Parent Newsletter #125

June 7, 2014
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In This Issue
1. Quote
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
3. Bumper Sticker
4. Manage Subscription
5. Article: The Summer Slide
6. Educational Apps for Summer Learning
7. Educational Games for Summer Learning
1. Quote
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
 
Buddha
2. Spirit Whisperer Contemplation
What if what you want from this child already exists within her and your job is to encourage it to come out rather than discover a way to put it in? In which ways would that alter your approach to parenting?
3. Bumper Sticker
Noticed on a green Saturn in Mobile, AL:
 
ibirth@home
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5. Article: The Summer Slide
By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
 
"School's out. School's out. Teachers let the monkeys out." And now you get them. What are you going to do with them now? If you're not careful, the summer slide will take effect shortly. It may have already begun with your children.
 
The summer slide we are talking about is not found at a well-known water park. Nor is it at the county recreation area down the road. It isn't next to the swing set in your neighbor's backyard. If you don't know what it is, there is a good chance it will be using it to slip and slide this summer.
 
The "summer slide," often referred to as the "summer brain drain," is a regular and predictable phenomenon that happens each summer. Student grade-level achievement scores in math and reading typically drop 2 to 3 months each summer. It often takes teachers a couple of months to get students back up to the exact grade level they were at when school ended at the beginning of summer.
 
You never heard of the summer brain drain? Most likely it's because the politicians and school administrators don't want you to know about it. They often prefer to hold the teachers accountable for all student achievement. Teachers are an easy target. It might be helpful to ask your building administrator, Board of Education members, and other elected officials why this information is not being shouted from the rooftops. If you don’t know about it, there is nothing you can do about it.
 
Do you want to get up to speed on the summer brain drain? Google it, along with the summer slide. You will find a ton of data and a weekend's worth of reading. Go on, we dare you.
 
Are you taking your children to the library this summer? Or is that too much trouble?
 
Will they help you read the recipe in your kitchen and do the math involved with portion sizes? Or will it be faster to do it without them?
 
Can they keep track of the cost of the groceries in the cart and let you know when you approach 50 dollars? Or will they just get in the way?
 
Will you commit to using electronic devices (computers, iPads, tablets, smart phones) as tools, not toys? Will you turn off the TV and get away from the video games? Or is it too much of a hassle to set healthy limits for your children?
 
There are a lot of educational options available with today’s technology. Consider the list of apps below in section 6 as a guide. Elementary teachers consider these some of the best for creative and fun learning opportunities.
 
Will you each learn a new word at dinner and use it with each other? Or is a regular dinnertime during the summer an inconvenience?
 
Are you using road trips as an opportunity to have your children calculate the mileage by using a map and adding up the distance indicated on the map? Do you challenge them to explain what "miles per hour" means and how to compute it? Can they figure how many miles per gallon you are getting and the difference in gas prices in different locations? Or are you as eager to plug in one of the great family disconnect devices as they are?
 
Will journal writing be a method of keeping your child’s writing and penmanship skills sharp? Or would you rather not be bothered with writing your personal reactions to their journal entries?
 
Have you created ways to have your children handle money this summer? How about taking pop bottles back and estimating how much money they will receive? Can you allow them to make change at your garage sale? Will you have them count the money that has accumulated in the family charity jar? Or is money something they don't need to worry about?
 
Will you read each night to the little ones and have a regular reading time for those who are older? Or will you just say, "Hey, it's summer. It's time to give them a break"?
 
Is sitting together with your eleven-year-old and balancing the checkbook and comparing it to the family budget on your summer agenda? How about helping your teenager create a budget plan or pick a stock to invest in and tracking its progress through the summer? Or are you busy filling out your fantasy baseball league selections?
 
Can you keep summer learning fun by playing games that require the use of skills learned in school? Will you invest a few minutes perusing the game section of the local department store? Or are video games good enough for your children? 
 
As a way to stretch your imagination, consider some of the oldest games from around the world listed in section 7.
 
Will you give your children a map at the amusement park and let them decide where to go and how to get there without interfering? Or will you take over and do it for them?
 
You get to decide. They are your children. But if your choices create a summer brain drain, don't blame the teachers. That slide will be your creation. Own it.
 
Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller are the authors of Parent Talk Essentials: How to Talk to Kids about Divorce, Sex, Money, School, and Being Responsible in Today’s World. They are two of the world's foremost authorities on raising responsible, caring, confident children. They publish a free Uncommon Parenting blog. To obtain more information about how they can help you or your group meet your parenting needs, visit their website today: www.uncommon-parenting.com.
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 6. Educational Apps for Summer Learning
Kindergarten: 
  • Teach Me K – ELA and Math where kids go through different levels to accomplish simple math and beginning letter sounds and simple words. They collect coins and build an environment for a fish. ($1.99) 
  • Bugs and Buttons – Math skills and manipulating numbers by moving the screen. 
  • Grandma's Garden – Matching number groups, shapes and first letter sounds. 
  • Park Math HD – Numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, patterning and sorting. ($1.99) 
First Grade: 
  • Teach Me 1st – ELA and Math similar to the Teach Me K but a level up. ($1.99) 
  • Lola's Math Ship – Simple number games that graduate to more challenging games when the child is ready. (Free or $1.99 version) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 1&2 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  • Learning Gems Math – Work your way through a pirate map using math clues or answering math questions to find the treasures. Over 10,000 problems that are not repeated until the player works through all of them. Good or 1st through 4th math. ($.99)
Second Grade: 
  • Teach Me 2nd – ELA and Math similar to the Teach Me K but 2 levels up. ($1.99) 
  • My Birds of Prey – Science facts about birds. (Free or $1.99 version) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 1&2 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 2&3 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  • Learning Gems Math – Work your way through a pirate map using math clues or answering math questions to find the treasures. Over 10,000 problems that are not repeated until the player works through all of them. Good for 1st through 4th math. ($.99) 
Third Grade: 
  • Teach Me 3rd – ELA and Math similar to the Teach Me K but 3 levels up. ($1.99) 
  • Mathtopia – Similar to Candy Crush with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. (Free or $3.99 expanded version) 
  • Barefoot World Atlas – An interactive 3-D globe to discover the rich wonders of our planet country by country. ($4.99) 
  • Toontastic – A creative storytelling app where kids can draw, animate and share their own cartoons. Three different versions: Original, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda. (Free) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 2&3 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  • Learning Gems Math – Work your way through a pirate map using math clues or answering math questions to find the treasures. Over 10,000 problems that are not repeated until the player works through all of them. Good for 1st through 4th math. ($.99) 
Fourth Grade: 
  • Barefoot World Atlas – An interactive 3-D globe to discover the rich wonders of our planet country by country. ($4.99) 
  • Bobo Explores Light – A fully functional science museum for kids ages 4-12. ($4.99) 
  • Toontastic – A creative storytelling app where kids can draw, animate and share their own cartoons. Three different versions: Original, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda. (Free) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 4&5 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  • Learning Gems Math – Work your way through a pirate map using math clues or answering math questions to find the treasures. Over 10,000 problems that are not repeated until the player works through all of them. Good for 1st through 4th math. ($.99) 
Fifth Grade: 
  • Barefoot World Atlas – An interactive 3-D globe to discover the rich wonders of our planet country by country. ($4.99)          
  • Toontastic – A creative storytelling app where kids can draw, animate and share their own cartoons. Three different versions: Original, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda. (Free) 
  • Brain Quest Grades 4&5 – Math, Science, Language, and Social Studies. ($4.99) 
  •  Slice It – A game where you slice different figures into the same ratio or area. (Free or $.99 version) 
  • Crazy Machines Golden Gears Lite – Logic Puzzles. (Free or $2.99 version) 
**BONUS: LOCKING YOUR iPAD
 
Did you know that you can lock your iPad or tablet to remain on one app only? It's called Guided Access. Here is how you do it on an iPad:
 
This is the initial setup that you only need to do once and then access it easily every time. In Settings go to General to Accessibility, then scroll to learning section and turn on Guided Access, then set passcode and enter a 4-digit code.
 
After the initial setup, select any app and open it, then triple click the home button. Guided Access is now enabled. To turn off, triple click and enter the passcode.
7. Educational Games for Summer Learning
  • Mancala – Some historians believe Mancala to be the oldest game in the world. It uses a wooden game board with six hollowed sections that hold forty-eight stones (flattened marbles in games purchased in stores). Players use counting and estimating as they move their stones around the board attempting to capture as many of their opponents' stones as possible. The rules are simple, yet challenging. Can be purchased at most department stores. 
  • Shut the Box® – Said to have been invented in the 12th century in France and considered a cherished game among sailors and fishermen off the coast of Normandy some 200 years ago. It is played with two dice and wooden tiles that are turned over as the dice are added and tiles eliminated. The lowest score on the remaining tiles wins. Also known in various parts of the world as Canoga, Tric-Trac and Batten Down the Hatches. For purchasing information, visit www.woodexpressions.com. 
  • Senet™ – Played on a board similar to those found in the tombs of Egyptian kings such as Ramses III and King Tut. Hieroglyphics on the board surface indicate specific moves that can (or cannot) be made as players drop four sticks that represent a numerical value in an attempt to be the first one to remove all their Senet™ pieces from the board. For purchasing information, visit www.woodexpressions.com. 
  • King's Table…The Viking Game – Tablut (King's Table), as it was called, is the forerunner of chess. It was played in AD 400 by Norwegians, Swedes, Icelanders and Russians. The Vikings carried the game all through Europe and down into Persia where it was later combined with a game called "Shatranj." The combination of these two games is what we know today as chess. 
  • King's Table is a game of attack and defense as eight pieces protect the king while sixteen pieces attempt to capture the king. All the pieces move like the rook moves in chess. The game teaches strategy, thinking ahead, and pattern analysis. Fun for kids of all ages. For purchasing information, visit www.woodexpressions.com. 
  • UR™  – Thought to be 4500 years old, this was a game played by the royalty and wealthy people of the Biblical city called "Ur of Chaldees" in Mesopotamia, which is the land between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern-day Iraq. The Biblical game has pyramid-shaped dice and is played on a board with six different markings. The goal is to move game pieces about the size of a nickel around the board, attempting to cover the spaces with the same markings. For purchasing information, visit www.woodexpressions.com. 
  • Rush Hour® – A challenging game of problem solving and spatial reasoning from the ThinkFun® Corporation. The game is played with plastic cars and trucks of various lengths that are positioned on a grid to match one of 40 playing cards. The goal is to maneuver the red car out of the playing grid and escape the traffic jam by shifting all the blocking cars and trucks out of the way! For purchasing information, visit www.thinkfun.com.
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Thomas Haller
 
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989-686-5356
 
 
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Seminar Schedule
June 18 - Burlington, WI
Group Skills for Independent Learners: How to Make Cooperation More Student Centered presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information contact Deb Engen at 608-243-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.
 
June 19 - Okemos, MI
One-Minute Behavior Modifier presented by Chick Moorman, 10:30 am - 11:45 am. Okemos High School Auditorium. For more information, contact Dick Comar 313-410-6009 or email co4ol@aol.com.
 
June 20 - Joliet, IL
The Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Advantage Discipline, University of St. Francis. For more information, contact Sarah Knapp at 616-540-3974 or email sarah.advantagediscipline@yahoo.com.
 
June 23 - Livonia, MI
Debriefing the Missing Link presented by Chick Moorman, 10:30 am - 11:45 am. Livonia Franklin High School. For more information, contact Dick Comar 313-410-6009 or email co4ol@aol.com.
 
June 25 - Oregon, WI
Group Skills for Independent Learners: How to Make Cooperation More Student Centered presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. International Graduate School of Education (IGS). For more information, contact Deb Engen at 608-243-7862 or email deborahengen@hotmail.com.
 
July 10 - 12 - Bay City, MI
Parent Talk System Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information, call 989-643-5059 or email ipp57@aol.com. 
 
July 14 - 16 - Bay City, MI
Teacher Talk Advantage Facilitator Training presented by Thomas Haller and Chick Moorman, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center. For more information, call 989-643-5059 or email ipp57@aol.com.   
 
July 25 - Grand Rapids, MI
The Teacher Talk Advantage presented by Chick Moorman, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. Advantage Discipline, East Kentwood High School Auditorium. For more information, contact Sarah Knapp at 616-540-3974 or email sarah.advantagediscipline@yahoo.com.
Media Schedule
 
Thomas on television answering viewer questions:
 
Relationship Matters – Every Monday at 9:15 am on WNEM TV5 Better Mid-Michigan
 
Family Matters with Thomas Haller Fridays at noon, Saturdays at 8:45 am, Sundays at   7:45 am and 8:45 am on WNEM TV5. Also streaming live at: www.wnem.com.
 
To view Dr. Tom's previous Family Matters segments, CLICK HERE.
 
Thomas on the radio answering questions and discussing hot topics:
 
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Listen to Thomas on The Thomas and Valerie Show on www.prx.org or on www.thethomasandvalerieshow.com.
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