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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The Ridiculous—and Sexist—Reason This Little Boy Was Sent Home From School
31 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
The Seminole Independent School District said that it was only following procedure, noting that proper documentation of religious or spiritual beliefs was required for exceptions. After F.J. Young Elementary turned Malachi away, his mother contacted the Navajo Nation. In Oklahoma, a school superintendent recently came under fire for asking female high school students to bend over to check the length of their shorts.
Florida schools make play for scholastic chess curriculum
30 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
By Zachary Fagenson FORT LAUDERDALE Fla. (Reuters) - Leaning over chess boards in the middle of classes, seven- and eight-year-olds in one of Florida's largest school districts furrow their brows as they plot moves toward a checkmate. The chess games are part of a weekly lesson given to all 34,000 second- and third-graders in Broward County Public Schools, the sixth-biggest district in the nation, in one of the largest such curriculum experiments in the country. "The act of sitting and filling in a bubble sheet is work." The initiative builds on growing numbers of school-age children playing chess in the United States. Along with Florida, thousands of students in New York City and Chicago are learning chess in school, also taught in major districts in Texas, Michigan and Washington state, among others.
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29 Aug 2014 | 3:37 pm
Ebola in mind, US colleges screen some students
29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
Should You Skip College to Save Money?
29 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
With the average student loan debt in the United States at $33,424 this month, it's no wonder the worth of college has been called into question. These findings suggest that it isn't necessarily the college education that creates talent or success;
In Texas, big school finance questions remain
29 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied ...
Build Better Teachers
29 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
The New York Times calculates that the federal government now spends $107.6 billion on education yearly, which is layered over an estimated $524.7 billion spent by states and localities (source: National Center for Education Statistics). Reformers have urged — depending upon where they stand ideologically — smaller class sizes, more accountability, merit pay for teachers and educational choice.
Oklahoma loses federal 'No Child Left Behind Waiver'
28 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - Oklahoma lost its federal "No Child Left Behind” waiver on Thursday after it dropped education standards adopted by almost all states, a move that could lead to cuts in the $500 million in U.S. Department of Education Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle said in a letter to Oklahoma Schools State Superintendent Janet Barresi the state can no longer demonstrate that it had college- and career-ready standards. Earlier this year, the state repealed Common Core for English and math due to concerns that the federal government was trying to take over the state's education policy. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, lashed out at President Barack Obama, saying his Democratic administration was punishing the state because of the repeal.
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE CHILDREN
28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
As one of the chairs of a new organization called Democrats for Public Education, I'm part of a group focused on just that -- supporting public education. We support superior standards and finding ways to make classrooms challenging and rewarding for both teachers and students. As a proud graduate of Louisiana's public schools, I know the importance of a good public education. Right now, a galling 22 percent of children in America -- the richest country in history -- live in poverty, and nearly half come from low-income families struggling to meet basic needs.
Texas judge rules state's school finance system unconstitutional
28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - A Texas judge ruled on Thursday the state's school finance system was unconstitutional because it does not adequately or fairly provide money to public schools, a decision that could force an overhaul of how the state pays for education. The decision from State District Judge John Dietz next heads to the state's Supreme Court, legal experts said. "The court ... finds that the Legislature has failed to meet its constitutional duty to suitably provide for Texas public schools because the school finance system is structured, operated and funded so that it cannot provide a constitutionally adequate education for all Texas school children," Dietz wrote. The legal action was brought on behalf of about 650 of the state's 1,000-plus school districts, accounting for some 3.7 million of Texas' 5 million school children.
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