Hello Christian Friends & Homeschoolers!
Have you ever thought about how to help your child improve his or her note taking skills? I have. In fact, when I was teaching high school, I used this strategy almost daily in my classroom. It can also be successfully used in the homeschooling program as well. CNN Student News is a Monday-Friday, 10 minute, commercial free, news cast of major events in the world. It does not run during the summer months when school is usually out. It is particularly designed for middle school and high school student viewing. The format is similar each day with varying information.The major variance is some times there is a Shout Out Section.
I found that even the most challenging students became engaged students during the CNN Student News broadcast. I assigned my students the following form for taking notes.This helped them to focus on the events and facts that were the most important to them. In other words, it helped them focus on what they were hearing. It improved their note taking skills. It connected their auditory and visual skills.
When you allow your child to take notes on what is important to him, this activity becomes a high interest learning activity. He then takes ownership for part of the learning process.It helps him on the road to becoming a life long learner.
After the broadcast, we would end this note taking strategy with a short follow-up discussion. You might want to pause or replay a section of the broadcast during this procedure as necessitated. Another option is to download a copy of the transcript for your child to view as well. Below is a sample form.
CNN Student News Assignment
Instructions: Listen to CNN Students broadcast.While viewing, write five facts below, plus one additional fact in last section.
Shout Out/Roll Call/Additional Fact: