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Thanks for sharing. I might just have to give this a try today. Even when I set a timer during my writing time, I can still find myself procrastinating and doing other things. This will definitely make me more aware of how I am spending my time. I will have to implement the social media timer, especially seeing that I tend to get sucked into the social media world so easily.
Hi, Alisha! Thanks for your comment. Hope the timer works for you! I love the image of the tub since I, too, have been there! Great tips!! I spend a lot of time travelling in crowded metros with nothing to do. I will from now on use that time to think up ideas and recipes food is among the things I write about.
Hi, Namrata! I am glad to hear this helped you. Thank you for your congratulations!
Writing with 5 kids from the age range of 7 months to 11 yrs is really hard. In my case it extra difficult coz I got back to writing after 13 yrs. I feel alive. I have a purpose other than being a mother which is very rewarding but this is personal growth.
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Hi, Manaal! Thanks for your comment! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts! All great tips. As for preparing to write, I get done in the evening. I wake each knowing what to do. Hi, Roy! That sounds like a fantastic strategy. Each night I plan out my to-do list for the next day. I find it really helps me to be productive in the morning. I think I will start doing that too.
Wow, I really loved this post and it is so helpful! I loved the quote from E. White about waiting for ideal conditions. I need to just sit down and do it because that is what I am passionate about. The methods I use is to have an electronic note book like Evernote to capture ideas as they come to me. Now that I have joined the Intentional Blogging Course, I find those tools helpful to organize my ideas and schedule writing time. I work a full time job as a counselor and I need to be really intentional.
I am learning so much and I am feel the pain of growth, but that is okay! No pain no gain right? Thank you so very much for this post Nicole. I have joined your newsletter and look forward to hearing more from you and would love to chat with you someday! Virtual coffee perhaps? What are you struggling with right now? I will keep you in prayer. Hi, Rhonda! Thank you so much for your comment! I love Evernote — I use it for writing up my to-do lists and jotting down ideas for blog posts and fiction writing.
It really is my second brain. Right now I am struggling to find time for my fiction writing while participating in the blogging challenge, but I am learning so much so it is all worth it. Hope the challenge is going well for you! Your post is fantastic, Nicole. The time sucks for me are definitely IG and shopping.
I need to better regulate my time on IG. As its a newish thing to me, I have been ad hoc with it. Your idea of having set times for social media is great, also timing yourself. Great idea! Hi, Cyntha! I was so excited to see your comment. IG is a huge time suck for me too, but I hate to cut back on it because I have formed so many meaningful connections through it. I too have to figure out how to better manage my time on it, especially because staring at a screen for so long is probably bad for my eyes, lol. And I absolutely sympathize with you about the food shopping.
Thanks again for your comment! It really means a lot to me that you take the time to read my posts, and I am so glad to hear you are enjoying the blog! I have a manuscript for a novel that has taken me forever.
Writing tips for kids from children's authors
Having homeschooled children has been difficult in relation to my writing. Another great post. Hi, Dolores! When parents picture working with their children on math, often images of flashcards and children in tears come to mind. But flashcards and other drills should be a very minor part of math instruction at home - not more than five minutes a day, or even every other day.
What parents should concentrate on instead is introducing math concepts through play, and making math fun. Car rides offer a great opportunity for math education. There are lots of fun math games you can play while driving in the car with your kids. For the younger ones, Chris suggests playing a variation of 20 questions. You think of a number between, say, one and twenty, but don't tell your child.
He or she can then ask "greater than or lesser than" questions and see how fast they can guess the number. For older children, the game can get more complex. Children can try to figure out a number you're thinking of by asking questions about the remainder if it's divided by various amounts. It also helps if you tie the math concepts into something your child sees frequently.
For example, Chris would play ice-cream sundae math in the car with his young daughter. If Becky had 13 scoops of ice-cream, and there were three scoops of ice-cream per sundae, to how many friends could she serve sundaes? Becky, by the way, is now in college at Stanford, but she still fondly recalls working on the creative math games her dad played with her in the car when she was little.
Among her favorites was "animal math," which taught her to switch between number bases. Her dad would ask, for example, "What is the number 12 in octopus math? Apparently so did Becky, who went on to place first in the state-wide California Math league in 6th grade, get a perfect score on her AP Calculus BC test in 10th grade, and a perfect score on her math SAT in 11th grade. Chris also points out that playing this game with young children helps them to better understand place value in base Additionally, converting between bases helps them practice multiplying and dividing in a fun way.
Surround your child with the opportunity to explore by leaving out a variety of math games. Make it easy for your child to play with math when the mood strikes - and the mood may strike more often if a number of fun and different options are lying about. Quarto, Mancala, Yahtzee, Smath, etc. Games that are "old favorites" can easily be made more challenging as children advance. The simple game of "war" can be made more challenging as your child grows more mathematically advanced by having each player pick two cards at once.
Depending on your child's level, the winner can then be determined by adding or subtracting the numbers, or by multiplying the numbers. While many children enjoy playing the math game "24," kids will eventually master the tricks for reaching a score of In 24, each participant in a round draws a card that has four numbers on it. The first person to find a way to get the numbers to sum to 24 wins the round. What makes it more interesting is that there are various decks of cards with varying levels of difficulty.
For example, one deck of cards requires only addition and subtraction, while other decks are geared to multiplication or fractions, or even algebraic functions. You can play a more challenging version of this game with 7 dice. Roll 2, and those numbers give you the final number you're aiming for. Then roll the other five. You then need to use the numbers of those five dice to sum up to the first number. For example, let's say you roll a 2 and a 6 with the first pair of dice. That's your target number, You then roll the other dice, and you come up with 1, 3, 4, 4 and 6.
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The challenge is to come up with some way of summing 1,3,4,4, and 6, using a combination of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and powers, to get to To make the game even more interesting, you can use eight-sided dice to play. Ed Zaccaro, challengemath aol. Ed Zaccaro offers simple advice for parents who want to encourage a passion for math in their children: "As soon as you do math that's applicable to real life, the interest level triples. As Ed points out, so many issues in the news have to do with math, that just reading the newspaper with your child provides lots of opportunities to connect math with the real world.
For example, "The subprime debacle involves some pretty basic math," and offers compelling lessons about how understanding mathematical concepts, such as percents, is critical to real world decisions. Once you start looking for examples, they'll be all around. Ed recounts that he recently read an article predicting that every adult will be overweight by This conclusion was reached by a "ludicrous" interpretation of statistics on the current growth of obese adults.
Discussing the faulty reasoning underlying these kind of articles is both fun and informative. Encourage your child to find articles and advertisements that misuse statistics, and discuss them together. Talking about the mathematical aspects of household decisions is another way of engaging your child's interest in math. For example, should you get a hybrid car to save money on gas? Work out the math with your child, and let him or her help make the decision.
If you're taking out a loan for a new car, that's a great opportunity to talk about, and work with, interest rates. While parents understand that activities such as reading to children at home are important to help develop reading literacy, Ed points out that few parents understand the importance of taking steps at home to develop math literacy. Making "math talk" a part of everyday life will go a long way toward developing interested and engaged young mathematicians. Nurturing Young Mathematicians by Bror Saxberg. Bror Saxberg is the Chief Learning Officer for K12, Inc, which primarily builds and delivers virtual learning environments across a wide range of subjects for kids K His background includes a B.
Parents sometimes wonder with their little ones if there's anything they can do to help them build or advance an interest in math. There's a couple of things that can really help - some are completely in your control, some require some help from wherever you have your kids in school or might even precipitate a change! Start talking about numbers and math all the time.
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Even if your child doesn't appear to understand what you're saying, or even if they seem disinterested, keep it up: "How many miles do we have to go? Well, let's see - we know the trip is 22 miles, and we've gone 7 miles so far, so. It's just not as easy for most of us to have lots of words about mathematics as it is words about stories, travel, the store - but more "math talk" is better.
komnuiflottaduck.ga Some research seems to show that fairly simple board games that use spinners and some kind of possibly curvy number line e. A key is, again, to use number words and counting-aloud during the games - have the kids actually count out where their markers go, and, if there are numbers where they land, the number they land on. More opportunity for math talk! Math is an area where acceleration in school for kids who are pretty sharp at it can be very helpful.
And the opposite is true too - if your child, quick at math, is in a situation where the reward for finishing a sheet of problems is more of the same problems, is it any wonder their interest in math will start to flag? Talk with your teacher to see if this is happening regularly - that's a sign you need to get some change happening for your math monster! As your kids get older, you'll find lots of resources on-line to help your child advance their interests in mathematics - the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and a wide variety of Web sites can get you going.
But what you do with your littlest ones early on can set a life-long habit of understanding and enjoying the world of numbers and mathematics! Dodge, Naturalist, writes that: Like most parents of gifted children, you probably remember that as a tiny child, your daughter or son adopted interests beyond those typical of her age mates.
She would pursue these interests with a self-imposed determination, the result of the gifted mind's joy in understanding the world. These forays into mastery might last years until, finally satiated with the extent of their knowledge of the subject, the gifted child turns to a new subject and proceeds along their self-developed path toward mastery again.
Where to find new avenues for mastery?
Look no further than your neighborhood nature preserve. Here you will find an environment that is littered with the raw material of learning. The child's natural inclination to explore coupled with the gifted tendency to focus and master subjects will find many avenues for expression in nature.
The physical and biological complexity of the habitat you step into offers innumerable threads to follow: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, other invertebrates, wildflowers, trees, shrubs, mosses, lichens, rocks and minerals. Presented with so many possibilities for investigation, it won't be long before the gifted child takes on the challenge and chooses a subject to pursue and master.
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Shirley Tucker, former professor of botany at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge , advises parents to take children to places like botanical gardens and museums of natural history, pointing out that often such places have special workshops for children. Genevieve Graves, a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of California, Santa Cruz , fondly remembers her family hikes and trips to national parks. She advises parents to get their kids out into the natural world. Rather than just admiring the natural beauty, ask your children why the things they see are the way they are.
Why did it evolve that way? As a parent, you need to go out into nature equipped with information about what you're seeing and what scientific processes have produced it. Ben Faber Ph. He advises parents that gardening is a great approach to help kids see science's practical applications. For example, while we might think that adding fertilizer is always the best approach to improving crop growth, experimentation with soils shows that sometimes adjusting the soil's pH is more important.
Faber also notes that for younger kids especially, science can be very satisfying when they can take action and see a result - for example, planting carrots and radishes will produce a result the kids can eat in 30 days. Faber also reminds parents that science experiments with "dramatic effects and loud noises" illustrate the fun of science! As life became full, I grew more selective. Ironically, I produce more content now than ever before, but I write only in my wheelhouse, which means guest posts , columns and articles flow out of current projects.
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