Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
I hope Mom Dad and children are all ecited. I am. I am teaching 4th grade this year and it is going to be fun.
Some might have thoughts about school being the way it was 20 or even 10 years ago. Well it is not it has improved so much it is fantastic.
I think some parents will be glad for some new teachers that are coming into the profession. There really are some totally fantastic teachers. Love school- no love learning.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Have a great summer.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Kids Off The Couch.com Heres what they have to say.
Kids Off The Couch.com offers a free, weekly e-blast that takes what kids love -- good films, books, music and digital media -- and uses it to inspire family adventures. From art and architecture, to nature and sporting events, we connect families to each other and to the world.
kids off the couch.com
Thursday, June 10, 2010
summer reading web cast
articles and research
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
this is what they say
To kick off summer reading 2010, Scholastic hosted a live book trivia game show featuring top children's authors competing in the Ultimate Author Showdown.
Watch the full game show video here.
have a blast
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Barns and Noble has a reading program with an incentive for for kids.
A FREE BOOK
Barns and Noble FREE BOOK program
Monday, June 7, 2010
So remember to read and make it fun.
I guarantee that your public library has some great things going on. And Its FREE.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
My son just is starting kindergarten and it is different to watch him grow up now and send him off to school. The past two days I have taken him to school and picked him up, what an experience. It really is good, kind of scary as well. today I walked him to the front doors and let him go to his classroom by himself. As well I have had the opportunity to watch my little girl while my wife is canning. This is also a great experience, pretty demanding though. What a great opportunity I have, I hope I don't take it for granted.
What I would like to share today is something that I have learned even more here in the last couple days, helping my little boy with homework. The attention span that children have. In school a good teacher should be changing their teaching technique or topic almost every 20 minutes. That is right almost every 20 minutes, and for young kids it is even more often than that. So when you are helping you child out with their homework at home done force them to do it for hours on end. You will get better results if they work really hard for 20 minutes take a break (even a 5 min. break) and then go back to working. This is for any child, even for ones that have no learning disability.
Ok lets up date this a little. The attention span that your child has is about 4 minutes longer than their age. 4 yr old =8 minutes of focus 6yr old=10 minutes of focus. this is really strong concentrating focus. So if you are helping your kid with home work, or working with them through the summer, remember that their attention span isn't very long and changing directions will help. This doesn't mean work for 10 minutes and take a break. Have them read a book for ten minutes and then work on flash cards for a few. You will get the hang of it and see how productive it is.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Multiplying on fingersYes, it can be done. Multiplying on fingers is not as easy as adding or subtracting with the fingers, and you do need first of all to know how to multiply low numbers by 2, 3, 4 and 5. But most children who have difficulties with multiplication have problems with the 6, 7 or 8 times table.
It's a bit complicated to remember what to do, and some children would find it more trouble than it's worth! However a child who learns kinesthetically and has difficulty remembering anything by rote would probably grasp this quickly. So do try this with your children, even if it seems highly complex from your adult point of view.
Here's what you do:Hold your hands horizontally in front of you, with your elbows sticking out, palms facing away from you, tips of middle fingers touching. (That's the hardest part to describe in text!)
Mentally (or with marker pen) number the thumbs as 6, index fingers as 7, middle fingers 8, ring fingers 9, little fingers 10. And define the thumbs as honorary fingers for the purposes of this 'manual calculator'.
To do any multiplication, from 6x6 through to 9x9, touch two fingers together which represent the numbers you want to multiply. For instance, for 7x8, touch index finger of one hand to middle finger of the other.
Now comes the tricky part with finger multiplicationThe two touching fingers and all the ones nearer to you than the ones touching are the 'tens' group. In the 7x8 example you have five: both thumbs, both index fingers and one middle finger are in that group, so the answer contains 5 tens.
The remaining number of fingers on each hand - in this case 3 on one hand and 2 on the other - must be multiplied together to give the 'units' of the answer. 3x2 = 6.
The answer to 7x8 is five tens and six units, 50+6 = 56.
It sounds horrendous, but some children love it and it really works.
One minor point about multiplying on fingersSometimes the 'units' add up to more than 10, in which case the ten must be 'carried' and added onto the other tens. For instance, if you multiply 6x7, you will have 3 tens (2 thumbs and one finger), with 3 and 4 fingers respectively remaining, and 3x4 is 12. So either add 12 to 30 and don't worry about it being units, or carry the 10 mentally and add 40 to 2 - either way you get 42.
It works for every multiplication from 6x6 to 10x10 (not that you'd want such a complex method for multiplying by 10 - if you think you do, try reading the page on multiplication tricks).
Clicking on "page on multiplication tricks will take you to the page were this came from, with more math tips and help.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
- Separate the two digits in you mind (5__4).
- Notice the hole between them!
- Add the 5 and the 4 together (5+4=9)
- Put the resulting 9 in the hole 594. That's it! 11 x 54=594
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
If you can get some 12 sided dice (regular dice will work as well, but 12 sided will be best because that is what they need to know, times tables up to 12). Here are some ideas. These big ones might be real fun.
Just some Ideas. Wal-mart defiantly would have the 6 sided dice, it a start. (that is if you don't already have dice.)
If I could name one thing that would help your child the most with math it would be their times tables.
Next time Multiplication tricks
Monday, May 17, 2010
We grow up saying
"I am not good at math, I hate it." So, we go through school not liking it and not doing very good at it, BECAUSE we think we aren't very good. Why do we think this way, well what is your parents attitude about math. Do you remember what they used to say about it. It is most probally the exact same thing that you had said, or you do say.
Our kids grow up thinking about math the exact same way that we grew up thinking and think now. So If you would like to have your kids not have that attitude toward math, leave those feellings somewhere else when you are around your kids.
Be possitive about homework and math then your kids will have the same fellings and attitude about their homework and math.
Great learning to you.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Today we are going to talk about the vowel a.
The patterns that it has and the sounds it makes. (Note: the "_" means that there is a consonant there.)
Here are the patterns
a_ (can) a_e (bake) ai (paid) ay (hay)
ar (car) all (call) aw (saw)
The sounds that "a" makes, well there are a few. The basic two sounds are the short and then the long sound. The short "a" says its sound while the long "a" says its name.
Example: short "a" as in a_ cat ran cap back
but make the same sound ai rain wait tail train
sounds are all ball all tall hall
Great learning to you and your kids.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
I guess before we really get into the sounds that the vowels make I would like to give you all the sounds that are in the English language.
You may think that there really are more sounds than these but this is really all that there are.
Take the g, it makes a hard and soft sound; /g/ and /j/. This is every sound that there is.
So here goes.
|Consonants Sounds||Vowel Sounds|
# 11 on the vowel side is an upside down "e". It is called a schwa. I could not find it within Microsoft. (that is why it is blank.) I will keep looking for it. sorry.
Great learning to you
Monday, April 12, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
There are words in the English language that just can't be sounded out to say them right (well ok some you can), but we all need to learn to read them by sight. These words are called sight words. These words we just have to learn to recognize them when we are reading and know what they are, hence Sight Words.
Here are some of the first words that really need to be known by sight.
a are who
and be have
look came out
These my be repeats but are High Frequency Words. Which are the same as sight words.
High Frequency meaning that they will come across these words a lot when they read, so they really need to know them.
it on is red or to
and for no so mom in
with dog not like not said
love will my we dad big
by was do look here
There are many sight words but here is the most common ones that are learned or need to be learned.
Great Learning to you
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
The English language is probably the hardest language to learn. Why is that, well it breaks its own rules way to many times. Then it just has rule after rule. Where as many other languages has a rule and they stick to it.
Take our vowels, they each have a sound that they make. A has a short sound-- a --as in cat, hat, pat. Then it has a long sound-- ā -- as in day, fate, bake. Like when a word has an a followed by an consonant then an e (vcv=vowel consonant vowel), it changes the vowel sound. In any of the vowels this happens
Then when an-- r -- is right after an vowel it changes the sound of the vowel as well. Our language is truly amazing and hard to learn, but we all have done it, and I bet some of us have learned some of the rules and we didn't even know that it was a rule, or a rule breaking another rule. Yes you are truly amazing learners.
So for the nest month I want to go over some of the rules that dictate how our lovely language is read and spoken. And yes there will be more than what I share and help teach, but what I want to share it some hints and helps that will help you help your child with their school work, and over all improve their reading ability.
Here is a little hint. Short vowels say their sound, but long vowels say their name.
Short a --cap, tack, van
Long ā -- fade, take, baby
Great learning to you.
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here is an activity that you can use to help your child develop their Phonemic Awareness better. The grade level is k-1st; this would work for older students that struggle as well.
This is called Martian Man. You will need a puppet to help you out with this, because the puppet speaks (stretching out the words) and your child will translate what the "Martian Man" said. If you don't have a puppet a simple one made out of a small paper bag will work.
1st you need to introduce the puppet to your child and tell them that he/she speaks a different language but that they will be able to speak the language soon.
2nd the "Martian Man will say words that are exaggerated and stretched out. For example: Man—the Martian Man will say
Make sure that the sounds that the letters make are really pronounced well.
Your child will then quickly say the word, man. This will show that your children know the sounds and able to blend them together. This activity may be done in school, and that is ok because the more reinforcement your child gets the better.
Remember to use smaller words at first and words that your child knows. Words that have 2-3 sounds are great words to start with.
Here is a list of some simple words that you can use.
Man can cab dog cat sat ran up at had van car jar fat mad ball hall drag
Friday, April 2, 2010
The biggest thing that I, as a parent and teacher, think is most important in reading is knowing the sounds that each of the letters make. And yes it can get very confusing at times. But there are a few simple rules that can make it easier. So here are some of the letter sound and rules that govern them.
Short a, e, i, o, u All have their basic sounds
Short a --
Yes there are some other rules like ou, oo, aw, ow , bossy "r" and others but I want to leave those to another time.
The thing that has helped my son a lot, with his reading ability, is having little words like the ones above on flash cards and having him go through them. I had him just start out with 4 different groups each vowel has at least 4 of its own groups. Once he has mastered that group then grab a new one and start incorporating it into the circulation. These first group of words needs to be rhyming words, it really does make a difference.
Here is a couple groups from each short vowel.
-at: cat, mat, sat, pat, rat, flat, hat
-an: man, can, van, ran, fan, pan, plan, tan
-it: hit, sit, fit, pit, kit, bit
-ig: big, fig, wig, dig, pig, twig
-ot: hot, pot, lot, not, got, dot, spot
-op: top, pop, cop, hop, mop, stop, drop, chop
-et: pet, net, set, met, wet, let, jet
-ed: red, led, bed, fed, shed, sled
-ut: cut, nut, but, hut, shut
-ug: bug, hug, dug, rug, jug, slug, mug, plug
I hope this helps with your child with getting better at reading. This is not the first step that you need to take. Learning the letters and sounds is first. But once they know the names and sounds of letters this will help a lot.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
I will also be making a list of some of the best websites that I have found that will help your child have fun while learning. Here's one right now. starfall.com
Here is a fun book that we have been reading to our kids. "The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil" by Wiley Miller. It really has been fun reading.
Great learning to you.
Monday, March 29, 2010
"Mom I don't want to do my Math homework.
" I HATE Math."
Does your kid ever say that. Well I know that there are a lot of kids that say they hate math, or english (I was one of those, well I didn't really hate english, it just wasn't my favorite) or any other subject. The reason that certain subjects are hated is because the learner doesn't understand the topic. If the topic were understood it would be easy. Why do us as parents say that we can't help with their math homework, "It was to long ago." Well if it was understood we would easily help with their homework.
What about basketball or football or any other sport? What about sewing, crocheting, knitting? What about reading? Most people that I know that don't like reading are not good readers and the ones that love to read can read fairly well. Same with sports or sewing or anything. The main reason that someone doesn't like something is probably because they really don't understand the topic. For sports if someone got to understand it and watched it they would most likely not hate it any more because they would understand it better. Same with math or any school topic. If the time was taken to learn the rules the certain topic would become understandable, and easier to do.
Another thing that damages our kids is our attitudes toward their schooling. Yes our attitudes.
"O man, I'm not that good with math, I don't know if I can help with that." Things of that nature. So our kids grow up thinking "Man I'm not good with math." or any other subject.
Yes we are good because we are parents and we want our kids growing up thinking that they can accomplish anything that they want to do.
Great learning to you.
Friday, March 26, 2010
So should students really decide what they want to learn? If they truly can progress in that type of schooling yes it is probably better for them. Well maybe. I think if you can get a public teacher that really loves what they do and does everything for the kids, and helps them in every possible way then public schools are just as good as any other school.
Great learning to all
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Self suggestion is a powerful factor in building character. That is in fact the sole principle through which character is built.
There is a lot of damage that happens to individuals when they think that they are worth nothing, that they aren't good enough, or even stupid. Whatever the case may be it is truly and mightily damaging to the individual. The more that we can encourage our children in their schooling and let them know that they are doing great they will have great character and will be truly great.
Let us help our children really become someone great in kindergarten, 3rd, 5th, whatever grade or endeavor they undertake. And no, no one else really needs to know. We can be great even without someone else knowing.
Positive self suggestion to us all
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Happy day to you
Friday, March 19, 2010
We as parents need to realize that there are multiple intelligences, meaning that there are different ways that we learn. We are going to discuss multiple intelligences in depth more another time, but what I want to discuss now is a little less in depth. So getting on with it. Some learn best with hands on. Others learn best if they can visually see what they are doing and learning. Some learn best audibly. I have learned through trial and error how my son best learns. (And I guess that is how all of us will and have learned how our child learns best.) He is a mover. The way that he best learns is by moving, being physically active stimulates his brain and he is able to concentrate better. At home and at school when he is at the table he is almost always standing. Teaching has come a long way, there used to be a time when they would not have allowed that. We know and arrange the environment in our classes to best accommodate the students and their needs. At home we should and need to know how our children learn best. Let us give our kid the best opportunity to succeed in their schooling by understanding how they learn best.
Great understanding and learning to you.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
great leaning to you
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today I was subbing, and in the class that I was in there are 4 kids that have some real problems at times. They have a tracker that you have to fill in every half an hour on how well they were. You know, some of that is the students themselves and you really need to work with them in trying to provide the very best environment for them. Sometimes that is hard, other times its not to bad when you are able to get a good relation with the student. But a lot of the times it is the environment that is at home. That might sound harsh, but it is so true.
Even tiny little things that we as adults don't think have much impact, really affect our children. At times I can see this with my kids, not to say I am a terrible parent. Kids truly are sensitive to a lot of things that us as adults have become numb to. Time that we spend with our kids is truly one of the best things that we can do to help our children succeed. I mean true time that we spend with our kids, one on one real meaningful time, time that our children think is the best.
My son is really into his Dad right now and when I don't give him some of the individual time that he needs , it almost seems like he feels that he is not as important to me. (And yes sometimes this impacts how he feels about his homework, does he want to do it or not, or how he does it when he does.) Even little time like doing the chores outside means the world to him. And little things like that can mean the world to our kids and make a world of a difference in how they feel at school and their success.
True Time to our Kids
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
This blog is for you and your questions. How can I help my child with their math homework? How can I help my kid with their reading? Yes I could just answer questions like this, but why I am doing this blog is for you, so for this blog to truly be effective for you, and be the type of blog I would like, I need questions to answer and then research if I don't know the answer. When I don't have questions I think that I am going to set up a schedule with educational tips and insights to help you help your kids with their homework at home.
So starting in April this will be the rotation.
4th--The Arts (music, drama, art)
5th month--General help for you at home.
This is going to be the rotation with the topics that I post about. In addition to the questions that you ask. So yes these topics will be posted as well as your questions.
Great learning to you
Friday, March 5, 2010
Here's a great place to help.
Great Learning. At home. At School. Everywhere.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Great learning to you and your child.