March 26, 2010 | KindergartenIn This Issue: Bedtime Books, An Almost Perfect Bracket, Math and Science Study Read, Read, Read! When Jim Brozina's youngest daughter, Kristen, entered fourth grade, he suggested they read together before bed 100 days in a row. "The Streak" was his way of stretching their nighttime ritual beyond the age that her older sister had decided she'd outgrown it. His plan was a great success: the two kept reading until his daughter left for college—3,218 consecutive nights later.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts Reading & Writing
Challenge your child to a read-a-thon. Together, set a time period during which you will read together every night.
After finishing a book, ask your child questions about the text: Who was the main character? What was his or her name? Where did the character live?
Help your child mark your number of reading days on a calendar, noting each book and the amount of time spent reading it.
Activity Ideas - Math Share this with your child: Basketball games, baseball games and other sporting events provide ample opportunity to use your math skills.
ASK: How do we use numbers in basketball? (Answers can include: to determine which team is winning, to identify players, to control the amount of players in the game, to count each team's baskets, goals, points, etc.)
Tell your child that each basketball team in the NCAA Tournament is given a number; this number represents how successful the team has been at winning games. No. 1 is the best.
Look at an up-to-date bracket. Point out each team's seed, and help your child determine whether a team has a winning record or a losing record based on the numbers.
A Study on Science and Math A recent report revealed that more men than women pursue math and science careers. That seems to be changing, as more women are receiving doctorates in science, technology, engineering or math. Still, stereotypes and cultural biases continue to hold some women back. Activity Ideas - Language Arts Share this with your child: Many female scientists and mathematicians have made contributions to our society, but we don't always learn about them.