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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Attention, College Students and Recent Grads: The Unpaid Internship Is Back
As long as an internship is tied to education and interns benefit more than the employer from the arrangement, companies don’t have to pay them, a U.S. appeals court stated Thursday. This decision reversed a 2013 win for former interns Alex Footman and Eric Glatt, who sued Fox Searchlight for violating labor and overtime laws while they worked for free on the Natalie Portman film Black Swan. A panel of judges in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals found the initial ruling’s reasoning, which looked to six criteria presented by the Labor Department, too limiting.
1,400 India school teachers resign in fake degree probe
Some 1,400 primary school teachers have quit in an eastern Indian state in recent months amid an ongoing investigation into fake qualifications, an education official said Friday. More resignations are likely before the end of an amnesty period that allows teachers in Bihar to quit to avoid legal action for falsifying their degrees, state education department principal secretary R.K Mahajan said. The High Court ordered an investigation in May into the state's 350,000 primary teachers on concerns that up to 25,000 had joined government schools without proper training.
The High Cost of Higher Education
While you would expect the average Harvard graduate to make a higher salary compared with a college graduate at an "average" institution, this comparison doesn't take into account the cost of their education and other factors. According to Harvard's website, its tuition, room, board and fees for this upcoming academic year total more than $60,000 for those without financial aid. Recently, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program released a study ranking schools on midcareer earnings, occupational earnings power and the loan repayment rate of the typical graduate.
Judge rules for Montana teachers' union in pension dispute
A Helena judge has blocked a legislative measure that cut retired teachers' annual inflationary pension increases, saying it violates the contracts clauses in the Montana and U.S. constitutions. District ...
Civics test, rules for e-cigarette sales among new Utah laws
More than 50 new laws took effect Wednesday in Utah, including measures requiring high school students to pass a U.S. citizenship test, restrictions on electronic-cigarette sellers and expanded death benefits ...
Jim Carrey Unleashes Twitter Rant Over California's New Vaccine Law
Jim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.
Jim Carrey's Twitter Rant
Jim Carrey is trying to set the record straight after his lengthy Twitter rant over California's new mandatory immunization law. The actor called Gov. Jerry Brown a "corporate fascist" on Tuesday, after the state passed a bill that requires all public schools and daycares to vaccinate their children unless a legitimate medical reason permits otherwise. "California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines," Carrey Tweeted.
California mandates vaccinations in schools
Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed a controversial bill Tuesday that will impose one of the strictest school vaccination laws in the country: starting next year, vaccinations are required for nearly all children in public and private schools. The signing statement was issued just one day after lawmakers sent Governor Brown the bill that will strike California’s personal belief exemption for immunizations. Recommended: How much do you know about California?
Ways to Qualify for a Total and Permanent Disability Student Loan Discharge
Last week, the Student Loan Ranger covered three student loan discharge options you'll hopefully never have to use. In 1999, the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General issued a report showing that 23 percent of the borrowers who received a disability discharge between 1994 and 1996 went on to be employed and earn income shortly after the discharge was completed. Since then, the Department of Education has had to try and protect federal taxpayers by putting checks and balances in place to deter and identify disability discharge fraud while also trying to ensure the process is as painless as possible for those who are truly disabled as defined in the federal statute.
Same-sex marriage: Will conservative religious colleges lose tax-exempt status?
In his dissent to last week’s epoch-changing decision that declared same-sex marriage a fundamental right, Chief Justice John Roberts worried about the implications of the majority’s rationale for religious colleges and other institutions. “Hard questions arise when people of faith exercise religion in ways that may be seen to conflict with the new right to same-sex marriage – when, for example, a religious college provides married student housing only to opposite-sex married couples, or a religious adoption agency declines to place children with same-sex married couples,” the chief justice wrote. One of these questions, many legal scholars and others say, may revolve around the tax-exempt status of conservative religious institutions whose policies conflict with the nation’s new public policy on marriage.