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Friday, October 31, 2014

Teachers use storybooks to introduce kindergartners to math, reading, art and science

Oregon Live – Laura Frazier

“In the classroom, storybooks are a starting point and roadmap for instruction. After reading multiple versions of the Johnny Appleseed tale for a unit on apples, students estimated how many seeds they would find in an apple, made apple pies and visited a nursery. They worked on apple-themed art projects and made a graph based on their family’s favorite variety of the fruit.” (more)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

9 Interesting Tips a Parent Can Help With Reading

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Here is a good visual…featuring 9 ways a parent can help with reading…The ideas are pretty basic and and some are commonsensical but they are really a good refresher of what you, as a parent, should pay attention to in order to help your kids become better readers.” (more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

10 Tips For Close Reading Success

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“Reading well requires much more than just decoding textual input, it is rather a process of making meaning of text using a wide range of critical and intellectual skills and drawing on different cues…In the visual below…ten tips are provided for successful close reading activities.” (more)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 3 Best Ways to Boost Your Baby’s Language Development

The Huffington Post – Tracy Cutchlow

“Speak with your baby in a certain way, new research shows, and your baby is far more likely to pick up on language. The difference is big — more than double the vocabulary by age 2.” (more)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Do you know the 5 Rs of early education?

Philly.com – Anna Nguyen

“In June, the AAP issued a new recommendations on early literacy that emphasized “reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships”…And now the AAP has more information for parents…” (more)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Nonfiction Reading Is Getting a Bum Rap and That’s Bad For Kids

The Huffington Post – Patte Barth

“Amidst the general kerfuffling over the national Common Core State Standards, the English language arts portion has been singled out by critics for the supposed offense of emphasizing nonfiction reading. Like a lot of Common Core pushback, the ELA allegations are fraught with misunderstanding and rumor. Nonetheless, the charges have gained traction and are even showing up in some states’ legislative efforts to back out of the Common Core.” (more)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Skills Gaps for Online Reading Linked to Family Income

Education Week – Benjamin Herold

“…a new study…found “a large and significant achievement gap, based on income inequality, in an important new area for learning—the ability to read on the Internet to learn information”…In an age when the Internet is an increasingly essential daily tool for seeking understanding and communicating, such findings could have significant implications for schools…”active, successful participants in this 21st century global society must be able to develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology”” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Poor Kids Are Starving for Words

The Atlantic – Jessica Lahey

“According to a new initiative, launched at the White House on Thursday, the “word gap” that afflicts low-income children needs to be addressed with the same passion as child hunger.” (more)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Missing Piece: Discovering the Joy in Parent-Child Reading

The Huffington Post – Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

“The message is LOUD and crystal clear. Economists have blessed it. Non-profit organizations have projected it on billboards and blasted it in texts. And educators are celebrating it. Parents and caregivers must read to children — even to babies — if these kids are going to be ready for success in school.” (more)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fostering an Early Love of STEM Through The Power of Storytelling

The Huffington Post – Jeremy Scheinberg and Chris Harden

“It’s no secret that the U.S. is at a crossroads when it comes to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The U.S. is losing its lead in both research and development and creation of new science and engineering graduates. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, in 2008, 31 percent of U.S. bachelor degrees were issued in science and engineering fields, compared with 61 percent in Japan and 51 percent in China. To create more scientists and engineers, it is essential to create an early love for science and there is no better way to encourage that love than to capture that early curiosity with play.” (more)