It’s Friday! It’s been a great week. I wanted to share some of the things we’ve done recently. 1. By far the coolest thing we did this week was attend a Maker Faire. We got to really explore some fabulous STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) activities. We got to explore a wind tunnel, build geometric shapes with straws and pipe cleaners, screen print a t-shirt, use light reactive dye, build circuits, and even forge a copper bracelet.
Recently, I’ve been seeing a trend towards virtual field trips. While it’s a great option for exploring cultures and places that are simply too far away to get to, there is something particularly awesome about the interaction that occurs on a real, honest to goodness, field trip. When my daughter can explore things and actually physically immerse herself into the learning she engages at a level I don’t otherwise see from her. A little planning and knowing a few simple tips have allowed us to have many successful field trips.
Math skills don’t just happen. Most kids need lots and lots of repetition to develop fluency with basic math skills including reading number words, counting, and number recognition. Why not keep it fresh with some seasonal activities? It’s that time of year when all things pumpkins are cool and when the kids are counting down the days till Halloween. Why not take advantage of that excitement?
People, places, things, and ideas........Yep, we're studying nouns. Nouns are usually the first part of speech we teach. Most of the time kids are able to identify them quickly and quickly move on to common, proper, singular, and plural nouns. That's when it gets more complicated.
When students aren't able to read effectively it impacts every aspect of their education. That’s why we have to make sure our reading instruction not only involves high quality small group instruction, but effective time management. We need to make every second of our precious small group time count.