Teach your children
that "life ain't fair."
the Newspaper for Learning
Your daily newspaper,
either in paper form or online, provides a source of inexpensive
learning activities. As well, getting your child into the
habit of reading, the newspaper will benefit him throughout
life. Here are some ways to use the newspaper to help your
child achieve in learning.
"person of the week." Cut out a photo of this
newsmaker and place it in a prominent place. During the
week, encourage her to read as much as she can about the
famous person. Try to include a range of male and female
celebrities, athletes, and world leaders of all nationalities
Use the weather
map to learn geography. Check out the temperature in the
cities where relatives or friends live.
information to make charts and graphs. A sports fan can
track batting averages. A future financial analyst can
chart fluctuations in the stock market.
editorial on a controversial issue with your child.
Discuss whether you agree or disagree with the point of view
expressed. Then, listen to your child's point of
view. Encourage him to write a letter to the editor in
response to what you read. This is a good way to share
and explore values.
is an important reading skill. Cut comic strips into
individual panels. Have young children place them in the
correct order. Or, for older children, follow a story
for a week and discuss how and why events unfolded.
Look through the
newspaper to learn about free activities in your
community. You may find out about concerts, plays, story
tellers, or dance performances. Plan to enjoy one of
these activities with your family.
of School Administrators
Spider-Man, The Incredibles, Wonder
Woman.....A lot of kids love imitating these mighty superheroes,
battling the bad guys and flexing their superpowers. You,
however, may be less than thrilled about the idea...the running, the
jumping, the fighting. "But from a psychological
standpoint, superhero worship can be beneficial," says Jeff
Greenberg, Ph. D., a professor of social psychology at the University
of Arizona. "Kids are pretty powerless and vulnerable, so
pretending they are superheroes is one way for them to gain a sense of
confidence and competence in a positive way."
Think of it this way: We all want
to feel like we're doing good in the world, but 6-year-olds don't
necessarily understand how a doctor, scientist, or lawyer can have an
important impact. The concepts of their work don't resonate very
well yet. A superhero, however, can hold up a building and save
hundreds of people! Now that a kid can understand.
And rest assured, the whole superhero thing is a phase that will pass
as your child gets older and begins to find other ways to nurture his
confidence. "But for now," says Greenberg, "I say
let him pretend. What parent doesn't want a creative,
accomplished-feeling kid?" We couldn't agree more.
Them to Love Themselves
A little person who loves
himself grows up to be a responsible adult, able to live life
fully. High self-esteem is the best foundation for your
children's future. Experts in child development tell us that
when children have high self-esteem they are able to learn and
function better in school, they have friends, they feel connected with
others, and they know they belong. They are competent, can make meaningful
decisions, and are willing to try. They are optimistic, curious,
and enjoy life. Loving oneself develops true character that
cannot be swayed by such things as peer pressure or the countless
outside influences your child will surely face.
Helping your children
accept themselves just as they are is what unconditional love is all
about. So above all else, don't base your love on what they do,
but rather simply on the fact that they exist.
When a little person finds
herself through the miracle of self-acceptance, her life becomes a
self-fulfilling journey; suddenly she's powerful enough to bravely
cope with all the challenges and the ups and downs that life will
bring. The bonus is, as she learns to be compassionate toward
herself, love for others is sure to follow.
Wonderful Ways to Love a
Child, Judy Ford
Teach your child that a closed fist
cannot accept a gift and a closed mind cannot accept ideas.
to Live For
We must have something to live by, to
live on, and to live for. We must stand aside fro the world's conspiracy
of fear and hate and grasp once more the great monosyllables of
live: faith, hope, and love. Men must live by these if
they live at all under the crushing weight of history.
Otto Pay Kretzmann
Theologian and University President
Seed of New and Different Ideas - Creativity
cannot be taught as facts are memorized, but it may flourish under
conditions that give first consideration to understanding the
individual and her/his uniqueness. The following suggestion may be
helpful in understanding and encouraging creativity.
the habit of questioning assumptions. Hold the belief that an
open mind does not accept or reject but continues to inquire, to
investigate, to experiment in order to discover new knowledge, new
information that may prove beneficial. All answers have not been
found, new horizons are ever open to the inquisitive person who is
aware and seeks out and continues to ask questions. Try to
examine a problem from all its angles and facets. To cut off
this natural curiosity with stereotyped pat answers which leave little
or no room for further investigation means to stifle the chances of
discovery. If mankind had not questioned down through the ages,
progress or change would have been impeded. Try not to oppose
ingenuity and change. Welcome new thoughts and questions.
Public School Administrator
There are some reading traditions that
most of us experienced in school which we now expect our children to
experience. One of these is "workbook pages."
You probably think of them as representing the basics of
reading. However, recent research show that workbook pages have
little to do with success in reading. On the other hand, lots of
reading does relate to success in reading. Children
become better readers by reading, which is the best practice.
Another tradition is phonics.
Some parents worry if children don't do lots of phonics at
school. We know that children must develop an understanding of
the sound/letter correspondences of English and the spelling patterns
of words in order to decode. However, we know that studying lots
of phonics in isolation for an extended period of time is more than
most children need.
It is now recommended that phonics
instruction be reduced and that learning should focus on key ideas, to
be taught efficiently in short lessons, and to be completed by the end
of second grade. Short periods of focused phonics instruction
will give your children more time to practice reading texts and
In addition, we know that many children
develop their own systems for figuring out how to pronounce
words. If these children need any instruction in phonics, it
need not be the same as for other students. Finally we know that
many children develop much of their knowledge about this system
through reading complete stories.
Reading is not just "sounding out
words." Reading is the process of constructing meaning
through the dynamic interaction between the reader, the book, and the
reading/learning situation. In reading instruction we work
toward developing readers who are independent problem solvers and who
will integrate reading into their lives for information and enjoyment.
Adapted from Wisconsin
Dept. of Public Instruction
Teach your child
to wear their learning like a watch and pull it out whenever he needs
Salt: The Essence of Life:
Salt is an essential component of our daily lives with more than
14,000 known uses. Many of these uses derive from the chemical
properties of sodium and its essential role in human and animal
nutrition. Salt, thus, can be used to illustrate -- and teach
-- principles of chemistry, biology, geology, history and economics,
among others. http://www.saltinstitute.org/Education-Center/High-school-teachers
Optics and You: This
is a science curriculum package being developed for teachers,
students, and parents. The activities are designed to promote the
asking and answering of questions related to light, color, and optics.
The program begins with basic information about lenses, shadows,
prisms, and color, leading up to the use of sophisticated instruments
scientists use to help them understand the world. The goal of Science,
Optics and You is for students to acquire the skills with which they
can do microscopic analysis of a variety of samples in multiple ways.
Global Warning, Kids
Site: Earth has warmed by about
1ļF over the past 100 years. But why? And how? Well, scientists are
not exactly sure. The Earth could be getting warmer on its own, but
many of the world's leading climate scientists think that things
people do are helping to make the Earth warmer. http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/kids/index.html
The History of Ballooning:
The caged duck looked down as terra firma slowly drifted away. Above
the duck, a balloon, constructed of paper and fabric, provided the
lift necessary to carry aloft the duck and its companions, a sheep and
a rooster. This Nova site offers a fascinating picture of early
The Education Department at The National WWII Museum is provided to
help students learn more about WWII and to learn about how WWII has
helped shape the world we live in today. The generation of
Americans who came to adulthood during the 1930s grew up in a world
shadowed by extraordinary economic and military threats.
Leo the Lion:
Leo, the Lion, is a very majestic feline. This constellation is easy
to find because his head looks like a backward question mark with the
bright star Regulus at the bottom. Leo is also close to the Big
Dipper, which you may have already seen.
the last of summer!
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