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Top PreK-3rd Resources of 2013 | Foundation for Child Development

The Foundation for Child Development (FCD) is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to tracking and improving the well-being of America’s children. We have a special emphasis on creating a seamless education for children from Prekindergarten through Third Grade and for improving opportunities for children of immigrants.
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This link  has a great list of resources, including studies regarding best practices, models for planning and leadership articles.

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Raising a Trilingual Child: How to develop early phonemic awareness and reading readiness by using language play with kids from birth to preschool.

Raising a Trilingual Child: How to develop early phonemic awareness and reading readiness by using language play with kids from birth to preschool. | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Tips on raising bilingual multilingual children in a multilingual family (@RIFWEB before child learns to read he needs to learn how to separate sounds! link to great fingerplay from RIF!
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Many good ideas and links here! 

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10 Free Reading Programs for Kids on Mobile Devices | iGameMom

10 Free Reading Programs for Kids on Mobile Devices | iGameMom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
10 free reading programs for kids on iPad offering free books for kids continuously - save travel time to the book store and library, and save money.
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Some websites to share so reading can go anywhere!

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100 Library Storytimes

100  Library Storytimes | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
If you've just started doing themed storytimes, or if you want to tweak what you're doing now, or if you're a parent looking for great books about your child's new favorite subject, whether it's dinosaurs, firefighters or cats, her...
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I love these groupings of stories and ideas for extensions - they will be great starting points - hope they will be helpful for you too!  Thank you to squidoo.com and tfsherman!!!!

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Early Learning Articles

Early Learning Articles | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Early Learning Articles
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I found a cluster of articles that have helpful tips for early learning and literacy - Thank you to Upstart!

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Read Rabbit Read

Read Rabbit Read | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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Easy ideas to expand play areas and more!

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Advocacy Toolbox – Bouncing Babies

Advocacy Toolbox – Bouncing Babies | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Here’s a new research article to add to your toolbox. It’s all about how music and movement directly affects a young child’s behavior.
 
Interpersonal synchrony increases prosocial behavior in infants
By Laura K.
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Research for your continuing ed - Music is such a big part of preschool, it is good to have the research that shows the connections. 

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Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books - Imagination Soup

Why Kids Need to Read Non-Fiction Books - Imagination Soup | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Kids (and adults) usually gravitate towards fiction or non-fiction. But it's important to read and develop skills with both. So whether or not you have a non-fiction fan at your house or not, see if your kids would be interested in any one of these books that I'm recommending to you today.
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Here is a nice mix of titles and reasons to share nonfiction,overall.  Thank you to Melissa Taylor for building a nice starting point.

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I love this list of books! Will be sharing it. 

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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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Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, June 29, 6:06 AM

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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Why We Need Caring Classrooms

Why We Need Caring Classrooms | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
More educators are recognizing that compassion can be taught. But I don't think it's enough to have children just learn about compassion, because we need to embody our ethical beliefs by acting on
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Insight for approaching empathy - and links for more info.

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Storytime Song Cube

Storytime Song Cube | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
I love storytime. I love storytime for babies. I love storytime for toddlers. I love storytime for preschoolers. I love storytime for school-agers. I will even do a storytime for adults--although I...
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Something a little different to change things up a bit! Thank you for sharing JuliaMary!

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Bishop McHugh Regional Welcomes Youngest Students - Cape May County Herald (press release)

Bishop McHugh Regional Welcomes Youngest Students
Cape May County Herald (press release)
“We've found that learning experiences such as these help children to build pre-reading and literacy skills.
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Many public libraries offer these classes as part of their patron services - Just sayin' ....


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Importance of Reading Aloud | Reach Out and Read

Importance of Reading Aloud | Reach Out and Read | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Reading aloud helps children acquire early language skills, develop positive associations with books and reading, and build a stronger foundation for school success.
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Here are some talking points or advocacy blurbs to add to your discussions for parenting tips and reading aloud.

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Preschool...on YouTube? Oh Yes!

Preschool...on YouTube? Oh Yes! | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Youtube might not be the first resource that pops into your mind when you think of homeschooling or preschool, but I have found it to be an amazing resource for all sorts of educational fun!
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This listing may be helpful for breaks or reinforcement of a concept.

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This iPad App Can Teach Your Kindergartener How To Code - Business Insider

This iPad App Can Teach Your Kindergartener How To Code - Business Insider | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

"A free iPad app called ScratchJr, which was created by the MIT Media Lab with help from Tufts University and the Playful Invention Company (PICO), says it can teach children between the ages of 5 and 8 how to code.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/scratchjr-ipad-app-from-mit-teaches-young-kids-how-to-code-2014-8#ixzz39iFcNmPW"


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A little foray into thinking from a different perspective....

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Abby the Librarian: Preschool Lab: A Look Back Over the Summer

Abby the Librarian: Preschool Lab: A Look Back Over the Summer | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
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This blog from storytimeunderground.org (very nice resource!) reviews successes and failures of the summer reading program.  There are some great adaptable ideas for inclusion during the school year.

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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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