Category Archives: Wise Parent Educational Choices for their Children

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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Why Complain of Youth’s Low Reading Scores–When Reading Basics are Weak?

What is the reading material the children scores are based on?

Who will teach tools & techniques to reading mastery? Figurative Language, Author’s Intent, Inferences, Context Clues, Prefixes, Root Words, Suffixes, Close Reading, etc.?

Children are held accountable for scores on standardized tests & most times, it is not certain if they have been given the reading tools & techniques in detail.

Look into the records of the students, those low scores didn’t come out of the middle of nowhere. The reading struggling didn’t just pop out the ground.

Most times, children are given boring reading material, and they are expected to be hyped up about it.

What do they have a passion for? That is the key to unlock mediocre reading scores.

The brain is a muscle & it must be constantly exercised. If not, it gets out of shape. Flabby.

Poems, Song Lyrics, Quotes, Proverbs, Short Essays, etc are very powerful when it comes to students mastering reading. Break the class down in a circle or semi-circle & let the students read out loud. Some will read better than others. Students will laugh. At first. But, the teacher or reading coach must say, “don’t laugh too quick, because all of you are going to have to read aloud. We are going around the circle.”

See how long the laughing last. That is going to be knocked off real quick.

Some of the fast readers might not comprehend as well as the slow readers. In that case, the fast readers are more of an entertainer. Sometimes, the slow readers comprehend better than the speedy rabbit readers.

Everybody will read the same text in the circle. Nobody knows if they will be called next. You think they are going to goof off? Nope. Too much embarrassment, if they are caught looking out the window at squirrels or something. They will pay attention.

The teacher/parent/reading coach must know the material inside out & outside in. That way, they will be able to ask questions right on the spot or after a student gets through reading.

Anyone can answer the question asked. The more these type settings happen, the more young people are inspired to be master readers.

Some days, you go over prefixes, suffixes & root words. Etymology. The origin of words.

Go over Greek & Latin, French, Old English, Spanish. Then, they will have a solid understanding of the core of the English Language.

Have the Youth Breakdown Poems & Song Lyrics. Ask them about the stories in the poems & songs & ask them have they had similar experiences.

Reading Mastery is no Cookie Cutter Template. It takes hardwork to see a rise in Reading Scores. It takes sacrifice on students & the adults part.

Who is willing to turn the difficult soil over?

KT
8/10/2017
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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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Will Your Children Have Trades When They Graduate From High School?

Think of all the millions of students that graduate from high school.

What will be any different with your child’s skillset? What can they build? What can they create? What can they invent? What can they produce? What can they manufacture with their minds and hands?

So many artistic children have no technical skills. Why is this negative? It is negative because they are stuck in a time warp. Meaning, their art is analog. It has to be made digital at some point, if they want to open up their options more with their art.

Do they know how to scan their art into the computer? Do they know how to take photos with a digital camera and get the images from the camera to the computer? Do they know how to use Adobe Photoshop? One of the leading Image Manipulation, pixel based softwares in the World.

Do they know how to use Adobe Illustrator? One of the world’s leading vector based softwares. These two softwares alone, put the artist miles ahead of analog artists. Imagine if your child has a firm grip on the Analog & The Digital side of the house. Their potential will be elevated to another hemisphere.

I used the example of the artist above. That is example. There are so many more examples for various trades.

Lets dig deeper into this trade.

With a firm grip of Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator, your artistic child will be able to design logos, create clothing line designs, design billboards, bus wraps, posters, flyers, business cards, illustrations for comic books, animation & much more.

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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Watch “America’s Dream – The Boy Who Painted Christ Black”–based on Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s Short Story

Learn & Teach Speed Subtracting, Fractions & Geometry in Less than 5 Minutes

* Teach real young children how to subtract through adding. 

For example: 5 – 3. Tell them they are on 3 already, & count to 5. When they get to 5, ask them what did they need to get to 5. Tell them it is OK to use their fingers starting out. Give them another one: 7 – 2. Tell them they are at 2. Count on from there. When they get to 7, ask them how many fingers to get to 7. They will get faster the more you practice with them. Much faster counting forwards than backwards.
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* Teach your Children Whole, Fractions & Geometry by Revealing, they are the same thing with a Different Name. The tools for this technique…Circle, Dollar Bill & Pennies.

Circle (Whole)—>> 360 degrees=$1 bill (Whole) =100 pennies (Whole)

1/2 Circle—>> Diameter 
(180 degrees)=1/2 Dollar=50 cents/pennies….half is half…it does not matter if it is Geometry or Arithmetic. Geometric Term for half of Circle is Diameter. Arithmetic Term for half of $1 is 50 Cents. In others words, same game with another name. Don’t get confused with labels. Just learn the label names for the type of math you are doing.

1/4 Circle=90 degrees 
(Right Angle)=1/4 Dollar=25 cents.

KT
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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