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Scholastic Listen and Read - 54 nonfiction read along books

Scholastic Listen and Read - 54 nonfiction read along books | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Introduce early readers to the job of a pizza maker! Meet Kwaku Twumasi, who describes his job using simple sentences read aloud.

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WonderBox app aims to give children a safe space for digital creativity

WonderBox app aims to give children a safe space for digital creativity | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Developer Duck Duck Moose hopes to capitalise on kids’ interest in drawing, sharing and watching videos, but with educational intent

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"[Wonderbox] includes 120 creative challenges, from inventing a plant or designing a superhero to making seashells talk, taking shadow photos or creating a weather report, using templates and digital tools created by the developer."


Love the diversity of options for kids to build on a story and/or move through different kinds of storytelling.

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Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, August 15, 12:16 PM

Love the Duck Duck Moose apps, so this should be a winner

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Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study - US News

Dyslexia Unrelated to Vision Problems: Study - US News | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Eye therapies will not cure reading disorder, experts say

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Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, May 27, 4:53 PM

Read:

Eye Dominance Difference Connection to LD Learning Disabilities

http://acascipub.com/World%20Journal%20of%20Psychology%20Research/Current%20Issues.php

 
Rowe Young- Kaple's curator insight, May 27, 4:54 PM

Eye Dominance Difference Connection to LD Learning Disabilities

http://acascipub.com/World%20Journal%20of%20Psychology%20Research/Current%20Issues.php

 
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Brain Plasticity - How Learning Changes Your Brain | SharpBrains

Brain Plasticity - How Learning Changes Your Brain | SharpBrains | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Neuroplasticity or brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to CHANGE throughout life. The brain has the amazing ability to reorganize itself by forming

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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Had not thought about movement in the context of word problems + math ... but it makes perfect sense after you read this.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 8, 9:45 PM

Students and teachers need to use all their senses and experience life fully.

 

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Juanita Jackson's curator insight, May 15, 11:46 AM

keep our students actively participating...

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, May 19, 2:27 PM

There are several topics cover d in this article. The first is the use of movement to augment learning. This is not a new idea as many foreign language teachers have been using and recommending TPR - Total Physical Response as a p highly effective teaching strategy.  

 

The second point is about the distracting nature of highly decorated rooms. In my experience, the walls need to teach.  I do agree that decorations unrelated to content are irrelevant and distracting to learning.  We do not need photos of skateboarders or beaches that encourage daydreaming.  However, decorations that review content already taught or link concents within the content are highly effective learning strategies.  Visual cues can help spiral learning.  I had teachers who created a visual content organizer and added visuals as they progressed through the year.

 

the third point is about writing as a means to reduce test anxiety.  

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How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn?

How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

If I ask you or your students, "How do you learn," how many of you could clearly articulate this process? If you can, are the strategies you're using the best ones for learning? 

 

Apply New Learning Often and in Meaningful Contexts

 

The more you can apply what you’re learning to your every day, the more it’ll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you’re learning by doing, you’re implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you’re able to connect what you’re learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you’re learning will stick around.

 

We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That’s why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when your learning a new skill. This means you’re applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters. (http://lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-how-we-learn-new-skills-908488422)


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A great disucssion on on the connection between doing and learning (retention).

 

"When you’re learning by doing, you’re implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you’re able to connect what you’re learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you’re learning will stick around."

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 8, 3:53 PM

If I ask you or your students, "How do you learn," how many of you could clearly articulate this process? If you can, are the strategies you're using the best ones for learning? 


Apply New Learning Often and in Meaningful Contexts


The more you can apply what you’re learning to your every day, the more it’ll stick in your head. The reason is simple. When you’re learning by doing, you’re implementing everything that makes our memory work. When you’re able to connect what you’re learning with a real world task, that forms the bonds in your brain, and subsequently the skills you’re learning will stick around.


We learn best when we have context, and that applies to new skills as much as it does random facts in school. That’s why something like the transfer of learning is helpful when your learning a new skill. This means you’re applying your new skills in your day to day life in a context that matters. (http://lifehacker.com/the-science-behind-how-we-learn-new-skills-908488422)


Nayeemuddin Mohammed's curator insight, March 9, 4:47 AM

It is never too late to learn...

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Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
The quality of the communication between children and their parents and caregivers, the researchers say, is of much greater importance than the number of words a child hears.

Via Deborah McNelis, M.Ed
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After reading this, I come away thinking about the power of genuine, authentic conversation with our kids. 

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5 Ways To Respond To Your Child's Dyslexia Diagnosis

5 Ways To Respond To Your Child's Dyslexia Diagnosis | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
By helping your child stay on task, do regular reading practice, and power through even the roughest evenings of work, you are being his best ally....

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Visual Literacy Through Children's Picture Books

Visual Literacy Through Children's Picture Books | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Use picture books to help kids think about what they see, and guide them toward becoming media-savvy in real life.

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BookChook's curator insight, September 12, 2014 11:48 PM

Asking kids to really look at and engage with picture books is an excellent way to enhance their skills in visual literacy. Here are some sample questions you could use. 

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5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988

5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988 | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
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Summer may be coming to a close, but its never to late to start the habit of sharing books and promoting reading with your kids.

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15 things you didn't know you could get at the library

15 things you didn't know you could get at the library | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
You can borrow a lot more than the latest thriller or romance novel.

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Dawn Matheson's curator insight, August 7, 2014 5:27 PM

Libraries are a community resource for all kinds of things ... not just books!

 

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Collaboration Corner: 10 Easy Tips for Parents to Support Language

Collaboration Corner: 10 Easy Tips for Parents to Support Language | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
As we make our way through the lazy days of summer, schedules change, and things relax. My usual theme is collaboration; parents can be one of our biggest assets in promoting language development. Parents of young ...

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For Those Who Want to Lead, Read

For Those Who Want to Lead, Read | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Whether it's Wikipedia, Michael Lewis, or Aristotle, reading brings a host of benefits to the workplace.

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donhornsby's curator insight, June 10, 2014 9:07 AM

(From the article): Reading can also make you more effective in leading others. Reading increases verbal intelligence (PDF), making a leader a more adept and articulate communicator. Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing a leader to better work with and understand others — traits that author Anne Kreamer persuasively linked to increased organizational effectiveness, and to pay raises and promotions for the leaders who possessed these qualities. And any business person understands that heightened emotional intelligence will improve his or her leadership and management ability.

CESSON's curator insight, June 10, 2014 5:49 PM

Agreed!

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, June 11, 2014 12:45 AM

Reading brings a host of benefits to the workplace.

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Books for kids during the dog-eared days of summer - Kansas.com

Books for kids during the dog-eared days of summer - Kansas.com | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
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Books for kids during the dog-eared days of summer
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The best part about summer reading is the freedom to find a good book and dive in without stressing about book reports or reading points.

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Literacy activities in the summer are so important ... reading aloud with the kids; making sure the kids spend a little time reading, writing and/or drawing ... it all helps.

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Dyslexia could have defined my life. It didn't.

Dyslexia could have defined my life. It didn't. | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
At the age of six, I was diagnosed with dyslexia. It was 1976, and awareness was so poor that my mother asked, "Is it contagious?"

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Absolutely bummed that I can't read the full article. 

 

Please note: If you click the link, you must be a Houston Chronicle subscriber to read this.

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How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries

How to Help Students Make the Most of Their Local Libraries | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
In the age of information ubiquity and rapidly evolving media delivery formats, today’s librarians have learned how to evolve along with the technology.

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, April 17, 5:11 AM

A health librarians viewpoint but many relevant points for school libraries too

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5 reasons why the library is great

5 reasons why the library is great | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
National Library Week kicks off Sunday, so in preparation for the event, we thought we’d highlight some great things about the library.

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Libraries are both a resource and an experiential opportunity  for everyone,  from infant to elder.

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What Children Need Most is Adults That Understand Development

What Children Need Most is Adults That Understand Development | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
The brain doesn’t fully develop until about the age of 25. This fact is sometimes quite surprising and eye opening to new parents and early years professionals who are interacting with children every day. It can also be somewhat overwhelming to contemplate. It is essential to realize however, that the greatest time of development occurs in the year...

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Couldn't agree more: "Children also must have appropriate and safe opportunities to experience things for themselves and feel the sense of accomplishment that goes along with completing tasks independently. "

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Family Literacy Activities with Music • Reading Tub

Family Literacy Activities with Music • Reading Tub | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
The Literacy + Life series helps parents by recommending family literacy activities they can incorporate into daily life. Read about incorporating music.
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Music has so many benefits ... it is also an easy way to sneak some literacy into something the kids love. 

 

Discover dinner music ideas (and some book suggestions, too).

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Fischer: Recalling a lifelong love of libraries

Fischer: Recalling a lifelong love of libraries | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

"Ever since I learned to write my name at age 6 -- and thus was awarded a membership card -- I've been an avid fan of libraries. During weekly jaunts with mom through the stacks, I discovered Laura Ingalls Wilder and her fiddle-playing father, Flossie and Freddie Bobbsey, and the delightful tales of Flicka, Ricka and Dicka, the Swedish triplets..."


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Never underestimate the impact of a visit to the library!

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EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill!

EARLY CHILDHOOD BRAIN INSIGHTS: The Development of Empathy... An Essential Life Skill! | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

"For daycares and schools to have an effective way to help children for success in life, is to have low teacher child ratios to increase the opportunity to foster relationships with every child. And then use the understanding that the brain is experience dependent t. Children in schools can be engaged collectively in a caring climate and create activities that benefit other human beings."


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Barbara Kerr's curator insight, September 26, 2014 5:03 PM

"f we truly want to help children thrive in life ….and want to have an incredibly positive impact on our world, it is VITAL that we place the emphasis on the development of relationships with other human beings …"

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No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.
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A valuable read ( as is the linked NY Times article if you have time). The post makes it easy for parents to understand the elements of learning to read v. reading to learn.

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Play 'boosts children's development and happiness' - BBC News

Play 'boosts children's development and happiness' - BBC News | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
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Play 'boosts children's development and happiness'
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Play helps boost children's language development, problem solving, risk management and independent learning skills, a study reaffirms.

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12 ways to read a picture book...with Ernie Bond

12 ways to read a picture book...with Ernie Bond | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

12 things to look at when reading images and three simple questions to help develop visual literacy. 


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This was a prequel step, but "allow yourself to wonder WHY" is so important and freeing.

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Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development, according to a new study.

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This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read - Salon

This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read - Salon | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
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This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read
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“No screen time until you do an hour of reading first,” was her reply. The child flung himself back in his seat and opened a paperback book with a disgruntled sigh.

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Guilty as charged ... reading is among the things our teen needs to do before getting screen time. But we also do lots of reading ourselves and have screen-free time, too.

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