April 1998 Issue - Volume 1.8
Strategic Studies e-News
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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

President's Notes

wonderful Spring daysThe past month has been another very busy time for us. We are expanding both with our on-line activities and the consulting work. Busy, I guess is a relative term, the time I spend working is all-consuming. This morning my accountant called (it is Tax Day, April 15), to remind me to file estimated taxes. But more importantly she shared how she had been working seventy and eighty hours the past few days. She had "gone over the wall" and did not know how she was standing. Well, I am sure I have been there on any number of occasions, but our work is simply interesting, fascinating and constantly changing and the hours of work do not seem grueling....they are just there. I am learning so much every day.....at times my mind is tired, but I want to continue on because the possibilities are endless. So for me busy is okay....not enough time in a day or week.....never. But the challenge is invigorating and I relish the busyness.

April brings growth and flowers to our part of the world. The trees are alive with buds, flowers dance to every color of the rainbow, green bursts from the brown soil.....what an explosion to the senses. There is a freshness in the air bringing a sense of revitalization. Each morning I try to walk several miles. It provides me the opportunity to exercise and helps me set my priorities for the day. These days there is actually a "spring" in my steps as I embrace the sights and sounds of these wonderful Spring days.

Enjoy your day!

M Angulo

 

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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

High-Value Technologies

High-Value Technologies On-Line Store

Are you looking for a particular CD-ROM? Or do you buy a lot of computer games for your children? Then check out our new on-line store at Hi-Val.com. You will find a variety of CD-ROMs for personal use, for students, for business, and for resource. There are titles that entertain, that teach, that inform. If you can’t find a title you are looking for, let us know and we will get it for you. We are excited about this new venture for the Strategic Studies family of businesses. We hope you will bookmark our site and order all of your CD-ROMs from High Value Technologies.

Reading to Children

  • Reading to a ChildBegin reading to children as soon as possible. The younger you start, the better.
  • Use rhymes and songs to stimulate the infant’s language.
  • Start with picture books and build to storybooks and novels.
  • Use plenty of expression when reading. If possible, change your tone of voice to fit the dialogue.
  • Take a book with you in the car. Read when there is a major traffic jam or a long wait at the dentist’s office.
  • Lead by example. Let your children see you reading for pleasure, not just at read-aloud time.
  • Start a "family reading hour" one night a week. During this time, everyone reads their own book together in one room of the house. Afterward, enjoy talking about what you have read.

The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. Mark Twain

 

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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Indicators of Quality

Quality School

A study by the Carnegie Foundation identifies five basic components of a quality school:

Sense of Community

At the heart of every effective school is a shared vision, a spirited feeling that generates strong bonds among students, teachers, parents and the community.

Language is Central

A deepening understanding of the words, numbers and arts that make up a language provides the best possible foundation for adult life:

  • Words as the system of symbols to express feelings and ideas;
  • Numbers as a universal system of communication about quantities, space, time and energy;
  • The arts as expression of our most evocative ideas and feelings.

Logical Curriculum

Every student needs to develop a core of essential knowledge with which to negotiate the world. From the very beginning, students need to see connections.....not a slice of science, a slice of history, a slice of literature.

 

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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Climate for Creative Learning

An effective school is a place for active, not passive, leaning; a place where all people are encouraged to be creative, not just conforming; a place of cooperation as well as competition.

Character Development

Students need to grow in mind, body and spirit. Schools should help students develop both reason and conscience; to affirm the core virtues that guide our lives: honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, perseverance and service.

Aging Parents

SensiorsMy mother turned 86 this month. Her health is very good, but we have noticed some decline in her memory....she has had a major stroke and several smaller strokes. I found the following helpful.

As people age certain physiological and psychological changes affect their ability to receive messages. To help get your messages across to older adults, you might try the following guidelines:

Avoid complex messages. Seniors have trouble dealing with too much information at once.

Repeat messages as often as possible.....especially the more complex ones. This will reduce the effort needed to interpret them.

Design concrete messages. Abstract thinking ability often declines with age. Use rational rather than emotional appeals, which tend to be vague.

Use visual aids. Visual memory declines more slowly than verbal memory. Put together a combination of words and pictures.

Deliver messages slowly....point by point. When information is presented too quickly, the earlier points overpower the later ones.

Give preference to print media. This allows older people to process information at their own rate.

 

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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

If you want seniors to recall information you present to them, strive to evoke positive images of family, health, social interaction, etc. Pleasant memories of events....such as graduations, weddings and births....are more easily recalled.

American Demographics, Charles D. Schewe

A Sensory Brain

A sensory brain

The brain and skin are the first organs to develop in a fetus. They emerge simultaneously out of the same layer of embryonic tissue. The skin is often called the outside layer of the brain. Let your child "experiment" with touch as a sensory system of the brain.

Gather 16 samples of different textures....sandpaper, cloth, carpet, wood, etc.....and two large pieces of cardboard.

Cut two 2-inch squares from each of the textured materials so that you have two identical sets of 16 pieces.

In rows of four, glue one set of 16 onto each cardboard. Be sure to arrange the textures in different order on each cardboard.

BrainBlindfold your child. Find four matches on the two cardboard sheets using his/her fingers. See how long it takes to find four matches.

Try using palms or elbows.

Talk about what the child has learned.

 

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President's Notes

High-Value Technologies

Reading to Children

Indicators of Quality

Aging Parents

A Sensory Brain

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Lesson Plans Wanted

Lesson Plans WantedStrategic Studies needs teachers to prepare lesson plans which can be used in conjunction with the Internet. Lessons are being sought in all curricular areas and all grade levels from primary to high school. You may want to visit

(http://www.strategic studies.com/lessonPlans)

to view a model lesson plan.

For more information about lesson plans, please call (847) 318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

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