Category Archives: Math

Extending the Lesson: WLR Classes

Most of WLR classes are hands-on. When students are immersed in engaging activities, learning is fun! By focusing on the experiential aspects of learning, WLR instructors maximize class time by leaving most skilled-based activities to the home educating parent or caregiver who knows the child’s strengths and areas that need extra support. So for instance, if a student is challenged with fine motor skills, writing a single word or sentence may take 10-20 minutes. Rather than use class time, this is an activity better suited to the one-on-one attention he/she is receiving at home.

However, there are several ways that parents can extend WLR lessons into their home learning environment, using the WLR lesson as inspiration for continued learning at home. Below are a few suggestions.

  1.  Telling back/oral narration. This is a common practice in Waldorf schools as well as those who use Charlotte Mason methods. It is simple and lays a strong foundation for composition as the child grows. How? Simply ask your child to tell you what he did in class. Avoid the temptation to interrupt with questions, but rather let the child “narrate” as if telling you a story about his/her day. In Waldorf schools, the telling back usually occurs the day after the lesson, allowing the images from the story or lesson to enter the subconscious during sleep; with Charlotte Mason methods, this is done shortly after the lesson. Telling back/narration is an excellent practice while the student is still developing the fine motor skills required for writing – especially when the hand cannot keep up with the mind! Narrating what he/she did in class or learned reinforces that learning and helps it to sink in. In addition, your child is naturally practicing the skills required for basic writing: sequencing of ideas, sentence composition, using adjectives, etc. The process strengthens the memory and speaking skills as well.
  2. Written narration. This is similar to #1 above, but can be done on paper. You can actually have your child do the oral narration first and then at another time, they can do the written narration. Again, this will extend and reinforce what has been covered in class. Depending on the child’s age and development, they may write for 2 – 20 minutes about their learning experiences in class. Rather than marking or grade the composition, simply observe any misspelled words or other errors that you can focus on during a separate lesson.
  3. Drawing or other artistic activity – In a Waldorf school, the main lesson often includes a teacher-led drawing from the story or subject matter. At home, you can simply have your child draw a picture related to what was learned in class that day or the day before. Alternatively, your student can sculpt, paint or engage in another artistic activity to help extend and reinforce the lesson.
  4. Creating a lesson book. If desired, your child can compile his/her written compositions and/or drawings into a lesson book, with a card stock cover that can also include an illustration and a title.

During the Fall 2017 Session, we have a number of classes that will work well with any of the above ideas including:

  • Science – Meteorology
  • Science – Rockets!
  • Hands-on Geology
  • Math: History & Mysteries
  • Biographies
  • Nature Stories & Crafts
  • Singing
  • Storytelling & Drama
  • Handwork: Farm to Fiber
  • Hero Stories
  • Musical Theatre
  • Games
  • Woodworking
  • Clay & World Crafts
  • Ceramics
  • Learning is Fun K-1 program

For any of our art-based classes, you may prefer an oral or written narration since the artistic activity has already been done in class.

You know your child best, of course. Modify any of the above ideas to your child’s developmental age, skill level, interest and any other considerations. Ideally, any of these activities will be a joyful extension of your child’s experience at Wholistic Learning Resources.

Check the Class Schedule pages to see what is currently being offered at WLR. You may also wish to visit the Class Description pages for details.

 

 

 

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New class! Celtic Knot Braids & Designs

From simple, two-stranded braids to complex spirals and fantastic animal forms, Celtic knots have long been admired for their intricacy and beauty. But did you know that even the most complicated of these forms are built up from simple principles?

In this class students will learn not only how to draw these forms, but also how to decorate them in a variety of ways. By working with Celtic knot and braid designs, students experience the dimensionality of form as they explore the concepts of “over” and “under.” Introduction of the “disappearing line” helps develop the ability to “follow a line of thought.” In addition, drawing these forms helps to advance focus and concentration as the drawing process itself organically brings students to an  attentive, alert state.

Celtic Knot Braids & Designs for Grades 5-8 is offered on Mondays at our Rancho Cordova location and is taught by Mr. Huff. Register soon to hold your child’s place in class!

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Early Registration Discount ends tomorrow, January 9th at midnight. So register soon for the best rates.

We also offer:

  • Multiple class discounts when enrolling in 3+ classes
  • Self-paying discounts
  • Supervised lunch recess for students enrolled before and after the break

Why choose WLR?

  • Several convenient locations
  • Experienced, dedicated teachers
  • Small classes
  • All locations have plenty of space for outdoor play during breaks

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Class Spotlight: Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic

Solving problems logically is an important skill that goes far beyond math and other academics. It is a life skill that children will need as they grow toward and into adulthood when managing numerous challenges such as resolving conflicts with roommates; navigating the myriad of university major, general education, and graduation requirements; and other tasks like learning to change a tire, balance a checkbook or compare credit card offers.

Organizing information, guessing, estimating and predicting are all aspects of learning to think logically. One of the best ways for students to acquire problem-solving skills is through active involvement in a variety of problem-solving situations. Since children develop these skills through experience, it is helpful to expose them to a variety of problem-solving opportunities.

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In WLR’s Math Games & Puzzles and Math Games & Logic classes, students practice finding solutions through pictorial representations or by constructing three-dimensional models. They may examine visual representations of the problems or use manipulatives such as wooden or cardboard tangrams, colored circles, dice, game pieces or game boards. They deepen and expand their understanding through opportunities to explain their problem-solving strategies  to the teacher and their classmates.

The goal of these classes is twofold:

  1. To ensure that students increase positive feelings and decrease fearful attitudes about mathematics.
  2. To increase problem solving skills.

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Math Games & Puzzles is for students Grades 2-4 and emphasizes the joy and wonder of math, helping to lay the foundation for a lasting interest in mathematics. For grades 4-8 in Math Games & Logic, students will learn to approach problems systematically, sharpening their powers of logical deduction. They will learn to recognize patterns to solve problems and learn to try new ideas or generate new methods of tackling a problem. Both classes emphasize a cooperative learning environment and a non-threatening, supportive approach to encourage intellectual exploration and risk-taking.

Both classes begin January 23, 2017,   American River Grange in Rancho Cordova. Our teacher, Ms. Audra Sterrett, is warm, caring, cheerful and enthusiastic. As both an experienced public classroom teacher as well as a home educator of her own three children, she is sensitive to the needs and experiences of homeschooled students.

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