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Friday, December 23, 2011

Learning Made Fun

I have to admit I wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed growing up.  Don't get it twisted, I always had common sense.  But when it came to school, I had to work hard for those A's and B's.  I wonder if Princess will have the same problem when she starts elementary school.  I know it's kinda early, but I'm a planner in case you haven't noticed.  I breezed through subjects pertaining to the arts such as English.  However, I struggled in classes like Math and Science.

You're probably thinking that it's a bit ironic, since my profession weighs heavily on Math and Science.  The truth is that I never planned on being a weather anchor.  A news director at a local station in New York offered me a gig forecasting the weather out of the blue one day.  The opportunity fell right into my lap.  How could I have said no?  We made a deal that required me to do features and entertainment in addition to signing on as the weather anchor.  My agent at the time, encouraged me to take classes to help with weather forecasting.

I signed up to take some online courses, which I thought would be pretty easy.  Boy, was I wrong.  I didn't realize that there was so much numbers and symbols involved!  I had to hire a tutor to get me through my calculus courses.

All these math classes have got me thinking about my daughter's education.  We're so fortunate to have such a great daycare.  Princess actually learns lessons having to with cognitive, language, social, and physical activities.  We get a toddler link, which is a report that keeps us up to date with her daily progress.

Princess at Daycare

In just a few years she'll be starting kindergarden, and I hope that her education will be just as detailed and enjoyable as it is at daycare.  I found this great website that incorporates differentiated instruction. It teaches kids math through fun games.  Obviously sites like this didn't exist when I went to school.  In fact, learning math was tough and my teachers didn't exactly make it fun.  Most times I'd stare at the clock until school ended.  If there was a site like this one that combined learning and fun, maybe I wouldn't have had such a hard time with math growing up.  Princess has a while before she starts elementary school, but I hope that her school will take advantage of free sites like this when the time comes.

Does your child's school incorporate websites that build math proficiency into their curriculum?

Weather Anchor Mama

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