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Teaching Young Children the 3Rs Could be Damaging: Psychologist

April 24, 2014

 

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Teaching young children the 3Rs may not be the only skills a teacher or parent should be imparting to their young students, but it is hardly damaging. A considerate, patient and skilled person can teach all kind of skills without causing the distress alarmist psychologists make us believe occurs:

 

Cambridge University lecturer David Whitebread said it was important for parents to play with their children, as these youngsters were more likely to enjoy solving problems, and better equipped to cope with failure.

Former primary school teacher Mr Whitebread also claimed the government was overly concerned with getting children to learn the 3Rs at an ever decreasing age, and said younger children were better off learning to cook alongside their parents.

Mr Whitebread, a developmental cognitive psychologist, said that although learning to read was an important skill, teaching reading, writing and arithmatic to toddlers was a waste of government money and the child’s time.

Mr Whitebread said that learning to read at to young an age could even be damaging for a child.

‘Instead the parent can share something they love, such as making cakes, or tinkering with engines, the key is partly sharing the enthusiasm but mainly the conversations you have with the child while doing it.’

 

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17 Children’s Books You Still Love as an Adult

April 13, 2014

 

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List courtesy of huffingtonpost.com:

 

1. “The Story of Ferdinand”
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“I think one of the joys of parenthood was re-connecting with books from my youth that I shared with my kids when they were little,” said Hank Zona.

2. “Go, Dog. Go!”
“I still love the dog party in the tree and ‘Do you like my hat?’” said Jim Britt.

3. “The Laura Ingalls Wilder books”
“Have reread them several times…as an adult,” said Ellen Whitford.

4. “The Phantom Tollbooth”
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“The plays on words, the messages about the importance of numbers and words and feelings, the Jules Feiffer drawings… it just gets better with every reading,” said Anne Bagamery.

5. “My Side of the Mountain”
“Read it will all my kids,” said Liz Moore.

6. “Bridge to Terabithia”
“I think some of the upper elementary school/middle school books are more poignant than adult fiction,” said Melissa Wagner-Bigelow.

7. “The Giving Tree”
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“Makes me smile when I see it,” said Sherry Kerrigan.

8. “Katy No-Pocket”
“Such a sweet story,” said Linda Maltz Wolff.

9. “Favorite Tales of Monsters and Trolls”
“I loved the art in that so much, I recently spent $40 on Amazon for a somewhat ratty paperback copy of it,” said Chris Nesi.

10. “Chronicles of Narnia” series
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“They opened up such a rich life of the imagination,” said Chris Schons.

11. “All-of-a-Kind Family”
“NY In the 19th Century. Family with five sisters, I had only brothers!” said Lisa Endlich Heffernan.

12. “Keeper of the Bees” and “Girl of the Limberlost”
“They’re straightforwardly moral — a throwback to a quaint and simpler time — and all about living in harmony with nature,” said Marcia Lawrence.

13. “Arm in Arm”
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“Circa 1969. My favorite book when I was around 4 or 5. Puts the world in a different perspective with artsy illustrations. I still have it. It’s in the bookshelf in my house,” said Hollie Reddington.

14. “Wylly Folk St. John Mysteries” series
“I was a HUGE fan… my daughter loves them, too,” said Faith Peppers.

15. “Sammy the Seal”
“Cause it was the first book I ever read,” said Robin Hoffman.

16. “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”
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“It totally fueled my imagination and made me dream of sleeping in the museum,” said Lois Alter Mark. “As a child growing up in New York, I used to visit the Met and try to find places where I could stow away and make that happen. To this day, when I visit, it brings back all those memories and transports me right back into the joy I experienced… that’s what a great book can do.”

“I remember growing up in Kansas and thinking how cool would that be to live in the metropolitan museum of art in NYC. well now I live in NYC and can confirm that this is city is like one huge museum and still very cool,” said Mary Lynn Manning.

17. “Chip Hilton Series”
“Those books that I read in the 1950s helped inspire me to become an athlete and writer,” said Mark Stodghill.

 

 

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Student Writes Nasty Letter to Teacher and Teacher Corrects it!

April 10, 2014

 

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Never mess with an English teacher!

 

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The Plight to Ban Books Marketed for a Specific Gender

March 17, 2014

 

Malorie Blackman

As if book publishers and sellers don’t have enough to worry about. There used to be plenty of bookshops in my area, now there is one (which has changed management 3 times in 3 years!).

I do not like gender stereotyping and I detest sexism, but let our children read the books they want to read. If boys centered books attract a new market of male readers – isn’t that a good thing? If girl centered books features ideas and insights that are almost exclusively meaningful to girls, is that really objectionable?

Why can’t we allow our children the right to decide for themselves whether they want to read a book pitched at their gender without having others ban them from making such a choice? Why can’t we support our writers, publishers and sellers, who are already facing challenges within the ailing industry:

A national campaign to stop children’s books being labelled as “for boys” or “for girls” has won the support of Britain’s largest specialist bookseller Waterstones, as well as children’s laureate Malorie Blackman, poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Pullman and a handful of publishers.

The Let Books Be Books campaign seeks to put pressure on retailers and publishers not to market children’s books that promote “limiting gender stereotypes”.

A petition calling on children’s publishers to “stop labelling books, in the title or on the packaging, as for girls or for boys” because “telling children which stories and activities are ‘for them’ based on their gender closes down whole worlds of interest,” has passed 3,000 signatures.

 

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The Telegraph’s Best Children’s Book of All Time

March 6, 2014

 

 

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Some absolute classics among this very well compiled list:

Watership Down

Richard Adams (1972)

The full-scale novel about rabbits finding their promised land has the magic of prophecy, idyllic Hampshire locations and the structure of the Aeneid. Adams enjoys parading his scholarship, and this is a lively introduction to brainy books.

The Hobbit

J R R Tolkien (1937)

Here we meet the characters who will make The Lord of the Rings happen, and on a pre-Peter Jackson scale. If anything, Gollum is even more chilling here, because we see him through the eyes of a hobbit – seldom the calmest of travellers.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C S Lewis (1950)

Welcome to the magical land of Narnia, where the White Witch reigns over a snow-girt land peopled by fawns, talking beavers and people eager to put their trust in four kids from Finchley. The Christian allusions come later, but for now this is pure narrative magic.

Charlotte’s Web

E B White (1952)

The New Yorker writer cherished for his elegance of style gives us an altruistic spider with exquisite manners, and a pig to make her proud. There are intimations of mortality, but a plot of fame and legacy thumbs its nose at the inevitable.

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1943)

The Little Prince falls to Earth to meet the author, who has crashed his plane. His quizzical, wise stories of other planets (most of which are inhabited by solitary monomaniacs) lead to the daftest of all – our own.

Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren (1945)

It’s quite something to live as an orphan with just a horse and a monkey for companions. The heroine has a chutzpah that makes her sound at her most adult when she’s flouting adult conventions, especially at teatime.

Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kästner (1929)

When Emil is robbed of his mother’s hard-earned savings (that were never likely to stretch far), he has help from a scratch squad of child detectives from Berlin. However much this sounds like the best child’s game ever, the real world is seldom far away.

James and the Giant Peach

Roald Dahl (1961)

One of Dahl’s earliest, best, and most fully developed tales. There is no attempt to make the giant insects or articulate clouds seem natural: this is a world of wonder, more marvellous than Wonka’s, even.

Winnie the Pooh

A A Milne (1926)

Characters begin days by visiting one another, and end up shifting houses, learning to fly or surviving floods.

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

Sara has a privileged background but is now living as a Cinderella figure; and she plays at being a princess. But her response shows that being a princess is less a social ranking than a state of mind.

The Just So Stories

Rudyard Kipling (1902)

How did the leopard get his spots? How was the alphabet made? Why are elephant’s trunks so long? Kipling is the model of the patient parent in the face of constant questions. And who cares about evolution? This is much more fun.

A Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Jules Verne (1864)

Verne uses all the tricks that make Anthony Horowitz so successful – the action-packed chapters that end at just the right time and the sense of deepening mystery – but also a knack for convincing us that there really might be creatures down there.

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame (1908)

The idyllic, stylised account of life on the river, with anxious glimpses beyond it, is a masterclass in character-driven comedy – alongside the arriviste Toad is the petit bourgeois Mole, and Rat, the gentleman of leisure.

The Doll People

Ann M Martin and Laura Godwin (2000)

The dolls in your dolls’ house might look inanimate to you, but you clearly have no idea of what they get up to at night. They’re casing the joint, tracking lost relatives and dodging that cruel fate – PDS (Permanent Doll State).

The Child that Books Built

Francis Spufford (2002)

Although this book isn’t written for children, the more reflective might enjoy it as a guide on how to grow into reading; and it’s a wonderfully eloquent take on how growing up happens unexpectedly.

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Five Great Technology Tools for the English classroom

February 20, 2014

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Courtesy of English teacher, Sarah Findlater:

 

Google Drive

Google Drive is a free online storage cloud that has Google’s version of Word, Powerpoint and Excel built into it. It allows students to create documents for free on the go. They can access and edit these documents on a tablet device or computer from various locations with their Google account login. They can share the documents they are working on with other students and can even work in one document at the same time to co-create pieces of work. They can also share the document with their teachers while they work or once they’ve finished to get instant feedback.

Teachers can help students with the creative writing process by getting them to share their stories as they write so you can feedback live without stopping their creative flow. You can give them quick and easy targets through the chat facility or highlight specific sections and create a comment – they have to respond to these otherwise the comment alert won’t disappear. You could also get students to co-create a presentation with one another on an element of the social or historical context of a text you’re studying, for example. Once finished, they can share the document with you, close down their computers and come up one at a time and simply click on their presentation now housed in your drive for instant feedback.

Edmodo

Edmodo is a free social learning platform for students, teachers and parents. It looks a little bit like Facebook so it is a familiar format for students to use. But before you run for the hills, it is very different to Facebook in that it’s completely controlled by the teacher and specifically designed for educational purposes – one of my classes has affectionately named it “Fakebook”. It has a shared timeline as a homepage where you and your students can interact and you can allow students to interact with one another, if you wish. Both teachers and students have a library where they can store documents and share them with others if they want to. The teacher can set assignments, students hand in assignments and teachers feedback on the work all within Edmodo. Two particularly useful functions are the quizzes and polls, and there’s also a built-in grade book that houses your teacher-assessed grades and quiz results for each student.

It really is a very useful all-round tool. You could consider saving essential documents – such as mark schemes, poems being studied and teaching presentations – in the class library to give students easy access to these at any time. You could also post photos of classwork completed by groups of students or individuals so all the students can see it for best practice. You could schedule weekly spelling tests – set as multiple choice quizzes – through Edmondo which will automatically collate the results so you can easily see trends within the class’s performance.

Screen casting

There a loads of tools out there that capture your computer or device screen and allow you to record your voice while you do so. Two that are often used are ScreenR which is free and Explain Everything, which is quite cheap. The idea is that you can take a picture of your computer or device screen and then set your voice against the website or pre-prepared powerpoint. If you collate these in one place, you have a bank of instructional videos.

A simple way to use this tool is to create short instructional videos to help your students study independently or revise a topic. For instance, you might create clips outlining different writing styles or perhaps your team can work together to create clips on themes you all think are important. You could get students involved and ask them to prepare a short videos explaining poems that you have been studying as a revision tool.

YouTube

One way to collate the videos created by a screencast tool is to start a YouTube channel and upload them all there. This is simply your own YouTube home page – you can style the background, upload profile information and follow other channels of interest. You can also create playlists within your channel to organise videos into topics and allow students to find them easily. If creating your own videos is not for you then you can create playlists of videos that are already out there that relate to the topics you are studying.

What about creating a channel for your department? Create a playlist for each topic on your curriculum map from myths and legends to war poetry and creative writing. All you would need to do is to drop in videos of your choice. The videos could be created by your students, staff or just found from educational sources around the web. The clips could help students get more from the topic or encourage them to read and research around the subject – a wonderful resource for years to come that you can regularly update.

Blogging

There are many blogging platforms around but the two that are most popular are WordPress and Blogger. If you’re looking for the easier of the two then Blogger from Google is the one. If you want a more sophisticated platform then WordPress is probably a better choice. A basic blog allows you to have a rolling front page of updating posts and static pages accessed via tabs, often along the top of the page. It is a great record of the year for the students to look back over.

Get your students to create their own blogs and use them as digital portfolios for the year, posting up their best work. Getting feedback from a real audience as well as peers, parents and teachers is a great opportunity for development. How about creating a blog for your class? You could update the main page with homework tasks, recommended reading and updates from your classroom. Try creating a post with a task or question based on the topic you’re studying and get the students to use the comments facility to respond. They could even extend their answers by responding to one another’s comments. You could use the blog as a record of lessons by uploading presentations and photos. If a student is ever absent, this is an invaluable tool to enable them to keep up.

 

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14 Books Featuring Inspirational Female Heroines

December 19, 2013

 

Courtesy of of The Huffington Post

 


The Paper Bag Princess – Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Let’s start at the very beginning, with a picture book that will encourage even very young girls to see themselves as the captains of their own destinies. When the titular heroine’s wedding to a prince is ruined by a dragon who steals away her betrothed, the princess replaces her burned up clothes with a paper bag and sets off to rescue him. That’s right – a princess doing the rescuing! I guess that makes her fiancé a gentleman in distress. Along the way, she learns about self-respect, independence, and being her own person. And for our pink-obsessed toddlers – the word “princess” in the title might tempt them to show some interest.


Ella Enchanted – Gail Carson Levine
This book also makes use of fairy-tale princess tropes – in fact, it’s a retelling of Cinderella. And yes, the heroine does fall in love with a charming prince. But in this book, Ella’s magical appearances at the royal balls comprise only a small part of her adventures. Cursed to be obedient, she spends the book struggling to overcome the enforced subservience that has defined her, and in the process must be rebellious, self-assured, and willing to break all the rules to find her own way in life. She tames ogres with her gift for speaking in tongues, and she refuses the man she loves because she knows he can’t save her from her curse. Actually, she saves his life with her quick wits, and he is the one who shows her tenderness and compassion. In the end, only she can save herself, and she has the force of will to do it. Ella is a funny, clever, brave protagonist who refuses to fit herself into the mold society has created for her.


The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
Chances are high that any tween you know has already read The Hunger Games … and seen the two movies. But if not, now’s the time. Our heroine Katniss has taken over the role of breadwinner after her father’s death, and she supports her family in a way women are rarely shown to do – by poaching game from beyond the city’s walls. Her skills with a bow and knife come in handy when she is thrown into the arena for a brutal televised event in which teenagers from the poverty-stricken districts surrounding the Capitol fight to the death. Suzanne Collins does an admirable job creating a cast of characters among which gender is the least defining characteristic. All of the teens, especially Katniss, must find a footing somewhere between ruthlessness and compassion in order to survive. Her ability to fight for self-preservation, with a determination long reserved for male characters, is well-balanced with her humanity.


Divergent - Veronica Roth
The dystopian world of Divergent seems set up to eliminate traditional gender roles. Each person is given a chance, at the age of 16, to choose a faction in which they will spend their adulthood. Factions are defined by the virtue they most value — courage, knowledge, love, selflessness, and honesty. It isn’t the women who are loving and selfless while the men are brave and honest; instead, each faction contains both men and women who exemplify these virtues. Our heroine, Tris, chooses Dauntless, the courageous faction, giving readers a daring, rough-and-ready heroine with action-hero qualities female characters are rarely given. She is adept with weapons, willing to undergo extreme physical pain in order to accomplish her goals, and, most importantly, always an agent. She’s not one to wait around for opportunities to pass by or for opponents to outmaneuver her, meaning she’s almost always in control of the situation.


The Lioness Quartet - Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce probably changed my life. She’s written a number of YA fantasy series about strong women, but The Lioness Quartet was the one that started it all. The heroine, Alanna, shatters the gender roles of her fictional world, Tortall, by conning her way into a position as a page in training for knighthood. When her sex is eventually revealed, her accomplishments are too great to deny, and she ultimately ends the restriction against female knights in her kingdom. Alanna is clever, strong, and able to take her destiny into her own hands – and while romance is never at the forefront of the series, the books grant her an unusual amount of sexual agency, which is still sadly uncommon even in books set in the modern day. Alanna’s freedom to experiment with romance and her sexuality is treated with responsibility, sending a great message about safety and protection while allowing her to be empowered to make her own choices.


Circle of Magic series – Tamora Pierce
Okay, just one more Tamora Pierce series! The Circle of Magic books are aimed at slightly younger readers, eschewing romantic subplots for straightforward adventure (and heartwarming friendships). The four protagonists, including three girls and two people of color (an unfortunate rarity in YA fantasy), spend the books learning to control their elemental forms of magic – and to use them to battle catastrophic threats to themselves, their loved ones, and even their society. These books emphasize the unique strengths each of us have within ourselves. I know I reread these books over and over, imagining what my special power might be. That’s a mental debate I want my daughters to have someday!


The Hero and the Crown – Robin McKinley
Robin McKinley has written a whole boxful of books perfect for young women – Rose Daughter, The Blue Sword, and Spindle’s End among them. But The Hero and the Crown was particularly inspiring to me. The protagonist, Aerin, is a social outcast despite being the daughter of the king. Her red hair makes her stand out, she can’t perform the magic other royals do naturally, and she hates needlework. But her penchant for more martial arts like sword-fighting ultimately makes her invaluable to the court that once gave her the cold shoulder. Aerin takes on potion-mixing and dragon-slaying over the course of the novel, eventually saving her kingdom from utter desolation. Though the book contains strong men as love interests, Aerin is the unquestioned heroine and leader of the quest – there’s even a fun role reversal in which the wounded princess is tended to after battle by a nurturing male companion!


Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia C. Wrede
Like The Paper Bag Princess, the Enchanted Forest Chronicles turns the princess paradigm on its head by setting the royal heroine next to a dragon. In this version, Princess Cimorene is an independent-minded girl who hates being a princess – so she runs away to keep house for a dragon instead. Of course. Cimorene’s domestic duties showed me, a girl who loved baking, that girly stuff needn’t be entirely incompatible with courage and self-sufficiency. But more importantly, Cimorene is a badass who almost always manages to save the day – even the dragons need her protection! The books are written with a lighthearted wit that sets it apart from more melodramatic epics, making them welcoming to girls who aren’t established fantasy fans.


Caddie Woodlawn – Carol Ryrie Brink
YA novels set in historical times face an extra challenge: They must grapple with the very real restrictions suffered by women and girls in world history. Caddie Woodlawn features a tomboyish frontier girl who chooses a life running wild with her brothers rather than inside dipping candles. The Newbery-award-winning book inspires girls to question the gendered expectations that they live with and to embrace their adventurous, outdoorsy side. Of course, the historical frontier setting presents problems; Caddie’s ultimate need to “grow up” by becoming a subdued, presentable lady, as well as the deeply problematic representations of American Indians throughout the book, both require consideration, and an open conversation with your daughter about these troublesome aspects of the book might allow for a great learning experience.


Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
This beloved children’s classic has four heroines, three of whom don’t seem all that empowering (although we find them quite lovable nonetheless). However, the real protagonist, Jo March, is a real spitfire. Teased for being rough and mannish by her sisters and friends, Jo learns to embrace her bold and outspoken nature. Her ambition, which seems like an unlady-like distraction from domestic duties at first, makes her an asset to the family as she begins to earn money to support them with her writing, and while she somewhat tames her coltish tendencies as she grows into a woman, she never allows pressure to be feminine to change who she really is. As I grew into myself, I found Jo was increasingly my favorite of the little women – she embodies the empowerment we can find by celebrating the strengths and quirks that make us different from those around us.


Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House books, written by the same tomboyish girl who stars in them, offer a window into life in the frontier West – and Laura’s adventurous spirit, like Caddie Woodlawn’s, means she’s always getting her apron dirty running around the prairie, the woods, or the shores of the lake. But she also knows how to help her pa mend a roof and how to get dinner on the table. Like Caddie Woodlawn, these books also speak to a troubled time in America’s history, as we can see in the often stereotypical, othering portrayals of American Indians which should be discussed with young, impressionable readers.


Emily of New Moon – L.M. Montgomery
I’ve documented my adoration for Anne of Green Gables, but there’s just something about Emily Starr, the heroine of L.M. Montgomery’s lesser-known YA series, that really inspired me. Like Anne, Emily is smart, imaginative, and a bit different. Unlike Anne, Emily keeps her career at the center of her life, devoting herself to her writing and eventually becoming a successful novelist. Emily’s character is believed to be semi-autobiographical, as Montgomery herself was (obviously) a career writer. Though Emily’s story culminates in romantic fulfillment, she never wavers from her true self: driven, independent, and strong. She doesn’t change herself for love, and she doesn’t set her dreams of personal glory aside. Instead, she sets out to achieve them with self-confidence, and she continually perseveres in the face of setbacks and easy outs.


A Girl Named Disaster - Nancy Farmer
Nhamo, our protagonist, manages to flee a frightening fate and forge a path through the wilderness to a new life in this engrossing novel. Facing marriage to a cruel man at only 11, Nhamo runs away from the village in Mozambique where she grew up to search for her father across the border in Zimbabwe. Utterly alone, she must overcome the dangers of a treacherous forest, where she ultimately wanders for months, with nothing but her own wits. Such a journey would push anyone to the point of breaking, but Nhamo’s strength and heart keep her alive and moving forward. As a girl who’d read Hatchet and My Side of the Mountain with fascination, it thrilled me to read a wilderness survival story with such a compelling female lead – even girls who hate camping (me) can engross themselves in stories of girl vs. nature.


The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
Lyra Belacqua stands apart from most girls I read about as a kid. Lyra’s sly, deceitful nature allows her to stay alive throughout the dangers she encounters in the series, but it doesn’t make her morally admirable, or even likable. Reading about a girl who is distinguished by qualities other than her essentially gentle nature is a great reminder that girls, like boys, come in a wide variety of personalities, each with our own strengths and flaws. And Lyra’s scrappiness, will to live, and canny mind make her a compelling heroine to get to know in the course of three epic books every kid should read at least once.

 

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The New York Public Library’s 100 Most Requested Children’s Books

November 24, 2013

 

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Don’t listen to anyone that tells you books no longer make a good Christmas gift. Below are some of the most popular current titles to help you re-engage younger readers:

New York Public Library’s new list of the century’s 100 best kids’ books
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz (1972)
“All-of-a-Kind Family” by Sydney Taylor, illustrations by Helen John (1951)
“Amelia Bedelia” by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel (1963)
“The Arrival” by Shaun Tan (2006)
“Bark, George” by Jules Feiffer (1999)
“Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo (2000)
“Ben’s Trumpet” by Rachel Isadora (1979)
“Big Red Lollipop” by Rukhsana Khan, illustrated by Sophie Blackall (2010)
“The Birchbark House” by Louise Erdrich (1999)
“The Book of Three” by Lloyd Alexander (1964)
“The Bossy Gallito / El Gallo De Bodas: A Traditional Cuban Folktale” by Lucia M. Gonzalez
“Bread and Jam for Frances” by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)
“Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson (1977)
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (1967)
“Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)
“The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss (1957)
“Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson (2008)
“A Chair For My Mother” by Vera B. Williams (1982)
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White, illustrated by Garth Williams (1952)
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989)
“Corduroy” by Donald Freeman (1976)
“Curious George” by H.A. Rey (1941)
“Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems (2003)
“Esperanza Rising” by Pam Muoz Ryan (2000)
“Freight Train” by Donald Crews (1978)
“Frog and Toad Are Friends” by Arnold Lobel (1970)
“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg (1967)
“George and Martha” by James Marshall (1972)
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry (1993)
“Go Away, Big Green Monster!” by Ed Emberley (1992)
“Go, Dog, Go!” by P.D. Eastman (1961)
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (1947)
“Grandfather’s Journey” by Allen Say (1993)
“The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman (2008)
“Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss (1960)
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson (1955)
“Harriet the Spy” by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling (1997)
“Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen (1989)
“The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)
“Holes” by Louis Sachar (1998)
“Honey I Love, and Other Poems” by Eloise Greenfield; ill. by Leo& Diane Dillon
“Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaires Book of Greek Myths” by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (1962)
“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick (2007)
“Joseph Had a Little Overcoat” by Simms Taback (1999)
“Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)
“Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse” by Kevin Henkes (1996)
“The Lion and the Mouse” by Jerry Pinkney (2009)
“The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis (1950)
#50 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, illustrated by Garth Williams (1932)
“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1943)
“Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story From China” by Ed Young (1989)
“Madeline” by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
“Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey (1941)
“Matilda” by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake (1988)
“Meet Danitra Brown” by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Floyd Cooper (1994)
“Mike Mulligan’s Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)
“Millions of Cats” by Wanda Gag (1928)
“Miss Nelson is Missing!” by Harry Allard, illustrated by James Marshall (1977)
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by Richard and Florence Atwater; illustrated by Robert Lawson
“Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert C. O’Brien (1971)
“Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters” by John Steptoe (1987)
“My Father’s Dragon” by Ruth Stiles Gannett, illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett (1948)
“My Name is Yoon” by Helen Recorvits, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska (2003)
“Olivia” by Ian Falconer (2000)
“One Crazy Summer” by Rita Williams Garcia (2010)
“The People Could Fly” by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon (2004)
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer (1961)
“Pierre” by Maurice Sendak (1962)
“Pink and Say” by Patricia Polacco (1994)
“Pippi Longstocking” by Astrid Lindgren (1950)
“Pyramid” by David Macaulay (1975)
“Ramona the Pest” by Beverly Cleary (1968)
“Rickshaw Girl” by Mitali Perkins, illustrated by Jamie Hogan (2007)
“Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor (1976)
“Rumpelstiltskin” by Paul O. Zelinsky (1986)
“A Sick Day for Amos McGee” by Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin E. Stead (2010)
“The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
“Stone Soup” by Marcia Brown (1947)
“The Stories Julian Tells” by Ann Cameron, illustrated by Ann Strugnell (1981)
“The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson (1936)
“Strega Nona” by Tomie de Paola (1975)
“Swimmy” by Leo Lionni (1963)
“Sylvester and the Magic Pebble” by William Steig (1969)
“Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing” by Judy Blume (1972)
“Tar Beach” by Faith Ringgold (1991)
“The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit” by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney (1987)
“Ten Nine Eight” by Molly Bang (1983)
“Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose” by Tomie dePaola (1985)
“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith (1989)
“Tuesday” by David Wiesner (1991)
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle (1979)
“The Watsons Go to Birmingham, 1963” by Christopher Paul Curtis (1995)
“The Westing Game” by Ellen Raskin (1978)
“When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead (2009)
“Where Is the Green Sheep?” by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek (2004)
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (1963)
“Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears” by Verna Aardema, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)
“Winnie-the-Pooh” by A.A. Milne, illustrated by E.H. Shepard (1926)
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle (1962)

 

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Stunning Photographs of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

October 19, 2013

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I love libraries and below are some of the world’s very best as photographed by British academic Dr James Campbell:

The grand Mafra Palace Library, in Mafra, Portugal

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The Codrington Library was built to house the thousands of books at All Souls College in Oxford

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Biblioteca Joanina, in Coimbra, Portugal

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George Peabody Library, Baltimore

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Admont Abbey in Austria

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Teaching Kids the Art of Public Speaking

October 16, 2013

 

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Courtesy of everydaylife.globalpost.com:

 

Step 1Brainstorm topic ideas. Your child will feel more confident making a speech if he is passionate about, or at least familiar with, the subject matter. Topics might include a favorite hobby, memories of a family vacation or a persuasive speech on why your child thinks he needs a bigger allowance.

Step 2Create a preliminary outline. Instruct your child to write down everything he knows about his chosen topic. For instance, your child might write down instructional details or tips and personal feelings about his favorite hobby.

Step 3Research online or at the local library. Fill in what your child knows with facts. For instance, if he is giving a speech about soccer, he might research the history of the sport. If he is describing a family vacation, he might look for information about the geography and culture of the vacation site.

Step 4Help your child organize the material into an introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should be short, but catchy. Include a joke or anecdote to catch the audience’s attention. The body of the speech should include two to five main points accompanied by supporting facts. Your child may wish to include short stories in the body to weave a narrative. The conclusion is a brief summary of the speech. Help your child find an applicable quote or anecdote to wrap up the subject matter.

Step 5Encourage your child to write short notes on cards to help him if he gets lost during his speech. Don’t allow him to write the entire speech on cards, though, or he’ll be tempted to read and avoid eye contact.

Step 6Assemble an audience of friends and family so that your child can practice his speech in a non-threatening environment. Encourage your child to speak slowly and engage his audience with eye contact. If he is fidgety, it may help him to hold onto a podium or table.

Step 7Address your child’s concerns before he gives his speech to a formal audience. Remind him that it is okay to feel nervous or scared. He doesn’t have to give the speech perfectly. Encourage him to relax and simply tell his story.

 

Click on the link to read The Call to Stop Kids From Reading Books they Actually Enjoy

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