II. While Reading Activities
- thorax |ˈTHôrˌaks| noun (plural thoraxes or thoraces |ˈTHôrəˌsēz| ) Anatomy & Zoology –the part of the body of a mammal between the neck and the abdomen, including the cavity enclosed by the ribs, breastbone, and dorsal vertebrae, and containing the chief organs of circulation and respiration; the chest.
- angst |äNG(k)st| noun a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general: adolescent angst.
- panic |ˈpanik| verb sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior: she hit him in panic | [in singular] : he ran to the library in a blind panic.
- ensure |inˈSHo͝orenˈSHo͝or| verb [with object] make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case: [with clause] : the client must ensure that accurate records be kept.
- opportunity |ˌäpərˈt(y)o͞onədē| noun (plural opportunities) a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something: we may see increased opportunities for export | the collection gives students the opportunity of reading works by well-known authors.
- informal inˈfôrməl| adjective having a relaxed, friendly, or unofficial style, manner, or nature: an informal atmosphere | an informal agreement between the two companies.
- prompt |präm(p)t| verb [with object] assist or encourage (a hesitating speaker) to say something: [with direct speech] : “And the picture?” he prompted.
- * bounce back phrasal verb (bounced back; bouncing back; bounces back) to return quickly to a normal condition after a difficult situation or event She bounced back easily from her surgery. After losing the first three games of the series, they bounced back to win their next eight games.
- flourish |ˈfləriSH| verb [no object] (of a person, animal, or other living organism) grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as the result of a particularly favorable environment: wild plants flourish on the banks of the lake.
- Affluent |ˈaflo͞oəntəˈflo͞oənt| adjective — (especially of a group or area) having a great deal of money; wealthy: the affluent societies of the western world | (as plural noun the affluent) : only the affluent could afford to travel abroad.
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Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
When kids go back to school they’ll learn to share.
II – 2-letters
See how many letters they recognize on a billboard.
III – 1- Parents
Parents shouldn’t stress over hard-hitting academics for the pre-K level.
Identify The Speakers
- Deborah Stipek, Ph.D., a professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education: “I think a more useful one is, ‘How do we ensure that our children get the best possible opportunities to learn under these challenging circumstances?”
- Elisabeth Jones, a preschool teacher at the Child Development Center at Texas State University: “At home, board games are an easy way to reinforce turn-taking etiquette. Parents can also work on delaying gratification. If your child asks for a snack, stretch out the time between them asking and you giving it to them.”
- Britt Menzies, a preschool teacher in Atlanta, Ga.,: “Have a child count their peas while they’re eating dinner,” she said. “See how many letters they recognize on a billboard. Ask them what shapes are in that picture they drew.”
- Emily Levitt, vice president of education for Sylvan Learning: “Weave in playful learning activities, like “baking sheets filled with lentils to give kids a multi-sensory way to trace shapes and numbers.”
- Jennifer Carlin, a stay-at-home mom in Sandy, Utah: “She can’t read yet, so she can’t get through the computer work without assistance. She zones out if I’m not sitting next to her. And I can’t sit next to her all the time because I have three other children who need me.”