- Select safe, educational toys…such as those that need to be put together.
- Play games—especially those that have educational value, like number games, guessing games, word games.
- Encourage your child to do projects with other children. He/she will learn to cooperate and his/her social skills will improve.
- Take your child on the train, bus, streetcar or airplane.
- Listen to your child…encourage him or her to ask questions, discuss ideas and tell stories.
- Select activities that fit your child’s level of development, ones that he or she can learn from and enjoy.
- And be sure to set a good example. If you are interested in learning, your child probably will be, too. For instance, set a family reading time or some other organized learning activity and share experiences.
- Learning is a skill and like other skills it improves with practice…so give your child the practice he or she needs to develop learning skills!
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When reading orally, children must not only decode the printed words on a page, they must also communicate the author’s meaning to others by varying the voice volume, pitch, phrasing, pauses, tone and reading rate. When reading orally, children must understand what they are reading in order to communicate the meaning successfully. As a result, the regular practice of oral reading boosts children’s comprehension, producing gains that will transfer to their silent, independent reading of fiction or nonfiction.
Activities to increase oral reading skills:
- Reading Specific Sentences Aloud. Have your child read a passage silently. Ask questions and direct him/her to locate and read the sentence that has the answer.
- Multimedia Models. Play records and tape recordings of poetry, prose and plays. Encourage discussion of the way the speakers use their voices to convey meaning.
- Reading Duets. Have your child choose a reading partner. Alternate the partners as readers and listeners.
- One Minute or Less Oral Reading Fun. Provide daily opportunities for your child to read orally, such as reading notices, signs or advertisements.
- Choral Reading and Play-Reading. Select poems, dramatic scenes from stories or story description to rehearse for choral readings. Model the chosen selection. Have your child choose a part to practice reading orally.
- Recording Oral Reading. Tape or video record plays, choral readings or radio dramas that your child has prepared and practiced.
Although we place high hopes for a worthwhile future on the gifted and talented youth of today, we often neglect this group. Many gifted children are left to their own devices in school as well as at home.
Contrary to the popular misconceptions that they will do better without interference and that they will succeed on their own, some gifted children experience academic, social, and personal problems when they do not receive support from society and parents. Gifted children display their abilities in a variety of ways, each unique to the individual child. In general, for most children, giftedness is demonstrated by performance of tasks and understanding of concepts usually associated with much older children. Reading signs, magazines, and books, and performing mathematical computations at ages three to five; speaking complete sentences and using abstract vocabulary at age two and three….all indicate superior intellectual abilities.
Often the gifted child feels isolated from the rest of the world because of the exceptional abilities he or she possesses. Facing these feelings of difference alone can create emotional problems, disruptive behaviors, or withdrawal from the frustrating situation. Parents play an important role in the development of exceptional abilities in children, especially in encouraging a favorable attitude toward these tendencies.
Because of their heightened perceptions and sensitivities, many gifted children need an environment that is secure emotionally and stimulating intellectually to allow their abilities to flourish. Too many adults overlook their needs, however, assuming that these children already have advantages other lack. Consequently, much is left to parents to provide for the gifted. Working with the child and with other parents, they can accomplish this awesome, often frustrating, task.
A judge in a large mid-western city was describing the causes of juvenile delinquency speaking from personal experience with thousands of young people: “Children want to be honest. They do not want to cheat. They look to their parents and teacher to teach them honesty. They are confused, letdown, and disappointed when they hear one parent on the telephone saying the other parent is not at home. But they are both in the living room watching television, it is these little white lies that tear down the trust and confidence children want to have in their parents. Children cannot tell the difference between little dishonesty and big dishonesty.” Can anyone? Don’t you have a feeling of insecurity in someone you know does not respect absolute truthfulness and honesty?
Mutual trust starts with your total honesty, even at your expense. No exaggerations, no cover-ups, no distortions, no little white lies…just complete honesty. It is a contagious characteristic that will spread to others.
|The eTutor curriculum meets National Goals for Learning in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, including twenty-three subjects. It is designed for students from kindergarten through grade twelve and can be adapted for the adult learner.
eTutor provides age appropriate lesson modules which teach ways to understand more difficult concepts. When the student approaches a more difficult problem, perhaps in Physics, Economics or Politics, they may recall earlier learning that can provide a way to solve such a problem. Often students have difficulty linking previous learning to newer concepts.
The eTutor curriculum is a continuum that begins in the early years and progresses through a life time. While there is much overlap in subjects, we find it helpful to know that the simple task for the young learner of pushing a truck up a ramp (inclined plane) is a basic concept of physics that he will revisit many times in his educational experience. Although our students may find the words physics, economics and politics hard to know and understand, we as educators must be aware that these are subjects to be included in any well rounded curriculum. We want students to have a solid foundation in all subjects in order to meet success in their later learning experiences.
In Physics for example – simple machines teach about principals of physics.
In Economics – most young children play store and, the boys especially, like to play with trucks. Transportation fits int Economics, as does going to the store.
Politics – The idea of choice is not new to our young learners and although we might not call it politics, the idea that they might choose one pet over another or one friend out of many, is an example of politics Our young children vote every day on things in their every day life.
As the student progresses through the eTutor curriculum the courses required may be somewhat different than what they would experience in a regular public or private school. Subjects are integrated across the curricular area. For instance, Algebra is often labeled “pre-Algebra,” “Algebra” or “Algebra I and II”, or “Advanced Algebra”. In the eTutor curriculum, algebraic concepts are taught throughout the subjects, Computation, Estimation, Data Analysis, Measurement, Ratio and Percentage, and Geometry. eTutor recommends Algebra at the eleventh grade, as the course covers the basics to calculus.
Knowledge Headquarters has developed a unique and innovative model for creating the e-Tutor educational content. The company launched LessonPro in 1999 as a new and promising application for writing online K-12 educational coursework. The purpose of the web site is to promote the highest standards for Internet-based instructional content to the educational community. Teachers from across the nation write lesson modules using the LessonPro template. Only those lesson modules that meet the standards of excellence for eTutor are used in the Program. The result of this innovative approach to curriculum development is a curriculum that is rich and varied, where each lesson module has its own voice.
You wake up in the morning, and lo! your purse is magically filled with twenty-four hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of your life! It is yours. It is the most precious of possessions…No one can take it from you. An no one receives either more or less than you receive.
You have to live on this twenty-four hours of daily time. Out of it you have to spin health, pleasure, money, content, respect, and the evolution of your immortal soul. Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. All depends on that. Your happiness…the elusive prize that you are all clutching for, my friends!…depends on that.
Time is the inexplicable raw material of everything. With it, all it possible, without it, nothing. The supply of time is truly a daily miracle, an affair genuinely astonishing when one examines it. If one cannot arrange that an income of twenty-four hours a day shall exactly cover all proper items of expenditure, one does muddle one’s whole life indefinitely…
- Arnold Bennett
Most of us think of ourselves as standing, wearily and helplessly at the center of a circle bristling with tasks, burdens, problems, annoyances, and responsibilities which are rushing in upon us. At every moment we have a dozen different things to do, a dozen problems to solve, a dozen strains to endure. We see ourselves as over-driven, overburdened, overtired.
This is a common mental picture…and it is totally false. No one of us, however crowded his life, has such an existence, even of a super-busy day. The crowded hours come to you always one moment at a time. That is the only way they can come. The day may bring many tasks, many problems, strains, but invariably they come in single file.
The effect of one person’s expectations on the behavior of another is another instance of the power of attitudes. People are always communicating their thoughts in a variety of subtle ways. And others are responding…positively, negatively or passively. Strong, positive attitudes about one’s self and others bring out the best in others; cause positive responses that accelerate growth and learning.
See all others as the potential vessels of your own treasured knowledge and ability, be willing to share yourself in a tolerant, loving manner, and your effort will be richly rewarded by the growth of those around you.
It was early summer when Mrs. Blakely called to talk with me about her son, Jared. They had subscribed to eTutor Virtual Learning Program over the winter months. Jared was the computer expert in the family and enjoyed studying over the Internet.
Mrs. Blakely and her family lived on a small island in Washington State. On this day she was looking at the geese and goats in her yard as Jared got in his rowboat for the short distance to the mainland. With warmer weather he chose to go to the library to access eTutor from the computers there. The access was faster and he was showing others at the library about the program.
Jared is not unlike other students from around the world who are using eTutor as part of their learning experience. The virtual learning program has over 3200 lessons in the four major curricular areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Jared logs on whenever he wants to, in order to study, while other students have a set time to log on each day. Each lesson has nine parts and takes between 45 minutes to an hour to complete. The extended learning section can increase the time to complete a lesson.
Mrs. Blakely checks Jared’s student portfolio each day to see what lessons he has completed and how he has don on the quizzes and exams. “It has been hard to get Jared to focus on studying, but he loves logging on to eTutor. He finally is enjoying learning!”
Learning to read is much like learning any other skill. It requires a combination of instruction, experimentation, and practice. But the first step must be motivation. The child must want to learn to read. Parents can encourage their children to read by demonstrating that they think reading is important. Parents can help their
children discover the benefits of reading:
- Buy as many children’s books as you can afford.
- Give books as gifts.
- Visit the library regularly.
- Allow your children to choose their own books. Don’t rush them.
- Show your children that you enjoy reading. Make sure they see you reading newspapers, magazines, and books.
- Set up a special place for reading.
- Encourage older children to read to younger children.
- Surround your child with words; point out street signs; label objects in the house such as table, desk, and stove.
- Play word games like Scrabble, Anagrams, and Ad Lib.
- Watch educational TV programs together. Some stress reading development.
- Read to your child, especially at bedtime. Reread favorite stories.
- Ask you child to read to you.
Stress the things your children do well in reading rather than any mistakes they make. Remember: Success breeds success.