Learning Experiences for Academic Discovery

Looking for Ways to Challenge Your Child at Home? Try a Story Swap!

Looking for Ways to Challenge Your Child at Home? Try a Story Swap!

1. Have one family member write the first complete sentence. It can be rather silly. Pay attention to proper sentence structure - use of capital and lowercase letters, spacing, syntax, and ending punctuation.

2. Pass the page to the next family member to write a complete sentence that ends with a word that rhymes with the last word in the first sentence.

For example:

When I am at school, I do lots of math.

When I get dirty, I take a bath.

3. Then pass the page to the next family member who will create the next sentence. This sentence does not have to rhyme with the first two sentences.

4. Give the page to the next family member who will then write a sentence rhyming with the previous one. The sentences should rhyme in pairs. Your story will be in the style of Dr. Seuss.

5. Continue writing sentences together to complete the page. Then read your story aloud. If you'd like, you may even create a video and email it to me!

Adapted from "Empower Primary and Inspire Change" -Kirk

Growing GT LEADers

The depth and complexity continues to grow in LEAD. Our talented scholars are realizing that Mrs. Bennett is looking for ideas and responses DAILY that are innovative and unique! In other words, the majority of the world would not think of the same answer. What a delight it is to see the students using metacognition to reflect on their own thinking!

Be sure to ask, "What's going on in GT LEAD?"

First Grade: Tell me about the book, "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks"! What is a simile? Who did you choose to write yours about? Are there any pictures or objects you still need in order to create your portrait next week?

Second Grade: What have you learned about the brain so far? What happens in our brains as we practice something new and persevere during challenges?

Third Grade: I heard you've been thinking about your future! What career did you choose to investigate? What work do you need to do to reach your goals?

Fourth Grade: Tell me about the region of Texas you studied. What did you include in your commercial? Why did you choose to include that information (or use that marketing technique)? What was excellent? What could have used improvement? Sing your song/jingle for me.

Fifth Grade: Tell me about your SPARK talk topic? What is your personal connection to this topic? What are you hoping to "spark" in others? What additional information do you need to find?

Ronda Bennett, GT Specialist