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I recently completed a new series of blog posts on Parental Engagement generational learning. You can view the entire series over at the Demme Learning Blog.
Watch the video overview:
Grandpa Joe is one of the most beloved fictional grandparents in all of pop culture. His relationship with Charlie in the book and movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory perfectly captures that special bond between grandparent and grandchild. The story is also a wonderful illustration of how grandparents can impart wisdom to their grandchildren.
Part 2 – Williamsburg with My Grandmother
It is important for kids to interact with their grandparents. Not only does developing a relationship with grandparents strengthen the emotional support system for the child, it allows our children to learn from people even older and wiser than ourselves. Grandparents who are engaged in their grandchildren’s learning can help inspire them to read, to study, and to explore.
“Grandparents aren’t just telling silly jokes these days. More than half report conversations with their grandchildren include meaningful topics such as morals and values (78 percent), religion and spirituality (66 percent), and illegal drugs and alcohol (50 percent.) Even 37 percent talk about dating or sex with at least one of their grandchildren. They also talk about key issues such as staying safe (73 percent), peer pressure and bullying (53 percent), and health/obesity (61 percent.) Almost half (45 percent) talk about issues their grandchildren have with their parents.
Part 4 – Tips for Intergenerational Learning
One of the best gifts we can give our children is the opportunity to spend time with their grandparents. Strengthening the bonds of family is rewarding for everyone and creating memories with loved ones is an opportunity to bring joy and happiness into our lives and the lives of our children.
Hands on manipulatives are for more than just teaching lower level math. At Math-U-See we use manipulative blocks to teach concepts from Kindergarten through Algebra 1. Here is a video overview of how to teach factoring polynomials with manipulative blocks. I’m mentioned in the video if you listen closely.
I bought a new tech toy. The Zagg Folio is a bluetooth keyboard/ipad case and I’m loving it. The keyboard is easy to type on, it’s easy to setup and the case works great. It’s also easy to remove the ipad for traditional use.
Blogging has changed over the years, 7 years ago when i started blogging it was still new. In college, blogging was social networking and xanga was all the rage. Since then blogging went mainstream and a whole new world of social networking was discovered. As a result blogging became less popular but more important.
With the ease and connectivity of new sites like facebook and Twitter traditional blogging has become the realm of those passionate about a topic who are wiling to put in the time to blog about it. In essence social networking scraped off the short form content creators and left blogging to the medium and long form creators.
All that to say that I’m experimenting with my iPad and medium form content. Many years ago this blog was titled “ruminations” meaning half digested thoughts and that is what I intend to post more of.
Let me know what you think?