Entering In

Newsletter February 20, 2017

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Entering Into Wisdom

Proverbs 4:3-6  When I was my father’s little boy and my mother’s dear son, my father taught me this: Pay attention to what I say. Obey my commands and you will have a good life. Try to get wisdom and understanding. Don’t forget my teaching or ignore what I say. Don’t turn away from wisdom, and she will protect you. Love her, and she will keep you safe.

Are these words not haunting? With intimate tones a man instruct his son in the manner that he was also taught. He acknowledges the instinct of youth to disregard, disobey, forget, and ignore. He says, son I love you, make the right choice. A thus his words call out across most of recorded history, and we identify. Son, he says, pursue wisdom as I do.

We, on the other hand are living in a golden time of knowledge, yet what passes as knowledge is mingled with deceit. Wisdom is like the big picture. Wisdom gives meaning to the details. It brings meaning to the obedience of hard work, remembering and the knowing.  Today we have thousands of books on parenting and tens of thousands of books on homeschooling and yet we have more trouble with our children than ever. Never have we had so many experts that tell us what to do with our children. They hand to us methods, structures, performance standards and government curriculum. To master them we have online programs, printed curriculum, workbooks and readers. We are rich in the knowledge of what to do; but despite of this, most of us struggle to keep the attention of our children there. A child avoids his math workbook until his mom compels him to do it. Secretly mom knows why. To him the math lacks meaning. He doesn't appreciate the context into which the math will one day fit. He has no big picture, no reason to think it matters. Rarely do I see more miserable people than children compelled to do schoolwork. I don't even believe they are learning.

And yet, we know how important formal education is. Everything we want for out children, their chance as a career and their future health and well being depend on it. But it's not enough to just do it. If we're just getting it done, we will forfeit the benefits.

In worship we have this concept of 'entering in'. When we enter in we make our hearts, minds and bodies fully open to the experience. It means being fully engaged; it means being connected to what is going on. Worship without entering in is no worship at all. Likewise learning without entering in, without connection, without engagement in the pursuit is meaningless. Wisdom is that which children lack and also that which gives meaning to learning. We must bid our children walk with us. Let us enter into learning together and share a sense of connection, purpose and achievement. Wisdom through a clear and engaged mind is a young man's key asset in navigating the future world he faces. And if this is true for your sons, how much more is it true for your daughters. 

Encouragingly we know this: children learn more in the first four years of life without expert input than in all the rest of their formal education put together. In their early years children build wisdom by designing, creating, experimenting and exploring. They gradually build a little picture of their world, the common sense and make believe world in which they as children may fully engage.

When teachers and parents see a child who is a reluctant to learn our response is all to often to do what we must do. We solve problems  by acting upon them. We fix by doing. But that only works when there already is wisdom. Wisdom requires first that we enter into it. Take their hand and enter in to learning, knowledge, and wisdom together. In time they will mature. They will grow in wisdom. They will gain the sense of purpose and achievement that must underlie the daily practice.

I always suggest that we teach our children while they sit on our laps such that children are enveloped as in the womb of mother's wisdom. When that's impractical even sitting together at a table can be the equivalent. Share your curiosity, your choices, how you learn from mistakes, and how you temper your thoughts. It's not what we do to solve our child's problem, rather it's who we are in the life of that child that will lead to wisdom. Set up a power struggle and you will lose sooner or later. Set up a partnership and you will succeed together.   

Use materials curriculum, workbooks, programs and websites as an extension of yourself. Own the materials; do not let them own you. They are not your children's teachers. If a child is a reluctant learner, enter into his or her life. Enter into wisdom together. It's not what you give them to do, it's who you are that will build knowledge and by it true wisdom.

Proverbs 4: 20-27
My son, pay attention to what I say. Listen closely to my words. Don’t let them out of your sight. Never stop thinking about them. These words are the secret of life and health to all who discover them. Above all, be careful what you think because your thoughts control your life. Don’t bend the truth or say things that you know are not right. Keep your eyes on the path, and look straight ahead. Make sure you are going the right way, and nothing will make you fall. Don’t go to the right or to the left, and you will stay away from evil.

Organizers

 

Upcoming Events:

Feb. 28 Term Two Portfolios due
March 14  Term Two Report Cards due
April 28 & 29 CHEC 

 

Questions as organizers:

I recently received this document in which they have formatted many aspects of the curriculum into topical questions. Questions such as these might be a big break through for some. Please click the link and download the documents and find the questions relevant to your grade. Setting out to answer these questions would quickly align your thinking and planning with the BC Ed Plan. I'll be asking each of you which of these questions you want to answer for the next portfolio.

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Life’s Randomness

Newsletter February 6, 2017

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Finding Beauty in the Mess

I bought an El-Degas in the 1970's guitar and learned to play it over the next five years. The cheap old guitar had a freakishly warm sound I could never give up. As a musician my I encouraged my children to learn instruments as well. Enrolled in piano lessons my son was somewhat disinterested, but the music reading skills later made him a stand out jazz band trombonist and praise-team bassist. Sarah on the other hand achieved fairly well developing a beautiful lilting style sought after by Jazz Band and worship leaders alike. At one point she and her band were actually offered recording opportunities. She learned her style on an 80 year old piano with worn felts that required a gentle touch.  

One of the world's most renowned Jazz Pianists is Kieth Jarrett. Now 70 year's old he is widely acclaimed as one of the few Jazz musicians that also performs classical music. I was rather surprised when I heard his name on CBC radio Tapestry last week. (Mary Hines is actually a member of my church denomination.) In the same year I bought my El-Degas, age 16, Keith Jarrett was sitting outside a Koln, Germany concert hall. The concert had been organized by a young woman, age 17, the youngest concert promoter in that city's history. Keith Jarrett however refused to play because although there were 1400 people assembled the piano was junk. It seems that the venue operators hadn't taken the young woman seriously. Although a piano tuner took the piano apart as the audience watched, doing everything possible to tune and correct the piano, there was no saving the old beast. As midnight approached heavy rain poured down on the city. With the audience still waiting, the young woman approached the pianist in his car pleading and begging. Keith Jarrett said these words, "I will play that piano for you".

The old, broken down piano forced the master pianist to adjust his style pushing hard to build sound near the middle keys. The result was mellow, novel, and strangely haunting and beautiful sound like nothing anyone had ever heard. The unfortunate circumstances had provided time to set up a recording, likely with the intent to show how bad it was. After the audience's enthusiastic response the record was produced and became the best selling of Keith Jarrette's music selling over 3 million records.

Few of our lives are like some perfect Steinway piano. Our homes are cluttered are lives are imperfect and our children struggle. There is chaos everywhere. Keith Jarrett could have driven off into the night and that would have been that. But he embraced the chaos. Isn't this the essential Good News that God also embraced us? Does he not make beauty from ashes? Children are one of life's most inherently messy enterprises and yet by their very messiness they make our lives beautiful. Embrace it! We have a plaque on the wall that says "Quite down cobwebs, dust go to sleep, I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep. 

Organizers

Upcoming Events:

Jan.-Feb. FSA tests for grades four and seven
Jan. 27/28  MissionsFest -come and visit our booth!
February 14: Second Portfolio.
March 13-17 North Open Houses
BC CHEC Conference April 28 & 29th

Questions as organizers:

I recently received this document in which they have formatted many aspects of the curriculum into topical questions. Questions such as these might be a big break through for some. Please click the link and download the documents and find the questions relevant to your grade. Setting out to answer these questions would quickly align your thinking and planning with the BC Ed Plan. I'll be asking each of you which of these questions you want to answer for the next portfolio.

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Social Studies Questions        Social Studies Questions      
Social Studies Activities Social Studies Activities
Science Questions Science Questions

 

Social Studies

Newsletter January 16, 2017

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Social Studies Edition

One of the key issues for many in Grades 5 to 7 in the individualized program is Social Studies. I sent out an inquiry to 180 teachers and it's clear that everyone is finding this area challenging. I did receive a few high quality responses.  I've listed the results of my inquiry below. These are good resources but all of them take some careful attention from parents. If you have home learners in these grades I would ask that you take a look at these materials and see if you are able to use them.

The BC Socials Curriculum in these grades centers around how we as Canadian Citizens and Residence want our society to be. It is not a history course but rather a civics course. It includes an overview of how we became the way we are starting with our geography and a historical overview to explain why Canada became an independent country. Along the way we delve into the heavy topics of our time: political decision making, ethics and values in decision making, sources of information, the role of media, different governments, sequences of events with cause and effects, participatory democracy, globalization, immigration, discrimination, regional economic development. 

The thrust is to examine the 'why', the 'is' and the 'ought to be' of Canada. It extends into the many issues of our times such as who should govern, how we should live, and our attitudes toward others who are different or who live in other places. These are very important issues in our time. Learners are encouraged to investigate issues, compare societies across time and space, and from opinions about that.

If your home learners are doing something completely different in Social Studies it's possible to make it relevant to the curriculum. For example a lot of home learners study about Vikings or Ancient Egypt. So how are Vikings and Egyptians relevant for today? Well first of all we we could ask how they have influenced how we live today. We could compare Vikings and Egyptians to each other and the modern world. We could ask how values have changed. We could study how they handled material goods and ask children to think about their own ideals. One assignment asked children to look at currency from around the world and then create (by drawing) their own currency with slogans and images that present their values.

I would recommend starting with Key Questions, then finding resources that would help.

Resources one should consider for Social Studies are linked as follows:

  1. Pearson Canada Inquiring Minds Textbook
  2. The HCOS Learning Commons
  3. Classroom Complete resources for instant download
  4. First Nations History and Culture
  5. Creative Social Studies Activities

Please click and browse these links and let me know if you are able to benefit from this information. I'll publish an other such article on Science in a two or three weeks when I have gathered enough information.

 

Rob

 

Organizers

Upcoming Events:

Jan.-Feb. FSA tests for grades four and seven
Jan. 27/28  MissionsFest -come and visit our booth!
February 14: Second Portfolio.
March 13-17 North Open Houses
BC CHEC Conference April 28 & 29th

Questions as organizers:

I recently received this document in which they have formatted many aspects of the curriculum into topical questions. Questions such as these might be a big break through for some. Please click the link and download the documents and find the questions relevant to your grade. Setting out to answer these questions would quickly align your thinking and planning with the BC Ed Plan. I'll be asking each of you which of these questions you want to answer for the next portfolio.

Download Word Doc View in Browser
Social Studies Questions        Social Studies Questions      
Social Studies Activities Social Studies Activities
Science Questions Science Questions

Christmas Greetings Newsletter December 14, 2016

Newsletter December 14, 2016

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Christmas Greetings

The Christmas season has come to full maturity.  Dad's workshop has been a busy place. We certainly know how to give our children good gifts. It's a tradition.

My adult children have travel plans and after many years of visiting my own parents at Christmas, my children are coming to visit us. So I'm very excited about that. Christmas is a good time to relax with children and just be together as a family. We get our tree from the same stand of trees we have since our children were young. Everyone gets involved in decorating. I have my bowl of nuts. As I understand it, if you're going to be a nut, you ought to be a Wahl-nut don't you think?

Hold on to those little traditions and make more if you can. Your children will love them and perhaps even pass them to their own children. These fond memories and traditions will make your home vibrant in the near future, and bring your children home to you in the farther future.

Some years back we agreed with our children that they ought not to have to keep up with us as we have loved to lavish gifts on our children at Christmas. We agree to strict spending limits-- we rotate names and buy one $50 gift. So I spend the money on wood and make them beautiful things that would cost a hundred dollars or more to buy. (I wish I could share a picture of it, but that will have to wait for after Christmas.) They should have known, you can't out-give your parents. So it is with our heavenly father. His gifts are precious beyond words.

Merry Christmas and God bless you all at Christmas time.

Newsletter December 8, 2016

Newsletter December 8, 2016

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Christmas Greetings

Well we had the community carol sing here in Terrace so it's officially the Christmas season. So the first order of business is to wish you all a Merry Christmas. I created this 'meme' to bless all of you, but particularly those of you who have large families. (By the way global overpopulation can be ended by education and opportunity. In places where there is education and opportunity for women birth rates are problematically low. Large families in Canada are a blessing to all of us, both economically and emotionally.) 

O Little Town of Bethlehem is my favorite Christmas Carol because it points to the full scope of what Jesus came to do. My second favorite is featured here. When I was a child I very much related to the message of the Little Drummer Boy. It really is the thought that counts; really and truly the heart is what matters. For years people liked to sneer at the purity of the boy's heart, as though there's no substitute for raw talent. But I don't think so. Excellence is available to everyone. I really believe that. I hope you enjoy listening. 

How to Show Your Work in Math

I often ask students to "show your work" in Math. I can't think of a single more important concept in learning math. Why do we show our work? First of all, answers without work don't mean much. Getting the right answer the wrong way is just wrong because the learner may never be able to correctly apply the method used again. The whole point of doing Math exercises is to learn now. The answer only matters because if you check the answer and it's correct you know you didn't make an errors. Which is another important concept in math. Checking the answers isn't cheating, it's necessary. Always check your answers.

I was surprised when I realized that some parents and students didn't even know what I meant by 'show your work'. So for this weeks' newsletter I have made a video in which I show my work and explain some of the reasons why. Please watch it.

God Bless, and Merry Christmas

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Newsletter November 28, 2016

Newsletter November 23, 2016

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What's an Oolichan Can?

I was heartened to see how many of you made the study of First Nations people a priority this fall. That was very good. Some are also beginning to realize that First Nations peoples aren't just Pocahontas, Hiawatha, or Lois Riel. They also aren't just the many smart and strong men and woman like Chief Dan George, Tom Jackson, Bill Reid, Alanis Obomsawin. Tremendous as these towering figures are, First Nations people are also normal people who live right nearby. They are your friends and neighbours.

These friends and neighbors are no more defined exclusively by their traditional background than are you and I. The are men and women who are managers, accountants, teachers, checkout clerks, and bus drivers. Many people with a First Nations heritage are also beautiful Christians and traditional culture has readily embraced the Christian faith. They serve us faithfully as examples of how to lead a great life. They do have a traditional culture just as everyone does. The best way to find out about the lives and history of your local First Nations People is through their traditional culture.

Start with exploration. Find the name of local First Nations on the map on the left (click it) and then Google that name. Sometimes it's good to add words like "famous", "leaders" or "culture" to the search. Youtube searches are also a great way to explore. As you explore try to thing of a really good question. One that you care about. For some good examples of inquiry questions try this web site or just Google 'good questions for inquiry'.

Christians share a brotherhood and sisterhood that spreads across the whole world and back 2000 years. We are called to be a blessing on the earth. Jesus called us to be disciples that does not mean he called us merely to be good church going folks. Discipleship means more than cloistering ourselves away from the world. Discipleship means to be a disciple of Yeshua Messiah, Jesus Christ the Hope of the Nations. A disciple is one who follows in the footsteps of the Master and when graduated is the Masters agent. As his agents we should be about the business of building connections with all God's people. I would say, 'all God's people around the world', but sometimes 'around the world' isn't as far as your neighbor down the road. I would encourage all of then as agents of the Messiah to bless those who struggled, and perhaps open a door to our own blessing.

Map of First Nations Peoples in BC

A map of First Nations of BC is a great way to start. You can identify your local First Nation and google them. Here's a great map, you can click on it to get it full sized. I spent a great deal of time among the Nisga'a First Nations. A great teacher there for example is Teresa McMillan who is a close friend. Her husband is a retired school administrator. If you life in and around Terrace, or find yourself on an overnight trip along the coast you may want to route yourself through the Nass Valley. Take in the Nisga'a Museum in Greenville and enjoy fish and chips in Kincolith. I had the opportunity to organize a field trip and I made a video of it (sorry Google changed the aspect ratio).

Newsletter November 23, 2016

HCOS Newsletter November 23, 2016

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Newsletter, November 23, 2016

Better than Perfect

There are times in life when we just have to pursue our dreams. Homeschooling is one such dream-- visions of what it could be like. This month I've been using all my spare time to realize a dream, my own woodworking bench. small-workbenchSo I purchased some rough cut beech and maple hardwood in Abbotsford and brought it home earlier this fall. I had limitations both for cost and size of the pieces. None of the plans I found online suited me, either because of the design, the skills required, or the stock required. So I set out to build it without a full set of plans; I just did some basic drafting. As I was working I ran into many design issues each taking hours or days to resolve. It's all but done now. I still have to add a Tung Oil finish to protect it. It's 66 inches long and 22 inches wide. It might weigh 250 lbs.

 As I was doing this I asked myself what am I learning that I can share with others. Well let me tell you there is the dream, and then there is the reality. If you look on the left side you'll notice a gap between the top and the apron. That came about because I assumed that the both the bench top and the left side of the apron were cut perfectly square. Apparently not. I missed it because I was building it upside down, with the legs sticking up. So I was very disappointed. People say it's a minor flaw but this was my dream bench. In trying to get over it my thoughts wandered to the very nature of dreams. Wonderful as they may be, they are not the reality. I think this holds very true for homeschoolers.  It's never quite what it was in your dreams. That doesn't mean that it's not worth doing. In many ways this has been life changing in terms of skills I have acquired and the capacity I have gained.

I could say, 'let us not be disappointed', but that would not be human. Rather take inspiration in the Psalms where David doesn't mind talking about his disappointments, as long as it's to Someone who can change things. I also have to own my part. I have a craftsman state of mind, but sometimes late in the day I slip into a goal oriented state of mind. I can learn to tell the difference. Thirdly, although I may never build another bench, the story really isn't over. I don't know what wonderful things may come of this imperfect vessel.

So the first thing I learned is that dreams and reality go together imperfectly, and that is something we do well to accept once we've done our best. My workbench shows the skills I have now, not the skills I would like to have. The second thing I learned is that dreams are for pioneers. As homeschoolers we are nothing if not pioneers. If you join someone else's dream that's fine, it might be a church, a school, a community or a business. But sometimes we have dreams of our own. And God knows our dreams and wants them for us even more than we do. He just wants to be part of it. If we let him, what we have is better than perfect.

Blessings,

Rob

Upcoming Events

 

November 30: Term #1 Report card due

December 19- January 3: Christmas Break

Beautiful coffee in a broken mug
Beautiful coffee in a flawed earthen vessel

For God', who spoke that light would shine out of the darkness, has dawned in our hearts that we would be enlightened with the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Yeshua The Messiah. But we have this treasure in Earthen vessels, that the greatness of the power would be from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 (Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

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Work in Progress

 

 

 

Newsletter November 8, 2016

HCOS Newsletter November 8, 2016

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Newsletter, November 8, 2016

Insights

Attachment: Be a great parent and you will teach your children well.

Proverbs 29:17 If you correct your children, they will bring you peace and happiness.

I'm old enough to be a grandfather. I want to offer you some advice. First let me say that this is general advice about general principles. I realize that children and circumstances vary enormously there is no attempt here to criticize but rather to offer an ideal. This is my advice: let your children relax and trust you to provide. It is good that children depend on their parents. God loves us more than we could ever love him. He loved us while we were yet sinners. His love is not conditional. Children, before they are born have an umbilical cord. After they are born their parents' hands and arms provide their needs. Children know those hands and arms are moved by hearts and minds. Parents and child form an emotional connection-- the strongest of all emotional connections. For a child to be attached is their natural, created condition. Attachment is secure, comfortable and relaxed. It feels good and right. Their needs met, they are free to be children. They are free to learn and grow. Being their source for all things and allowing them to rely on you gives you authority to teach them. Teach them, over the next two decades, how to become independent adults. Stay in the lead by always being the one to have the most to give into the relationship. Psychologists have now recognized this healthy dependency; they call it 'attachment'. I received my original understanding of this in the 1980's from James Dobson, but a decade later I found a much richer and more informed version in Gordon Neufeld.  small_96f52e614f83406427c10881

Gordon Neufeld points out how this works for learning in schools and at home. At home children should feel attached to their parents but can the same be said about their school teacher? A teacher, under the law and in practice, is a "parentis in locus"; that is, one who acts in the place of a kind and loving parent. Put an adult in a room with 20 or 30 children and without emotional attachment there is either chaos or tyranny. It's a kind of chaos and tyranny that sometimes also emerges in households as well. It's not that those parents don't love their children. Rather it's that the children don't know who's in charge. They don't know for sure who has the most love to give. They don't know what it will take to win a parent's affection. When these conditions exist even a little, learning all but stops. Healthy attachment is a necessary precondition for a child's growth and learning weather at home or at school. In a healthy attachment a child gives you his or her heart.

Homeschoolers often work hard at having the right materials and being diligent in getting the work done. We assume that Kid + Materials + Effort = Learning. But this isn't always the case. Children do not learn from books, they learn from you and with you. They will will learn for you and from you but not because of you; it cannot be coerced. Fear, shame, withheld approval and punishment don't help with learning. Homeschooling works not because learners have the right materials but because of the child-parent relationship. A child draws life-- emotional and material sustenance-- through their relationship with their care givers. To be their teacher, let alone to be their parent, you must be the greater giver. Then a child will give you his heart and become teachable. Regardless of anything they may see, hear or read in school book, they will not trust it. The child will trust you.

Contact me if you are interested in learning more. I can offer you some of his best book titles and where to find critical reviews.

Rob

Upcoming Events

November 1 to 10: I plan to contact each of you by phone just to see how things are going and to plan an update visit.

November 1 to 10: See-Saw! This is where I'll get see-saw going with a few of you who were interested.

November 11: First portfolios due. Invite me for a portfolio visit by Zoom (Skype). Keep sending those wonderful samples of kids work.

November 30: Term #1 Report card due

December 19- January 3: Christmas Break

Baby in Dad's Arms
Dependency, trust and rest is the normal and healthy state of a child.

 

Newsletter November 1, 2016

HCOS Newsletter November 1, 2016

Masthead Fall 2016

Newsletter, November 1, 2016

Insights

Life Map
Drawing a Life Map

Make your own life map

Yesterday Nancy found another great idea: a life map. I would love if each of you would do this with your children. Here's a great little document to downlnoad that shows what a life map might be like and how to make your own. It's a nice little activity that really helps teach kids of about health and career. I also learned a while back that the website "Excellent Science" is holding its yearlong free services promotion.

 

Mystery Science 

There's also a neat web site called https://mysteryscience.com/. This site is particularly good if you want to ease into inquiry-based hands on science. If anyone is using it or starts using it, please let me know about your experience.

 

Education's Finest Moment

 Weather kids take a Mathematical, Social, or Scientific, or Bible-oriented approach to solving them, these mysteries are gripping. Little upsets to our understanding of the universal order of things open a door to education's greatest moments since Anselm of Canterbury, who in the year 1077 asked if he could prove the existence of God through pure reasoning said, Ad magnum et delectabile quiddam me subito perduxit haec mea meditatio!  "Suddenly my meditation brought me to a great and interesting point!" I like the "suddenly". The work he penned, Fides Quaerens Intellectum, has amazed and delighted scholars of the Christian faith for nearly a millennium. To upset your apple card and open the door to your own great discovery try solving some of these mysteries. Your aha moment is waiting for you. 

 

Rob

Upcoming Events

November 1 to 10: I plan to contact each of you by phone just to see how things are going and to plan an update visit.

November 1 to 10: See-Saw! This is where I'll get see-saw going with a few of you who were interested.

November 11: First portfolios due. Invite me for a portfolio visit by Zoom (Skype). Keep sending those wonderful samples of kids work.

November 30: Term #1 Report card due

December 19- January 3: Christmas Break

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Newsletter October 27, 2016

HCOS Newsletter October 27, 2016

Masthead Fall 2016

Newsletter, October 27, 2016

Keep On Truckin'

Resources and Activities

Earlier this week I sent you something to get you started thinking about the Article A Day Program at ReadWorks. I want to thank Clarice Lomavatu one of my colleagues from William's Lake for this content; and Nancy Gullision, who sent it earlier this week.  Here's the rest of that.

Building Comprehension Skills

ReadWorks is a good resource for finding materials to build comprehension skills.  One of the practices they suggest is called:  Article-A-Day.  This is a "high-impact, 10-15 minute daily routine where students choose and read one high-quality nonfiction article every day, as part of a weekly, topically-related article set. In K-1st grades, the teacher reads the article out loud to the students.  You only need about 10-15 minutes each day to do Article-A-Day, as part of your students’ daily routine. And it is worth it!"

Try doing Article-A-Day first thing each morning, or before/after a transition to lunch or a special. Students will know that this is their daily routine and will be able to get into it right away.   The goal of Article-A-Day is for children to become stronger readers by giving them exposure to new vocabulary and non-fiction materials.  It’s like exercising muscles, only these are reading muscles.  

After reading the children can write down or draw a picture of  - 3 things they learned from reading in their own “Book of Knowledge”.  

After making an entry into their Book of Knowledge, the children can share with someone else what they learned and would like to remember.  

I also found this video on the program, seemed like a helpful introduction:

 

Nancy also provided, this word document with more detailed information about how to use program. Click the link to download it.

Rob

Upcoming Events

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October 26: It's great to be back from a mad caper to Saskatoon. I hope that nonsense is done now. I have a few last minute work samples to upload. They are due by the 30th.

November 1 to 10: I plan to contact each of you by phone just to see how things are going and to discuss how best to keep me updated on things. This is where I'll get see-saw going with a few of you who were interested.

November 11: First Portfolios due.