Today, I overheard a little boy tell his mother, " I be going to play with my friends," and I almost jumped out of my skin. Over and over again, I have heard small children speak grammatically incorrect and their parents do nothing to correct them. The
adage, "The children are our future", is more important than many know. The next generation that is being raised and groomed will be the future leaders of the world, the ones who will decide the important moves that the world will make, and by speaking grammatically
incorrect, they are being hindered from reaching their full potential. What is worse, I have heard other children on several occasions completely eradicate the verb (as well as other important parts of speech) from their sentences, or completely destroy the
entire structure: "She ready...He finna go...I be at my daddy house...Him tired." All of these instances are from not only the lack of not being properly taught, but picking up on...
Are you frustrated with homework nightly wars, confused about your smart child who can't spell, amazed by your child's brilliance despite his low reading ability? View this newsletter and video seminar from Bright Solutions for some support.
Remember to use phonetic spelling strategies, rule-based strategies, visual-spelling strategies, and morphemic spelling strategies. It's always fun to explore words with your kids or students.
After spending hours learning about vocabulary, verb tenses, adverbs and adjectives you're probably wondering when you will ever have use for it in the real world. I was always pretty good at grammar and spelling and have found those skills to be invaluable.
Something as simple as writing an email requires proper grammar. Have you ever cringed at something written on the internet where someone incorrectly used there, they're or their? Having good writing skills and being knowledgeable about grammatical syntax
will set you apart in job applications, reports for your bosses and supervisors, articles about how to perform the latest skateboard tricks, and even speeches and presentations. Incorrect spelling can be very costly for a business. I once went into a bank
where they were running a special promotion. I pointed out that they had incorrect spelling on their posters. Posters are not cheap to produce and therefore it probably cost that bank tens of thousands of dollars to...
Computer programming subjects:
Identify all 20 consonant letters of the alphabet. (Consonant letters make the sound.)
Identify 2 for 1 consonant combinations (two letters one sound). Highlight all consonant combinations one color.
Identify 6 short and long vowels of the alphabet. Highlight short vowels one color and long vowels a separate color.
Identify vowel combinations. Highlight all vowel combinations one color.
Highlight silent letters with your choice of color.
Highlight "c" when it has an "s" and a "k" sound.
You can only hear a sound, but you can't see it.
Speaking or writing correct grammar can be challenging at times, since many of us interact with individuals who do not always speak correctly. Reading every day is one way to help improve grammar. What method do you use to improve your grammar?
Poetry is one of those literary genres that instill a fear in students, particularly in the middle school arena. Metaphor, sonnet, acrostic, haiku, rhyme, prose, or free verse are examples of hundreds of poetry terms and forms. Confusing for a young impressionable
mind to absorb, poetry is often a subject to avoid, and if unavoidable, often solicits a desire to cheat to succeed. Throughout the internet, are sites where students ask questions soliciting someone to explain or write them poetry to complete a homework assignment.
Poetry is not a written or spoken form to be feared, rather should be the educational tool that teaches reading, writing and the arts as no other single genre is capable.
Writing poetry ought to be fun allowing students to express their feelings, beliefs, and experiences without the restriction of initially teaching them to write and interpret forms of poetry that are difficult for most to understand and usually result in a
Five tips for surviving the summer slump!
1. Spend time getting physical exercise - it keeps the brain active.
2. Read as much as possible - choose books that interest you, not just what might be on your school's summer reading list.
3. WRITE - write a journal about what you did during the summer, places you went, reflections on books you read.
4. Limit the time you spend on computer games.
5. HAVE FUN.
For parents who are trying to do any of the following:
1. Engage your child in reading
2. Increase your child's reading skills (fluency, comprehension, rhythm, expression, tempo, etc.)
3. Increase your child's language acquisition, vocabulary, grammar skills, and spelling skills
This blog post is for you!!!
There are some really unique ways to help your child become a "reader." I myself wasn't a "reader" until about the age of 10. Up to that point, though I loved books and collected books and asked for books for birthdays/holidays, I was not a reading self-starter.
However, I loved being read TO! At the age of 6, I took a great interest in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" books. Not only, was I fascinated with the time period (late 1800's), I also found a kindred spirit of sorts in Laura. She stood up for things
in which she believed strongly, she was stubborn, and she was short! I found a heroine that was very much like...
Hello fellow scholars!
This is my first blog for WyzAnt Tutoring services and I just applied to my first student request! This is so exciting. I love to learn and read about new places and moving to Milwaukee has been very interesting. Let me fill you in on who I am...I grew up
in Delavan, Wisconsin. After I was married my husbands job moved us all over the southern parts of the U.S.A. Our own children went to school in six different states and I was licensed to teach in each of those states as well. Each new location gave me a chance
to learn more local state history and explore new cities and state parks. My children and I loved camping and hiking. I spent time being a scout leader for the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scout organizations. My profile picture was taken on a family trip to Hawaii...I'm
standing on the edge of a volcano!
I sure hope that I have lots of new learning experiences with my next new scholar!
During the past several years I have had many different kinds of background/security checks. Working with the US Navy I have had a "top-secret" clearance.
Working with parochial school home-school children, I have been fingerprinted & checked out. My "clearance" is on file with the police department.
When working with children (especially 7 and below) it can be vital to their memory retention to take a break every thirty minutes.
I have had great success with my younger students who become stir crazy after half an hour of reading by leaving the study are and going outside or in a space where we wont bother others and doing some physical activities.
Since time is a concern it is important to only do this for ten minutes or so.
Sometimes we run and play tag, or we will do some jumping jacks, or just do some silly dancing.
When the student returns they are feeling a little more refreshed, lighthearted, and ready to continue.
That being said, it is very important to make it clear that the activity is is only supposed to be for a few minutes then it's right back to studying.
I hope this helps!
I learned in my human development class that babies learn through repetition = Rote memory
You may have also witnessed the ease with which the ABC's were learned. Mary Had a Little Lamb? Twinkle Twinkle?
It is easier to commit something to memory through a song. Why is it so easy to remember that annoying tune on the radio?
To better memorize
- Rules (Grammatical, mathematical etc)
Try putting it to a simple song tune.
Ex My 2 year old learned how to spell his name BINGO style. L-O-G-A-N.
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IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that
you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades' it is natural for me to dip my toes in different waters- all at the same time, but that does not mean that I can
give 100% to any of them at that time.
While I was able to get good grades (A- average) while in school, I was impressed by how much better I did- and felt about my work- the few times that I scaled back on my activities.
Another piece of advice that I wish that I could bestow upon my younger self would be to learn how to speak up in a group setting when someone is not fulfilling their part of an agreement. Now, this said, the best way to do this would be in a tactful...
Spring is in the air and it's a time for new beginnings! Preparations for the PSIA Contest are underway in multiple subjects and it's a joy to see lights go on as words come out spelled correctly the first time and numbers flow. A great danger is always
the tendency to second-guess oneself. When a student feels that confidence in their first instinct great things happen!
In my experience working with learners from various education levels and backgrounds, I understand the feelings of frustrations and concerns that many have when struggling with a subject or studying for a test but not receiving the results you would like
or expect. It creates a feeling of helplessness or the sense that you can't overcome or you'll never get it. That's not true. With the right study skills, you can improve your confidence, preparedness, and ability in any area.
The keys to learner's success include having clear goals about what you want to achieve, learning effective study tips and strategies, pacing yourself, organizational skills, time management, academic planning and preparation, step-by-step instruction, committment
(good work ethic), practice, and building confidence in your ability to improve and achieve your goals.
It's said, if you want to succeed, try and try again. That's the only way to do it.
If you have questions about assignments or...
Give positive feedback, use encouraging vocabulary
Find success, and reinforce effort, in even minor accomplishment
A tutor provides expertise, experience, and encouragement.
They do not provide "answers," but rather assist in problem solving, in getting answers.
The challenge is to focus on assignments within the context they are assigned.
Tutors should not be expected to diagnose learning disabilities.
Diagnosis should take place outside of the tutoring process by a professional academic counselor. If a larger problem becomes apparent, referral is the best strategy.
Seek out training to be a more effective tutor:
This includes subject matter as well as the tutoring procedures
Clearly establish expectations for your learner
What are the expectations of the learner?
of the teacher? and of those close to the learner
This is my first time using WyzAnt.I got my first student yesterday. Back home from India and my long journey of loving mathematics made me do a degree in Math. Right from elementary children need good foundation. If we get strong at the basics, we don't
need to fear that Math is Hard!! I can make my students feel better and make them get confidence. Practice is the Key. Working more problems, we are going to get familiar with the pattern of questions. I try to encourage students to do more mental math than
calculator. Even in my BS Degree in India we never were given Calculator to solve problems. Students can do it!! I am going to soon give links to different topics!!
I hope to get more students and I will be happy to guide them to reach their goals.