In This Issue: Obama Plays Baseball, Good Books for Boys, Elephant = Jeep?
Barack Obama better stretch out his arm. On April 4, he and his family host an Easter Egg Roll at the White House. The next day, Obama will throw out the ceremonial season-opening pitch at the Washington Nationals' first baseball game. Memo to the President: do not, we repeat, do not use Easter eggs for fastball practice. Pitch Preview: See President Obama's pitch at the 2009 All Star Game. Activity Ideas - Math Imagine that you are going to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Explain how you would solve the following problems about your day, then solve them.
You find 5 eggs, then give 1 to a child who didn't find any. How many do you have left? (subtraction, 4 eggs)
You found 1 egg behind a tree, 3 in the grass, and 2 hidden under decorations. How many do you have? (addition, 6)
You notice a row of 4 eggs. These are the first three colors, in order: pink, yellow, pink. What is the next color in the pattern? (yellow)
Give a boy a gross-out book full of swashbuckling adventure, and he might become a lifelong reader. A new report reveals that boys have fallen behind in reading in every state. Girls' verbal skills are well ahead of boys'. Some experts suggest that the problem is linked to the the sedate ways that schools teach verbal skills. Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Together with your child, come up with some books you want to read.
After reading each book, help your child make connections between his or her experiences and the book. For example, if you chose Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, ASK: Have you ever had a bad day? Did you have any problems similar to Alexander?
Discuss the ways that made-up stories can include aspects from real life. (Even cartoon characters have feelings, etc.)