Green Giant is fighting Bullies! Their Raise a Giant Campaign aims to encourage parents to talk to their children about bullying and the effects it has on those being bullied. Read. Write. Share. I know my son’s elementary school has talks in each class and campaigns to bring awareness about bullying and many schools do this at the beginning of the year. What a great time to share this video below with your child and write them a letter to pair with what is, hopefully, being discussed in the classroom.
Little Pim is known for bringing effective language learning to children. Little Pim is the Panda that takes the children through these lessons. My son and I are just starting Italian so I can introduce him to my heritage a bit through language.
I was recently sent the portable and digital Mark-My-Time bookmark. My son is 5 and his homework every night is to read 20 minutes. We always read to him at bedtime, but I do not count that time. I want him to use the 20 minutes as independent reading. He does not know how to read yet-only can sound simple 2 and 3 letter words, but I teach him to engage in each page using the photos and trying to find words he know. At first this was frustrating to him, but it is not for him to READ the page, just focus on it and make his own conclusions. Together, we read the book he chose at bedtime and it is then he will hear the entire story. To make it independent time, he needs to remain independent so to have this bookmark arrive in the mail the second week of school was perfect! I simply set it to count down from any time-in our case it is set at 20 minutes and he knows when time is up so we can mark his reading calendar.
- Was named Best New Product in 2004 by BookExpo America
- Easy to set clock and easy to set counter
- Fun colors
- Keeps child engaged and independent readers
- Slim form fits into any pages to save the spot
- Can count down from set time or count up to track time-counts up to 100 hours of reading time
- Countdown for music lessons, homework time, brushing teeth and much more….
Have you ever had an experience where you really loved a particular TV program and couldn’t wait to talk about each weekly episode with a friend on the phone…or by the office water cooler…or in the car pick-up line at your child’s school? Have you ever overheard a similar conversation about a show you dislike and wonder how anyone could possibly find it interesting? Or wondered how some shows you don’t care for get renewed year after year while shows you think are wonderful get cut from the lineup? The reason these kinds of things happen is because entertainment producers, advertisers, and product developers understand that different kinds of people prefer different kinds of entertainment, products, clothes, etc.
If we take a step back, we can see that our personalities shaped how we like to spend our free time and our work hours, what choices we’ve made in our lives, and the people with which we’ve chosen to surround ourselves. When we find out we’ve got a child on the way, however, somehow we forget how unique we all are. We start thinking there’s a single “best” way to potty train, the “ideal” development curve for all kids, one “right” way to discipline all of our kids. The reality is, though, that our kids—just like adults—all take on the world in different ways. Their personalities shape which friends they choose, how they interact with new people, how they tackle problems, and how they each learn.
Unfortunately, traditional education has largely systematized its approach to teaching our children. And many times our teachers enter that system believing that there is a single “best” way to teach…or more seasoned teachers fall into the habit of thinking that the ways in which THEY learn best are the ways in which ALL of their students will learn best. But which kids enter the classroom on the first day of school are really the ones who should lead the teachers. The identical lesson plan could be a huge hit one year and fall short the next because the kids sitting at each of the desks have different personalities than the ones sitting in those same chairs the year prior.
Because our children get a different teacher every school year in the U.S., it’s important for parents to advocate for their kids by helping the teacher get to know who your child is and the ways in which they are uniquely wired to most enjoy learning as early as possible during the school year. A short parentteacher get to know you chat during the first week or two of school can make a world of difference in your child’s school experience—especially when you consider that the teacher has to get to know twenty or more students as quickly as possible. Giving your child’s new teacher insights into his personality will help her better connect with him, which has been shown in brain-based learning studies to make a tremendous difference in a child’s performance in the classroom.
It’s also important for parents to get to know how their kids’ personalities shape the ways in which they learn best because parents often fall into the same trap as teachers—believing that the ways in which learning worked best for them as kids will also work best for their kids. I know I did with my daughter. I thought that because I did so well in school that if my daughter just replicated my approach to learning, a high GPA, test scores, and college scholarship to a great school was in the bag. Not so.
My first “a-ha moment” that temperament might be important came in the context of parenting a toddler. I had joined a mommy-and-me group when my eldest was about six weeks old and, and it quickly became apparent that different strategies were proving “most effective” for each of the kids…whether we were talking about sleep training, potty training, organization, or discipline. When we started enrolling them in enrichment activities together, it was interesting to watch how some of the kids we knew would really gravitate toward teachers and activities that my daughter did not…and vice versa. The subjects themselves didn’t seem to matter as much as the teaching approach did. My eldest had swim instructors that she couldn’t wait to see each week and others she wasn’t as jazzed about. The same thing happened with music and yoga, as well. My son had similar experiences a few years later.
Not one of the people in my family share the same personality type. This is not unusual for families. Your child’s innate temperament is bound to be a blend of not only the personalities of you and your spouse, but also your extended families. You will share aspects of your personality types, but those aspects will often come together in ways that are completely unique. It’s a bit like features on a face—you may have inherited your mother’s eyes, your uncle’s ears, your father’s nose, and your grandmother’s mouth, but your face is uniquely yours. And just like the way you look is most likely not a mirror image of someone else in your family, the way you think is probably not identical.
Some of us do better thinking things through out loud. Others of us think better with solitary reflection and analysis. Some people naturally prefer to see things in black and white, while others interpret the world in a spectrum of grays. While certain individuals want to see the whole picture before zooming into the details, others start with an equally valid set of puzzle pieces before placing them together in a whole. There are people who approach life with a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race mentality, while others are energized by deadlines.
Together, we act out the old parable of the blind men feeling out an elephant in the classroom. Each of approach problem solving and concept understanding from different angles. In order to more quickly gain understanding of the whole animal, we need to see each of our viewpoints as valid. There is no single right or wrong way to come at a concept.
As a parent, understanding how your child’s personality type impacts the ways in which they learn best can be a bit like having a GPS system in your car. You’re trying to lead them to concept understanding as quickly as possible—particularly if they didn’t get the concept during the school day—yet there are different potential paths to take and roads that may be more appealing to them than others. Why fight an uphill battle when you could just take another route?
I wrote A Parent’s Playbook for Learning because I couldn’t find anything like it out there on the market—and I’d bought literally more than 50 personality type books by the time my fingers started flying on the keyboard. (Not to mention many others on brain based learning, multiple intelligences, learning styles, and education in general.) I wanted to give parents an easy reference tool that they could use whenever they were struggling with helping their kids learn how to learn better. I wanted to assure moms like me that just because the teacher during the school day was teaching in a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the best—or fastest—way for their child to learn.
I also didn’t create it to be a cover-to-cover read because, let’s be honest, how many parents really have time for that? I’m a voracious reader, but can barely make it through my book club selection each month faster than a half hour at a time! I wanted parents to be able to reach for the book before they pulled their hair out, flip to the right section for their child’s learning challenge, and find a couple of strategies to put to use—a little like so many of us do on the Web when our kids aren’t feeling well and we want to find the best remedies. And I wrote it because my deepest desire as a mom is to spend less time fighting with my kids and more time enjoying the limited time we spend together now that school and homework has taken over the majority of their waking lives.
If you and your child are struggling with school or you just want to make learning more fun for your kids, I hope you’ll consider downloading or purchasing my book. (You can also just ask for it at your local bookstore and check it out before you decide to buy it!) It truly is the best of the research-backed information I’ve spent thousands of hours reading, comparing, and confirming validity across multiple sources before putting into the book. And, if you’ve got an Introverted Feeler, Introverted Sensor, Extraverted Intuitive, or Introverted Intuitive child, you’ll find techniques that we’ve used with great success in our house. I hope the insights and ideas will have the same effect on your household that it did on mine—less time stressing over schoolwork and more time spent enjoying each other’s unique perspectives on life.
Author: Jen Lilienstein is the Founder of Kidzmet.com and author of the award-winning book, A Parent’s Playbook for Learning, which can be purchased in paperback or ebook formats on Amazon.com, BN.com, iTunes, and in bookstores nationwide.
Let’s face it! We are in a digital world and if you think it is appearant to us, think of how integrated it is in our child’s life! Our 10th grade son brought me his syllabuses last night for this year and the one from his english teacher says “Utilizing technology is important for preparing each of you for the 21st Century workplace. Since the school does not provide each student with a personal device, if you own one of the following, you are encouraged to bring it for your use to enhance learning.” then she goes on to describe the No personal use contract they sign. So there you go-our kids are here now! Enter digital and technological education. Now your kids can start with an email account controlled by you! KidsEmail (.org) offers us parents a way to allow our kids to communicate and receive emails on a secure platform.
- Safe platform for your child to get started in technology and safely communicate with relatives and friends
- You can try the service for 30 days-FREE!
- You are able to protect your child from predators, spam, viruses and vulgarity
- Choose themes-my son chose the Dog theme above
- Remove links and images with emails if you choose
- Their is a TEEN account that allows older children more access abilities that you turn on and off
- As you add a child, you have boxes to check on all the access you want that child to have or not have
- You can choose plans that are month to month or save with multiple months and this is per account up to 4 or 6 emails (not per child).
Bookboard brings hundreds of children stories to your ipad and you can try it for Free in the Free version of the app! I signed up for my free trial and my son is loving it. He has been a bit bored with his books we have at home and in reality as he enters school, things will start to become digital for him! I have one son in High School and all his assignments seem to be digital and accessed by portals from home & school online. At bedtime, we take the ipad and choose from his story board. And Bookboard is so easy to use!
|Bookboard Children ebooks|
It is easy and no credit card is required! You get some books for free and as your child completes a book, he can unlock another! Try it out and if you like it, just sign up for as low as $4.99 a month and it will give you the best access where you can choose from their entire library! Go to http://bookboard.com/sign-up/ and enter your email. You will then get a reply with how to download your access to your ipad and that’s it! You are ready to go!
- It has Mom & Child Chapters to keep account info separate from your child’s pages
- For ages up to 12 years old
- Tap on a book and get page count and subject category
- Unlock more stories as you complete others
- Share your favorite books on social media
- With the paid access, you get audio so your child can hear the story read out loud
- Shows you your child’s reading progress
- Stores up to 4 children profiles
|Popular Preschool Books-PBS|