we grow old, there can only be one regret: not to have
given enough of ourselves.
Duse (1858-1924) Actor
Read, Read, Read
to your children as often as you can. It cannot be stressed
enough how important this is. You are the role model who builds
positive attitudes and helps children learn. Fathers or the male
role model in the family unit must also be part of the read-aloud time
to demonstrate that men in our culture also value reading.
your children see you read. Children need to see you as a model
constantly demonstrating the place of reading in living such as
reading to get the news, reading for entertainment, reading to solve
problems, and reading to get information.
to your children read. Particularly when your children
beginning to learn to read, they need your positive
support. You are part of their "cheering
section" as they work hard to learn the reading game, and
it is hard work to learn something new. When you listen there
are some guidelines you can follow:
Negative responses on your part will cause your children to
dislike what they are doing with you.
Let your children stop
when they want to stop. Short practices, where children stop
before they are frustrated, are better than long ones.
Let your children read
lots of easy material. The best practice is easy material
because it allows children to build self-confidence and fluency or
speed of word recognition. Easy material is defined by the
number of decoding miscues children make for every 100 words of
reading. For every 100 words, easy material has about two or
three miscues, average material about five miscues but not more
than 10, and difficult material has more than 10
Adapted from Wisconsin
Department of Public Instruction
young age, children want to help and be active participants in family
life. They want to make a contribution, they want to
belong. Your willingness to let them help out in the way they
desire will teach them to exercise judgment, take responsibility for themselves,
and make meaningful choices.
all hope that our children will grow up to be responsible adults, able
to care for their own needs. We want them to have happy,
independent, and satisfying lives. How do we do this? Some
parents believe that to instill a sense of responsibility, they must,
above all else, demand a high level of dedicated participation around
the house. They think that good grades, clean rooms and
obediently doing chores are a sign of a responsible child, and that
messy rooms, poor grades, and pouty attitudes mean the child is not
learning responsibility. But that is not necessarily so.
order to take responsibility for his own life, a child must first have
the opportunity to exercise control over his life. This is the
only way he learns to make choices and live with the consequences of
his choices. When a parent always tells the child what to do
without allowing him any input, the child becomes more and more
dependent on others and less confident on his own ability to make
decisions for himself.
they are young, keep the chores simple. As they grow you can let
them do more, but don't demand perfection or blind obedience.
Keep things flexible and you will create an environment where your children
will willingly help out and learn solid values in the
from Wonderful Ways to Love a Child, Judy Ford
Most students could
use a few tips on how to improve their test taking skills.
Whether you want to earn higher grades.....use your study time more
effectively.....or improve you test performance, the following may
show you how.
Before the Test:
Break your studying
down into smaller time periods rather than studying all at
Try writing lists,
creating flash cards, and making charts if you're a visual learner.
Create memory cues,
read aloud, and use a tape recorder if you're an auditory learner.
Act out a lesson
from history, read while standing up, and study in short periods
if you're a kinesthetic learner.
Use all your senses to
Create and use
mnemonics to help you remember.
Pretend you're the
teacher and make up possible test questions.
Prepare for midterms
or final exams by reviewing old tests.
Avoid all-nighters or
cramming before a test.
During the Test:
Follow the directions
Skim the test quickly
to get an idea of its length. Note how much time you have to
take the test. Wear a watch to keep track of time.
Don't be afraid to
skip a question and go back to it later.
Check your work for
Be alert for word cues
that indicate the wrong answer
from American Association of School Administrators
has two things to teach: the first is that we must correct a
great deal; the second, that we must not correct too much.
to Cope With Cyber Bullying
Your child may have
experienced bullying from others over the Internet. Many
have. Four percent of children have been bullied while
online. One in four of these have had it happen more than once.
Thirty-five percent of kids have been threatened online. Nearly
one in five of these have been threatened more than once.
Twenty-one percent of kids
have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.
Fifty-eight percent of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful
things to them online. More than four out of ten say it has
happened more than once.
Tell a trusted adult
about the bullying and keep telling until the adult takes
Don't open or read
messages by cyber bullies
Tell your school if it is
school related. Schools have a bullying solution in place.
Don't erase the
messages. They may be needed to take action.
Protect your self. Never agree to meet with the person or with anyone
you meet online.
If bullied through
chat or instant messaging, the "bully" can often be
If you are threatened
with harm, inform the local police.
Tips for Parents
Keep the computer in a
public place, such as family room, kitchen or recreation room
Reduce the amount of
time your child spends online, especially at night.
Consider investing in
a good monitoring program, to observe and monitor their behavior
Talk to your child
about your expectations and the do's and don'ts of online behavior.
Look for mood changes
or changes in behavior, especially withdrawn behavior or sudden
unexplained amounts of money.
a young girl who is destined to succeed:
visited a farm one day and wanted to buy a large watermelon.
three dollars," said the farmer.
only got 30 cents," said the young girl.
farmer pointed to a very small watermelon in the field and said,
"How about that one?"
I'll take it," said the little girl. "But
leave it on the vine. I'll be back for it in a month."
An analogy may be defined as a
comparison between two or more dissimilar things that share at least
one characteristic. Through the use of analogies, children build
vocabulary skills by creating mental sentences that summarize
comparisons between two pairs of words. The relationship between
the first pair parallels the relationship between the second pair of
words. To complete the analogy pumpkin is to orange
as spinach is to ___________, children must create a mental
sentence, such as "The color of a pumpkin is orange, and the
color of spinach is green."
process of building analogies helps
children develop an awareness of the relationship between words and
expands their vocabularies. In addition to word-building skills,
work with analogies demands that children think logically and
analytically. As part of this process, children must identify
and form conceptual relationships among known words and new words.
An analogy class defines the
relationship existing between both pairs of items. Below is a
list of common analogy classes:
- Characteristics: Rain
is to wet as sun is to dry.
- Part/Whole: Leaf is to tree
as feather is to bird.
- Whole/Part: Cup is to handle
as clock is to hand.
- Location: Juice is to glass
as tea is to cup.
- Action/Object: Run is
to track as swim is to pool.
- Agent/Action or Object:
Doctor is to patients as teacher is to pupils.
- Familial: Uncle is to
nephew as aunt is to niece.
- Grammatical: Hear is to
heard as see is to seen.
- Temporal or sequential: Fifth
is to first as twenty-fifth is to fifth.
- Antonyms: Smile is to frown
as happy is to sad.
Adapted from Silver
Burdett and Ginn
winter, the big problem is how to get 72 inches of son to shovel 3 ½
inches of snow.
ESRI Mapping Center:
This site allows you to browse a world of geographic data to create
live maps of specific areas of interest. Maps can include a
variety of information, such as floodplains, earthquake zones, and
demographics. A great source of graphic representations of
detailed data. http://mappingcenter.esri.com/index.cfm?fa=home.welcome
The site is produced by the School of Art Design at San Diego State University
in California an is an experimental site that is still growing and
expanding. CeramicsWeb houses databases of glass recipes and
material analyses, links to other ceramics Web sites, health and
safety information, and a variety of educational materials related to ceramics.
Welcome to the Mary
Rose: Come and explore Henry VIII's great warship and meet
some of the crew in this website! Hear the crew talk, find out
about the objects found on the wreck, try your hand at the quizzes,
then print out an activity sheet to do afterwards. A second
site, the Learning City, is based on life aboard the Mary Rose. Even
if you are not studying history, there are some great pictures and information
on these sites.
Creature Feature: The site links to short, flashcard-like
information about numerous animals including: bats, bears, cheetahs,
chimpanzees, coyotes, and so on through the alphabet to the
warthogs. Click on an animal, experience a flash introduction,
then access photos, video, audio, postcards, fun facts and links to
further information. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/Animals/CreatureFeature/
Inquiry: The mission of Environmental Inquiry (EI) is to
support teaching and learning about the environmental science through
teacher education, curriculum research and development, and scientific
inquiry by students and teachers in grades 7-16. This site
offers resources to aid development of meaningful research projects in
the areas of toxicology, watersheds, ecology and biodegradation.
This is a sister site to poverty.com. The site has two goals,
1) provide English vocabulary to everyone free; 2) help end
world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
FreeRice has a database containing thousands of words at varying
degrees of difficulty. Click on an answer that best defines a
word. If you get it right, you get a harder word. If
wrong, you get an easier word. For each word you get right,
twenty grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food
Have a Fantastic Year!
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