Published at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 11:46:31 AM. 6th Grade Math. By Adriana Randolph.
We play a rendition of childhood game, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, where I ask the kids to tape index cards containing the changes that happen during puberty on the appropriate gender symbol. Yes, more giggly! We then move on to basic anatomy and physiology, including an overview of the brain, glands, the pituitary gland, hormones, testosterone and estrogen, followed a discussion of the sperm, the egg, menstrual periods, wet dreams and ejaculation. The giggly is over, replaced with an occasional exclamation "Ewwwww, thats gross!" These outbursts are consistently normalized by reinforcement that the body is an amazingly intelligent and complex machine; that the miracle of life is indeed a miracle; and that each child in the room is, in fact, a miracle. We take some time for questions and then move on to an introduction to the emotional changes that happen during puberty as a set up for our next class.
Once your child(ren) have found the topic for their experiment, it is necessary that they immerse themselves in the information surrounding the topic. By learning as much information about it as is possible, they are better prepared when they present their experiments results, to not only give a good showing of their results, but also to answer any questions that any viewers might have. The power that is held by knowledge, can give your child(ren) a taste of what it is like to be highly intelligent -- and enjoy it. Although there are rough spots to be expected, for the most part, encourage your child(ren) and allow them to bring their creativity to light and use it in an excellent way in their presentation. Try to point it out to them how much of a chance their 6th grade science project is for them to creatively complete something of their choosing, and use it to educate people around them. Giving them the chance to express themselves, even through a 6th grade science project, can mean the world to them, especially at such a difficult age. By giving them the freedom to choose their own topics, you are also encouraging them to expand their knowledge and interest in the world around them through discovery of animals, objects, or ideas by completing their 6th grade science project. Give your children the world, and open up the door to their future -- encourage them to complete their 6th grade science project on their own.
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