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Videos, Finger Plays, Handshakes and More

Dr Jean has made videos with lots of fingerplays for kids, sharing words and actions useful to parents and early childhood teachers. 

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The Book Chook

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Excellent tips for parents on literacy and literacy activities for children from The Book Chook, Susan Stephenson.

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Activities for Children's Book Week 2014

Activities for Children's Book Week 2014 | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/05/activities-for-childrens-book-week-2014.html

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Children's Book Week in Australia 2014 has the theme: connect to reading. Here are lots of ideas and activities that involve kids in thinking about and making connections to their own reading.

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Maria Richards's curator insight, May 23, 7:04 PM

Super easy scaffolds to support students both connecting to texts and the bookweek theme of 'Reading to Connect'. Thank you Susan!

Chris Kiesow Vollmer's curator insight, May 27, 1:48 PM

...even in Australia......

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172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online

172 Places For Free Comic Books And Graphic Novels Online | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
This article contains scores of links to free online comics and graphic novels.
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Lots of free comics and graphic novels online. 

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Maria Richards's curator insight, May 23, 7:05 PM

More free teaching resources! 

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For the Love of Reading

For the Love of Reading | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

http://www.thebookchook.com/2014/02/for-love-of-reading.html

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February 14 is a special day to celebrate reading and books. 

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Gateway to the world - english subtitles - Kirjastokaista - Kirjastojen netti-tv & radio

Gateway to the world - english subtitles - Kirjastokaista - Kirjastojen netti-tv & radio | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
The documentary film Gateway to the world takes place in Namibia’s capital city Windhoek, Katutura suburban area.
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Wonderful video showing how one small library is making a huge difference to Namibian kids' lives. 

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, October 28, 2013 7:33 PM

This film shows the power of a library in Namibia.

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Kids' Games, Animals, Photos, Stories, and More -- National Geographic Kids

Kids' Games, Animals, Photos, Stories, and More -- National Geographic Kids | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Features different people, animals, and places with facts, games, activities, and related links.
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So much for kids to read and interact with. 

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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
  Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:45 PM

Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

Israel Herrera's comment, May 29, 2013 8:32 PM
q bueno
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 11:45 PM

This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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HarperCollins Children's Books - Kids Games and Contests: Printables

HarperCollins Children's Books - Kids Games and Contests: Printables | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Find printable coloring and activity sheets featuring the stars of HarperCollins Children's Books including Amelia Bedelia, Lilly, Harold, and more.
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Excellent free printables linked to great children's books. 

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Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, September 30, 2013 11:37 AM
Thank you,very nice and useful presentation.
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English news and easy articles for students of English

English news and easy articles for students of English | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.
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Excellent current affairs articles for ESL or struggling readers. 

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The Book Chook: Activities for Children's Book Week, 2013

The Book Chook: Activities for Children's Book Week, 2013 | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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A googol of goodies for teachers and librarians wanting to help kids celebrate Children's Book Week 2013. 

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App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet

App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen story apps with knockout art and animation – digital eye candy so vibrant, lovely, and/or filled with whimsy we may just want to slip into this new world and stay forever. Which is why adults, who do all the reviewing and buying of kids story apps, go gaga for apps that look great. And of course, story apps need to look great on the screen. After all, we’re talking about creating content for a visual medium.

 

But story apps have the word “story” right in there for a reason. They need an actual story to qualify. A boy sitting down to slurp a loooong noodle isn’t a story. When a length of pasta is a story’s only protagonist and it doesn’t even speak or do anything, well, we’ve truly entered the realm of PDD (Plot Deficit Disorder).


Via Carisa Kluver, Terry Doherty, Dawn Matheson
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I would add, not only a good story, but also written in good English. Some of the misspellings and vocabulary choices I've seen are downright alarming. 

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 22, 2013 4:59 PM

A wonderful new post from print & digital author Annie Fox ...

Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:52 PM

Great insight and nice reminders on "keeping your eye on the prize."

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Star Wars: Trilogy Comic Creator Game | Star Wars | Hasbro

Star Wars: Trilogy Comic Creator Game | Star Wars | Hasbro | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Discover Star Wars: Trilogy Comic Creator Game from Star Wars.
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This comic creator has limited features (eg text is only the sentences on offer, not editable.) Nevertheless, might be a good way to get young Star Wars fans to create. 

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Jean Anning's curator insight, January 30, 2013 7:06 PM

Useful comic creator - intuitive user interface - suit upper primary or lower seconday students

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The Book Chook: Get More Bang for your Buck with Kidlit

The Book Chook: Get More Bang for your Buck with Kidlit | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Ideas and resources for extending the literature experience with kids. 

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The Book Chook: Resources for National Simultaneous Storytime 2014

The Book Chook: Resources for National Simultaneous Storytime 2014 | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Ideas and activities to help teachers, parents and librarians prepare for NSS

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, May 7, 6:37 AM

National Simultaneous Storytime - quite looking forward to it!

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Best Free Children's eBooks Online

Best Free Children's eBooks Online | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
This article lists a large amount of places online to get your free children's books legally. You can view it online or download it for free.
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So many children's eBooks for free from various online sources! 

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Let's Make Wide Reading Part of Family Life

Let's Make Wide Reading Part of Family Life | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Helping our kids love to read and read widely gives them the very best start in life.
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Lots of different formats and genres and styles of reading will help kids develop important skills. 

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The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog

The Gamification of Reading | ALSC Blog | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it

Via Stacey Edmonds
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Interesting article with thought-provoking comments. I believe we need to be open to all sorts of media and opportunities with our kids, to help them find the reading that works for them. 

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Stacey Edmonds's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:47 PM

We can be so creative and insprational now in how we provide learning to our children.  My son experiences the joys of Transmedia Storytelling when interacting with Ninjago, whether it be the cartoon, the games or his own world of Ninjago Lego.


It is hard as a parent to navigate between the whole 'Play Screen Time' v's 'Learning Screen Time' guidelines...especially when my son is also reading and writing words well above his offical 'grade' at school as he wants to create his own world in MineCraft, which means he needs to follow instructions and name his creations.


Actually, the insights in this article also takes me back to my early 20's when I was working with young men with learning difficulties and through the provision of computers they were motivated to read and write so they could search the 'world wide web' (what they were searching for was another matter!).


As Jennifer asks, If an app/game can inspire a child to read and become a lifelong reader, shouldn't we find ways to embrace the technology rather than condemn it?


See what you think!


Helen Teague's curator insight, October 19, 2013 8:44 PM

Transmedia Storytelling

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The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate International Literacy Day!

The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate International Literacy Day! | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Ideas for celebrating International Literacy Day with kids (September 8). 

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Petra Pollum's comment, August 30, 2013 3:03 AM
Thank you. They are great.
Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 30, 2013 3:24 PM

This is such an easy day to celebrate. A book and 20 minutes together makes a *world* of difference. 

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The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Teddy Bears' Picnic Day

The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Teddy Bears' Picnic Day | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Ideas and resources for a focus on teddy bears. 

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The Book Chook: Why Reading Really is Magic

The Book Chook: Why Reading Really is Magic | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Excellent tips for parents from loved children's author, Mem Fox. 

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Anne Matheson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 6:08 AM

Great article about value of reading.

 

Alexandra Conliffe's curator insight, April 2, 12:42 PM

The Wonders of Reading! 

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The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Star Wars Day!

The Book Chook: Let's Celebrate Star Wars Day! | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Some ideas and resources to share with kids on May 4, Star Wars Day. 

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 29, 2013 12:26 AM

I'm excited to add another unknown (to me) celebration to my curation. I'm just like the Book Chook because I love celebrations too. Susan is sharing some great ideas and resources. 

Wonder what @jedipadmaster has planned for the day?

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Free PDF, Ideas for Children’s Book Week Australia 2013

Free PDF, Ideas for Children’s Book Week Australia 2013 | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
This year I was asked by the Children's Book Council's Anticipate Appreciate Applaud Sub Committee (NSW) to create a presentation on online resources for librar
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Ideas and activities to support engaging kids with literature - especially for Children's Book Week. 

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Bridging the Book Gap: Because Income Shouldn

Bridging the Book Gap: Because Income Shouldn | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
Bridging the Book Gap: Because Income Shouldn't Determine Access
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Practical idea for making a difference in the homes of kids without books. 

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Warning: Good Grades May Harm Student Health

Warning: Good Grades May Harm Student Health | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
by Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D. This article makes the case that good grades matter far less in school than developing internal strengths like critical thinking, compassion, and curiosity.

 

Even for children who naturally perform well on academic tests, a good grade is only one measurement of success.

 

===> A few things that school testing cannot measure include: <===

 

- Open-Mindedness

- Effort

- Social & Emotional Intelligence

- Critical Thinking

- Initiative

- Creativity

- Collaboration

- Curiosity

- Respect

- Kindness

- Capacity to love

- Honesty

- Compassion

 

Internal strengths, like those listed above, are far more important to a life of success and well-being than whether a child earns an “A” on an Algebra exam or are accepted to a top-rated university. In fact, many tests only measure a student’s ability to produce a correctly memorized answer.


Via Gust MEES, AnnC, Denise Lombardo, Louise Robinson-Lay, Tammy Bennecke
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Such a dilemma for parents, kids and teachers who can see the big picture but are locked into a testing regime. 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 13, 2013 6:50 PM

I completely agree with Marilyn... and the mentioned points should get (more) integrated in any schools...

 

AnnC's curator insight, January 15, 2013 9:44 PM

The importance of being well rounded in learning.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 20, 2013 4:23 PM

Something teachers have known for a while and are continually fighting against in media perceptions. There are more I portent things than grades.

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Book Trailers for Readers - home

Book Trailers for Readers - home | Supporting Children's Literacy | Scoop.it
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Great place for kids to browse and find boooks via trailers. 

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