Nov 06

Starting reading activities

A natural progression in your reading activities together with your children is that after you read them to a passage from the story; have them paraphrase the story back to you. This will help you to understand what level of listening ability & understanding they are at, as well has help them to start building their vocabulary as they work to find new words they can use with their description of the story they are giving back to you.

As a homeschooler, one of the most important tasks for you to accomplish in your kid at an early age is getting them interested in & developing nice reading habits. At an early age learning to recognize letters, the sounds they make & words they finally form ought to be an activity & not a structured project. A great reading activity for kindergarten aged children, for example is to read to them.

Nice reading activities don’t always must occur at the house, or before bedtime. While you’re jogging errands around town or on holiday, perhaps have the children start to collect words from signs, or spell objects they see. Encourage them to learn different ways to describe objects see. In lieu something large, it may by immense, or enormous or even of gargantuan proportion! Have you kid arrange the words they have collected in to foolish sentences or phrases. Even something as simple as collecting letters from signs, license plates, & such to work their way through the alphabet is a nice kindergarten age reading activity.

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Oct 29

How suitable is homeschooling for your child?

Many parents would love to do home schooling with their children, but are afraid to try because they aren’t sure they have the knowledge necessary to teach their children well. That’s not to say that they are necessarily against traditional schooling. However, while the traditional school is great for teaching practical skills, there are parents who are disenchanted with the environment and a perceived lack of discipline and core values.

Home schooling can be just as – if not more – successful than the traditional school setting. While some children do thrive with the competition found in group learning, others crumble under the peer pressure and lose confidence in themselves. There are many children who do better in small groups or with one-on-one tutoring; these children would do very well in the home schooling environment.

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Jul 03

Kindergarten fears

Kids nervous about the first day of kindergarten? Parents wondering what’s expected of them? Here’s a happy way out for everyone -hold a kindergarten cookout

The first day of formal schooling can be a trying time for five-year-olds, their parents and the school. Fear, apprehension, anxiety, concern, tension. Not everyone feels these emotions on the first day of kindergarten, of course, but a great many kids and adults do, and that’s where the Kindergarten Cookout comes in.

The cookout, as you’ve probably guessed, is an informal meeting that gives prospective kindergartners and their parents a chance to tour the school, meet the teachers and other staff members and get an idea of what goes on in school every day.

The Kindergarten Cookout was introduced about seven years ago and has become an annual event at our school. It may not provide instant and lasting relief for everyone, but it can go along way toward easing those first-day jitters.

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Feb 15

Kindergarten teacher: A ‘cute’ job?

This is a story by a male kindergarten teacher …

A strange thing happened to me the other day. A few blocks from school I was meeting friends for coffee and a woman at a nearby table overheard me talking about my work.

“That’s soooooo cute,” she said, waving her friend over. “He’s a kindergarten teacher!” Her friend cooed in response, “What a cute job!”

A cute job?! Now, I have nothing against the word cute. It’s a perfectly nice word and appropriate when describing toy poodles, miniature marshmallows, and boy bands. It just cloesn’t seem a fitting adjective for my chosen profession. My passion. The last eight years of my life.

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Aug 20

Getting ready to go back to school

If you have kids, late July, August and early September represents over summer ending, cooler weather and fall foliage. School begins one time again for millions of kids across the country. Getting your kid prepared, irrespective of whether they are in Kindergarten or a senior in high school, is a must. Here are some tips to make the transition from several weeks of summer fun to school days and home work simpler.

  • About a week before school starts, have your kids go to bed at the time they will when school begins. Set their alarm or wake them up early. It’s difficult for some kids to fine-tune to going to bed and getting up earlier after having a whole summer of sleeping in or staying up late. Lots of young kids need to be on a schedule and preparing a week or so earlier will pay off, in case you have a night owl or late sleeper.
  • In case you have a school supply list (lots of school districts post them on their net site or hand them out the last day of school), buy the supplies early. For the kid who is not organized, this is a great way to start the school year off on the right foot. Label everything and get the backpacks prepared the night before school starts. Buy some additional supplies to keep at home if your kid is to lose or forget their pencils or markers at school. They will probably need some basic supplies for home work time. Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to do home work and discovering the basics are missing.
  • In case you have a Kindergartener, walk to school or days before school begins (or drive in the event that they take a bus or you will be driving them). This helps acquaint them with what they will actually be doing that first day and can work wonders for assuaging the first-day jitters. If your kid is anxious, ask in case you can let them visit their new classroom for a couple of minutes the day before school starts. Lots of principals will let the Kindergarteners come to the campus prior to school beginning.

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May 05

Getting-to-know-you activities

My favorite first-day-of-school activities aren’t particularly unique or creative. They are intended only for fun and to be helpful to me as I get to know my new students. Let’s jump right into our first circle activity.

My name is _____, and if I were an animal I’d be a _____ because….
I demonstrate for my students: “My name is Mrs. H., and if I were an animal, I’d be a turtle,” I say, “because I’m always rushing around. Sometimes I wish I could slow down.”

Then I give the students a little time to think about what animals they might like to be — and why. I encourage them to be creative, to be different and unique. The first student to one side of me in the circle starts out. After the first student finishes, I say, paraphrasing, “My name is Mrs. H., and if I were an animal, I’d be a turtle because I’d like to be able to slow down. This is Emily, and if she were an animal, she’d be a hyena because she likes to laugh a lot.” Then it’s on to the next child. After each child speaks, I try to repeat all the other kids’ name-and-animal combinations in order. That’s always good for a laugh or two — shows the kids right from the start that the teacher isn’t perfect!

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Apr 06

Tips for getting started with homeschooling

If you’ve made the decision to home school your children, you’re probably wondering “Now what? Where do I start?” Here are some tips to get you going down the right path to home education:

  • Contact your state’s home group; find them by doing an internet search for “Your State” and the phrase “home schooling”.
  • Find the local home schooling parent’s support group. You’ll find people ready to help you get started as well as families eager to do kid’s activities together.
  • Find out about your state’s home schoolinglaws. Talk to your local school board to ensure they have approved home schooling for your child. They will check your home schooling proposal.
  • Purchase any material you need to keep you up to date on home schooling. Get together books and other supplies that you’ll need to have on hand.

And Now What Happens?

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