Published at Thursday, 26 November 2020. Worksheets. By Karolina Laporte.
According to the research, solid early mathematics skills are the strongest predictor of future academic success; greater than early reading skills, attention skills, and socioeconomic factors! So what early math skills are most important? The research focuses on "school-entry math skills" such as understanding small numbers (up to 30), quantities, and simple shapes. In addition, being able to count, compare, sort, and describe objects (up to 30) are considered core kindergarten math skills. A host of online tools are available to help young children improve their math and reading skills and technology has made great strides in the past several years in areas related to children has educational software. However, many of the technical advances may be overwhelming for young learners. Websites with 3D graphics and online virtual worlds ("edutainment") may be a useful tool for older children looking to build skills while having fun on the computer. However, younger children can be easily distracted by the overuse of technology in many of these programs.
Going hunting with your kids or grandchildren is, in itself, a terrific experience for both adult and youngster. Sharing a favorite pastime with your favorite people creates a camaraderie that lasts a lifetime. If you can, at the same time, create a relevant need for students to learn math, science and communication skills, that is a bonus. I learned a long time ago, when my son was in second grade, that learning to read for a grade or simply for the love of learning, was not a motivation for him. As he struggled with reading worksheets, I searched every avenue to discover the reason for his difficulties. I had his vision and hearing tested, listened to him read aloud at home, and read to him. Nothing seemed to improve his C in reading.
For unfamiliar words, I would turn to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary online, to the Oxford Dictionary online, or to a general "word-of-the-day" e-mail list for which one can sign up to get daily messages with new vocabulary. Not even a native speaker will likely know all of the words that one receives in the e-mails of words each day. Students should pay close attention to the etymologies of words. An etymology is an explanation of where a word came from and possibly how it changed in both form and sound over a long period of time. The study of the origins of words makes a challenging language like English all the more fun because it links the language to historical origins and to various cultures.
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