Work-text based subjects, including spelling, vocabulary, phonics, handwriting, and math, are ideal to introduce and accustom students to working on their own. Other subjects often require more parental involvement. They might be referred to as the “content-rich” courses which include religion, reading, composition, and for high school students, history and science. These subjects frequently require a more sophisticated thought process, memorization, and using skills from other subjects. My experience has shown me that teaching moms and dads need to provide more individual help in these content-rich subjects…
We often receive calls from parents asking for ideas to help their children improve their study skills. While each person has a favorite way to study, these ideas have been successful for many students.
Last month’s column was the story of how a largely poor, immigrant population built a powerhouse parish school system that provided a first-rate scholastic education. By the mid 1960s, the Catholic system reached its peak with 4.5 million elementary school pupils, and another million students in Catholic high schools.
Some time ago, we taught our 10-year-old daughter how nature recycles water through the water cycle. I explained to her that this means all water, even that which you exhale through your nose. A big breakthrough came the other day when it was raining. She asked me if some of the rain that was falling could have been the water used by John the Baptist when he baptized Jesus. In addition, she wanted to know if some of it came from the parting of the Red Sea. I told her that in both of these cases, we couldn’t prove it, but that there was a very remote possibility. I thought, great, this is learning at its best! That is, she extended and applied knowledge in a way that I hadn’t considered.
What could possibly be more fun than teaching science? Indeed, you have an entire Creation to work with! If you accept that all parts of His Creation have a story to tell, then teaching science is all about telling stories. What child doesn’t like to hear stories? For this reason, teaching science is no different from teaching other subjects. It might be easier than you think.
Do you ever wonder why you can’t find the answers for a literature test? Do you find it difficult to remember the details of a story? Are you struggling to find examples for your book analyses? Are you typically at a loss when you’re asked to pick out motifs, and even more so when you have to identify a theme? Do you normally fail to recognize the symbolism in a story? Do you feel hopelessly lost when it comes to analyzing what you read? Above all, have you ever wondered why other people seem to get so excited about what they read, and why they have so much to say about it? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, don’t worry. Many people have done so before you. All it takes is a little adjustment to the way you read.