Sunday, December 28, 2008
If you need to see where your child's strengths or weaknesses are, here are a few assessments you can use. These would also be great for your child' portfolio to highlight their accomplishments!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
The site is organized by grade level and contains multiple topics for each grade. For example, Grade 3 contains 16 interactive resources covering a wide-variety of topics including photosynthesis, fossils, water cycle, lunar eclipse and even how a door knob works.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Many of us grew up with school house rock - and now our kids can too! A rocking fun way to learn about parts of speech, American history, government, science, and multiplication tables too.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
- Get the 28 Rules of Spelling - Free!
- Scripps National Spelling Bee - Free resources, study suggestions, spelling word lists that include parts of speech, language origins, pronunciations, definitions, and sentences for thousands of words.
2009 Spell It! - The official study resource of the Scripps National Spelling Bee from Merriam-Webster.
- Free Homeschool Spelling Course - 30-lesson homeschool spelling course for students in grades 6- 8. includes printable spelling rules and step-by-step lessons.
Free Spelling Worksheets - Free spelling worksheets for elementary grade and remedial students including spelling rules like "silent e", consonant blends, plurals, suffixes, prefixes and even word search games to reinforce spelling.
- Spelling Hangman - This classic kids game helps hone spelling in a fun and engaging way.
- Word Safari Game - Practice spelling while playing a fun online video game.
- Alphabet Soup Spelling Game - Try this arcade style game that will challenge your spelling skills.
- Spelling Games - Play and learn with these games based on the Dolch Sight Words list.
- Catch the Spelling - Players use the arrows on their computer keyboard to move "the catcher" to catch falling letters in the correct order to spell out a designated word. Younger children and non-readers will need parental help.
- Scrabble, Boggle, and UpWords - These terrific board games from Hasbro improve spelling skills. Click on the link to play the games online for free.
- Funbrain: Spell Check - Need a little drill and practice work? This site offers an easy and hard spelling test. There are 20 sets of 4 words offered in each test. The Spell Check game is designed for 4th grade through Middle School. Younger children may find the Spellaroo version of the game on this site a little less difficult.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Help your child to learn more about reindeers with this fun project!
Brown construction paper
white paper (construction or lined)
crayon or markers
1. Have your child trace his/her hands on brown construction paper for the antlers.
2. Fold one piece of brown construction paper and several pieces of white paper to make a triangle ( you may need to cut the paper into a square first). Staple the pieces together with the antlers on top.
3. Have your child draw the eyes and nose on the reindeer with crayons markers.
4. Have your child write the following facts about reindeers on the pages inside their book.
- Both male and female reindeer have antlers.
- Reindeer live where it is cold and snowy.
- Reindeer use their hooves to find food beneath the snow.
- Reindeer travel in large herds.
If they are remembering a scene, they are probably looking up to their left & if they are imagining a scene then they are probably looking up to the right.
If they are looking up, they might be remembering a smell.
If they are looking ahead into the middle distance, they are probably using more than one of the systems.
If they are looking to the right, they may be imagining sounds, & to the left they might be remembering sounds.
If they are looking down to the right they are feeling something through the body about the scene, & down to the left, they might be remembering an associated emotion.
And lastly. if they are looking down, they may be remembering a taste.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ask your children to complete the 'Review', 'Study', 'Drills' or 'Test' steps for one or more multiplication tables.
After completing a test, your children can click 'Report Card' for a record of their achievement, which they can print for your review.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
To view or download a copy of this exciting new program click here.
To view or download a copy of this exciting new program click here.
To view or download a copy of this exciting new program click here.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Folder contains strings of different lengths and colors and the following instructions:
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Crayons or markers
Draw a compass rose beginning with a large circle. Add a small circle in the middle of the large circle.
Draw a four point star within the large circle.
Fill in the directions using standard abbreviations at each point including: N = North, S = South, W = West and E= East.
Add another four point star across the first four point star.
Fill in the remaining directions using standard abbreviations at each point including: NE = Northeast, NW = Northwest, SE = Southeast and SW = Southwest.
Read about the Constitution:
Make a Lapbook:
What is the Constitution Activity Sheet - Write about the purpose of the constitution and when it was written.
Amendments - Answer some questions about amendments.
Bill of Rights - Write each one of the first ten amendments.
Preamble - Copy work - Copy the Preamble to the Constitution.
Framers - Answer some questions about the Framers of the Constitution.
Delegates - Write the names of some of the delegates.
The Virginia Plan - Answer some questions about the Virginia Plan.
Separation of Powers - Define separation of powers.
Checks and Balances - List checks for each branch of government.
Executive Branch - Answer questions about the President and Vice-President.
Legislative Branch - Answer questions about Senators and Representatives.
Judicial Branch - Answer questions about the judicial branch of government.
Impeachment - Define impeachment.
Path of a Bill - Draw a flow chart showing how a bill becomes a law.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Learning to read is a big job, kind of like building a house. Children need certain skills to form the foundation. This activity is a fun way to practice several of them. Children select single letters and endings to form words (like b and -ed for bed). The online tool knows how many words can be formed with each ending, so children are challenged to keep going until they get them all. As they build words, children are exposed to rhyming sounds and can learn about the different sounds letters and blends make. These skills are essential, not only for reading but also for writing and spelling.
Here’s What to Do:
In this online activity, children first select one of nine word endings. They then begin making words by choosing beginnings, including single letters of the alphabet and letter blends like cl-. When children form a word, they get the satisfaction of seeing it deposited into the word bank. Cha-ching! When they’re done, be sure to have them click on the Word Bank so they can print out their list.
More Ideas to Try:
• When traveling on vacation or a field trip, play “Rhyme Time.” Take turns selecting something you see along the way and see how many rhyming words you can think of. What starts with cow could become how, now, and bow. Wow!
• Use the word bank list to create a book. Children can do it the old-fashioned way and simply draw a picture to go with each word. Or they can go high-tech, find images on the Internet, and create a digital book using PowerPoint.
• Set a word goal. How many words can children place in their own personal word banks? Could they reach 25, 50, or 100? When they reach their goal, be sure to celebrate in some word-worthy way, such as a trip to the library or bookstore.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” and have to be learned by sight. Hence the alternative term “Sight Words”.
From 50-75% of all words used in school books, library books, newspapers, and magazines are in the Dolch Basic Sight Vocabulary of 220 words (preschool- 3rd grade). There is no way that some of these words can be sounded out.
http://www.janbrett.com (The prettiest and most colorful)
http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/kindergarten.htm (Kindergarten sight words list)
http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade1.htm (1st grade sight words list)
http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade2.htm (2nd grade sight words list)
http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade3.htm (3rd grade words list)
http://www.learningbooks.net/xDolchSpanish.html (words in Spanish & English)
http://www.theschoolbell.com/Links/Dolch/Contents.html. (This site contains a wealth of information. It has a complete lesson plan that can be used, along with all the materials necessary. I highly recommend this.)
Check it out!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Looking for a fun way for your child to learn their math facts? It doesn't have to be a struggle with the fun games at this site. There are one player and multi-player games including: meteor mutiplication, drag race division, and jet ski addition. There are also some language art games such as: Capital penguin and coconut vowels. My kiddos loved the site, and I thought I'd share my find!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
2. Two, four, six, eight, now it's time to estimate. Estimation is a great way to increase a child's number sense. Give your child a bowl and some marbles and ask your child to estimate how many will fit. Then count afterward to compare the actual number to the estimate. Helping your child learn to make appropriate predictions will help her see how numbers are used in everyday life. Learning to ask, "Is my answer reasonable?" will help her as she tackles math problems in the classroom.
3. 100 Things. Understanding the concept of 100 is difficult for young children, even if they can count that far. Suggest that your child start making collections of 100 things — rubber bands, watermelon seeds, pebbles or buttons. You can divide the objects in groups of 10 or 2 or 5 to see how these smaller groups add up to 100 in different ways. Glue the objects onto a piece of colored construction paper for a math collage. Seeing 100 will help her visualize it.
4. Unlock the code. Write out all the letters in the alphabet on a sheet of paper, leaving room underneath each letter for a number. Under each letter, write the numbers from 1 to 26. In other words, a=1, b=2, etc. Practice writing coded messages using numbers rather than letters. You can use the code to leave simple messages from one another.
5. How tall are you? Many families record the height of their child on a door or wall chart. If you do the same for everyone in the family, your child can join in the measuring and see how the heights compare.
6. Play grocery store math. The supermarket is an ideal place to use math skills, particularly for older children. Point out that yogurt is $2.59 a six-pack. Ask how much it would cost to buy 3? Your child can round up to $2.60 or $3.00 and figure this out. Talk about how she arrived at that number, point out how the estimate differs from the true cost. Or get the latest advertisement announcing sales from the grocery store. Have her look at the specials on fruit and determine how to spend $10.00. Supply her with paper and pencil, and maybe a calculator, as well, so she can practice using calculators the way adults use them every day.
7. What's on the menu? The next time you go to a restaurant, hang on to the menu while you are waiting for your meal and play some math games with your child. Ask him to find the least expensive item on the menu, then all the items that cost between $5 and $10 or three items whose total cost is between $9 and $20. This will not only fill the time while you're waiting to eat, it will show your child how math is used every day.
8. Cook up a math game. The kitchen is a great place to practice math, as long as there's an adult home to supervise. How many tomatoes will you need to double the recipe for sauce? If you put 10 slices of mushroom on the pizza, ask your child to put to twice as many olive slices. How many is that? If there are three people in your family and 15 strawberries to divide equally among them, how many strawberries will each person get?
9. Measure the distance. You don't have to leave home for this game, although it's ideal for vacations. Get out a map that indicates the distance in miles between cities. Measure the distance between Los Angeles and San Francisco, and between Phoenix and San Francisco. Which is greater? How does that compare to the distance between New York City and Chicago?
10. Change up. Give your child an assortment of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. Put a piece of fruit on the table and tell him it costs 45 cents. Tell him he needs to find five coin combinations that equal 45 cents. Change the item, raise the price and find five more. Keep a tally of all the ways to pay for each item.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Here's How It Works:1. Kids read any 8 books.
2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to tell us their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs it when it's complete.
3. Children bring their completed journal to a Barnes & Noble store between May 29th & September 2nd, 2008.
4. Barnes and Noble gives them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.
For more information visit Barnes and Noble.
Would you love to have a flannel board for your child - but worried that you can't afford all those pricey sets? Now you can make your own! (Or have your child make a few sets for themselves!)
Step 1: Print out some coloring pages from the internet. This is a good site for finding some. If the pictures are too large you can always make them smaller by shrinking the images on a copier or scanner. (Or using Paint on your computer)
Step 2: Color in the pictures using colored pencils (doesn't fade or bleed)
Step 3: Cut them out, laminate them in contact paper and stick either a magnetic strip on the back (for use on a white eraser board) or the loopy side of a piece of adhesive Velcro (for use on flannel).
Step 4: Keep sets stored in labeled manila envelopes
If you need to make your own flannel board, simply cut two sides off of a large box so you have a large hinged piece of cardboard shaped rather like a large book that can open and close, then cover the outside in contact paper. Hot glue a large piece of felt to the inside.
Tip: You don't have to stick to coloring pages for your flannel board - Make letters, map pieces, numbers, etc. for a great learning toy that will grow with your child!