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Six Ways to Help With Learning

Friday, March 1st, 2013

You can help your child succeed in learning by building his or her self-confidence at home. Use these guidelines:

  • Respect your child by treating him or her with the dignity you would a friend.
  • Have faith in your child. Don’t be afraid to give your child increasing responsibility and independence.
  • Concentrate on the positive; avoid using discouraging words or actions.
  • Recognize your child’s efforts, not just his or her accomplishments.
  • Build self-esteem and feelings of adequacy by using positive phrases such as…
“I can tell you worked very hard on that.”
“You are getting much better at that.”
“I appreciate what you did.”
“You really handled that situation well.”
  • Discourage competition (in all forms) between brothers and sisters.

And, remember, don’t feel guilty if you “blow it”, but use your energy to try again more effectively.


    Test Anxiety

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

    Spring traditionally signals test-taking time in many parts of the United States. Research shows that being “test wise” improves a student’s scores. To help your child become more comfortable with test taking:

    • Talk about the tests ahead of time with your child.
    • Build your child’s confidence through study and practice at home.
    • Show a positive attitude toward taking tests.

    Tell you child:I know you will do the best you can, or

    The world won’t end if you are not number one.

    • Encourage your child to listen carefully to spoken test instructions. You can provide practice by giving simple, then gradually more complex, instructions for things to be done at home.

    Safety on the Internet

    Sunday, February 17th, 2013

    We published this in our newsletter in 1999.  It is still relevant today.

    The Internet is an excellent tool for students to use, but is it really safe? Every experience a child encounters contains some element of risk, but here are some guidelines to follow to insure a safe journey on the Internet without infringing on your child’s privacy.

    Take pro-active action.Whenever possible, try to address issues before they become a problem. When your children begins to use the Internet, talk to your child about appropriate use of the Internet or install parental control software. Keep the computer in a well-trafficked area so you can monitor the activity without imposing too much into their privacy.

    Parental Control Software

    Filtering programs that block out inappropriate sites containing adult language, topics or graphics is one safeguard, but it is not the ultimate solution. Many browsers also contain screening software such as Cyberpatrol. These programs are effective in screening out the majority (but not all) of inappropriate material, however, if children are determined to access the material, they will find it somehow. These programs may also cause a delay in downloading websites that are appropriate since they must be “screened” first.

    Discuss Your Concerns with Your Children

    Discuss with your children the risks of the Internet. Have your children agree not to reveal any identifying information online including their last name, town, age or school. They should never agree to meet anyone online without your permission.

    Use your children’s experiences on the Internet as a way to discuss what your child is interested in. Go online together and visit sites that are informative, fun and/or educational. Stay involved and explore the Web with them to familiarize yourself with the areas they visit regularly.

    Stay informed

    Happy Valentines Day!

    Thursday, February 14th, 2013
    I took a piece of plastic clay
    And idly fashioned it one day,
    And as my fingers pressed it, still
    It moved and yielded to my will.

    I came again when days were past;
    The bit of clay was hard at last,
    The form I gave it still it bore,
    But I could change that form no more!
    I took a piece of living clay,
    And gently pressed it day by day,
    And molded with my power and art
    A young child’s soft and yielding heart.

    Anon.

    Change

    Saturday, February 9th, 2013

    The only constant in life is CHANGE. Change permeates everything we are and do. People change, plans change. Organizations change. Change is natural, it is normal. Yet, the resistance to change is also just as normal and natural a part of human nature as the acceptance of change. The secret of growth and advancement is learning how to deal with the pressures of change…..turning positive actions to our advantage, while blunting negative ones.

    The capacity to be alone is a valuable resource when changes are necessary. In a culture in which interpersonal relationships are considered to provide the answer to every form of distress, it is sometimes difficult to persuade well-meaning helpers that solitude can be as therapeutic as emotional support. (A. Storr, 1988)

    Personal change is the most powerful route to system change. Individuals today can leverage change far more effectively than most institutions. (Naisbitt and Aberdene, 1990)  We at Knowledge Headquarters have been fortunate to see change come in a variety of ways to the those we work with. Our greatest challenge has been convincing individuals that they do have power and can initiate change, not only for themselves, but for those around them.

    February Highlights

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

    We found these quotes interesting and thought you would as well.

    February 12: Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the U.S.…..the well assured and most enduring memorial to Lincoln is invisibly there, today, tomorrow and for a long time yet to come in the hearts of lovers of liberty, men and women who understand that wherever there is freedom there have been those who fought, toiled and sacrificed for it.

    Carl Sandburg


    February 22: George Washington, 1stPresident of the U.S.Washington is the mightiest name on earth….long since mightiest in the cause of civil liberty; still mightiest in moral reformation.

    Abraham Lincoln


    February 14: St. Valentine’s DayAccording to an old legend the day upon which birds choose their mates; widely celebrated by the giving of love tokens. A valentine is a letter or missive sent by one person to another on St. Valentine’s Day.

    Webster’s Universal Unabridged Dictionary, 1937

    What Is Your SSQ (Study Skills Quotient)?

    Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

    Smart is not something you are…smart is something you can become if you work at it.

    Lots of techniques can help you study better, but nothing can take the place of a good attitude.  Read the following statements.  how many of these good study habits do you practice regularly, sometimes or never?  Your answers will reveal a lot about your attitude toward studying.

    Yes or no….
    I have a regular time for homework.  Even when I’m busy, I always manage to find some time to study.

    If I get a bad grade on a test, I work harder.  I also seek help from a teacher, parent, a tutor or another student who is doing well with learning.

    I have goals for what I want to do after graduation.  I know that studying will help me get closer to may goals.

    I’m usually prepared for studying.

    I know how to break a large project down into smaller, easier steps.

    If I have a subject that I don’t really like, I work harder to make it interesting.

    Eight Advantages to Online Learning

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

    Exceptional online learning programs increase knowledge in a collaborative, seamless learning environment that promotes intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning.  The benefits for students are many, including:

    • Increases motivation for learning
    • Improves achievement
    • Encourages higher-level thinking
    • Involves parents
    • Provides teachers multiples ways to improve instruction
    • Utilizes the resources of the entire wired world
    • Expands learning time
    • Prepares students for the future

    Online learning is particularly effective for all students, but may be of special importance for gifted students, remedial students, learning disabled students, and behaviorally disabled students.  In addition, after-school programs can utilize online learning programs as a way for students to strengthen basic academic skills and access the Internet for learning in a safe, fun manner.

    Crowd Sourcing Online Instructional Content

    Friday, October 26th, 2012

    Even before it was known as crowd-sourcing, a unique and innovative model was created for developing educational content.  LessonPro, a website from Knowledge Headquarters, was launched in 1999 as a new and promising application for writing K-12 educational coursework over the Internet.  The company established the Internet site to promote its standards for Internet-based instructional content to the educational community.  Teachers from across the nation write lessons using the template at www.lessonpro.net.

    The curriculum development model was new for education at the time, but a similar model   had been used successfully by other Internet companies such as eBay, AOL, Yahoo, epinions, and geocities.  Teachers from around the world write lessons using the template at www.lessonpro.net providing access for students to their online instruction.

    The template is an easy-to-use fill-in-the-blank format that teachers complete using their own original material.  Students of writers may then access the lessons at no cost using the teacher assigned password.

    The key to student success is engaging their interests through a wide range of topics, informational web sites and interesting activities, which help create a unique learning experience for each student.  Writers are encouraged to incorporate links within each lesson that reinforce the skills and concepts being emphasized in the lesson.   These online connections open a wide array of possibilities for learning, not limited to the confines of traditional instruction.  Students anticipate new discoveries that lie ahead as they proceed through each instructional lesson.  The visual instruction is designed to include all curricular disciplines, balance the transfer of certain basic skills and strengthen the value of online education.

    Learning From Teenagers

    Friday, September 28th, 2012

    What are the specialized needs of young adolescents ages 10-15? Why do we need to develop curricula and educational programs tailored to those unique needs? Researchers have found that young adolescents have the following developmental needs

    • positive social interaction with adults and peers
    • creative expression
    • structure and clear limits to physical activity
    • meaningful participation in families and school

    Programs which meet the developmental needs of young adolescents use a variety of activities and strategies. As young adolescents have an orientation toward peers and a concern about social acceptance, work in small groups and advisory programs promote opportunities for interaction with peers and adults. Interdisciplinary team organization fosters feelings of belonging while advisory groups allow time and a small group for discussion of issues.

    Achievement and competence is achieved through authentic assessment based on personal goals, challenging intellectual material focused on relevant problems and issues, and with recognition by peers and adults. The increase in the desire for autonomy can be addressed through learning strategies involving choice, a curriculum based on social and individual interests. Service projects and project based learning capitalize upon young adolescent’s creative expression and need for meaningful participation.