Learning facts is just one of the parts of schooling that never seems to go away. The trick is to get them into the long-term memory well before they are needed in tests and exams.
Maths was always a struggle for us through the Junior School. Timed tests, learning tables,… it was all bad. Our youngest found it all particularly difficult – I would ask ‘What is 4 + 3?” She would reply “mmmm maybe 9, or 8’. This was made worse by her teachers not allowing her to use… Continue reading This is Maths too
We try to emphasis to our kids that the practice exams are just that, practice for the real thing.
Exam time is looming in New Zealand. It starts with “mocks” then then real thing. Our house is awash with post it notes, highlighted note pages, flash cards and practice tests… whatever works is our philosophy. Another website and resource that I can’t praise enough is https://www.nobraintoosmall.co.nz/ this site is absolutely brilliant for NZ students… Continue reading Exam Time
I am sure the calculator and spell check was invented by a dyslexic person 😉 bless them. Like many other adult dyslexics out there, my writing at school was limited to what I could spell...
We’re still on Atomic Structure study. We made a game to help reinforce the Element Symbols with the actual Elements. This was to help with faster recall (and not having to sing the whole song every time she was working out an element) and confidence that she really knew them. We made a template (below)… Continue reading Periodic Table Snap/Memory
Our 13 year old is studying atoms. As a multi-sensory learner, we try and come up with activities that engage her, interest her, and of course, teach her. Both girls learnt their periodic table with to this fantastic song; Periodic Table Song and the words if you need them Periodic Table Song Words Today we were looking… Continue reading Atom Cookies