What’s Happening to our Love for Learning?

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Today’s education is often focused on test preparation and multiple choice selection. Unfortunately this is creating a generation of students that truly despise education. This saddens me. We took standardized test while I was in school. I remember the Iowa test; I remember the TAAS test. I even remember taking the PSAT’s. The crazy thing is, all I really remember is an announcement the day before. I remember our principal telling us to eat a good breakfast, get a great night’s sleep, and bring some sharpened #2 pencils to school. That’s it! No before and after school tutorials or elective period interventions. Saturday school was something used as detention for students who couldn’t get to class on time. Our passing standards on standardized assessments were higher than state averages today. I also know that my classmates and I didn’t have testing phobias. We learned every day, had fun learning, and…

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The “No Time” Solution

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Have you been thinking of using tutoring services to increase your child’s skill set and confidence in math? Are you struggling to find the right time to fit this into your family’s hectic schedule?

Coming January 2016, MathMasters will provide customized options for clients interested in on-line tutoring sessions. These opportunities will allow you to access tailored lessons that include guided instruction and independent practice. Those needing an additional leve of support can opt to communicate in real-time with a tutoring specialist!

For more information, fill out the intake form below and we will be in touch.

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Developing Basic Math Skills

The majority of us have sat in a classroom and asked the question “when will I actually use this in life”? Every facet of the universe is explained through math and science concepts. Math is all around us. Math is life. From estimating grocery bills to cooking nightly dinner, from analyzing fantasy football teams to understanding how your cell phone works and how light exist, you cannot escape the world of mathematics.

It is imperative that our children establish a basic understanding of mathematics as early as possible. Even if your child has reached the age of secondary schooling, it is never too late to advance them academically. By allowing your children to complete daily tasks that require mathematical reasoning, computation and number sense will become a routine part of life. In doing so, the stigma of “math is too hard” will be erased as the family becomes more comfortable with ongoing math investigation. Give your child the sales paper and a $50 budget and see if they can create a reasonable grocery list for the next few days. Have your child estimate the amount of time it will take to complete household chores. Consider taking on a family project that incorporates several math skills such as building a bookshelf, planting a garden, or even creating a recipe from scratch.

Attached to this post you will find a list of basic math skills appropriate for different age groups. Utilize this as a starting point for your child. If you see that some prior skills have not been mastered, take a step back and revisit those with your child. If your child is breezing through some concepts, advance them to the next level without hesitation!! You will be surprised when some concepts (geometry and spatial reasoning perhaps) are acquired quickly, where others may be a challenge. This is okay!! Let your child excel in these areas while you continue to build where they may struggle.

You will want to lean on several other resources as you introduce new material to your family. I encourage the use of established, credible material. Google can be your best friend. Just search for the concept you are needing along with worksheets, videos, or activities. (example: equivalent fraction worksheets) This will give you several options. Do your research. Some sites are better than others. I am a huge fan of http://www.khanacademy.com but your options are endless. Visit local bookstores to find math workbooks as well.

Leave any questions in the comments and I’ll be sure to respond.

For the basic math skills list, click here——–>> Basic Math Skill Building

Vocabulary Development

Vocabulary development is an integral part of building scholars’ comprehension abilities. Reading levels improve drastically in correlation to how children are exposed to and are able to integrate new vocabulary words regularly. Educating While Black will provide ongoing vocabulary lists to assist you with developing your child’s vocabulary skills. Students should say words orally, learn to spell them, learn the meanings of each word, and learn how to appropriately integrate these words into daily language. Click on the link for activity ideas!Vocabulary Development-Instructions

Any scholar who is reading with a basic understanding of phonics is prepared to begin vocabulary development. Those that are not yet reading should reference the sight words list attached each week. A phonics list is also included for beginning readers. Vocabulary lists are progressive by level. Make this decision based on your assessment of your child’s ability. CHALLENGE THEM!!!  List one is right here….List One

The intent of this site is to provide a sounding board for African American educators to address the priorities, needs, and concerns related to educating African American children.
This site will also serve as a resource and interactive area for African American parents and community members looking to supplement their child’s public education with additional afro-centric pedagogy and resources at home.

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