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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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Monsters and cars - fun for toddlers

Monsters and cars - fun for toddlers | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Monsters and cars - fun for toddlers, by Shoto, is a brilliant masterpiece... and it was designed by a four year old!
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Great ideas start at the most amazing places - what do your toddlers talk about?

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Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue - Te@chThought

Grit In The Classroom Has To Be A Dialogue - Te@chThought | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

"The rush to grit is pretty intense, but so is the push-back. I’ve been writing about grit in articles and a book (Fostering Grit) and giving lots of presentations on the subject. I’ve spoken to schools and parents; presented at conferences; and have been a guest on NPR. Universally, grit is embraced. Everyone sees the merit in teaching our kids to accept challenges, step out of their comfort zones, and know how to respond to failure. So far, so good.

 

Grit is hanging in and never giving up, but it’s more than that. Grit is being comfortable when you are outside of your comfort zone, and it’s forging ahead when you hit the wall because you know that you’ll get up and continue moving forward. Grit is a life skill! But sometimes teachers are uncomfortable with the notion of fostering or teaching for grit. They’re uneasy with the role they must play and I get that. We went into education because we wanted to help students: we like it when they succeed and it gratifies us when our class is filled with smiles. When our kids do well, it tells us we’ve done a good job!"


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a heads up - start your bibliographies for 'grit' examples in stories - such as: Winnie the Pooh The Original AND Disney, Horton hears a Who and Horton Hatches an Egg by Seuss, or Bear Snores On by Wilson and even the That's Not My...Series of Toddler Board Books.

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There is a focus on perseverance within math and this article supports that. I believe this grit is a needed goal for our 21st century learners .

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At What Age Are Children Ready for School?

At What Age Are Children Ready for School? | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
When are children "ready" for school? There is much debate about when the transition between play-based pre-school and the start of "formal" schooling should begin.
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A thought-provoking article about readiness and what it defines for children in our current culture.

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Storytime Underground

Storytime Underground | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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tips and tricks for working with young learners

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.



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This article helps give an early start to map skill implementation - even at the earliest levels.

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Geography resources

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Love this website. Not just this article, but the whole idea. Have a little browse around...

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De taal van de kaart: welke  woordenschat hebben kinderen nodig om de kaart te kunnen lezen?

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes -- often reinforced in playrooms -- risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.
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understanding the feelings of others sets a stronger foundation team work and anti-bully strategies.


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Five Ways to Start Connecting Your Classroom - Primary Preoccupation

Five Ways to Start Connecting Your Classroom - Primary Preoccupation | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

"In my teaching career as an educator, no change in curriculum, program or teaching philosophy (and believe me, there have been a lot) has had the impact on my teaching that connecting my classroom has.  Using social media tools to connect my students with people and classrooms from across North America and far beyond has helped my children to achieve curriculum outcomes, to learn how to act safely and appropriately online and to learn an appreciation for the similarities and differences between people. Not only do we learn from and with these other people, the students have a chance to become teachers themselves."


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I love the application of social media for these reasons at this level.  Just helping ones to see outside their own world is a big accomplishment!

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Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½

Relational aggression-withholding friendship as a weapon-is seen in children as young as 2½ | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

TChildren, especially girls, who are still in kindergarten or even younger form cliques and withhold friendship as a weapon. New programs aim to teach empathy.

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A heads up for including empathy in early learning class discussions.  Find a listing of books about understanding how others feel, extending help and comfort and others at  empathy library.com 

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That's So Cuegly: 30 Ways to Raise Confident Kids

That's So Cuegly: 30 Ways to Raise Confident Kids | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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This holds some tips and hints for positive interactions with children no matter what setting. 

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Preschool gives children a head start - The Desert Sun

Preschool gives children a head start - The Desert Sun | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Preschool gives children a head start
The Desert Sun
When you look around a Family YMCA of the Desert preschool classroom, you might just see children playing.
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I like the easy descriptions of child play to learn activities in this article.  This will be a great reference for sharing ideas with others.

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A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom

A Joyful, Brain-Friendly Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I took my handicapped dog of 15 years for a walk in the grass. Maddie has gone from not being able to walk on her hind legs (a neurological problem) to gradually being able to walk with an awkward, b
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This student-led approach to discovery learning has similarities to the approach we use to answer questions for preschool science and discovery learning.  Compare your methods to these to find some very impressive brain-based links.

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Early Childhood Research Alliance Creates Tools for Preschool ...

Early Childhood Research Alliance Creates Tools for Preschool ... | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Sample surveys are intended to help program managers get a "big picture" of how their early-childhood education programs are working.
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Some ideas about areas of focus, discussion, common or unique areas of consideration.

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Early childhood education must be Montana priority - Daily Inter Lake

Early childhood education must be Montana priority - Daily Inter Lake | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Early childhood education must be Montana priority
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Recently, 150 business leaders joined Dennis and Phyllis Washington at the Business Leaders Summit on Early Childhood Education, held in Missoula.
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Here are some ideas for talking points to share as an advocate for early childhood education.

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Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain - Mind/Shift

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain - Mind/Shift | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers in the fairly new field of music neuroscience are finding that kids who learn to play a musical instrument also develop important skills related to literacy, math and mental focus.

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Here's a research-based a cue to keep those musical interims in your lessons when possible.

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Coaching parents on toddler talk to address word gap

Coaching parents on toddler talk to address word gap | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers. Continue reading →
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This article does a great job of providing an example of the problem and a practiced solution.  It should help open discussion and work towards understanding and modeling resolutions.

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Music & Movement – BABY DANCE!

Music & Movement – BABY DANCE! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Love the many elements of language in this - Caught it from Storytime Underground.

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The Positive Classroom: 10 Great Children's Books for Teaching Social Skills

The Positive Classroom: 10 Great Children's Books for Teaching Social Skills | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Great ideas for review before starting up again, also a good site for more early ed hints and advice.

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Cranberry preschool garden a haven for wildlife

Cranberry preschool garden a haven for wildlife | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
The young students of HeartPrints Center for Early Education in Cranberry are learning that they can make a difference in their environment just one milkweed ...
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What a great class project - interdisciplinary, crossicurricular and memorable!

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Doctors now say: Read to kids from birth | On Our Minds

Doctors now say: Read to kids from birth | On Our Minds | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
We all know reading to kids is crucial. But how early should we begin?
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Don't wait for the 'right' time - just do it - any time, all the time.

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102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching

102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For, Well, Brain-Based Teaching
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Plenty of places to get ideas for your littles best learning!

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The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read.

The most significant thing we could do to reduce poverty? Read. | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

"Putting 500 books into a young child’s home has the same impact on educational success as having two parents with master’s degrees. That’s according to a 20-year, 27-nation study."

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Simple and to the point!

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50 Ideas For Using Skype In Your Classroom

50 Ideas For Using Skype In Your Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
50 Ideas For Using Skype in Your Classroom
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Please note that many of these are not age or grade-related!!!  Visit another classroom or a neighbor/community helper or a librarian or an author....many possibilities!!!

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Will 'intentional' learning help Milwaukee preschoolers? Signs say yes - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Will 'intentional' learning help Milwaukee preschoolers? Signs say yes - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Will 'intentional' learning help Milwaukee preschoolers? Signs say yes
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For many years, the Social Development Commission and Milwaukee Public Schools each had big hunks of the federally financed program for preschoolers.
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Eyes open for details - these reviewers start here and pay attention to preparation and faculty requirements to declare quality.  These are the elements to discuss in preschool programs.

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The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain

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The Impact Of Creativity On The Brain
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This helps to explain the importance of keeping art in the learning process. 

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How fathers boost toddlers' language development - Today.com

How fathers boost toddlers' language development - Today.com | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
How fathers boost toddlers' language development Today.com Popular convention may dictate that the father's role in the early development of his children pales in comparison to the mother's, but author Paul Raeburn is shedding new light on the...
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New research that focuses on dad's interactions - with positive results.

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