Sight Words (High Frequency Words)

downloadA relatively small number of words (about 100) make up most of the text children read. Some of these words are irregular or not decodable. Successful readers have a large number of words they can read automatically by sight. These are known as sight words.

Suggested Sight Word Lists

Dolch Sight Words

The Dolch list of 220 basic sight words was developed in the 1930’s, based on three comprehensive lists of words compiled in the previous decade. The Dolch words hold sentences together and include adjectives, adverbs, articles, conjunctions, prepositions, pronouns, and verbs. They include between 52 and 70 percent of all the words children generally find in assigned reading and are commonly divided into four lists: a Pre Primer list, a Primer list, a First Grade List, and a Second Grade list. Other lists of words have been developed with a high degree of consistency in the first hundred words.

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Question-Answer Relationships

High school students using digital tablet at lockers

High school students using digital tablet at lockers

“I can’t find the answer to this question!” The irritated tone of voice signals a growing frustration from one of our students struggling to complete an assignment. Indeed, from a student viewpoint, finding answers to questions seems to occupy the lion’s share of what education is about.

Understanding how questions work is a critical component of learning. Many students are unaware of the different levels of thinking that questions may elicit. As a result they follow a “literal” approach of seeking direct statements from the text to answer questions, and feel betrayed or even give up when this strategy does not work. Other students pay only cursory attention to their reading, instead relying almost solely on what they already know to get their answers, regardless of what the text might say. For them, answering questions becomes an exercise in “common sense” rather than a thoughtful consideration of new information encountered in print.

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African Americans and College Scholarships

images-62It is not so long ago that obtaining a top academic education was only a faraway dream for most African Americans. For these students, getting hold of well-paying employment and experiencing some of the greater things in their lives existed only in their wildest imagination.

Over the last decades all this has changed. Nowadays you can find scholarships available to African Americans not only offered by the federal government, but also via companies and corporations, and through public and private sectors as well. Numerous philanthropic institutions these days have scholarship grants meant for minority groups, especially African Americans. These great scholarship grants offer many African Americans all through the country the possibility to obtain the education and learning they are worthy of.
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Arizona Scholarships for Hispanics

images-61The state of Arizona has quite a few universities and colleges that offer outstanding educative programs for people who would like to become educated on a higher level. On the other hand, at the majority of these colleges and universities, the tuition cost can be a problem. The high cost of further study makes it very problematic for students who really would like a quality education but are not in the position to afford the tuition.

Especially minority students such as Hispanics are affected by these problems. In order to support these students to deal with the costs of tuition, Arizona has made scholarships available for Hispanics. These state-funded scholarship grants enable Hispanics particularly to attain the top quality education of their wishes.

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Education into Uneducated Thought

The Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges and universities have signed a petition put out by the Amethyst Initiative, which is sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Drinking Choices, which is run by far-left liberals out of Middlebury College, in Vermont, who, no doubt, would like to see us back to the Greco-Roman days where we can all frolic through the streets naked singing poems back and forth (am I done? I think so, but to remind you of where we started… a petition) that calls for a national debate on lowering the drinking age to 18.

No, the Presidents of some of the nation’s most prestigious Colleges didn’t sign a petition that calls for a national debate on lowering marijuana use, so Mexican drug lords can stop kidnapping, beheading, and assassinating random and sometimes not so random Mexican citizens. People think it’s all fine and dandy, “smoking pot doesn’t harm anybody,” well sure if your pot just happens to be grown by the Rednecks or adventurous illegal immigrants out back, but whether the pot is grown out back or in Mexico the money still travels to the same murderous drug lords. But the College presidents couldn’t be bothered to sign that petition. Continue reading

Parents How to Prepare for the GED Test

images-63The latest version of the GED test was rolled out in January, 2014, and is entirely computer-based. The GED test contains four sub-tests on the fields of Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Literacy. The GED is modular, meaning you can take the four sub-tests (modules) separately within a 2-year time frame. Writing skills are tested through all four subject areas but developing your writing skills is more crucial than ever before.

Writing Skills. To complete the GED test successfully, it is absolutely important that candidates perform well on the writing tasks. They will have to demonstrate their ability to read with understanding, to examine discussions, and to use information from principal texts. In order to pass the GED examination, applicants must be able to create structured sentences, deal with details and main topics in their answers, and demonstrate competence of the normal rules of English grammar. To check if they command the subject matter, students are recommended to take practice tests that will identify the areas that require their attention most.

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One book that changed your life and more on books

1. One book that changed your life The Diary of Anne Frank. I found it tucked away in the secretary at my family’s cottage one day and asked my mom if I could read it. She hesitated, knowing the content of the book and that I was only a few years younger than Anne when she started her diary, but ended up letting me. I sat on the back beach in an Adirondack chair with the book in my lap and fell head-first into her world, a world that I didn’t know ever existed until then. Her story absolutely changed my outlook on life and how I viewed and treated other people.

2. One book you’ve read more than once She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb. God, I love Dolores. I read it around the time of my mother’s liver transplant and it was the only thing that kept me from going right off the deep end.

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Tell Me About Yourself Introduce: Answer Some Personal Questions

images-64So here it is, your weekly opportunity to tell me a bit more about you – on your marks, get set… GO!

YOU ANSWER #5

When was the last time you bought something you wanted but didn’t need?
What do you admire about your mum?
How would you rate your intelligence against your friends?
Do you believe in something that is quite “controversial”?
The paranormal – your opinions?
Who has had the biggest impact on your musical tastes?
Which two artists would you love to see duet together?
When was the last time you lied and was it worth it?
If you didn’t have to work, would you?
Do you have a secret that nobody knows but you?

And just for your interest, here are my answers:

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The High School Confusion

download-16If you think it’s easy to get into even a public high school for some kids, think again. Yesterday I met a girl and heard her story, her parents formally disowned her when she was 15, and she spent six months living in a car before trying to enroll herself in school miles away with no parents. It’s not the lack of parents that was the problem — it seems her former school district was so far ahead of the new one that, even at 16, she only had three classes left to graduate.

She had two options: continue high school, or sign up for online GED classes online, and believe me there are plenty of great courses. Three classes simply weren’t worth the trouble for the school. she was denied entry back into high school and told to finish her high school equivalency at the nearby community college. Obviously, this came with a fee that fortunately she could pay from working two minimum wage jobs. Perhaps it was survival instincts kicking in, but even then she knew she was the exception.

High School isn’t a Guarantee

The GED is a great, feasible option for many people. However, what if you really want that high school diploma? There are ways to get it beyond high school. Maybe you’re like me, or maybe you think you’re “too old” for high school, but still want that diploma. Consider looking into options at the community college.

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Energy Drinks and Teens – What Every Parent Ought to Know

energy-drink-dangers1Jolt, Buzzed, Amp, Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Nos, Full Throttle, Sobe… sounds like nicknames for the starting lineup of a hockey team, but they’re not. These, my fellow wired parents, are the names of just a handful of the many different energy drinks that our teens are consuming by the “BFC” (that’s an acronym for Big F*****g Can, and is indeed the name used for one style of Monster drinks). And we thought we were wild when we were kids and we drank Mountain Dew, now they have things like Hype and Bawls to get their kicks with. Are these energy drinks safe? As parents of today’s teens, should we be concerned?

Increasing Popularity

According to a recent USA Today article, the  market  for energy drinks in the US was at a whopping $5.4 billion. Even more, the market is growing at an annual 55% rate. As you may have guessed, much of this growth is due in part to the popularity among young drinkers – teens like yours and mine.

Caffeine Amounts

A quick Google search of “energy drink caffeine amounts” yields several good links to investigate just how much caffeine these buzzy drinks contain. One of the most comprehensive lists can be found at Energy Fiend (appropriately named). Energy Fiend’s caffeine list includes just about every energy drink on the market, as well as other caffeinated beverages like drip coffee and Diet Coke. This lets you more easily compare the caffeine amounts to something you have some experience with.

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