Category Archives: Self-Education

Youth Reading Mastery Questions for Parents

Who takes time to sit down & listen to their children/teens read?

Do they have voice inflection, cadence, and understanding of what they read?

Do you ask them questions from the reading material?

Do you have them give you oral/written reading reports?

Don’t let your children/teens be complacent readers.

Actively engage your children when it comes to reading. Other wise, they will be surface readers.

Reading Mastery is So Much More than Calling Out Words.

KT
7/7/2017
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Watch “Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks”

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Why School is Only 180 Degrees of Education–Home & Trade Education Complete the 360 Circumference

4,5,6 year olds doing Algebra & Geometry & Reading 2-3 Grade Levels Above & Teenagers Learning Trades gets less Attention from Adults than a Pro Sports Game or Music Awards Night or Reality Show or Holidays where Adults can Barbeque & Play Music & have A Good Time.

While all that go on, children & teens are getting their confidence broken in classrooms, not understanding math word problems, not doing well in standardized tests, not able to relate their education to the real world, can’t explain math steps on the board in front of the class, not really understanding their homework, and many things that don’t have their parents full attention.

Children & Teens are exposed to material much earlier than previous generations. Many are getting very frustrated with school.

Without trades, even honor roll students will be at a disadvantage. Only reason I bring up honor roll students is because most people think they good to go with great grades. Without trade knowledge, they too are at a disadvantage.

Trades. What can you use your mind & hands to invent, create, build, manufacture & produce?
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***—>>> Will your child/children–teens have trades when they graduate from high school?

Are you fine with them only having book knowledge knowledge?

Are you fine with them not having a trade or trades & not being able to use their minds & hands to create, invent, manufacture & produce?

Are you fine with them not being able to apply their education to the real world?

KT
2016
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How About Spending Time Talking to the Young People about the Real World

Most people, after High School are out on their own. A few people might win scholarships—either through sports or good grades.

These people are very few. People are pushed out into a hard, cold—heartless world—real fast.

For years, they have dreamed of being out own their own. Maybe not. They might have been scared to go out into the wide world.

No matter what they feel about life after High School—that is it.

They are considered grown. Yet, many times they are not even properly prepared to deal with the world mentally, spiritually, financially, skill wise, trade wise, technical wise, know how wise—or any other way.

How many grown people have spent time talking to the young people of the real world? How much true talk—no matter how startling it might be—has transpired between the old and the young?

Young people need to be taught skills, trades, crafts, and many other things. They should be talked to about job situations they might be in once they get out on their own. How will certain situations be handled at work? How will they deal with bosses that might be hard to get along with? What strategies will they use to get around obstacles at work?

Do the young people know how to make a resume? Do they know how to conduct themselves in an interview?

Reality talks from older people prepares the youth for adulthood.

KT
2017
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How Storytelling is Not Dead & How “Smart Phones” Can Really Be Used to Be Smart & Productive

Storytelling is not gone forever because of tight beats & hook filled songs & reality shows.

There are some great writers putting out some great material in the form of plays, movies, monologues, podcasts, blogs, poetry, spoken word poetry, documentaries, relevant songs & raps, literary reviews, essays & many other forms.

Make sure your children & teens read a lot. Reading is powerful.

The children & teens have smart phones & tablets. Make sure they don’t just play games on them.

People call phones”Smart Phones.” I agree. They are SMART PHONES. If used in productive ways. These phones & tablets are very productive tools, if used productively.

Here are some of the things Phones & Tablets can be used to make:

* Films
* Podcasts
* Books (Print & Ebook)
* Blogs
* Movies & Documentaries & other types films
* Music
* Art
* Photography
* Audio Engineering
* Video Editing
* Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc.)
&
Much More

KT
2017
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3 Ways a Relevant Education is Way More Beneficial Than Rote School Learning & Wishful Thinking

1) Make sure your children & teens have trades. Something they can use their brains & hands to build something, invent something & manufacture something.
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2) Paperback & Hardback Books in a Technology Age

There is nothing like a Paperback & Hardback Book.

Many publishers having to compete with what’s going on in the Tech World. Writers are starting to put out their own books, cutting out the Middle Man. Keeping Money in their own pockets.

Readers not spending on physical books like they used to. Many readers now reading books for cheaper on digital devices and can carry a whole library of books on a digital devices. Thus reading more.

White Screen Nooks & Kindles -vs-Color Nooks, Kindles, Ipads & Samsung Tablets for Reading

The Amazon Kindles are Great. The Ipads are Great. The Samsung Tablets are Great. The Barnes and Noble Nooks are Great. They all have Color Screens. Important for Apps & Videos Viewing.

But, if you are a Hardcore Reader, go for the Nooks & Kindles with the White Screens. The Battery Life is Much Better. Maybe 2X-3X Better. You can Read on them without Glares & in any kind of Lighting without tilting the Monitor a Certain Way to get Better Lighting. The Color Monitors are Very difficult to Read Outside in Sunlight. Many times, you have to adjust the Brightness level on Color Screens.

Overall, the White Screen Nooks & Kindles are a Better Reading Experience, Less Strain on Your Eyes & Better Battery Life.

In many ways, it is the closest we will get to Reading a Physical Book in A Digital Age.

2014
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3) Relevant Education on Many Levels

School is not enough for Youth. They must learn trades. Jobs ain’t knocking on doors. Teach them to be financially sharp too.

Find out what your child has a passion for, other than sports & entertainment.

Help develop it. Inspire them to 1 day make into a business.

What happen to Trades in School?

Without a trade, people in bad shape. We go down roads we never thought we would to survive.

Talking Intelligent don’t mean anything, if we can’t survive in a hardcore world. We must all build our toolkit of skill sets.

No money or time to go back to school. Read, study, talk to old people, become apprentice, buy Kindle/Tablet, Download Free Ebooks from Amazon, Internet, etc.

People go to College, listen to Professors lecture, read, study, & take tests. What if you don’t have money or time for College?

SELF-STUDY.

2013

KT
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How Relevant Education Early Trains the Mind to Connect Knowledge to Productive Thoughts for A Lifetime

Children have a natural inclination toward knowledge. We as adults have to make sure nothing kills that inclination. We are more powerful than we know as parents. We are the 1st teachers. We must hold on to our position with dear life. We must make everything out of a learning opportunity. Relate everything to the Real World. Throw sugarcoating out the door. We will see change in our lifetime. Reality strengthens the minds & gives clear vision. Lets be on that vibe.

Sunshine for The Minds.

Test taking skills are very important. More than 1/2 to 3/4 of standardized test is reading. Even the Math is word problems. The Social Studies, Science & Literature is top heavy with Reading also. Surface level reading is not cutting it.

Trades for our people is so very important. Jobs are not knocking on people doors. We must learn how to take things we are passionate about, & make money & provide servces for our people…the world. We have built nations before. That is in our genetic make-up. All we got to do is dig deep down in ourselves, and pull that greatness up & out of us.

Adult Education is a must. We have people that can work with adults…providing them with knowledge to help their children with homework and trades.

We drop money in the buckets at church, and hardly see returns. Why can’t we drop money in the bucket and buy land & material & we all roll up sleeves and build schools & businesses? Our pay will be in having something we can be proud of and be of a practical use to us now…while our eyes are open…heaven on earth right now.

* Watch “Self-Knowledge in Technology Age” Video

KT
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How to Inspire Children to Love Reading & Memorizing Poems

Inspire your Children to Love Reading by telling them good stories. Good stories inspire good questions. Read stories to them with morals, values, lessons, overcoming difficulties, strategies, analyzing. Thinking, in other words.

When we read to our children, we must not read monotone. That is boring even to a grown person. Just imagine how boring monotone reading is to children. We must read with voice inflections, excitement, rhythm. This helps keep the children’s attention.

Oral Reading is an Art form we must master to Inspire our children to Love Reading.
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*—>> How to Inspire Children to Memorize Poems

Teach your children little short poems way before they start to read. It is best to have them memorize poems that rhyme. It sticks in their minds better. We must build up the children’s memories.

Later on…have them recite the poems back to you. Have them memorize a poem a week. Or a poem every two weeks. We can have them do this right after they learn a few words. It does not even matter if they only have a few words in their vocabulary. So what if they are still just baby talking.

If they learn a poem a week, that’s 52 poems a year. If they learn a poem every 2 weeks, that’s 26 poems a year. If they learn a poem a month, that’s 12 poems a year. Use your own discretion.

We must must not underestimate what our children have the capacity to learn. Our children can handle pretty much anything we work with them with.

Take Charge of Your Post, Dear Parents. Parents are the 1st Teachers.

KT
2012
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How A Fisherman Taught his Son Life Lessons

Up before the crack of day
the light has not yet fallen on the ground outside.

That does not mean—
the light inside the house
is out.

Here, up early—earlier 
than most 
men, women, & children…

Two Men–one old–one young
make the final preparations.

Today they will provide for the family
Today they will fish for the family meals
Today they take their destiny in their own hands.

Many days, months, and years
The young boy has seen his father
at the table going over bills,
and at the same time
looking aggravated,
frustrated…knowing all the time
his money 
is already spent 
before payday…

Credit limits full 
at the local grocery stores
loan sharks coming around
even before the designated payback date
1/4 on the dollar…You know how it goes
Car note, Car insurance, 
Phone bill…
You know how it goes.
The story is the same everywhere.

Here in this early morning hour

While most people sleep
The Old Man stops in the mist of all these preparations,
and grabs his son’s shoulder as he tightens the fishing line firmly onto the hooks—
Looks straight into his son’s eyes,
and says, “Today son,
we go to provide
for the family like
The Men of Old Africa.
The days when men were men
The days when men would go over the earth
as God would have them do
Not asking for anybody’s permission
Not paying interest on loans
Not going to the store to get food,
But going to the oceans, lakes, rivers, streams,
and land like God expects us to do.”

The Old Man tells his son,
“pass on what you are seeing, hearing, and doing
Now as men, women, and children sleep.”

He tells his son,
“Always have a trade
Always stand up for Yourself, Your Family, & Our People.

Fish in God’s Rivers are free
when you catch them yourself…
no tax, no credit,
forget all that my son
No cost 
Take this example, and reproduce this…
this independence in every way possible
Make yourself independent my son…

Use your brains and talents to make your own destiny.

Be a Man.”

KT
7/25/2005
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“Cross-Training” by W. B. Ward

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Me and my Pops

Chess is a thinking man’s game. Not to be taking lightly at all. There are accounts on record of a single game being played over a 24 hour period. One player took 16 hours to make one move.

My pops always taught me to be a thinker. We’ve played this very game since I was at least 3 years old. Not quite understanding all of it at the time, as I grew older, the whippings began after I learned the rules.

The cross-training this game offers, if applied in life, is the mastery of the “rules of engagement.”

“Always have backup in place before you make a move.”

Many of you may have heard people say that in chess you have to think about three or four moves ahead of your opposition, and many of the greats will say it has to be even more moves, in order to counter the attack from your opponent.

Now in the real world we will encounter pit falls if we are not expecting them. This is what it means to be truly prepared, to expect the attack and have backup in place to replace quickly what was lost.

Lessons passed down through years and years, countless hours and hours, around kitchen tables mastering this game. The Game of Life, chess is only the vehicle.

They say a picture is worth 1000 words, I just shared a few.

Peace.

W. B. Ward
http://wbwardbuilder.com