting July 2-3

Friday, June 30, 2023

Masada: The Lord Is Good And A Stronghold In The Day Of Trouble


Masada, Isarael

 Be Encouraged - William Becton (WOW Gospel 1998 Disc 1)


Psalm 91

King James Version (KJV)
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place (masada) of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

All American Cheesy Jokes and Serious Thoughts

Hurrah for the red, white and silly. And Garfield has just the lighthearted touch we sometimes need.

Try not to turn each of these jokes and riddles into too much of an opportunity to teach, though with younger children, you might have some 'splaining to do, Lucy.

Teacher: Where was the Declaration of Independence signed?
Student: On the bottom.

Teacher: The Declaration of Independence was written in Philadelphia. True or false?
Student: False. It was written in ink.

What did Paul Revere say at the end of his ride? I've got to get a softer saddle.

And just to be teachery, don't forget Longfellow's adventuresome poem, 'The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.' It's so cheesy, kids love it.

Embarrassed someone saw my crack.
Keep in torch!
Did you hear the one about the Liberty Bell? Yeah, it cracked me up.

What did the visitor say as he left the Statue of Liberty? Keep in torch.

What did one flag say to another--nothing, it just waved.

'What kind of tea do Americans thirst for? Liber--ty. Ha ha.'
                                    What colonists told the most jokes? Punsylvanians.

Very good read.
Now for a serious thought. The greatest founding father, in my opinion, was John Adams. He supported all citizens, and did not believe in slavery, not a bit. He and his family had no connection with slavery at all. He argued in  the Continental Congress for the abolition of slavery, foreseeing the schism it would cause in a new America; which it surely did in the Civil War. He and his wife Abigail supported integration in their home town of Braintree, Massuchusetts, in the local school. John Adams had the education, brilliance and insight to see that the colonies needed to empower all the people no matter what; he worried that the British would treat the American colonies as they had Ireland. He was humble enough to recommend Thomas Jefferson be the compiler and writer of the Congress' thoughts, but historians know it was Adams who was the prime thinker. He was an innovative diplomat, a President who would see the big picture, and a faithful and loving husband and father. I think the latter should count for a lot. Thank you, John Adams, for taking care of baby America.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams

What's Going On In The Garden? It's Almost The Fourth!

Here is a color bowl for the Fourth of July-white lantana, red petunias, and blue salvia. These flowers are considered annuals  but with TLC might survive the winter and thrive next year.
The little guy in the middle is Gnome Washington.

The summer is warming up here in the high desert of California.The Melanie Link Taylor Learning Garden and Wildlife Habitat in Apple Valley as always is a thriving, lovely place to be a part of nature.

Cabbage White butterfly

Birds, bees, butterflies, along with a bonus serving of ground squirrels, cottontail rabbits are really thriving in our wildlife habitat.

Raven at its favorite watering 

I contribute watering stations and a large variety of birds love them- including the extra large ravens familiar in our area.

Coopers Hawk

We have a Coopers Hawk that regularly hunt in our yard. I have planted many desert friendly trees for it to swoop right through.


We love all our natural critters-preying mantis, dragonfly, bees, even wasps (though they get a wide berth.) I especially love the earthworms.

Lots of different types of flowers bless the butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.

Rose bush

This is an amazingly sweet-smelling rose bush-Mr. Lincoln. All pollinators and hummingbirds love it! Me, too.

Canna Lily

This is a Canna Lily. It is not a bush, or grown from a seed, but rhizomes that are a type of bulb. The canna lily creates more rhizomes and grows back every year.


This color of verbena is especially attractive to butterflies, It is heat tolerant and lives as a perennial in our butterfly garden.

Cultivating the Melanie Link Taylor Learning Garden and Wildlife Habitat keeps me grounded and empowered to share the wonders of nature with my students.
Melanie Link Taylor

Monday, June 26, 2023

What Are The Disability Handicaps in Special Education? What Does The Teaching Look Like In The Classroom?


Special education is a very broad field and has many different specialties. Those who specialize in working with students who have extra challenges may find themselves in a number of different scenarios, depending on the school district or type of school that they are working in. There are six main types of special education within most public-school settings.

  • Push-in Services. ...
  • Pull-out Services. ...
  • Inclusive Classrooms. ...
  • Exclusive Education. ...
  • Specialty Schools. ...
  • Residential Programs.

A Detailed Look at the Different Types of Special Education

The Basic Types of Special Needs: A Guide to Special Education

The 13 disability categories under IDEA

Special Education and General Education: 8 Ways to Collaborate

The general education teacher usually focuses on the curriculum and instruction while the special education teacher helps adapt and modify both. However, both teachers work together to create daily routines, promote lesson flow, and manage the students in the classroom.

Collaboration:Partnering With Colleagues, Families, and Caregivers to Promote Students Success

Sunday, June 25, 2023

How To Help With Dyslexia


Dyslexia is a learning disorder that involves difficulty reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words (decoding). Also called a reading disability, dyslexia is a result of individual differences in areas of the brain that process language.

Dyslexia is not due to problems with intelligence, hearing or vision. Most children with dyslexia can succeed in school with tutoring or a specialized education program. Emotional support also plays an important role.


A Guide to Helping Children with Dyslexia Outside of School

Understanding Dyslexia

Know the signs, and how to help kids with the most common learning disability

Ten Things to Help Your Struggling Reader

8 Secrets for Teaching Children With Dyslexia

Accommodating Students With Dyslexia