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What To Know About Using Colors In The Classroom

What To Know About Using Colors In The Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Source I have aversions to certain colors. I’m sure I’m not alone in this – most people find themselves drawn to either warm colors or cool colors, and there is a whole business of the psychology o...
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Discussion and a graphic to help you spiff up your surroundings -with a purpose.

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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.

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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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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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Ask A Storytime Ninja: Just the Facts!

Ask A Storytime Ninja: Just the Facts! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


Interested in trying a non-fiction storytime? Not sure where to start? Read on for some tips from our great ninjas!
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Includes great examples of nonfiction themes and titles.

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Early learning is key to Kitzhaber's education strategy - Statesman Journal

Early learning is key to Kitzhaber's education strategy - Statesman Journal | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it



Kitzhaber has made pre-kindergarten learning a focal point of his legislative agenda

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Some ideas for visual tracking and examining student progress with parents and students.

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The Evolving Role of Children's Librarians, a Talk With Little eLit's Amy Koester - Huffington Post

The Evolving Role of Children's Librarians, a Talk With Little eLit's Amy Koester - Huffington Post | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


Since my company started partnering with libraries, I have learned more about the incredible number of online resources they offer to patrons. Foreign language classes? Check. Homework help? That, too....
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Remembering the community partners we have - grateful and supportive!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 2:11 PM

We do this and a whole lot more!

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l is for lego freestyle

l is for lego freestyle | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


the plan:
1. make what you want with the little legos.
2. carry your sculpture to the white board (a random white laminate shelf that’s been floating around).
3. write your name on the white board with a dry erase marker.
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Sweet, simple and great practice for following directions, practicing your name, sharing, taking turns, etc.

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Winter Activities - The School District of Philadelphia

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A great starting site for multiple literacy activities!

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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.

Paul Simmons's curator insight, April 20, 5:44 AM

Unlike talent, the attainment of knowledge cannot be seen unless you make it really visible by creating a medium to showcase learning. And now, technology offers many ways to show that learning takes place. 

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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Talking to Children about the Past: Segregation and Integration

Talking to Children about the Past: Segregation and Integration | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


by Hester Bass When my children were little, one of the concepts they grew most indignant about was fairness, which is also a central issue when discussing the Civil Rights Movement in America, segregation, and integration.
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Something  to think about - simple and profound.

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'Talking is Teaching' event focuses on early childhood literacy - Tulsa World

'Talking is Teaching' event focuses on early childhood literacy - Tulsa World | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


"Talking is Teaching" is a new effort to empower parents and caregivers to boost young children's brain development and build their vocabularies by increasing the number of words they hear spoken to them every day.
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The effort to provide models for increasing interaction has website links, also.  This is an important element that needs continued practice and reinforcement.

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Tech revolutionizes education for deaf preschoolers - The Journal News | LoHud.com

Tech revolutionizes education for deaf preschoolers - The Journal News | LoHud.com | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it


Cochlear implants allow language to play key role in education for deaf preschoolers.
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For Awareness of additional technologies to help children succeed.

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Read by the Fourth!! - The Philadelphia Tribune

Read by the Fourth!! - The Philadelphia Tribune | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Resources for helping children learn to read so they can read to learn.
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A good starting point for many more sites with ideas and resources for early literacy.

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