One of the greatest pleasures in life is a great read. Books are a window to places we can often only dream of. A well-written book can open perspective about nearly everything, which in turn can dramatically change not only a viewpoint, but also a person's "way of being".
In the early childhood classroom, some of the best lessons are born of fun and fanciful, or true and touching, children's literature. There are several ways to approach literature-based teaching, and this series of articles will attempt to describe three of these: author based, thematic based and repetitious (or predictable) literature.
Whether in the early childhood classroom or working with your child at home, a comfortable space for reading and either an adjacent, or an incorporated, space for writing is important when considering environment setup. When reading/writing areas are accessible to block and imaginative play spaces, a thread of continuity becomes present in the learning process and math (spatial concepts, quantitative reasoning), language development (reading and writing) run right into imaginative play.
Cross-curricular activities result in print rich environments and children often learn at an extremely accelerated rate. Old adages become old for a reason, and certainly "Reading is the magic key that takes you where you want to be." How to make the most of early childhood literature will be explored in this series of articles and there is certainly a vast wealth of resources.
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22 Oct 2014 | 5:21 pm
Government grants and student loans notwithstanding, paying for college isn’t easy if you’re poor or working-class. When the affluent and the rich struggle with the same issues, however, the problems—spiraling college tuition coupled with the impact of the Great Recession—become a lot more obvious.
Is Iowa's Joni Ernst a pragmatist or a partisan? The Senate's balance of power could hinge on the answer
22 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
The contest between Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst and Rep. Bruce Braley is one of the closest Senate races in the country. And whether Iowans believe her claim that she is a middle-of-the-road Republican conservative who likes to solve problems — rather than a tea party candidate who wants to impeach President Barack Obama and abolish the Department of Education and the IRS — will decide the race and possibly determine which party controls the Senate.
14 to be charged after fight at Newark High School
21 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
Eric Frein sightings: How 'wilderness ninja' has outfoxed 1,000 cops
21 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
Two fresh sightings of alleged sniper Eric Frein has resulted in more closed public schools in northern Pennsylvania and a shift in a massive manhunt to near where Mr. Frein went to high school – and where he was a member of the high school rifle team.
Put a Lid on Your 5 Biggest Retirement Expenses
21 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
People tend to spend an average of about 20 percent less after they retire. We no longer have to pay Social Security payroll tax. We spend less for clothes, commuting and childcare. And we don't have to save for retirement or our kids' college education.
3 Hidden Costs for International Students at U.S. Colleges
21 Oct 2014 | 9:30 am
International students preparing to attend college in the U.S. cannot avoid considering their budget. But there's more to consider than your future tuition, room and board or textbook fees.
Newark students face charges following melee
20 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
Pumpkin Fair riot: Should Keene State College students be expelled?
20 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
On Monday morning, Keene State College Student Body President Bobby Graham sat in his econometrics class, one day after he had walked door to door apologizing to area businesses on behalf of the rioters.
Parents pay the price for children’s student debt
20 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
Parents who want to provide for their children's college education are being stretched to the brink with student loans.
California mayor vocal in immigration debate suspected of drunken driving
17 Oct 2014 | 8:02 pm
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The mayor of Murrieta, California, who led a local backlash against the arrival of undocumented Central American immigrants flooding the U.S. border, has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in an accident that injured four teenagers. Mayor Alan Long was arrested late Thursday on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a car carrying four Murrieta Valley High School students, Murrieta police said in a statement. ...
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