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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How NYC schools are celebrating Lunar New Year this Monday
New York City public schools are wishing students a happy Lunar New Year by officially recognizing it as a holiday. In a city where one in eight residents is of Asian descent, according to the US Census, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean American parents for years have had to choose between celebrating the most important Asian holiday with their children or maintaining their attendance records. According to New York state senator Daniel Squadron, whose constituency includes residents of Chinatown, the number of Asian Americans in the public school system is higher even than the city total – one in six students are of Asian descent.
Low pay forces South Dakota teachers to hold 2nd, 3rd jobs
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Conn. governor critical of town considering arming teachers
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In contentious debate, Clinton and Sanders both claim 'progressive' mantle
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Rural Oklahoma school posts warning of armed staff
A rural school district in Oklahoma put up signs this week alerting visitors that some staff members have access to guns, in what it says is an effort aimed at deterring school violence. Schools in Okay, Okla., about 48 miles southeast of Tulsa put up signs that read, “Please be aware that certain staff members at Okay Public Schools can be legally armed and may use whatever force is necessary to protect our students,” the Tulsa World reports. The signs follow up on a gun policy in the district’s schools – which serve 420 students – approved by the school board in August that says staff members may bring a gun to campus concealed on their person or kept in a locked box.
Meek Mill uses life experiences as word of caution to students
Only hours left for winner to claim $63 million California lotto prize
Only hours remained on Thursday for the buyer of a $63 million lottery ticket sold last year in Southern California to claim the prize before the money gets turned over to public schools in what would be the biggest forfeited jackpot in state history. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket was sold last August at a 7-Eleven convenience store in the Los Angeles community of Chatsworth. The prize, if not accepted by 5 p.m. PST, will set the record as the largest unclaimed California lottery jackpot, surpassing the $28.5 million for a ticket sold in September 2003.
Why did Detroit Public Schools bar union's inspectors?
The Detroit’s teachers union isn’t happy with the city’s public schools, after district officials barred the union's health inspectors from entering school grounds. The Detroit Federation of Teachers had invited the environmental experts to check out possible health and safety concerns inside nine schools. "Prohibiting health inspectors to enter schools further erodes the trust of the school community.
Explore Career Programs at Trade Schools, Community Colleges
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Why Community Colleges Can’t Solve America’s Higher Ed Woes
As the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s higher-ed agenda—and a traditional, budget-friendly alternative to spiraling tuition at four-year schools—community colleges have morphed from educational afterthought to a key component in the nation’s plans to lead the world in college graduates by 2020. According to the report, 80 percent of new community college students intend to earn a bachelor’s degree.