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Ages: Preschool - Intermediate
(Possibly Jr. High)
This book provides a good
introduction to environmental awareness. It was
recommended by one of our programmers. The Lorax
is a modern fable about the destruction of an eco-system and
perhaps the world itself. It shows simply how unbridled greed
can unleash such destruction. An industry can create its own
market and/or the need for its own product; a fad can develop
for unneeded and useless items. Unregulated destruction of
resources can occur when profits are involved. Yet hope is
given at the end that even near total destruction of a species
or eco-system may be reversed with dedication, hard work and
diligence. In the story the lovable Lorax tries to save
the Truffula Forest and its inhabitants from disaster at the
hands of the cantankerous Once-ler.
A person's a person, no matter
how small," Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say.
"Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be
challenged, to be entertained and delighted." His
first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was
published in 1936.
has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good
Anderson (1897-1993) Opera Singer
Discovering the Rules of Spelling
At one time it was thought that the
spelling of American English was entirely inconsistent, that each word
in the language presented a unique problem, and that therefore
children ought to learn in school to spell the three to four thousand
words that make up nearly 98 percent of all adult writing. This
method...one that is still used today in some schools...has been to
drill students on word lists compiled on the basis of usage by each
A further rationale for the list-drill
method has been that since most rules on American English spelling
have so many exceptions, it is futile to try to teach any but the most
basic and general rules. Following such reasoning, each word
would have to be presented as a separate object of study.
Comparison of different word lists
shows a wide variation in the words included, because opinions differ
as to the words needed for written work at each age and the relative
difficulty any given word presents to the child learning to spell
it. In addition, researchers report that some children will
spell the words correctly when drilled on lists but will not transfer
this knowledge when writing in context.
Just as many other academic subjects
are being taught differently today because of new knowledge about
teaching and learning gained in recent years, so also has spelling
been the target of innovation. Computers now provide
individualized instruction, drilling each child on the words causing
special difficulties. Recorders can enable students to take
their own list of problem words and write them as the recorder plays back
their diction. Another change is toward stressing pupil interest
in spelling and teaching the meaning of words along with the
By far the most significant change,
however, has been to draw on the knowledge and methods of the field of
descriptive linguistics. Experts in linguistics have shown that
there is far more consistency to American English spelling than
previously believed. In fact, they have "taught"
computers to spell with amazing accuracy, and computers can only
perform according to the rules programmed into them.
Children learning to spell on the basis
of linguistics do not learn to spell each word separately from a list
of basic words for their grade. Rather, the words taught are
those that illustrate certain rules of American English
spelling. The child learns to discover the rules and apply them
to other words, thus developing an unlimited spelling
Making Study Time More
We all want our children
to do well in learning. They need to develop skills to make
study time more efficient and effective. Below are some
effective study time tips:
Use the five-step
process that works: Survey, Question, Read,
Restate, and Review.
Take good notes that
summarize, not necessarily repeat material.
Pay attention to clues
that indicate when you should take notes.
Use the traditional
outline form to organize your notes.
points with colored highlighter pens.
Indicate points to
remember with different styles of writing, such as capitals and
Take notes on both
sides of the pages.
Develop your own
system of shorthand.
Adapted from American
Association of School Administrators
Getting Control of Your
If you ask your self these
questions periodically, you will probably use your time better:
What am I
thinking about at this moment? If you are not thinking about
the task you are involved in, you are not going to be as
effective as you could be. If you are not in the mood for a
particular job, you will prolong the agony. Push yourself
to get that job done to get to the next one.
Do I say "yes"
too often? In sorting out the demands on your time, learn
when to say "no." Is that community service activity
helping your future as well as the group? It's good to do
things to help others, but be sure you are not doing so many that
you don't have enough time to accomplish the things you deem to be
Am I spending
too much time on record keeping.
Do I let the concept
of time control me? Of course there are certain
"musts" related to time. But other than those,
have you become a slave to the clock? For one week, try
eating only when you are hungry, going to sleep only when you
are tired and generally breaking out of certain time-rut
When do I have
time by myself to do things that are important to me? If you
don't, rethink the way you are using your days. Set aside
and take advantage of quiet time each day. Include time in your
schedule for relaxing.
Real Estate Education Company
Been Here a Very Short
Sometimes we forget that children have just arrived on the earth, and we expect way too
much, way too soon. We become impatient, urging them to learn it
all, know it all, and "act their age," whatever that
Although it is true that
children learn quickly about life by observation, it is unrealistic to
expect them to be on top of it all and always get it right. When
you find yourself beginning every sentence with "Don't,"
stop and ask yourself, "Have I explained what I do
want? Have I showed him how to shut the door softly? Have
I explained how to get my attention when I'm busy?"
Explaining the dos works much better than constantly harping on
Try this three-time
teaching and practice formula: share information three times
in three different ways. Give your children lots of practice
time for whatever they are learning and remind yourself that, after
all, they have been here a very short time.
Adapted from Wonderful Ways to Love
A Child, Judy Ford
better to be nobly remembered than nobly born.
Ruskin(1819-1900) Critic and Social Theorist
help your child understand the importance of mathematics, it is
necessary for parents to talk about mathematics and identify how it
relates to all aspects of life....at home, at work, and at play.
Educators, parents and our children must understand that learning
mathematics, as with all learning, takes hard work, discipline, and a
commitment on the part of everyone to ensure success.
best help you can give your child in math is simply to make your child
aware of when and how to use math. Whenever possible, talk
through activities with your child and encourage him/her to take part
in them. Think out loud, make estimates, check them, correct
mistakes, and try more than one way to solve a problem. When you
do, you provide your child with important experiences in mathematical
are a few math activities that you can do with your child....
what items in the house come in sets of two (hands, feet, shoes),
sets of six (cans of soda), and sets of twelve (eggs in a carton).
your child help with the laundry by matching the socks, sorting
the clothing into appropriate colors, discuss clothing size
according to each family member.
your child determine how much laundry soap to use per load size.
your child graph daily chores, money earned from chores, and/or
children find pictures or items that are sold in sets (i.e., 4
batteries to a package) and have them determine how many batteries
there would be in three packages.
Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Can Make You
power of music can help to boost productivity, according the the
result of a study at Florida State University. One group of
students there performed calculations while listening to rock
Another group did the same work while listening to a slow
piano instrumental, a third worked with no musical accompaniment.
most productive students were the rock music listeners, followed by
those who worked in silence. The study's directors speculate
that fast music increased the students' adrenaline levels, while the
slow music has such a calming effect that it hindered
performance. To use these results around the house, play
fast-paced music when your work is routine and repetitive, like
dusting, sweeping or mowing the grass. Tune into slow music when
faced with stressful or demanding tasks such as following a recipe or
putting a toy together.
Your Child Learn to
Our goal in
education is independent learners. Encourage your child to try
to figure out unfamiliar words on their own through problem
solving. Don't say "sound it out" because sounding is
only part of the game. When a child is reading aloud to you, you
can encourage problem solving in the following way:
If you determine that
the child has low problem-solving energy during the present
reading, just pronounce the word so the child can keep going.
If the child can
handle problem solving, allow the child five to ten seconds to
Ask the child to read
the rest of the sentence and to think about its meaning.
Ask your child,
"Have you learned anything at school that will help you say
this word? Try it out." (At this point your child
can use whatever skills he or she has learned.)
Ask your child what
would make sense here. Talk a little about the clues.
effort. Say "Good!" You are working hard on
that." If your child didn't figure out the whole word,
focus your comments on the part(s) of the word your child did get
right. If the first part is right, for example, say
"Good thinking. You figured out the beginning of the
At this point if the
word is still unknown, pronounce it so the child can continue
Wisconsin Department of
worth a thousand pounds a year to have the habit of looking on the
bright side of things.
Johnson (1709-1784) Lexicographer and Essayist
Fabulous February Links:
Douglas Henderson's Earth
History Illustrations: This terrific site is posted by
professional illustrator Douglas Henderson. Showcasing the blend
of researched science and the fancy of human curiosity, the rich
illustrations in this collection succeed on both counts. Helpful
text also accompany the detailed drawings. Click through the geologic
timeline of Earth history to visualize life in prehistoric times, thus
entering a special place where earth's mysteries and complemented by
one artist's ability.
Talking with Kids About
Tough Issues: Another useful site created by the Kaiser Family
Foundation (and Children Now), talking with Kids About Tough Issues
provides an overview of the health concerns facing many of our
students. Explore topics such as sex, HIV/AIDS, violence,
alcohol, and drug abuse. This online resource is a helpful place
for parents to go to learn positive strategies for communicating with
their children. Simple, yet powerful, the message is clear that
our kids need us.
Look Who's Footing the
Bill! Tom March has given a major revision to one of the first
WebQuests ever. This site uses the national debt controversy to
inspire students toward taking democratic action. After exploring the issue from four perspectives, students have to answer
the question, "What's so big about a $5 trillion
debt?" They can use the interactive Thesis Maker and Online
Outliner to begin the persuasive essay they will ultimately send to their congressional
representatives. A new feature and
refinement in the WebQuest strategy is the Quick Quest option that
decreases the level of scaffolding, thus weaning students from the
WebQuest process. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/democracy/debtquest.html
Web Exhibits: This
site provides a handy directory of online exhibits presented in a
friendly interface. Browse the categories or search the database
for an open learning experience. The site is frequently updated
so check back often. http://webexhibits.org/
Daily Grammar: Generously posted by veteran English teacher Bill Johanson from Canyon
View Junior High, Daily Grammar provides simple and clear lessons on
the basics of English grammar. Set up in modules of five
examples and a follow-up quiz, the simplicity of the approach and the
explanations make this a great site for students to use themselves
when they feel they need self-paced remediation or enrichment.
Secrets of the SAT:
PBS's Frontline has created a site that explores the role of the
Scholastic Aptitude Tests and how they potentially affect student's academic futures. Besides investigating the test preparation
industry and racial issues related to admissions policies, the site
allows users to play the role of admissions officers. Click on
Who was Good Enough? to see how your picks stack up against the
professionals who admit student to the University of California -
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