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“Gearing Back to Fall 2016 Series”
Integrated Math, Reading, and Writing Based on Logic
Summer is counting down; I am starting a series of integrated academic activities that you could use with your children to prepare them in going back to school in the Fall and (or) to have some thinking exercises with fun. I am publishing the series weekly. This is meant to be an interactive process, hence please do not hesitate to write comments or questions either through the NewportMommy website or directly to my inbox at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In each part, I am including the purpose of the activity for parents to be more confident in empowering the child and in taking the full advantage of the exercises. Most of the exercises are written with an intention to integrate between two or more academic concepts reading and mathematics, or mathematics and writing, or reading, writing, and mathematics. Integration makes learning more impactful and meaningful; it encourages the “thinking” rather than just the “doing” of learning, in other words, we encourage children to think of what they are learning rather than just doing what they are learning. The thinking will lead to an understanding, and an understanding will lead to successful learning.
I am hopeful that this series will be fun and meaningful for your family. I purposefully do not put the age nor grade as I believe that it is more important to pay close attention to the child’s readiness rather than to worry about age nor grade. Learning ought to put as less limitations as possible and open up as much possibilities as possible.
Week One (8/14 through 8/20 of 2016)
Number 1 through Number 3 focus on Number Sense and Reading Comprehension. Encourage your child to underline the important information that could lead him/her to solve the problem. It is also good to encourage your child to write a list of the numbers. The students are also learning the process of trial and error to solve a problem.
I am a number in between 1 and 10. If you look at me carefully, I definitely like Frosty The Snowman sometimes. Or, some think that I am a stack of two balls. What number am I?
Number 4 through 8 focus on spelling and logic. The exercise is also useful to expand vocabulary and to learn beginning reading.
When the words are unscrambled, they do not make any sense. What we can do is to arrange the letters in the correct pattern so that it makes sense. Some letters stay still, some letters need to be moved around. We start with easy ones; some words have "clue" on the side, and all letters are purposefully written in upper case form to reduce sense of overwhelming.
The next two problems, number 9 and 10, are mathematical word problems; it strengthens thinking process plus reading comprehension and the mathematical concept of additions. One of the word problem could be solved directly, and the other one is a multi-step word problem.
For Beginners-- you are more than welcome to use any kind of manipulative around your house such as spoons, stickers, etc to help explained the problem to your child. If your child is a beginner reader, please encourage your child to read the problem on his/her own. I purposefully use very familiar and easy words plus a bigger font size to make it more readable and less overwhelming. When your child feels that he/she can read the problem, understand it, and do it on his/her own, your child will feel mighty industrious and it will give wonder to his/her self-confidence :)
The next problem is the kind of problem that a student needs to ask himself or herself as “what information is not needed or is not so important for us to solve the problem.” The ability to “omit” the unnecessary information is an important skill that is related with logic or thinking process. To understand the difference between the relevant and the not so relevant information leads a student to a more logical and clarity in thinking of and solving the problem.
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I hope you are having fun with these problems.
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