How are you? The school season is either finished for the year or coming to a close for many students. For students who are quick to learn, a summer break from school isn’t an issue. Yet, not every student is quick to learn.
Sometimes, a mild setback during summer months is okay. I mean, everyone has setbacks in one form or another, right? It is a fact of life. It isn’t so bad. Everyone needs to learn how to deal with setbacks.
Yet, for some students, especially for those already struggling, it is nice to give some sort of educational practice or guidance throughout the summer months as well. Many times, this extra practice and guidance can be in the form of an “always learning” mindset. That is to say, you can create learning experiences in every day conversation and experiences, sometimes without the student suspecting it.
So, what do I mean by an “always learning” mindset? (Note: This is a term I just made up. It can be likened to a lifelong learner as an adult, I would think.) I mean, when your kindergarten student helps set the table, have him or her count the number of people and then ask something like, “So, how many plates will we need?” And, guide him or her to make the one to one connection between people and plates.
Another example of an “always learning” mindset, might be to ask your child questions like, “Oh, that is a cute little chipmunk. What do you think they eat?” Then, of course, look up the answer and share it with your child. It only takes a few minutes, but it encourages wonderment and role models wanting to learn, asking questions, and seeking answers.
There are times when a more structured learning experience might be called for during the summer months. I really think it is important to help struggling learners during summer break from school. Why? I think this is important, not only because maintaining or advancing in educational skills is so valuable, but also because it could greatly improve the confidence of the student.
For those who are interested, DUO Inspirations offers tutoring, education coaching, and educational products/resources. I am happy to chat with you about your educational needs and your education journey. Whether you need just someone with which to brainstorm ideas, an affordable resource that you can’t find, tutoring/education coaching services, or a consultant, please contact me. I enjoy helping others teach and learn. Thank you.
Now, it is your turn.
I would like to hear about some of your summertime learning activities. Do you practice an "always learning" mindset with your child? What sort of help could you use in your education journey? Thank you for your comments and feedback. Feel free to comment below or contact me. Thank you for being here. I appreciate it.
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DUO Inspirations Offers a Writer's Resource: the "Basic Character Profile Package"
How are you? I have something new for you today. As you may know, I am a children’s book author. I enjoy writing and teaching, as you can probably tell from my blogs. Today, I have a writing resource for you.
Authors and writers go about writing in a variety of ways. They work the words and design their stories from thoughts, events, people, situations, desires, dreams, and a multitude of other inspirations.
The resource today is to help writers organize their thoughts around the characters in their stories. Especially for a longer story with multiple plots and subplots, it is good to be organized and know your characters well. Although, it can be helpful for short stories and children’s books to know your characters well. You never know when you want to complete a series or even a movie based on your stories.
So, how do you keep everything about your characters organized? One strategy is to create a character profile. You write everything you can think of about a character down in one spot. Don’t take anything for granted. Just because you think you know your character and have a clear picture of your character in your mind, doesn’t mean that you will remember everything as your write your story.
Keeping yourself organized about your character is important, but it also serves a greater purpose. If you don’t know your character, then you might not portray your character very well and your readers won’t know your character either. Why is this important? Often times writers feel they have an image of their character in their minds, but if they don’t describe characters well enough readers won’t have that same picture.
To help keep you (and other writers) organized, DUO Inspirations offers the “Basic Character Profile Package”. It can be used as both a way to brainstorm character possibilities or to completely organize a character and it’s part in a story. Keep your notes regarding your character all in one spot. The “Basic Character Profile Package” comes with a Character Profile sheet, a Character Profile and Purpose Sheet, Sample Character Description Words and Phrases sheet, and a Basic Character Conflict Ideas list.
Some stories fall apart if there are inconsistencies in writing. It may seem fake and unbelievable. To me, this is especially true if there are inconsistencies have to do with the characters. I really like to be able to relate to the characters in the story in some way. For example, if you say a character is weak and unsteady on his or her feet, you probably don’t want that character to solve a problem by walking across a log that has fallen across a creek. It may seem obvious, but it isn’t so obvious. I have seen these little inconsistencies in stories.
Use the “Basic Character Profile Package” to help you grow in your writing skills. Create vivid, strong, believable, and relatable characters that make your story come alive.
If you are interested in the "Basic Character Profile Package", you can check it out here. It is a great resource for writers. You will find it useful.
Now, it is your turn.
I am glad you are here and look forward to your comments. Do you write? What sort of resources do you like? The "Basic Character Profile Package" would be a great resource for writing classes.
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How are you? Today, I would like to talk with you about learning bookmarks. Have you ever used them? Learning bookmarks are bookmarks that do more than holding the reader’s place. Learning bookmarks are mini activity pages to help the reader get more out of the book and become a better reader.
There are many styles and sizes of learning bookmarks. Some have questions and activities about characters. Others have questions and activities about plot, setting, or other aspects of the book. There are learning bookmarks that also have spaces for the reader to ask questions, make notes, write down vocabulary words, make connections, and such. (DUO Inspirations currently has the latter for an educational resource and product.)
The newest learning bookmark by DUO Inspirations has three activity spots. In each spot, the reader can write the page number and choose to write a vocabulary word, ask a question, make a connection, or write a note about what he or she likes in the book.
I like the flexibility in the newest learning bookmark. It is nice to have a resource that can be used in multiple ways. What do you think? The Learning Bookmark by DUO Inspirations is also a great resource for readers of all ages.
The idea of a learning bookmark is the ease of use and availability. That is a bookmark is right there with the book. So, instead of having to find a notebook, piece of paper, or computer, the reader can make notes or ask questions right on the bookmark.
The Learning Bookmark is blank on one side. (Although, it could be printed two-sided.) On the blank side, the reader can draw an illustration based on the book or decorate it in a personal way.
Another great idea would be to print it on cardstock and laminate it. That way, the bookmark can be used multiple times for multiple books. The reader can then use a dry erase marker on the bookmark.
If you are interested in purchasing a Learning Bookmark by DUO Inspirations, you can press the link below.
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I am so glad that you are here. I hope you are enjoying and finding value in the Education Blog by DUO Inspirations. I would enjoy hearing if you have used learning bookmarks before. Have you used the Learning Bookmark by DUO Inspirations or other learning bookmarks? Do you and your students enjoy them? Do you use them for your own reading? What kinds of activities are on the learning bookmarks that you use? What type of activities would you like to see on the next learning bookmarks by DUO Inspirations? Please, leave a comment or feel free to contact me.
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