I love to help them learn the things,
Saturday, October 31, 2009
I love to help them learn the things,
Friday, October 30, 2009
It's the good and the bad.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
If you would like to expand your child to be more naturalistic or nature smart you can:
1. Point out nature wherever you are.
2. Plant something and watch it grow.
3. Lie down in your yard together and look at the sky during the day and night.
4. Go bird watching.
5. Watch nature shows on television.
6. Read books and magazines about nature.
7.Get involved with environmental organizations.
8. Take care of a pet.
9. Build your own ecosystem.
10. Start a collection.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Posted by Debra West at 1:00 PM
Friday, October 23, 2009
The careers the body-kinesthetic people seem to enjoy and are successful at are athletes, dancers, actors, surgeons, doctors, builders, and soldiers.
Here are some ways to help your child become more body smart:
1. Practice your hand-eye coordination.
2. Join a sports team in your neighborhood or at school.
3. Play charades with family and friends.
4. Look for ideas while you move and exercise.
5. Learn how to give shoulder rubs to your family and friends.
6. Think of an idea and then build it.
7. Learn an art or craft.
8. Let your stress go and relax.
9. Take a drama class or try out for a play.
10. Take martial arts lesson.
A body-kinesthetic child should act out their favorite story or poem, exercise to music, draw pictures or symbols to remember information, listen to tapes while walking through nature, dancing, jumping rope, or exercise. Make sure your body-kinesthetic child writes out vocabulary words and traces over the words with their finger, read books that interest them, build things using math skills, use dance and listen to music while learning. To learn more about body-kinesthetic intelligences read,"Your Smarter Than You Think", by Thomas Armstrong, PhD. or google multiple intelligences.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
2. Watch television programs that teach science and math.
3. Practice calculating simple math problems in your head.
4. Explore science.
5.Read magazines or newspapers that cover math and science news.
6. Practice estimating things.
7. Do brainteasers.
8. Have a special math or science day with the entire family.
9. Write down ten questions about how the world works that you want answered.
10. Join a math or science club.
11. Find a book or Web site on science experiments.
12. Get a tutor or classmate to help with science or math.
13. Teach someone else science or math.
14. Research the orgins of math in other cultures.
15. Build your own Web page or site.
16. Notice how you solve problems.
If your child already is logical-mathematical, make sure they participate in some sports activities, read or write stories, play an instrument, join a social club like Boys/Girl scouts, or take up gardening. It will make them more social and engage them in much need physical activities. For more information on multiple intelligences get,"You're Smarter Than You Think", by Thomas Armstrong, PhD or google multiple intelligences.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
When you know your child's learning style, you will be able to help them to study and become more successful in school. Many parents think their child is having a hard time learning, but it is simply the material is not being presented in a way they are able to understand and retain the information. I will do a different learning style every day, so make sure you read my blog for the next week or so. Hopefully, you will figure out your own learning style and it will help you also.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
The most important components that determines a student's overall academic achievements are the teacher's knowledge and expertise, socioeconomic status, and parental and social factors. Recent research finds that the most important factor that determines student achievement is the teacher's knowledge and expertise. This report proves that more money needs to be allocated for training and improving teacher instruction in our schools.
It is not enough to just train teachers, but there must be support to see that the instruction and training is being implemented properly. Reading coaches, math coaches, and instructional specialist must continue to be trained and oversee professional development so that the latest researched strategies are being used correctly in the classroom.
This report also proves that teachers who are unable to implement the new strategies and training, or unwilling to change current teaching methods, should be strongly encouraged to find a new profession. Research states that it really doesn't matter how many years a teacher has been in the classroom, but what makes the difference between an average teacher and a skilled and knowledgeable teacher is the willingness to train, change, and has a passion for teaching students. Today's teachers must be willing to plan and collaborate with other teachers and share ideas and materials. More importantly, because technology and students are changing so rapidly, the teacher must be willing to grow and meet all the changes.
With the positive partnership of parents, community members, a skilled faculty that continues to grow professionally, and the leadership of a supportive and visionary principal, all students should receive "The Best Education Possible". For more tips on getting a quality education, purchase my newly released book, "A Parent's Handbook: How to Get the Best Education For Your Child K-6Th Grades". You can order this handbook/workbook at http://www.besteducationpossible.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
You might want to have your vitamin D levels checked. New studies suggest women with higher levels are less likely to develop breast cancer and, it if they do, the greater D reduces the chances of a recurrence. How much should you take? Based on you test, enough to achieve a blood level of over 40 nanograms per milliliter, says Qamar Khan, M.D., of the University of Kansas Medical Center. He advises that you take a supplement of 800 to 1,000 IU a day.
Ladies, October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". Please make an appointment to get a mammogram today and take a girl friend with you while you're at it!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Chores should be age appropriate. Make sure you are not handicapping your child by doing to much or too little. Here are some suggestions of age appropriate chores:
3-5 years old
- Help organize room (ex. pick up toys, pick up clothes, put books and other
items in place).
- Get requested items (ex. pamper for younger sibling, TV remote, books)
- Start to dress themselves
6-8 years old
- Take out trash
- Make up bed and clean their room
- Fold laundry
9-12 years old
- Operate washer and dryer
- Clean the kitchen
- Help out with younger siblings
- Cut the grass and help in the yard
- Wash the car(s)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
4 cups of a superintendent, principal, and school board with vision and energy
6 Tablespoons of skilled, dedicated, willing to learn, motivated teachers
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The key to the success of this charter schools is everyone has a feeling of ownership and belonging. The dedicated and skilled teachers visit every students home. Parents are an important part of the success of the schools and if there is a lack of parental participation the school fills in the gap of parent. Lessons are taught in kid friendly ways with a lot of chanting, movements, and beats. These are found to be successful methods for many children of poverty.
The students must earn privileges such as earning new uniforms and going on field trips. There are currently 82 KIPP charter schools with the hopes of opening 20 more next year. Although this model will not work for every system, I think it is exciting when there is a successful model that can be replicated where it will work. We must highlight these schools and find out why they are successful and make sure every student in this country is receiving the "Best Education Possible"!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
The most important thing a parent can do is to be honest with themselves and anyone who will have to deal with an autistic child. Make sure you become an expert and advocate for your child, because the educational institutions are just becoming aware of this growing disorder. This disorder is not the end of the world, and parents must be positive and get the right diagnosis. The next step is to receive the proper treatment and strategies that should be used for the child, because every case is so different. These children will grow up and we must service them properly, so they will be productive and happy adults.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Posted by Debra West at 3:21 PM
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
This is why I take my hat off to the state of Alabama. They adopted the Alabama Reading Intuitive, ARI, which trained all elementary teachers in strategies to help the struggling readers with research based methods. They also placed a reading coach who received additional training and placed one in every elementary school building in the state. The reading coach is responsible for making sure the strategies are being implemented properly, train the teachers, and work with struggling readers. The state test every child, K-3, three times a year. With that data the principal, reading coach, and teachers determines who needs additional intervention to make sure every child is reading at certain benchmarks throughout the year. If a child is having difficulty, then a plan is developed and the child given additional instruction, a short assessment weekly, and changes are made if improvement is not evident. These reports are sent to local and state personnel who closely worked with the principals, reading coaches, and teachers to find out the interferences that may be keeping a child from reading on grade level.
This program has been so successful that school districts from all over the country are coming to Alabama to see what ARI is all about. I am the reading coach at The Academy for Academics and Arts, and can proudly say that we have successfully moved most of our students K-3 to reading on grade level or above and this is something to celebrate. This has been done with really hard work from the classroom teachers, who have been willing to change old instruction and old habits to advance every child in their classes. These teachers are also skilled, capable, professionals who are concerned with the progress of every child in the building. It is an atmosphere of professionals educators coming together and sharing good instructional practices for the advancement of every child.
There are research based reading strategies available and there should be no more Bryron Pitts going through a school system and reaching twelve years old unable to read. Parents you must get involved and support your childrens' education. For more information on things you can do, you can purchase my book, "A Parents Handbook: How to Get the Best Education Possible for Your Child K-6 Grades", from http://www.besteducationpossible.com/ or go to http://www.amazon.com/
Saturday, October 3, 2009
1. How to save;
Friday, October 2, 2009
At this point my soul is lifted up and all the pressures of life roll off my aching shoulders with the chorus of the song. I remember my great-grandfather's beautiful, strong, baritone voice singing loudly...Why should I feel discourage?Why should the shadows come?Why should my heart feel lonely?And long for heaven and home.
Thank you Pop Pa for living a life of service to God, and teaching me to know where all my strength comes from, and I don't need to worry, because... He watches me.