By Tami Chaney. 5th Grade Math. Published at Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 - 05:43:09 AM.
The final stage of the learning model is wisdom. Wisdom comes from dialogue, demonstration, experience, and experimentation. For example, after making a dish a few times, I may decide to try altering the recipe by adding another spice or using different vegetables in the dish than are called for in the recipe. When I try these experiments, I learn what works and doesnt work for me, and that becomes my personal wisdom. Much of what it taught to young children never goes beyond Stage 1 of the model - data. They may find, for example, that the history of Native American tribes is interesting, but for most students the subject matter is neither relevant to their lives, nor does it have a purpose. In elementary and high school, these data are prescribed by the school system according to set curricula or what will be asked on tests. As adults, we self-direct our learning. Even if our employer requires us to take a course on some subject, we filter what is being taught for relevance and purpose in order to transform the data into information. When we apply what we have learned to our work or our lives, we transform it into personal knowledge. And as we gain experience in using our knowledge and skills, we may develop some personal wisdom around what works and what doesnt work for us in specific situations.
5th grade science projects are a little more involved than previous years, and are generally done by the students with little help from their teachers or parents. They may need some guidance along the way, but most of the work should be done by the student. Fifth grade students are old enough to handle the responsibility of choosing a topic, asking a question and experimenting to find the answer to their question. It can be a lot of fun for parents and teachers as well as the students. This is really the first year they will be coming up with the ideas and doing the work themselves, so it is quite interesting to see what sort of projects they will choose.
Your child can use the measuring spoons and glasses, pots and pans, and even ladles to measure, mix and make your science projects, with the added advantage that he can keep it secret from the rest of the school. Now, contrast that with letting your child do his experiments in the school laboratory. And you can make it fun for him and the rest of the family! Well, of course, your child must do majority of the 5th grade science projects but you can help out, cant you? For example, in an experiment where wet plaster is dropped from varying heights to predict the size of craters when meteorites fall on the Earth, you can help your child arrive at just the right consistency of the plaster. All you need are water and plaster of Paris and a small box filled with soil.
Teaching babies to read will give them a strong start in life and open up many opportunities for your child. Imagine what awaits a child who starts Kindergarten reading on a 5th or 6th grade reading level, or higher! When children are taught to read as babies they learn to read in a more efficient manner, since this is the natural period of language development. They are better readers. They comprehend the material at a deeper level than people taught to read by rules at a later time. They are also able to read faster. Parents of early readers report that their children can read through thick books at an incredible rate.
The Common Core Standards, at first glance, are a bit overwhelming and frightening. While I feel comfortable navigating the English/Language Arts since it is my specialty area, I do find them lengthy and somewhat overpowering on my first study. With examination and reflection I recognize that expectations such as "Describe a character... " runs K-12 as a common expectation, it is the complexity of the text that changes. Knowing this I can run the gambit of standards and integrate them quite simply regardless of grade level and student achievement level. Thus this magnificent list (98 pages, in fact) becomes less wieldy and eventually my friend.
You may be wondering why should you go about teaching your baby to read. After all, dont they learn to read in school? Yes, most children learn to read in school, although many struggle with reading, which sets them back in other subjects. Children that struggle with reading in third grade are reported to never catch up. Many high school graduates cannot even read past a 5th grade reading level. Newspapers are written on a 6th grade reading level because there are millions of people that cannot read past that level. By investing a few short minutes a day in teaching your baby to read, you can avoid having your child be one of these statistics. When you measure the time it takes to teach your baby to read against the benefits to your child, it is really minimal. And besides that, teaching your baby to read is so fun!
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