Friday, November 16, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
- Turkeys are large birds, related to pheasants. Wild turkeys are native to wooded areas of North America. (Turkeys were not mentioned by name in original accounts of the 1621 Plymouth Thanksgiving celebration. Wild turkeys would have lived in the surrounding area and may have been included in the fowl eaten at the meal however.)
- Male turkeys are called toms. Female turkeys are called hens.
- Only male turkeys make gobbling sounds.
- Wild turkeys eat seeds, acorns, and insects.
- Wild turkeys can run and are good fliers. Domesticated turkeys cannot fly.
- Wild turkeys are not as fat as domesticated turkeys.
- Domesticated turkeys are related to Mexican turkeys.
- Spanish Conquistadors took Mexican turkeys to Europe in the 16th century. Turkeys were raised in Europe before the Pilgrims left there.
- In this country, the average person in the United States eats almost 19 pounds of turkey each year.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Does your first grader have trouble with his reading skills? Maybe they need a little boost in spelling. Reading comprehension and spelling are a couple; they go together.
It is crucial for your first grader to master five basic skill areas–phonemic awareness, phonics, reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in order to be a successful reader.
As your child learns, he builds upon these skills and the skills build upon each other. Check out a good reading skills pyramid to find out what your child needs to master and when.
A fun way to practice reading and spelling skills is by playing online games. Games help reinforce skills being learned.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
- It must be fun for your child or they won’t do it.
- Take them to the Dollar Store and let them pick out funky tablets; neat notebooks; fun pens, pencils, and markers; and even stickers. Tell them they can use the new supplies to not only decorate their new journal, but to also make entries in it.
- Allow them to write about whatever they choose. Only supply prompts if they ask.
- Tell them their journal is their to write down their thoughts, and it is NOT homework. Also, let them know it is private. They do not have to show it to anyone unless they want to.
- Tell them they do not need to worry about grammar or punctuation. This is a place to get the thoughts out of their head and on to paper.
- If they are not good at writing much just yet, have them draw pictures to represent what they want to say. Encourage them to write words under the pictures.
- Tell them they can cut out words from old magazines and newspapers to use in their journal.
- Model journal writing to your child by letting them see you write in yours, or better yet, the two of you can set aside a time to write in your journal together.