40 Read Aloud Chapter Books for Young Children One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start reading chapter books at bedtime to our sensitive 4 year old son and spunky 2 year old daughter. Okay, the 2 year old might have been a stretch, but we’ll try anyway. Yes, chances are that your preschoolers, too, can sit still enough to listen to a long book while having breakfast (rather than watching TV) or at bedtime, when they’ve likely wound-down and welcome your prolonged presence before the lights are turned off for the night. Even if some of the language or concepts are slightly beyond your children’s understanding and maturity level in some of these books, you’ll be amazed at how much they will enjoy and even start to grasp “big” words and ideas after reading chapter books. So I researched online, polled friends, thought back to when I was a kid and inquired at our local library to come up with this fabulous list of beginning chapter books suitable for young children ages 3 to 8 years old.
100 Best Children's Chapter Books of All-Time Chapter books-that final leap into the world of literature where pictures matter less and less. Young readers are now able to be spirited away to strange and far off places, without the limitations of what is drawn on a page. It’s a beautiful thing, to see that door open up for them. Below you will find a list of some of the best children’s chapter books, suitable for a wide range of ages. They are the ones that continue to be loved for ages upon ages because they are, simply put, quite wonderful. Looking for picture books? Top 10 Children’s Chapter Books Charlotte’s Web: This is truly a gem of a children’s book. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Although they weren’t written terribly long ago, the Harry Potter books have quickly become classics. A Wrinkle In Time: This is a simply fascinating chapter book for children to dig into. The Phantom Tollbooth: One day, a bored young boy named Milo unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth, which he decides to drive through in his toy car.
Here Is A Great Tool to Create Educational Newsletters and Flyers on Chromebooks November 18, 2015 We have recently received an email from one of our readers here in EdTech and mLearning asking about a good iPad app to use for creating newsletters and flyers on Chromebook. The one we would recommend the most and which we have also reviewed in several instances in the past is Lucidpress. This is by far the easiest and simplest tool to use with your students to create educational newsletters and flyers. Luidpress offers a wide variety of pre-made templates to use for creating newsletters, flyers, brochures, reports, posters, digital banners, presentations and many more. Lucidpress supports real time collaboration allowing you to work with your peers on the same project. Watch the video below to learn more about Lucidpress
Outdoor Bacteria Can Make You Smarter, and Happier Getting some outdoor time is not only good for the soul, it's probably good for the mind. Research from The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York, suggests that exposure to a natural soil bacterium called Mycobacterium vaccae can increase learning behavior. Another reason to enjoy, and protect, the great outdoors. If you see a mouse or two the next time you're outside, tell them thanks for the information. For this study, mice had to navigate a maze. Think about it: A real mouse has taught us to spend less time with a computer mouse. The research was presented earlier this month at the 110th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in San Diego. The picture above is of my daughter, getting smarter by the minute.
5 Read Aloud Books All Teachers Should Read « The Teaching Excellence Program Written by Daya Cozzolino, TE Instructional Coach In my first year as an elementary school teacher, I learned the beauty of the read aloud. Sure, I had heard about the importance of reading aloud to students from my professors in college, and I was even an avid follower of Jim Trelease. However, it wasn’t until I had my own classroom that I learned the true value of read aloud books. 1. This book drives home the point of setting high expectations for your students, having a strong voice AND balancing it with warmth. 2. Let’s face it – all teachers have a rough day here and there and, as we learn in this book, so do our kids. source 3. I remember reading this book as a child with my own mom and couldn’t wait to share it with my students. 4. I read this book to my very first class on the first day of school. 5. This twist on a favorite fairytale teaches all of its readers to examine both sides of a story before coming to a conclusion. source Like this: Like Loading...
Brave Books for Girls (Not Princesses) Last week’s Dara-Lynn Weiss debacle reminded me of one of the biggest problems with this whole, endless is weight health? debate: When we focus relentlessly on weight and beauty, we teach girls that their entire value comes from their weight and/or beauty. Just ask all those teenage girls posting YouTube videos about it. This is why I push to separate conversations about health from conversations about size. In our culture, right now, the latter is just too tangled up in the Beauty Myth — start talking about weight or BMI as a non-judgmental health marker and you’ll all too quickly veer into fat-shaming territory with all its moralizing rhetoric. When we don’t even know for sure that it’s the actual excess weight causing the problems, why go there? But it’s not enough to get the Fat Talk out of our health conversations. But when we narrow our girls’ options down to nothing but Pretty/Pink/Princess, we’ve got trouble. So here’s my list, pictured above and Amazon-linked below. Jane Eyre
Book trailers Book trailers are a fairly recent phenomenon in the publishing industry. They originated less than ten years ago, based on the venerable institution of the movie trailer, but have only really taken off since the development of video sharing sites such as Youtube. Book trailers are a form of advertising for a book. Initially, they were literally sales pitches. Produced by publishers, and sometimes authors themselves, they were tools to pique interest in the novel. Book trailers can vary tremendously in how they are produced. In the last few years, the use of book trailers in education has become widespread. Where to find book trailers Digital Booktalk. Trailerspy is a collection of submitted book trailers Comic Book Trailers does what it says – trailers for comics. Book-trailers.net is another repository of trailers Booktease Website of an Australian book trailer creator How-to guides As mentioned above, there are many ways to produce a book trailer. Creating Book Trailers in Photo Story 3
5 Creative Ways to Connect Our Kids (And Yourself) to Nature © Getty Images This is a guest post from Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Reconnecting to Life in a Virtual World and Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. A recent study found that preschool children aren't getting enough time outdoors. Almost 50 percent of 3-to 5-year-olds studied weren't taken outside everyday. There are many factors that contribute to these sad findings, but parents and educators can, and should, find ways to incorporate play time in a child's life. Below are five simple steps to help connect your family to nature and community. 1. If we want our children or grandchildren to experience nature, we’ll need to be more proactive than parents of past generations. Encourage them to build forts, dig a hole, or plant a garden. 2. To reduce parental fear, Michele Whitaker, a guest blogger for The Grass Stain Guru, suggests that we become hummingbird parents: encouraging young children to play outside, but watch from a distance.