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Back-to-School Icebreaker Activities

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Back-to-School Icebreaker Activities

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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some good ideas for introductions on new ideas, too.

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Andrew Aker's curator insight, September 5, 2013 5:56 AM

break the ice!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:19 PM

No one can have too many icebreaker activity ideas. Enjoy!

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Collected articles about new findings affecting Early Learning and Literacy Connections.
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School Libraries Are Under Attack

School Libraries Are Under Attack | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
School libraries are being systematically defunded—why?
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Are we satisfied with less than the best?  Studies prove that students' achievement improves with a quality library program - why are those connections being cut? Food for thought.

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Debate Persists Around Early-Reading Standards

Debate Persists Around Early-Reading Standards | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
New papers rehash debates around whether the common-core reading standards represent—or discourage—"developmentally appropriate" teaching practice for young children.
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The key phrasing - showing progress.....

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Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen | Not Just Cute

Six Ways You’re (Unintentionally) Telling Kids NOT to Listen | Not Just Cute | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Tips for getting the attention you need successfully.

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37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading

37 Ways to Help Kids Learn to Love Reading | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”


― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


These are powerful words, and they speak to the power of reading to open doors to empathy, adventure, and learning. A love of reading doesn't happen automatically though. It needs to be nurtured and guided until it flourishes into a well-read, well-rounded human being.


That's why we put together a presentation of some of our favorite ways to help kids learn to love reading, gathered from the contributions of Edutopia's educators and parents.


Via Peter Mellow, Dean J. Fusto
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Lots of ideas - some old ones to remember and new ones to tryll

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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 28, 11:26 AM

Encourage children to love to read!

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Here are some old ideas to remember and some new ones to try.

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8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun

8 Awesome Ways Libraries Are Making Learning Fun | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I encourage you to check out your local library and see what they're up to. I think you'll be impressed -- and more than a little surprised -- by what they're doing.
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A multitude of approaches to bringing families together in your friendly neighborhood library!!!!

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Cultivating Cultural Assets: An After-School Story

Cultivating Cultural Assets: An After-School Story | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Make every family feel welcome by inviting parents from different cultures to share their language, heritage, and stories in after-school programs.
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A good way to help encourage the good differences we see - sharing new ideas with families makes a stronger community, too.

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6 Ways to Make Learning Visible - Brilliant or Insane

When we make learning visible, teachers and students are better able to assess their impact.These six strategies will get you started.

Via Nik Peachey, Leona Ungerer
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I like the idea of sharing and keeping a progression with a time for reflection...and the sketchbook for kids - their own book - how perfect.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 2:18 AM

Some nice suggestions, especially for k12 and younger.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 8:29 PM

It's one thing to post student work, but it's quite another thing for the students to reflect on their work over time. Imagine what an impact it could make for a student to see how far he has progressed or for a student to see the final product of something she thought was beyond her reach.

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16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015 - Imagination Soup

16 Heart-Warming Picture Books, Winter 2015 - Imagination Soup | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Are you looking for a sweet, heart-warming picture book story to read to your children? These are sure to do the trick!

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A nice selection with enough description to decide what will work best for you - thanks for the find, and sharing!

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Children Learn Cursive by Teaching Robots - Inside Science News Service

Children Learn Cursive by Teaching Robots - Inside Science News Service | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Training 2-foot robot improves 6- to 8-year-olds’ handwriting skills.  ...."The EPFL team has come up with the extremely clever idea of combining this with the motivation children find in working with robots to make it so that both the robots and the humans learn together, each strengthening the other's skills."

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The idea to teach another increases the retention of content is not new, but to pass it to a robot is ....

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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A nice listing with activity examples - adding ideas and applications for successful integration.

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The Journey to Reggio Inspired Practice: Making Your Own Road

The Journey to Reggio Inspired Practice: Making Your Own Road | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
By: Diane Kashin, Ed.D, RECE. It is heartening to see that there is much interest in the Reggio Emilia Approach and a genuine desire expressed by many to begin the process of becoming Reggio inspir...

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Helpful perspectives for planning successful learning.

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NICKELODEON CHAMPIONS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WITH 2015 ... - Multichannel News

NICKELODEON CHAMPIONS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WITH 2015 ... - Multichannel News | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
NICKELODEON CHAMPIONS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION WITH 2015 ...
Multichannel News
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Something to share with parents as a positive set of programs to help their child gain practice in early literacy skills at home.

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What Plants are Positively Preschool Approved in the Garden? - Little Sprouts Learning

What Plants are Positively Preschool Approved in the Garden? - Little Sprouts Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Teaching kids to grow plants to eat and where their food comes from is a life lesson that has value beyond what you could ever imagine.
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Practical advice for getting attention and keeping interest in the gardening experience.

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How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
The How Classroom Design Impacts Learning and Engagement Infographic presents the key areas in which the built environment can influence student progress.
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A little background for your groundwork.....

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READ IT AGAIN Favorites | Altoona Area Public Library

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The annual list of favorites.  430 preschoolers are happy with these read alouds.

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50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12

50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12 | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose 50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12. Must-see movie night picks packed with great messages and role models.
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This site will also search by age combinations, such as 2-4, helpful descriptions are included

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150+ Free Kids Songs - Let's Play Music

150+ Free Kids Songs - Let's Play Music | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Collection of free kids songs from Let's Play Music organised by theme for easy exploring!
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Some new songs and old reminders...

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4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids

4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

"Great Websites for Kids is an excellent platform that reviews websites geared towards kids up to age 14. The reviews are carried out by members of the Association for Library Service to Children which is a division of the American Library Association ..."


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Nice find for bringing news events to youngsters.

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Put your favorite children’s book in a discovery bottle!

Put your favorite children’s book in a discovery bottle! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I am joining a few of my fellow bloggers today to bring you some new ideas for making Affordable and Amazing Discovery Bottles!
I have been making a new collection of discovery bottles this year which I call Literacy Discovery Bottles.
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i LOVE this idea - my little listeners often search for something to feel or hold during stories - how perfect!!! Thank you ;0)

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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 | Learning and Teaching 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.

Via John Evans
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Why movement is so important!
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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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Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children

Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.
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I really like this interview - easy examples and ideas that can be shared among parents in an upbeat 'we're doing this together' moment.

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Early literacy resources for Librarians, Educators, Directors

Tools, tip sheets, toolkits, curated resources and blogs for Librarians, Educators and Library Directors to increase early literacy skills in children.
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A GREAT site for so many ideas and applications to help with early learning strategies!!!  Thank you to Guerilla Storytimes!!

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Early Childhood Programs Reduce Need for Special Ed -- THE Journal

Early Childhood Programs Reduce Need for Special Ed -- THE Journal | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Attendance in an early childhood program dramatically reduces the chance that a child will need to be placed in pricier special education in third grade, according to research just published by Duke University.
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Positive proof of impact of early learning efforts

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