Book to Boogie: “Up, Down, and Around” Book to Boogie is a monthly series that pairs picture books with dance and movement activities for preschool story time. The series is curated by Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books & Pirouettes and written by a different guest writer each month. We hope that children’s librarians, as well as classroom teachers and dance educators, will find these activities useful and fun! by Jill Homan Randall Children naturally gravitate to opposites, including word pairs such as high/low, up/down, yes/no, and fast/slow.
102 of the Most Inspiring Storytelling Quotes of All Time - Type A Communications February 2, 2016 Stories have been shared in every culture for millions of years – starting with rudimentary drawings by people who lived in caves – as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and instilling moral values. The ancient art of storytelling has made its way to the boardroom, but some people – including marketers – still wonder if it’s that big of a deal. The truth is, whether you’re trying to sell your product or service, your company or even yourself, you need to be able to tell a story. And bullets on a PowerPoint slide are not a story.
6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace The Maker movement continues to gain momentum. At this year's White House Science Fair, President Obama invited Super-Awesome Sylvia from Auburn, California to exhibit her water color robot as a representative of the Maker community. At the same event, the Corporation for National Service announced its commitment to place Americorps VISTAs in Maker movement organizations across the country. Maker Ed is placing those Maker VISTAs in makerspaces to help build their capacity for engaging low-income students as makers. In this spirit, we are starting to see more and more makerspaces springing up in schools across the country. If you are a teacher experimenting with making projects in your classroom, here are some successful fundraising strategies we've seen educators use to fund a makerspace for their school community.
Bears Printables for the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle Printables for the book We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activities Printables for Polar Bear, Polar Bear by Eric Carle Goldilocks and the Three Bears Brown Bears Keeping Your Library Collection Smelling F.R.E.S.H! Yesterday I had the opportunity to work with a fun group of librarians in the northern part of my state who had some questions about weeding. Specifically, they were concerned about getting rid of old materials when their collections are already small and there's no money to replace the discards with shiny new replacements. I understand this concern, but when it comes to weeding, I err on the side of less being more. To me, these are the major problems with holding onto old, out of date, musty materials: Out of date materials can be dangerous.
How to Start a Makerspace When You're Broke Everyone’s Favorite Excuse I’ve had the honor and privilege of sharing with hundreds of librarians and educators about our makerspace. Unfortunately, I see many educators hold back on starting a makerspace because of funds. I’m always hearing excuses like: “I’d love to do (insert cool Maker activity) at my school, but we don’t have a budget for that.”“We can’t really afford a 3D printer right now.” Flannel Stories www.chalkpreschoolonline.com Flannel Stories Print using "Landscape" Orientation" unless noted Having difficulties printing? Please let us know!! firstname.lastname@example.org Google for Teachers: 100+ Tricks It's Google's world, we're just teaching in it. Now, we can use it a little more easily. With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for all teachers, so why not take advantage of the wide world that Google for teachers has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google for teachers tools to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these Google for teacherstricks will surely save you some precious time when using technology in the classroom. Google for Teachers Search Tricks
Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries Since I first started my Makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014, I have received a lot of positive feedback. I’ve given talks, presented at conferences, and shared about our experiences through my blog and through social media. Some of the questions I am most frequently asked are: Why should makerspaces be in the library? Powell County Schools Easy Fiction Shelf Order Spine Labels - A book's address - Locating books on the shelves in the E section Students will: listen attentively and respond to a story. State in their own words how fiction picture books are arranged on the library shelves. Find the easy fiction shelf that is labeled with the letter that is the same as the first letter in their last name. Alberta School Library Council’s Blog Posted by: by Kelly Reierson and Lissa Davies As we work to build twenty-first learning skills...collaboration, creation and communication we need to look at how we can support this by creating an environment that meets that need. The Learning Commons concept takes libraries that one step further to support digital students and learning.
Designing a School Makerspace Makerspaces, STEAM labs and fab labs are popping up in schools across the country. Makerspaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces.
10 Tips for Adding STEM Concepts to Storytime Library programs about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are being developed for all ages, including preschoolers. Those of us who hold early literacy enhanced storytimes by modeling intentional activities and explaining to parents and caregivers why early literacy is important are well-positioned to give ongoing attention to both STEM thinking and early literacy. When we were writing our book Storytimes for Everyone: Developing Young Children’s Language and Literacy (ALA, 2013), we turned their attention toward ways to incorporate science and math concepts into traditional storytimes.
The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase). I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony Wagner: