Ever since I had my children, they started to give me “work”, I´ve been struggling with how to educate them. I struggle with the word education too. It means a lot, but here I want to focus on making a child obey or behave.
Children don´t really misbehave. They engage in behavior to pursue normal children´s need. The misbehavior is an adult judgment of a child´s action that is contrary to what the adult expects. What we commonly call as misbehavior is often a symptom of a child´s need and we are to meet that need somehow.
Well, I always felt uneasy with the time-outs. I´ve read in many books about how you can start controlling children´s misbehavior by putting them in time-out (check any mainstream book or TV show on parenting).
I´ve read that you can consider one minute per year and start at the age of two. By the time Luísa was around 1,5 years, I was being told more and more often about how I should start disciplining her and how if I didn´t start then I could lose my authority for good.…
The basic idea is simple: learning to tell stories from memory is a great way to learn all sorts of essential skills. Children who fill up with stories by listening and retelling create an inner store of language, ideas, and imagination.
They will then draw upon this store in their work and life. Speaking, listening, confidence, empathy, ideas, facts, sequences, plots … you name it, storytelling can teach it.
We believe that all children benefit from developing their storytelling skills throughout their education. In schools where improving basic literacy levels is a priority, the Storytelling Schools method has been used to quickly raise standards. Storytelling provides a natural way of developing rich and active story language, for children to recycle in their own story making and writing.…
This picture didn’t bother me at all and my little one is more than used to see a woman naked. But I checked the rest of the newspaper and the truth is that the lingerie was the most naive picture in it. On the other pages, there were police handcuffing a man, dead bodies on the street and a bleeding man taken to an ambulance.
What kind of newspapers are you reading? You might ask. Physical newspapers, none really. I only read online. And to be more honest, I go on a healthy information diet. I read what interests me, I actively seek the information that suits me.
And guess what? This doesn’t prevent me from knowing the breaking news just a few hours after it happened. It’s quite difficult to hide from big news, actually. Apart from that, newspapers are unhygienic!
On the other hand, I do like to get old newspapers and take a peek sometimes. It always amuses me how reading an old newspaper doesn’t look like reading old news. How odd is that? But the best use for newspapers, in my opinion, is using them for art, painting and wrapping up presents.…
There were times that oral storytelling ruled. It was a great way to tell people about their history, to settle their arguments, and to come to grasps with all sorts of aspects of the phenomena of the world around them.
Then later came along the written word with all its mysteriously looking symbols. For quite a while, just the privileged and the rich and privileged were having access to these wonders, but over time, signs, books, memos, pamphlets, cereal boxes, letters, even constitutions and countless other types of writing were appearing everywhere people turned up.
The ability to write and read now was ruling many lands. The art of oral storytelling was done away with as foolishly old-fashioned. Sure, in more casual ways people were continuing to tell stories across dinner tables, at bedtime, or around campfires, but storytelling as a great learning tool was no longer respected and became almost forgotten.
Why Storytelling should be included in school…
Time is your most precious asset, this article gives you tips on how to avoid wasting it.
In my last post, I explained that procrastination or wasting time is the reason so many people today are unable to achieve their goals and gain financial freedom.
Many people dream about a better job, working from home or just having a financial freedom yet they don’t know how to manage their time.
I think I have mentioned that I’m involved in helping people to pass the GED test. This is a high school equivalency test for people who didn’t finish their high school but now are looking for new job possibilities and would like to continue their education.
The first step in this process is to get prepared for the GED by taking preparation classes and GED pre tests. There is a really good website named BestGEDClasses.org that offers GED practice tests and online classes free of charge so people only need to have a desire to learn and self-discipline. Sadly many people waste their time and never get their GED certificate so here is how to bust time wasting.
The first step to dealing with this problem is awareness. Awareness will allow people to begin to think about self-control. Self-control and personal development are the secrets to success in achieving your …
Teacher qualities to look for are unlikely to be the same from parents to students to administrators. Everyone generally agrees on: kind, nice, “good teacher”, knows content, but this is not enough to define a stellar teacher. During my years as an administrator, on occasion, I’ve had to deal with teachers who were incredibly popular with the parent population, but quite frankly were not great based on the teacher qualities I looked for.
As one who has interviewed hundreds of teacher candidates and filled numerous teacher positions K-12, I look for and will probe a candidate repeatedly in relation to certain qualities/characteristics that I believe are essential to a great teacher. Here are just a few of those teacher qualities:
1. Deep understanding and knowledge of the content. Every great teacher has deep understanding and knowledge of the content they are teaching. This is a given. After all, who wants an AP Biology teacher who doesn’t have a firm grasp of higher level concepts of biology? Yet, I am sure that some of you reading this have had a teacher or two who really didn’t have strong or deep content knowledge, and I’m willing to guess that this teacher was probably not the best teacher you ever had.…
I’ve been working as an online writing tutor during the last 10 years or so, and this has helped me understand the feelings of isolation that so many students that I work with are experiencing.
I often hear my students explain that they don’t really understand their assignments, what it is their instructors are looking for, and that they only rarely will receive a response to their emails when they are asking for help.
Often they feel lost, so they are pretty grateful for finding me, at least a real person they can connect with.
Additionally, quite a few students have never ever visited, nor are they aware of, their school’s library, be it online or in a physical building, and this causes many problems when they are assigned research papers.…
Lainie is a single mom traveling with her 12-year old boy Miro on a journey that started 2 years ago and is aimed at lasting 8 years. They both volunteer in the places they stop and they work together on the blog Raising Miro.com.
She chose the unschooling path, or more precisely, worldschooling, while they learn lessons of compassion and about being true global citizens. Their blog is more focused on podcasts, where they talk about their life on the road and interview some really cool travelers and unschoolers (although still full of texts and beautiful pics).
Now, let’s move to our interview. Both Lainie and Miro have specific questions, so pay attention to who is being addressed.
Lainie, you travel by intuition, you stay for many months in one place like Guatemala (8 months) and then choose to stay way less in others like Costa Rica (2 months on different occasions). How do you decide, or feel that´s time to move on?
Lainie: That’s a really great question. However, there really isn’t a formula answer, as each situation is different.What I can tell you is that both Miro and I have the same reflex, the same response to the places we visit. There has never been an opportunity where one of us has liked the place and the other …
By the End of Kindergarten:
- Children have an understanding of how our alphabetic language works. They are learning that sounds and letters are related.
- Children may be able to locate and begin to use some high-frequency words from shared reading and writing books that have been added to a class word wall.
By the End of First Grade:
Phonics skills are taken from words that children encounter in their reading and words they commonly use in their writing.
- High-frequency sight words, many of which do not follow spelling patterns, are often learned through the use of a word wall. For more information see Sight Word section of this web site.
- Words with consonant digraphs and have a known word for each digraph (sh, ch, th).
For more information see Letter Sound Correspondences Model 1 and Model 2.
- Words with the most common word families. For more information see High Utility Word Families.
By the End of Second/Third Grade:…
Phonemic awareness is an oral language skill. It is the awareness that phonemes exist as abstractable and manipulative components of spoken language. It is not phonics, and it is more than auditory discrimination.
Phonemic Awareness Tasks
In short, children have learned to communicate effectively.
Talking to and with children develops their receptive and expressive skills using this language. As they refine and extend their language skills, children learn new words, new meanings for familiar words, and new ways of saying things.
They develop an awareness of the sounds that make up spoken words and the ability to manipulate those sounds known as phonemic awareness. Let’s take a look at the most common examples of Phonemic Awareness: