Friday, January 30, 2004

Flash Card Math

Flash Card Math. A learning tool which teaches the multiplication table and simple division to elementary school students. Free to schools. Free printable flash cards and math worksheets.

From the site:

FlashCardMath.com offers FREE printable addition, subtraction, multiplication and division Flash Cards. Additionally, FREE multiplication table, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division worksheets are available to all visitors.

Flash Card Math is an interactive educational software program designed to teach first grade, second grade, third grade and fourth grade students in elementary school addition, subtraction, the multiplication table and simple division. Flash Card Math utilizes the proven Flash Card method of teaching primary mathematics and arithmetic. It is a learning tool which will provide children with an important part of the foundation necessary to succeed in mathematics throughout their elementary school years and through life. Additionally, with a click of a mouse, Flash Card Math develops customized multiplication and division worksheets and flashcards for teacher's use in the class room or parent's use with their children at home. Eligible schools, upon request, may receive FREE Animated FlashCards and Worksheet Generator Software.

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Teaching History in the Elementary School.

Teaching History in the Elementary School. This is an essay on the importance of teaching history in the primary schools. Of course, we should do this. It also has some tips for teachers.

From the site:

Recent studies have shown that the historical knowledge of young Americans is less than most educators and citizens would desire. Students' knowledge of history has suffered because of untrained teachers, reduced course requirements, and textbook treatments that are bland and voiceless and directed more toward trivial coverage of details than to the fullness needed to bring vitality and credibility to events of the past (Sewall 1987; Cheney 1987).

Content in history is practically absent from the curriculum of grades K-3 in most elementary schools; it usually is taught in combination with content from the social sciences in grades 4-6 (Ravitch 1987). A notable exception to national curriculum patterns is the new "California Framework" (1988), which emphasizes history at all levels of the elementary school curriculum.

This ERIC Digest examines (1) research related to the teaching and learning of history in elementary schools, (2) purposes of education in history, and (3) teaching practices to develop interest in and knowledge of history among students in elementary schools.

Monday, January 26, 2004

How Parents of Home Schooled Students Can Get Their Children to Use the Library

How Parents of Home Schooled Students Can Get Their Children to Use the Library. Describes lessons and activities that can help home schooled children learn to use the local public library.

From the site:

Let's Use the Library!

The local public library is a valuable resource for parents who are home schooling their children. Despite this, many of them fail to take advantage of the resources offered by the library. Further, many home schooled students are resistant to using a library if they are accustomed to getting all of their research from the Web.

Most public libraries offer a wide variety of children's books and magazines, with many in Spanish and other languages. In addition to printed materials, libraries often lend audiotapes and videocassettes of children's' books and movies, and more libraries are making computers available to the public. Many libraries also sponsor special programs, including children's story hours, summer reading programs, and homework help. If your child has special needs, be sure to ask about services the library offers for the blind, the deaf, and those who are gifted or need remedial help. Many libraries have specially trained librarians for children. Feel free to ask them for help.

Here are a few lesson plans and ideas that can help a parent get a home schooled child into the library:

- Include children--even toddlers--in trips to the library, and go often.
- As soon as you can, help your child get a library card.
- Borrow recordings of children's stories and songs, cassette tapes, compact discs, videotapes, even puppets and educational toys.
- Find out if your library has computers and how your children can use them to learn or upgrade skills.
- Encourage your children to use the library to find information for their homework.
- Encourage your children to ask for help from you and the librarian in finding books and materials.
- Work with the librarian to teach older children how to find things in the library on their own.
- Teach your children how to take care of themselves in public places, especially if they use the library alone. Stress common sense guidelines for behavior in the library.