October is Dyslexia Awareness Month!

Are you Aware that

  • Dyslexia is the most common learning difference in the world, affecting 1 in 5 people
  • Twice exceptionality (2e) is less common, affecting approximately 1 in 50 people. Twice exceptional is a term used to describe students who are both intellectually gifted and struggling with a learning difference, such as dyslexia.
  • In several studies, those with dyslexia have shown a visual-spatial advantage
  • Those with dyslexia are particularly vulnerable to anxiety

Are you Aware that Athena Academy

  • Utilizes the dyslexic learners visual-spatial strengths when teaching
  • Offers flexible project-based learning so students can participate at the level that is right for them and explore their own passions
  • Incorporates Social-Emotional Learning throughout our curriculum to help students understand their differences and strengths, learn how find their own path, and advocate for themselves
  • Offers small class sizes with differentiated one-to-one instruction

This October, our students are learning about famous dyslexic thinkers who used their dyslexic gifts to invent, design and discover. They are also finding commonalities with their classmates around experiences with dyslexia and discussing and dispelling myths about dyslexia. Our students are constantly amazing us with their brilliance, creativity, and determination.

They also celebrated their accomplishments with a display of their final projects at our Marvelous Math Fair!

Check out our Marvelous Math Fair!

Middle School

Middle School math fairOur Middle School students have been exploring geometry concepts through our “In Tents” project, a great example of our project-based learning approach. Classes began by planning their tent design, considering how their tent volume, weight, surface area, and angles would impact a camper’s overall experience. Each student created a mini version of their tent design and presented it to their peers.

Next up, students will work together to identify the parts of each other’s designs they want to incorporate into their own collaborative full scale tent. Classes are looking forward to setting up their full size tent in a nearby park and enjoying a picnic inside!

Elementary School

Middle School math fair

Our elementary students have been applying their knowledge of time and money to our Math Marketplace. From counting out change at their Doggy Treat Cafe, to calculating compound interest at their car dealership, to designing adorable rock creatures with googly eyes, our students are finding authentic answers to the most asked math question…”Why do I need to know this?!” It was so rewarding for our students to see that mathematics is an integral part of our daily lives.

During this October and always, Athena Academy is pleased to celebrate all our students, their uniqueness, their creativity and their brilliant accomplishments.

Zooey Kirchner – An Athena Academy Alumni Shining a Light on VR Technologies

My interest in technology and devices all started with my personal device at Athena Academy. Without Athena Academy, I most likely would never have found my passion for VR. When I was 11, I got my first VR headset. It gave me this perspective to want to continue learning about it because in school I would have all these apps to use. In VR, it was the same but I could maneuver in all 6 degrees of freedom for what I wanted to express.

If Your Child is Struggling, Try Helping Them to Learn Outside the Classroom

Guest Author Tilda Moore, openeducators.org.

As a parent, seeing your child struggle at school or at home can be tough. First off, realize that you aren’t alone. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many kids have had trouble keeping up academically. While Athena Academy or your child’s school will provide the support they can, there is a lot you can do outside of the classroom to support your child’s scholastic success.

Athena Academy Partners with Silicon Valley Tech Startup

Since Athena was established in 2010, we have relied on and incorporated the findings of neuroscience and educational research. The latest research shows that dyslexic students learn best with visual-spatial teaching methods[1],[2], which are incorporated into Athena Academy’s specialized curriculum. Athena Academy also utilizes a strengths-based approach – teaching to often under-acknowledged strengths of dyslexic learners, rather than relying primarily on repetition, memorization or other traditional approaches.

The Arts Can Be an Amazing Outlet for Your Exceptional Child

Guest Author Tilda Moore, openeducators.org

As a parent of a child who learns differently, you spend a lot of time being told, often in the nicest and most well-meaning way possible, about what your child can’t do. You probably spend even more time, however, marveling at what kids CAN do: their special gifts and talents, their unique preferences and styles, and the things that light them up. If you haven’t already done so, encouraging your children to explore and be expressive through the arts can have enormous cognitive and emotional benefits for them.