A Year in the Life: Ambient Math Wins the Race to the Top!
For one year, 365 days, this blog will address the Common Core Standards from the perspective of creating an alternate, ambient learning environment for math. Ambient is defined as “existing or present on all sides, an all-encompassing atmosphere.” And ambient music is defined as: “Quiet and relaxing with melodies that repeat many times.
Why ambient? A math teaching style that’s whole and all encompassing, with themes that repeat many times through the years, is most likely to be effective and successful. Today’s post will begin reviewing the Common Core ELA standards, moving through them more quickly than the Common Core math standards. The standards will be posted in groups of three to five in blue, followed by their ambient counterparts.
English Language Arts Standards > Reading: Foundational Skills > Grade 2
Phonics and Word Recognition:
Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
Distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words.
Know spelling-sound correspondences for additional common vowel teams.
Decode regularly spelled two-syllable words with long vowels.
Decode words with common prefixes and suffixes.
Identify words with inconsistent but common spelling-sound correspondences.
Recognize and read grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.
Today’s post will be short and sweet. Short because there’s no match within the Waldorf approach to reading with the sort of analytical decoding listed here. Sweet because all of this can happen as naturally as your child learned to walk and speak. If a love of literature and reading is the foundation, then the bricks and mortar of reading skills will follow. Not because it’s drilled with worksheets and exercises, but because there’s a powerful desire to get at all of the lovely, compelling things to be found in books. I found this blog post from Bella Luna Toys as I searched for supportive information on the Waldorf approach to reading. Enjoy it, it’s wonderful.
Knowledge ensues in an environment dedicated to imaginative, creative knowing, where student and teacher alike surrender to the ensuing of knowledge as a worthy goal. Tune in tomorrow to continue with the Common Core ELA standards and their ambient counterparts.