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Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

LCP Ep 12: Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

 

Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading with Literary Cafe Podcast #homeschool #homeschooling #literarycafepodcast #reading #higherorderthinkingskills #criticalthinkingskills #languageartsAre you wondering what we mean by “higher order thinking skills” or “critical thinking skills”?

And what do you do with them and how do you teach them to your children? And how are you supposed to do that with reading?

Visit Katie’s website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

Join Katie Glennon as she explains what higher order thinking skills are, why they are important, and how you can practice them with your children in fun and easy ways.

 

Show Notes

Using Higher Order Thinking Skills with Your Reading

Different Levels and Kinds of Higher Order Thinking Skills

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Thinking skills can be organized in a hierarchy of difficulty (and also according to stage of child and learning development). In other words, from least to most difficult and acquired as a child ages.

For a detailed description of these thinking skills, what they look like in your child, why they are important, and how to practice using them in easy and fun ways, you will want to listen to the podcast.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a method of labeling and describing the different levels of thinking skills and what they entail.

Knowledge or Remembering – This thinking skill is the ability to recall information and details or memorize facts or words.

Comprehension or Understanding – This skill requires the need to understand the meanings of the words and what they mean when used together in phrases or sentences to express an idea. Your child needs to have the vocabulary knowledge and the capacity to understand the concept being presented.

Application or Applying – Not only does this skill require understanding and comprehension of something, but also the ability to take that learned and understood information and apply it to a similar situation.

Analysis or Analyzing – This skill requires understanding something and making connections in what is being read or studied because the connections are not spelled out or clearly identified for the learner. The learner has to make the connections on his or her own.

Synthesis or Revising – This thinking skill allows your child to make a leap or build new thoughts based on the connections they’ve made using the other thinking skills we’ve been discussing – formulating what they are comprehending, learning, and connecting from the reading and making something new or forming new thoughts from all of this.

Evaluation – This is where your child learns to make a judgment about something, form an opinion or make a decision.

Question Starters to Practice Different Levels of Thinking Skills

Bloom’s Question Starters Handout

Higher Order Thinking Question Stems Handout

Suggested Activities to Practice Using Different Levels of Thinking Skills

Recalling and retelling information through retelling what your learner has heard during a read aloud of a short story or chapter.

Graphic Organizers or Mind Mapping – Use these to practice thinking skills and organize and use different concepts or ideas.

Graphic Organizers to Print

Mind Map Examples for Different Topics

Activities and Projects Related to a Book (Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literature Study) – using different kinds of thinking skills and learning styles

Podcast and Show Notes with Handout for Essential Guide to Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literature Study

Have your learner create his or her own assessment to either give to another learner or themselves – a quiz, test, paper, project – and have them write it to include different levels of thinking skills. They would also need an answer key or something to evaluate the outcome of the assessment, requiring them to use even more thinking skills.

Have your learner create a lesson plan around your book, maybe literary devices or techniques, story elements used in the book, or character analysis. Have him or her include a lesson to present with created visual aides, guided practice opportunity with the class like an activity, game, or class practice, and an assessment like a quiz, practice worksheet, or other assignment.

Consciously making the effort and taking time to incorporate different levels of questions or activities or projects not only can make reading more interesting but definitely expands your learner’s thinking abilities and prepares them for knowing how to think – and not just answer questions only requiring recall.

This helps to develop our problem solvers, innovators, creators, and leaders of tomorrow.

Be sure to comment in the Comments box any ideas you’d like to share about using and practicing thinking skills  that your family has found helpful! Or, if you found any ideas here helpful or have any questions! I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting! Come back and visit the Literary Cafe Podcast for March’s topic when we discuss developing language skills in your younger learners. I have all kinds of practical and fun ways to get your early learners reading and writing and loving it! We are also going to be tying it to Dr. Seuss’ birthday which is also celebrated in March!

Make sure you download our podcast at iTunes or subscribe to the Literary Cafe Podcast by clicking on the Android or RSS feed buttons below the recording on this page! And make sure you share this page with other homeschoolers with middle and high schoolers and are wondering how to get started writing in these grade levels!

 

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Introducing Soft Skills 101

Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy! My name is Lisa Nehring and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our 5 kids for the past 27 years, and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.  Listen in as we share a little about ourselves in this introductory audio!

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Team work/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what exactly are hard and soft skills?

  • Hard skills are easily measurable and quantifiable skills, such as welding or heart surgery.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously and productively with other people.

Over the course of each month we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps, curriculum and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those who are implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

Join our on-going discussions at our FB groups: Help Homeschooling High School Tribe and Survive & Thrive Special Needs Homeschooling. Follow us at True North Homeschool Academy.com where you will find new blog posts 2-3 times a week as well as on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Follow and download this podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends!

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Life Skills 101 – Life Skills For A Digital Age

Life Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what are hard and soft skills?  

  • Hard skills, such as welding or heart surgery, are easily measurable and quantifiable.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously, and productively with other people.

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy!

My name is Lisa Nehring, and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our five kids for the past 27 years and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Teamwork/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

Over the course of each month, we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps curriculum, and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

Join our ongoing discussions at our FB groups: Help Homeschooling High School Tribe and Survive & Thrive Special Needs Homeschooling. Follow us atTrueNorthHomeschol.Academy, where you will find new weekly blog posts on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow and download this podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends!

How to Listen:

  1. Listen right here
  2. Subscribe on iTunes – give five stars! Click the purple icon above.
  3. Follow us on your favorite podcast app on your phone.

How to Diagnose and Cope with a Brain Based Diagnosis

What is a Brain Based ? A brain based diagnosis is a broad category of disorders, which can vary in symptoms and can include any condition that affects your brain.Today I am joined by Natalie Vecchione, Podcaster at FASD Hope and co-author, with Cindy LaJoy,  of the new homeschooling book: Blazing New Homeschool Trails, Educating and Launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities.

Natalie explains how the book was born out of desperation, as she and her husband were parenting and raising a FASD student. FASD (Fetal Achhol Syndrome Disorder). This is a brain based diagnosis, and like many brain based diagnosis is on a spectrum, meaning people with this disability, has a range of manifestations, which can include physical, emotional and intellectual.

What is a Brain Based Diagnosis? A brain based diagnosis is a broad category of disorders, which can vary in symptoms and severity and can include any condition or disability that affects your brain and can be caused by:

  • Illness
  • Genetics
  • Traumatic Injury

Brain based Diagnosis can include:

FASD

Autism

Tourette’s

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

ADHD/ ADD

Learning Disabilities, including Dyslexia, Dyscalcia, Dysgraphia, etc

Processing Disorders.

How to determine and cope with a Brain Based Diagnosis:

  1. Figure out why you suspect something: Take detailed notes including medical conditions, genetic components, how students are not keeping up; write down detailed deficits, needs and strengths
  2. Find a practitioner who can do a Neutral Typical Evaluation (also called a Psychological Evaluation or an Educational Evaluation), usually done by a Psychologist. These can be very pricey, so check with your local University and Clinic with a Sliding Scale).
  3. Understand the Dysmaturity or “gap” of your student. This is quite different from immaturity. Dysmaturity is a gap between a person’s chronological and developmental age. This gap, depending on the disability, can be between a few years and up to half of the students’ age.
  4. Make accommodations

Resources Mentioned

SPED Blog posts:

 

SPED  Podcasts:

Communication Skills with Struggling Learning with Peggy Ployhar

Special Needs and Critical Thinking Skills

 

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Myth No More SAT or ACT Tests

There is a myth of no more SAT and ACT tests. Is this true? Is it a reality? Listen to this podcast from an authority, Jean Burk.Myth No More SAT or ACT Tests ~ Episode 87

There is a myth of no more SAT and ACT tests. Is this true? Is it a reality? Listen to this podcast from the authority of all things college prep, and a reliable source, Jean Burk!

Visit Jean’s website at CollegePrepGenius.com There are many wonderful results of students who have taken the online eCourses, virtual boot camps, live classes, and in-person classes. In 2022 Jean has clocked in 17 years of success.

There is a rumor going around that the tests will be abolished especially in regard to no more SAT and ACT tests. At one point the tests were canceled due to the pandemic, however, the CLT was online and many students flocked to this testing option.

These tests are not going away, and here is why. Colleges need a fair way to compare all students. A 4.0 in one high school is not the same as another school. All schools calculate their schools differently. The only way a college can compare a student equally is with a standardized test like the SAT, ACT, or CLT. What is taught at one school is not taught at another.

The questions on these tests are logic tests and the tests are misleading on purpose. The tests are critical thinking skills because these tests are based on logic. Even very smart kids bomb the test. The test does not test what curriculum your student has taken it takes an objective question with one answer. Tests at school are about the subject you learned. But not the standardized test.

The questions used on the tests are drawn from all over the place and can not be crammed for, or studied for at the last minute.  Anyone can do well with practice. Some kids see patterns naturally and are good test-takers. Even if your child is not a good test taker, you can still train your brain to learn logically. SAT reveals that all kids are not the same.

This is not a fair test? No – it is an equal test that people can beat and study for, look for the patterns and figure out the way to do better. The test score can validate your transcript. Critical thinking is an example of college readiness.

No More SAT and ACT Tests?

How can this be true that there are no more SAT and ACT tests? Well, it is not and it is a total myth! If you see a college temporarily put off acceptance based on these tests, you will find there is another roadblock to admittance. (Listen to the podcast for details)

Some colleges in California (the UC – a small part of of the colleges – this currently encompasses 10 colleges). There are over 200 thousand each year that apply. These colleges decided to create their own entrance test. (Do the math – 200,000 x $60 (approx.) brings in a minimum 12 million dollars!

15% percent of schools that were “test-optional” still required an entrance test or a standardized test.

Tests must show a way that you are college-ready – and compare you to another applicant.

Colleges are based on the ranking based on test scores. Right now Princeton is number one, and Harvard is number two – these two schools sometimes trade on the first place. But you must have the highest scores to get into these schools. Rankings help colleges charge more money and take in applicants that will pay full amounts. This offsets other students (possibly sports scholarships) that have lower scores.

There has to be criteria for colleges in order to admit students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Encourage Healthy Eating In Your Kids

Hey, homeschoolers! As homeschool moms, we want our kids to be healthy academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. That’s because health is wholistic. If there’s a breakdown in one area, it’s likely to affect the others.

One area where I struggled as a mom was encouraging healthy eating. If that’s an area you’re seeking to improve, I know you’ll love my guest today: Katie Kimball. Katie is the national voice of healthy kids cooking, is a blogger, two-time TEDx speaker, former teacher, and mom of 4 kids who founded the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, recommended by The Wall Street Journal in 2020 as the best online cooking class for kids. Her blog, Kitchen Stewardship helps families stay healthy without going crazy, and she’s on a mission to connect families around healthy food, raise critical thinking skills using the lab of curiosity that is the kitchen, and grow the Kids’ Meal Revolution where every child learns to cook.

Here’s our super practical discussion.

Healthy Eating for Kids Resources

Find the free knife skills class Katie mentioned, click here.

What to Teach Your Child About Obesity

I’ll be back next week when I share important information on depression for homeschool moms.

Have a happy homeschool week!

Why Learn a Foreign Language?

Today I’m joined by my youngest daughter and recent homeschool graduate, Hannah Nehring. Hannah focused on Foreign Languages during high school and began learning German this fall, her 5th foreign language, following Latin, Hebrew, Spanish and Chinese.Why Learn a Foreign Language?

Today I’m joined by my youngest daughter and recent homeschool graduate, Hannah Nehring. Hannah focused on Foreign Languages during high school and began learning German this fall, her 5th foreign language, following Latin, Hebrew, Spanish and Chinese. She is currently conversant in both Hebrew and Spanish, with the goal of fluency in multiple languages. She set this goal for herself after a project she completed in True North Homeschool Academy’s Orienteering Course (Career Exploration).


In addition to studying each language, Hannah has become a student of how to learn and study a Foreign Language, which is a fascinating study, in and of itself! 

 

  1. Language is not a code. A Code is a pattern. Language is living as it has to do with how people interact. 
  2. The principles of decoding, however, have to do with pattern recognition. 
  3. The Psychology of language- when you learn a new language, you have a little “Person” in your head that speaks that language. You brain begins to do a lot of comparing and contrasting and you develop different modes of thinking. 
  4. Learning a second language teaches you to fail well and to be resilient, because you make so many mistakes as you learn a new language. 
  5. Learning a second language develops your creativity. 
  6. Learning a second language develops your Critical THinking Skills as you make connections, compare and contrast and learn by context. 
  7. Learning a second language teaches you manners as you begin to understand various cultures and develop cultural awareness. 

Interested in learning a second language? True North Homeshcool Academy offers Latin, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, German and French for students from 1st grade through adult! Check out our Foreign Language Exploration “sampler” class, being offered this coming spring! 

Recommended Resources:

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A Special Thank You to Our Network Sponsor:  Courageous Movie

 

From the Kendrick Brothers, creators of the No. 1 box-office movie WAR ROOM and OVERCOMER, comes the remastered re-release of COURAGEOUS Legacy, in theaters September 24. Celebrating 10 years of impact on families and fathers, this updated version of the film includes new scenes and an enhanced look and sound.

Filled with action-packed drama, COURAGEOUS Legacy will once again have viewers laughing, crying, and cheering as they are challenged and inspired by everyday heroes who long to be the kinds of dads that make a lifelong impact on their children. Protecting the streets is second nature to these men. Raising their children in a God-honoring way? That’s courageous.

Check out the trailer here!


How To Learn To Communicate Well In a Changing World: Interview with Ron Brumbarger

How to learn to communicate well in a changing world - get some great tips from our guest, Ron BrumbargerThis week on Soft Skills 101 Podcast, we interview Ron Brumbarger!  We discuss how to learn to communicate well in a changing world.

Bible Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men

Quote: “Failure is not bad, it’s just failure. Keep taking risks, keep trying.” Ron Brumbarger

 Details of Show:

To learn to communicate well in a changing world:

  1. Know how to Write- all kinds of writing
  2. Develop your Critical thinking skills and problem solving
  3. Speech and Debate is excellent training for writing and critical thinking
  4. Interface with people of all ages and abilities
  5. You don’t need to “get it all right” – fail forward-
  6. Apprenticeship- job skills training.
  7. Develop and work with cohorts in conjunction with professional academics
  8. It’s a big, competitive world- grab a tent and travel

Best way to teach kids communication skills?

See the World: Travel – experience different cultures, languages

Is College Necessary? Employees care about 3 things:

  1. Can you do the work?
  2. Do I like you?
  3. Can I afford you?

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for Future Succes by John Maxwell

Apprentice University

You are Always Being Interviewed by Ron Brumbarger

 

True North Classes

Creative Writing Club

Fundamental Grammar with Claritas

Literature & Composition

Speech

Debate

 

True North Blog posts

Is your Homeschooler Prepared for  High School? 

Creative Writing for Awesome People

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes. Movies can be an inspirational part of your homeschool high school Language Arts program.

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

Need some fun in your homeschool high school? Think: movies!

Movies and reading can both count for Language Arts assignments?

Movies can’t count as books, but they can be used to learn themes, plots, characters and other tools of literary analysis. Studying a movie can add some sparkle to a year that is getting bogged down in heavy literature books. However, you want to have good tools (like 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides).

Join Sabrina and Vicki for an enlightening discussion of movies for educational process. Let’s start with another of Sabrina’s famous quotes:

Stories are stories.

So, a story in a movie is still a story.

Stories are Stories. Literature analysis through movies. HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes.

Learning story analysis skills by watching movies is good for all teens. Homeschool high schoolers with learning difficulties will find analysis skills more accessible when they watch and discuss movies.

So where do you start? Choose one or two aspects of the story to discuss and analyze, even if the movie has lots of outstanding features that could be explored. That way teens can actually learn and hold onto their learning. We suggest 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides for this.

When teens learn some concepts from a film story, they can then find those concepts when they read books. Making these connections is a necessary facet of education (and an important life skill).

Watching movies as an educational tool, helps teens begin to think that any time they watch a movie, they can use their brains and think about what they are consuming. In other words, when given tools for analysis in a gentle way, most teens will have more critical thinking skills for watching movies any time.

All 7Sisters curriculum is level-able (adaptable for Average- through Honors-level studies.) Homeschool high schoolers who are college-bound Honors level cinema studies will find interesting and meaningful leveling-up activities in 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides.

The way the Cinema Studies guides work:

  • Students watch the movie.
  • They take notes as they watch the movie on anything that is interesting to them.
  • They watch the movie again several days later.
  • Then they complete the study guide (questions and a writing assignment).

As an aside, Vicki and Sabrina rabbit trailed onto the topic of audiobooks for books and poetry. They noted that Benedict Cumberbach is one of their favorite readers. Vicki has several pins on her Pinterest Poetry board with him reading a poem.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a *moving* talk about movies!

For more creative Language Arts ideas, check out this episode!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

 

HSHSP Ep 145: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool Highschool

PSAT Test Myths – Episode 12

psat testing mythsTest Taking Myths – Episode 12

PSAT Test Myths:

PSAT The Life Changing Test

Taking the PSAT is optional right? Not if you want free college! I know, you don’t think you are smart, or maybe you’ve been told that YOU as a parent didn’t receive the National Merit Scholarship – so don’t waste your time, either will your child. That is a PSAT Test Myth! Learn why the PSAT is a very valuable test and is more than just a practice test for taking the SAT. Don’t miss important deadlines, be proactive and learn, with Jean’s help some great test taking strategy and where to get a copy of the new version of the PSAT.

Show Notes:

1. The PSAT can be a life changing test. It can turn the question of “How can we afford to pay for college?” into… “Which college should we go to?”

2. The PSAT is not prep for taking the SAT test – these tests are different.

3. Getting a high score on the PSAT can possibly qualify your child as a National Merit Scholar.

4. Success is not about your IQ score.

4. The Benefits of the PSAT

5. What is on the PSAT and  how can you beat the test?

6. Critical Thinking Skills are necessary for taking standardized tests like the PSAT and the SAT

7. Understanding math terminology.

8. Using logic in answering test questions.

9. Test questions are answered in less than one minute, typically.

10. No point deduction for guessing – but the suggestion is not to guess at the answer as there is a 75% chance at failure. Jean has a better way.

11. The PSAT is in a new format – visit the CollegeBoard.org website to download a copy.

12. The PSAT is not about content – it is about tricking the student into selecting the incorrect answer.

 

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PSAT Test Myths Debunked

1. My kid is not smart enough.

2. I didn’t receive the Nation Merit Scholarship

3. Your child has to be in 11th grade to take the test (you can take the test as young as 8th-9th grade – depending on your state)

4. The PSAT is not necessary to take.

5. The PSAT does not count.

 

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