This happens quite frequently with some of my older ESL students, who do not have strong literacy skills in English but still try to read to their children as often as possible. Many my students end up frustrated because they ...
A recent storytime at the Watertown (MA) Free Public Library began, as usual, with a song, followed by a “stand up, sit down” exercise to help the kids settle in. Children read from Don and Audrey Wood’s iconic picture book The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. But then came a digital twist.
Emily Miranda, Watertown’s supervisor of children’s services, passed out 15 iPads. Parents and children huddled close and opened The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow), an interactive, musical app, which allows children to physically participate in the story. “The characters have these fantastic British accents,” says Miranda. “It’s really fun to watch the kids blowing their houses down. Their snot’s going everywhere and it’s great!”
Watertown’s experiment with “digital storytime” is part of a larger, nationwide shift toward using apps in children’s library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process ...
Teaching kids empathy is one of the most important jobs of being a parent. These great books for all ages will help make it easier -- they celebrate friendship, difference, and the importance of caring for one another.
This great list of books for all ages compiled by Common Sense Media will help make teaching empathy easier.
1. Bully (Laura Vaccaro Seeger): Simple animal tale of bullying, empathy, and forgiveness.
2. Good News Bad News (Jeff Mack): Spare story of ups and downs, great for toddlers and preschoolers.
Many kids hear what you say. Some kids do what you say. All kids do what you do. This year, whether it is your child's first year of school or last, show them you support reading and education. As parents we all have goals and ...
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