I was recently perusing Paul Hamilton’s Blog, The Treasure Chest of Free Stuff, when I came across Browser Books.
This website was created to allow beginning readers to read books on their web browser. Readers can click on the triangle in the lower right-hand corner of each page to turn the pages. If they are unsure of a word, they can click on it to hear a child’s voice read the word to them.
The site is easy to use. Books can be searched by subject or level. I’ll be adding to this to my computer center after Winter Vacation.
I always find myself repeating the same things in my classroom this time of year.
Wipe your nose! Please go get a tissue! Cover your mouth when you cough!
It is no wonder I spent last week battling my annual early winter cold. As it turns out, most teachers are in the same boat as I am this time of year. Yesterday, as I was looking over my Union Newsletter, I came across a very interesting article: New Website Teaches Children about Proper Hand-Washing.
Scrub Club is a series of interactive games children play to battle the evil “Influenza Enzo.” There are six “Soaper Heroes”, each of whom represents one of the six steps to washing hands. Teachers can also download educational materials about proper hand washing to use in their classrooms.
Happy Hand Washing (and nose blowing)!
Published December 26, 2007
Tags: FreeReading, New York Sun
FreeReading was featured in the New York Sun today! Check out the article here. -Anna
Last night I watched one of my favorite movies, Être et avoir (To Be and To Have). This documentary takes place in a one room elementary school in the heart of rural Auvergne, France where a single teacher (Mr. Lopez) instructs children from ages 4 to 10 how to read, how to multiply, how to make crepes, how to share and find joy in nature and company.
Whether it is the extra scene where little Marie recites a poem about the moon or the episodes when Jojo sticks a pencil up his nose or tries with all his might to figure out the copy machine, this movie reminds us what a joy it is to work with children, plus it brings back a few memories of being in elementary school to boot.
Learn more about the film and see more photos like the one above here.
The New York Times just published a slide show of the best illustrated children’s books of 2007! Have a click through! I am particularly fond of the illustration featured above from, “The Frog who wanted to See the Sea” written and illustrated by Guy Billout. Who doesn’t want to surf and think of turquoise waters when it is 30 degrees outside?!