Even reading signs as you go places is great for kids, but it would be hard to do that for 15 minutes--outside of NY Times Square, at least. Here are some lists that might help you find books to read with your little--and not so little--one(s).
For age-based ideas for what to read AND tips on how to read to that age group, go to http://www.readaloud.org/bookselections.html.
For several annual lists organized by age group, go here: http://www.readaloudamerica.org/booklist.htm.
The "100 Best Read-Aloud Books" according to a parents and experts from Scholastic: http://www.scholastic.com/100BestReadAloudBooks/.
What are YOUR favorite read-alouds?
Brains are marvelous things. What are ways we can help children's brains develop? One big way is by reading to children daily, singing with them, and talking with them. Doing this helps kids develop language, vocabulary, and literacy skills. It also helps them associate reading with their favorite people--family members and caregivers--from a very young age. Children also learn information from books--from colors to how excavators work. From the time kids are born, their brains are hungry for information and language. Feed their brains by reading to them at least 15 minutes a day! You will be glad you did!
I will post several more times about this topic with information from readaloud.org. I will also be Tweeting as this is Picture Book Month! You can follow me on Twitter: @MrsBrakenbury.
As I approach the final hours of packing up the library at what is now the "old" Silas Willard, I am experiencing a mixture of emotions. I feel excited to have a new space, I am worried about getting everything done, I am sad to say goodbye to the place where I taught my first class, I am happy to have a safer place for kids and adults--and many other feelings are swirling around inside me right now.
Today we read A Pocketful of Kisses (by Angela McAllister) in 1st grade library class. It is a beginning of the year type of book, but it seems like a good choice for us in this moment. It is almost like starting a new year at school, but we will still have the same classes and people to support us. I asked the children today how the main character learned to like school. Not only did Digby's mom fill a sweater pocket full of her kisses, but Digby also helped a friend cope with concerns and anxiety. We talked about how when we help others be brave, we get a little bit braver too. I hope that this story will help them know that it is OK to have feelings that might be a little bit mixed up, that might not make a lot of sense when put together--that it is normal, and that we are all in it together. I will post a video of me reading this book aloud later this week. It is an excellent story.
Fifth grade at Silas will be playing a global landmark game when they finish work early. Information about the Landmark Game can be found at http://www.kidlink.org/.
If students want to email me landmarks, clues, historical dates, and the latitude/longitude this weekend (by Sunday, February 14 evening) they may! We will trade clues with schools around the world!!! Email me if you have clues, please!
You have two things to do. You will tell me what you know about Caldecott awards. You will watch the video after you do that.
Today I received two free copies (gorgeous new ones!) of The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan. This is the third and final book in The Kane Chronicles. Since the library already has its own copy, I have decided that I will give them away--one to a fourth grader, and one to a fifth grader.
It did not seem fair to me to count up AR (Accelerated Reader) points from the whole year for the competition. Instead, the students (one in fourth, the other in fifth) who earn the most AR points by February 21st will receive this fabulous book for free to keep forever.
Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors--and I know many of the students here at Silas love his books, too! Show me what you can do, readers!
I always knew I had hardworking and intelligent students, but I was amazed when some students finished ALL of the Readermania titles before winter break. They have asked me to compile another list of books to read as a challenge. These titles will not count toward Readermania books read, but are here in case you finish all of your Readermania books and are looking for something new to read!
Summaries and book cover images come from the AR BookFinder website.
Below is a file that includes the 4th and 5th grade Readermania lists with AR levels! Read on!
I received a wonderful email today from a mother who I have never met! She said that, with her daughter, she found some helpful information on this website! I am so glad! The daughter ("Z") wanted to share another helpful website with me to add to my links. It has a timeline of where computers came from and how they have developed over time! Such a neat link! I will be adding it when I update my Technology page.
Check it out!
What about you? Do you have a link to share? Comment with it below!
Thanks, Z, for the awesome link!
- Mrs. Brakenbury