Educators have certain objectives that need to be taught within a certain timeframe. Some districts are more strict than others concerning the exact timeline. Learning is an individual act. Teaching is both Art & Science, thus each teacher must be allowed to use his/her own creativity. The good thing is, you as parent are allowed to create your own lesson at home. Finding out which major topics will be taught within the next month or so should be the first goal of the parent.
Next, take a trip to the local library and focus on 2-3 of the topics. If you find one great children’s book on 1 or 2 two of the subjects on your list — that’s great. Your goal is not to find information on each and every topic. It’s just to allow for ease & fun in the learning experience. These will be the most memorable moments for you and your child.
There are lots of children’s books connected to common school objectives. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns is just one example of a great book that connects Math (shape concepts) to a wonderful book for children. Reading this book before, during, or even after this concept is taught aids in the learning experience.
Parents that are constantly asking for homework could alternatively ask for a list of the objectives then make their own, at home lessons. Simply reading and discussing the book is probably better than traditional homework. We can’t apply Flintstone methods to a Jetson group of children. Popular Children books have a host of activities that can be done at home, found with a simple google search. Pinterest is also loaded with great learning activities for children which can be connected to objectives.
I love children’s books for many reason consider books in the upcoming gift giving season. It creates an organized family activity, as well as, assisting in learning. This is just one example yet, there are endless possibilities.
Have Fun Reading,