Category Archives: Resources

Resources to help students and parents improve their school-related skills.

“Number Sense” The Math Game That Helps!

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Two trains leave the station at the same time on parallel tracks. One travels 560 miles in the same amount of time it takes the second one to travel 630 miles…and why do we care?

Did you spot anything special about the numbers used in this problem (that isn’t a problem)? If you have good “number sense” you most likely noticed that 2, 5 and 7 are factors of both numbers. If you didn’t catch that, you might want to give this instructable a try.

Students working on multi-step math problems often struggle reaching the correct answer because they have to stop and calculate a small part of the problem and by the time they have that worked out they don’t remember what they needed it for. If we can train their  brains to solve basic math equations without conscious effort math will get easier for them.

I developed this activity about 12 years ago in my tutoring business. I have used it successfully with students from 5 to 75. The specialized, “Solar Powered, Recycled, Numeric Devices” needed are two decks of ordinary playing cards!

The “Solar Powered” part? Isn’t everything, ultimately, solar powered? No sun = no food = no life!

Click the picture above to see the Instructables .com posting for the complete instructions.

Writing Fun

 

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Here is another great site from our neighbors to the north. That implies that you will probably find some of those pesky Canadian spellings but I believe it is worth it! This is an excellent source of writing help for students (and their parents).

Math Learning Disabilities

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Here is a interesting article about math difficulties and how to best address them in the classroom. There are some tips parents can use to work with their struggling students too. The article confirms several of the techniques we use at The Freeman Center. I like that!

TypeRacer

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I’ve always been a pretty fast typist having played piano and guitar for so many years but…would you believe there are people out there who type over 150 words per minute! I’m not that good!

Here is a site to check out if you want to know how fast you type. It is a good place to practice too.

Study Skills Resources

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Just found another great site with lots of study skills tips. There are tips for all grade levels, even college and choosing a career! Hmmmm, probably too late for me!

More than 70 practical articles and hundreds of tips about how to study and improve study skills in elementary school through college. English and Spanish.

Educational Videos, Lessons and Games for K-12 School Kids

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Here is an amazing collection of educational videos and other neat stuff for students, parents and teachers. I know that my own grandkids will enjoy watching a lot of these. http://www.neok12.com

From the website: “At NeoK12, we believe that kids learn best when they ‘see’ how things work, when, where and why they happen. Watching educational videos is a great way to learn because it allows kids to build a visual picture or model in their mind The visual dimension not only helps them understand concepts better, but also stimulates curiosity and encourages self-learning. Educational videos are possibly one of the most effective learning tools, and honestly, even most grown-ups will find them enriching and entertaining as well.”

Solar System Scope

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This flash site is an interactive exploration of our solar system.  Providing different perspectives and a host of settings to enhance or focus on particular aspects, you can easily spend a lot of time poking around our neighboring planets. You can move through time to see where planets were on your birthday or where they will be on some day in the future.

Study Guides and Strategies

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This site is one of those treasures that has so much to offer, I can’t put a full description in my limited space. Please check it out for yourself.

From the author, Joe Landsberger:

For the past seventeen years I have researched, authored, maintained and supported the Study Guides Web site as an independent educational public service. We have enjoyed collaborative projects across institutional, cultural and national boundaries. I resist registration and distracting graphics or features that may interfere with maximizing learner access and success. I hope you find the resource helpful.

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Encouraging Kids in the Kitchen

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Great Recipes & Tips to Get Kids Cooking…

Here is a site filled with ideas for getting kids involved it the art of food preparation. It also has tips on healthy eating for kids.

I’ve used these kinds of activities as a way of getting kids to practice following written directions. Sometimes they learn the greatest lessons through their mistakes!

Here’s how the site explains things:

KidsAndCooking was formed to offer a unique reference point on encouraging kids in the kitchen.
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Sentence Diagramming

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Some people may consider me a bit odd. Today’s posting may confirm that belief.

Way back in high school, I was introduced to the “art” of diagraming sentences! Strange as it may seem, I actually enjoyed the task. I still look at it as a puzzle to solve and if done correctly it can help one to become a better writer.

From the site:

“Since part of the writing process involves editing our work, we need to know how to recognize complete thoughts and how to vary our sentence structure. This makes our writing more coherent as well as more interesting to read. Understanding the functions of parts of the speech in a sentence and their relationship to one another can be very helpful in learning to construct good sentences.”

“A sentence (to be a sentence) at the very least must have a Subject (noun or pronoun) and a Predicate (verb). The remaining words in a sentence serve to describe, clarify or give us more information about the subject or the verb. A diagram arranges the parts of a sentence like a picture in order to show the relationship of words and groups of words within the sentence. Let us take a look at how this is done. We will begin learning how to diagram sentences and use this tool to become better writers.”