Monthly Archives: September 2020

How A Child Can Read Before Kindergarten – What You Ought To Know

How concerned should you be when it comes to your child’s education? Do you think special skills are needed to teach my child to read? When should I start teaching my child to read? I’m about to reveal to you the truth of what every parent ought to know about teaching a child to read before kindergarten.

In the USA

  • Over 30 million adults are considered functionally illiterate
  • 14 % are unable to perform simple everyday literacy activities.
  • The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) discovery
  • Over one third of all children can not achieve basic reading competency by the time they reach grade 4?
  • 38% of grade 4 students are below the basic level in reading skills

How can a child not achieve basic reading competency by the time they are in grade 4? Would any of these questions have any relevance?

  • A kid loves to read?
  • A kid understands what they read?
  • A kid has plenty of books at home?
  • A kid learns to read at an early age?

You don’t want your child to be part of those studies do you? You don’t have to answer that question.

The years before a child reaches kindergarten are among the most critical moments of your child’s life to influence learning.

Why wait until your kid is in school to learn how to read? Teaching your child to read early, even before kindergarten is hugely important for your child’s education.

Studies have shown that the younger your child learns how to read, the more successful your child will be in school.

A child’s brain has learning abilities we don’t even think is possible. When a child learns how to read before kindergarten, chances are your kid will have a greater passion to read. The more they read, the more they learn.

The ideal program for parents to learn how to teach a child to read is with the phonic awareness lesson plan. Researcher’s favorite program for teaching a child to read. Not to mention parent’s easiest step-by-step teaching tool.

How rewarding would it be to see your child reading a book on their own before kindergarten?

Don’t let your child have reading difficulties. Don’t wait until your kid is in grade one to learn how to read. Imagine all the opportunities available by teaching your child to read before kindergarten.

The most critical years of a child’s life to influence learning is before your kid reaches kindergarten. Grade one might not be the appropriate time for your child to learn how to read.

As a matter of fact, a two year old child learned to read in 8 months with the phonic awareness lesson plan.

What your child might achieve without the phonic awareness lesson plan:

  • Average vocabulary
  • Normal reading capacities
  • Okay spelling skills
  • Expected passing grade

Don’t let your kid have normal reading capacities. Give your kid the chance of a lifetime by teaching your child to read before kindergarten.

ADHD Kids "Hitting the Wall" at School

Can you imagine the most difficult environment for a child who had difficulty sitting still, difficulty paying attention, and loved to talk to other children? Imagine that this child had to go into this environment every day, and was expected to perform successfully in this environment.

When you think about it, it is the classroom setting that is this difficult setting for these kids. There are a lot of distractions, yet they are told to sit still, don’t move, don’t talk, to pay attention to boring worksheets, and keep on task until the work is finished. None of these things come easily to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder kids. But day by day, off to school they go.

Many Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder kids “hit a wall” in school as the school year progresses. Every week they just get a little farther and farther behind, until they’re so far behind that it’s impossible to catch up. They lose their homework assignments, even after they have spent hours working on them. And they study hard for tests only to perform poorly the next day. They just slip farther and farther behind with each passing week.

The disorder is most often recognized and referred for treatment in third grade. This is when kids most often hit the “academic wall.” In third grade they are expected to do more and more work on their own, and they are given more homework to do as well. We also see many referrals in seventh grade, or when the child leaves Elementary School for Junior High School, with several classes and several teachers. Many Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder kids who found ways to compensate in Elementary School are totally lost in Junior High School.

How can we help these children to be more successful in school? Begin by learning more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder from the ADHD Information’s family of web sites. Here is one of our outstanding web sites with over 500 Classroom Interventions to help your ADD ADHD Student succeed.

Need of Educational Toys in Today’s World

The need to empower them, the need to keep them informed and aware about the ever new advancements in this educative world is what made us think about this need of educational toys in today’s world. And this is what made us explore the reasons behind the need of Educational Toys for this new generation kids.

Let’s explore these new finding together to get better insight about the development of children in a more informative way.

No kid in this world has ever said no to the games and teaching them the required skills through these games can encourage them to get their interest towards learning new things.

Playing with board games having learning modules curated according to the different age groups or triggering their senses with some real life like modeled game structures will help not only in conceptual skill building but will also help them to improve their physical, motor and psychological development.

The advanced touch and play games in this modern world are also new win-win situation for the parents and teachers who want to impart the technologically advanced skills along with some basic educative material in their little kids without giving them the over burden of those textual books.

Having extra influential effect on the kids of pre-school age, the games let them improve the abilities, skills and qualities that helps them in the overall course of upcoming life. They help them gain the motor skills, cognitive skills, emotional development and social interaction skills through the different kind of plays.

The games will not only help in overall development but also maintains a balance of innocence and worldly knowledge in these master kids. The major benefits of teaching the children through games include:

1. Confidence Built Up – Games will make them win at one time and lose at the other. This winning or losing in a game and seeing others doing the same help them gain the confidence in outer world.

2. Triggered Imaginations – The dress me up like games or other games in which the most of the part is based on child’s imagination be it coloring, making an object ready or anything like that trigger their imagination to the whole new level.

3. Development of Willing Attitude towards Learning- Learning can be a boring task for the little kids when done through the books and one can make it interesting than ever with tried and tested method of education through play concepts.

4. Long Term Retention of Concepts – The things that are learnt in a fun way, tend to be more thoroughly studied and hence get its hold in children’s mind for a longer period.

5. Creativity Boost Up- The games seeking the creative side open of the player makes them use most of it and hence boost it up better than any other means of study.

6. Critical Thinking Development- Choosing the one or the other, doing an important decision in a game or constructing an effective strategy to win against the competitors demands critical thinking and hence develop the same in the most fun-filled way.

7. Team Building Attitude- Most of the games are more fun when played in a group and thus teaches the team building attitude to little kids.

8. Communication and Language Improvement- The games teaching basic alphabets, words or languages or the games requiring multi-players, both are helpful in communication and language development skills of little kids.

9. Problem Solving Ideas- The games when played with attention and a goal, presents a lot of challenges requiring problems and puzzles to be solved with utter presence of mind and hence gradually develop this skill among little kids.

10. Ability to Follow Certain Directions- Games at each step direct its players to follow certain steps for the progress and following these steps for winning the game, kids will unintentionally learn so much while growing in a healthy way.

Thus, giving them the opportunity to learn through toys will result in better education impartment while letting them have their share of fun in the age full of innocence and fantasies.

Five Reasons to Home School From an Educator’s Perspective

I have yet to delve into the world of home schooling; however, the more I do my research, the more I realize home schooling my girls may be best for them in the long run. I have been a part of the public education community in several capacities over the last fourteen years, and I can honestly say that the public school system continues to leave me looking for alternatives, and quickly.

There are a myriad reasons why parents choose to home school their children, and many public school educators themselves are distancing their children away from the public system to an extremely private one: Home Schooling. If you are looking for reasons to home school your children, please due your homework-yes, pun intended-and make sure this is something you can handle. An education is nothing to mess with.

There are several factors to consider when choosing to delve into unchartered territory. The first and foremost being can you handle being with your children literally twenty-four seven? If you have doubts for any reason, don’t home school. At least your child would get an education, albeit not a very good one if they continue within the public school system.

Here is a list of my top five reasons why Home schooling may be our next move.

Bullying in schools has become more common place than in years gone by. With the advent of social networking sites and texting/cell phones, cyber bullying has displaced face-to-face confrontations and this in turn has caused more unlikely bullies to rear their ugly heads upon society. And since old fashioned bullying still takes place, some kids in school are not safe whether they are in the school building or at home. While many schools claim they are taking a hard stance on bullying, our senate leaders think the bullying stand is too tough for the bullies. According to a recent amendment to SB 3004, school officials will no longer be allowed to use suspension or expulsion as a form of punishment until physical harm takes place, and; then, the bully can only receive three days out and cannot suffer academically because of his or her bullying. I’m starting to think this should be my number one reason.

Socialization is often a strong arguments by idiots against home schooling your child. However, with all of the work schools are cramming into a school day, socialization is severely frowned upon in schools. It is so bad that many schools do not let the students fraternize or talk during lunch. The school claims the kids won’t eat if they talk, but, hey, isn’t that their decision? A couple of missed meals and then struggling through the day may be just what a kid needs to learn how to mix eating and socialization. And what socialization skills do schools really teach beyond kindergarten? Students cannot talk in class. In fact, every time my middle school aged daughter got in trouble at school it was for talking and/or socializing. There, are certain socialization lessons that need to be taught that didn’t exist twenty years ago. Like teaching students how to hold a conversation without having a cell phone glued to their fingertips. Oh wait, I forgot cell phones are banned in most schools.

Curriculum in America’s schools is being overhauled at alarming rates and in a way I believe will hurt far more than it will help. Many schools across the nation, for whatever reason, are buying into Common Core. Yes, common core will help schools meet or exceed their numbers on standardized tests, maybe. But more importantly it is taking creativity away from good teachers and creating little drones who do not, cannot, and will not think or do for themselves. I was recently in a seventh grade classroom in which the students actually expected me to read the story to them so they could answer the study guide questions. Humina what? I’m a former English teacher who loves the classics. However, we do not students of this advanced technological age who can read or understand Shakespeare, Dickens and all the other old authors still being taught in school. Yes, there are valuable lessons in their works. Yes, teachers should use examples of these works when teaching concepts or writing. But to force a kid to read Romeo and Juliet just because the two main characters are about the same age is ridiculous. There is great stuff out there that can teach the same lessons and be more relatable to today’s youth.

Money is another giant issue when it comes to home schooling your children, and I wish this reason was really as simple as just saving some money. Let’s face, education has become all about money. More money is being pumped in to feed kids. More money is being spent on discipline issues. More money is being stopped, suspended, or cut altogether. Money is the only reason the school cares if your kid is absent or not. The students know they’ll get their homework and get time to complete it they are absent, and how much would they really miss by being absent for a day or two? Why does the school need to make sure your kid is there and why are there attendance rules? The school needs to fill its maximum number of students daily to receive the maximum number of funds daily, which many schools don’t get in a timely fashion to begin with. Now, distance yourself from all that drama and you just may be able to some amazing things with your finances once you home school. No more registration fees. No more fund raising expenditures. No more athletic fees. No more lunch money. No after school or before school daycare. No more summer daycare.

Common Core is teaching students how to think alike so they can pass a useless test. And, that’s if they are being taught to think at all. I’ve been to the ACT test prep sessions and I’ve taught them. Our main goal was to teach them tricks for adding one or two points to their test. Tricks became the focus. For instance, we taught them which answer to choose based on statistics. Like the majority of the time the right choice is the third option. Students are discouraged from adding their opinions or sharing their beliefs because it’s not relevant to the lesson at hand, which was designed by the ACT people, and taught by your schools with no room for independent creativity and thought.

The decision to home school is totally up to you, but I seriously hope your do the work necessary to make sure your child will get a quality education from you. But above all, if your child continues through the journey of the public school system, make sure you teach them how to think, solve problems, make education decisions and to become successful, independent non-burdens on society.

Why Art and Music Education is Important

For the past ten years, public schools have had trouble funding school programs such as art class and music class. Not having at least some kind of music or art education gives kids a severe disadvantage when they enter college and the work place. In art and music classes, children learn to be creative and use other parts of their brain besides the logical part of the brain used in most school subjects. Also, studies have shown that music and art help kids in other subjects like science and math. Studies have shown, too, that art and music class can help kids gain confidence needed to succeed in school and in the professional world. Finally, in art class, students learn how to use tools like drafting chairs and drafting tables that many professionals use, such as architects and graphic designers. Therefore, it is essential that public schools make sure they get the funding they need to keep these programs alive.

Music and art classes teach kids about creativity. When children are being creative they are using a different part of their brain that they don’t use in regular classes, like math and science. It is important to develop this creative part of the brain, so kids have a better chance at being successful in their chosen career path. For example, a child who wants to go into advertising as a career choice will need to have creativity to come up with new and innovative ads for a company. If kids only have an education in science, math, English, and social studies, then they will not be prepared for life after school.

There have been many studies that have proven that art and music education help kids do better in their regular classes. It is a fact that a good music education leads to better math grades. Art education helps teach children to be creative, which then helps them learn to come up with creative solutions to problems given to them in other classes. For example, in science class being creative would help the student come up with innovative and new hypothesis in class, which may result in better grades. Art and music class are important in helping teach children tools that can be applied to other classes.

Tools that are used in the art classroom and instruments used in music class teach kids how to be responsible for expensive equipment that they will most likely be working with for future employers. For example, having a child be put in charge of a musical instrument helps teach the child responsibility and it helps teach them to be respectful of equipment that is not theirs. This is important because employers will expect there future employees to be able to be responsible and take care of any materials that will be on loan to the employee, like a computer, for example.

Public school boards need to make sure that music and art programs in their schools are well funded. Art and music education helps teach children the creativity that is needed for numerous jobs. Art and music classes also help teach children tools that can be used in other classes that will help improve their grades. Finally, using instruments and art supplies in these classes help teach kids responsibility and respect for items that are not theirs. Children who do not have any kind of music or art education will surely be at a disadvantage when entering college or the work force.