In This Issue: Queen of the Bee, Soccer World Cup, Throwing the Perfect Game She's a Super SpellerThe National Spelling Bee is an educational marathon. Competitors breathlessly spell words that rarely make it into everyday speech. Take the word that Anamika Veeramani, 14, spelled correctly to become the 2010 national champ: "stromuhr." Now try using it in a sentence. Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Using small pieces of paper, write down a variety of easy to difficult words. Put them in a paper bag or bowl.
Have your child close his or her eyes, pick a word and give it to you to read aloud.
Challenge him or her to spell the word; write down the spelling.
After about five words or so, compare your child's spelling with the correct spelling. Together, decide which version makes more sense.
Pretend that you have the opportunity to change the rules of spelling. What would you do away with—silent vowels and consonants? Have fun with it!
Game On! On June 11, the 2010 World Cup of Soccer kicks off in South Africa. The tournament, which plays through July 11, showcases soccer's best on the world stage. Who will you root for?
Activity Ideas - Math
Get out a calendar. Tell your child that the tournament starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. Have him or her count the number of days. How many days is the tournament? 31 days.
ASK: Based on the number of days, is the tournament one or two months long? One month.
Tell your child that the U.S. plays on June 12. What day is that? Saturday.
There are three games on June 12. The U.S. plays England at 2:30 p.m. (Times are ET.) Argentina plays Nigeria at 10 a.m. South Korea plays Greece at 7:30 a.m. Put the games in order, by time of day: South Korea vs. Greece, 7:30 a.m.; Argentina vs. Nigeria at 10:00 a.m.; U.S. vs. England at 2:30 p.m.
A Baseball Blunder Sure, the Detroit Tigers' Armando Galarraga is a good pitcher, but he's an even better sport. After pitching a perfect game—27 batters at the plate; 27 batters back to the bench—it looked like Galarraga was set to become a perfect-gamer. But a bad call by umpire Jim Joyce threw out any bid for perfection. Joyce apologized to Galarraga after seeing on replay that he got it wrong. The pitcher said that he respected Joyce for admitting his mistake.
Activity Ideas - Language Arts
Tell your child what happened to ruin the perfect game.
ASK: Do you think that the pitcher should get credit for pitching a perfect game? Why or why not?
Imagine that you and your child are debating the issue in front of a group of people. You each have five minutes to present your arguments.
Ask a family member or friend to sit across the room from you, to give you feedback.
Tell your child that speaking loudly and clearly will help get people's attention and may even help him or her "win" the debate.
You may want to play around, alternately speaking in a whisper then shouting, to help your child see what not to do.