Now that summer is in full swing, I know that we are all looking for ways to keep reading alive during the long summer months. The state of Michigan has a great program, Project Great Start, to help you do just that. Since many children can lose some of the skills they have learned during the school year, Project Great Start has come up with Family Fundamentals Learning Activities to keep children on the right track. Choose from Literacy Activities for Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, or Second Grade. Make sure to also check out their links on the bottom of the page to other great learning resources on the web. – Melissa
Archive for June, 2008
Tags: alphabetic principle, comprehension, fairy tale, Fairy Tales, fairytales, literacy resources for parents, parent resources, PBS, PBS KIDS, PBS KIDS Raising Readers, Raising Readers, reading, WordWorld
PBS KIDS Raising Readers is a great resource to share with parents of preschoolers and rising kindergarteners. The site states:
Kids love to learn. And with your help, they’ll learn to love reading with resources from PBS KIDS programs Between the Lions, Sesame Street, SUPER WHY, and WordWorld.
With PBS KIDS Island, children ages 2-5 can play reading games, earn tickets, and collect prizes. Then, track your child’s progress and get activities, lesson plans and tips just for parents, caregivers and teachers with PBS KIDS Raising Readers.
We’re adding new features often, including a Word of the Day and games for children 6-8. Come back soon to see what’s new!
I spent some time scoping out the site this morning and was pleased with its contents. For example:
1) I like that the site has extension activities based on characters from popular children’s shows and stories. Of course this is to be expected from a site created by PBS, but having children think and talk about character they love and relate to goes a long way when it comes to motivating them to read! Take a look at Fairytale Memory. This is a terrific game to play after doing an at-home “unit” on fairytales! For a list of stories to start with, click here.
2) I’m a big fan of WordWorld, so when I saw the Build a WordThing Activity on Raising Readers, I had to give it a shout out! This activity is a nice way to begin exposing children to the alphabetic principle.
Anna posted one of her recent presentations at the Midwest Tech Forum as a podcast, and I couldn’t help but think….what a great idea. I did a quick search for other free professional development podcasts and I found teacherspodcast.org. A product of Mark Gura and Dr. Kathy King, who are both teachers, ed tech experts, professors, and authors, they include this warning on their website:
Note that this is not your usual podcast, nor PD experience. Instead it includes fun, abundant resources and crisp insight from the perspective of what you can use today and tomorrow.
You’ll find everything from insight into Classroom 2.0 to podcast contests. Enjoy.
Tags: comprehension, controlled reading passages, decodable passages, early readers, free lesson plans, FreeReading, morphology, prefixes and suffixes, printables, reading, teacher resources, vocabulary, worksheets
I am excited to announce that FreeReading now has over 250 new and FREE K-3 vocabulary, comprehension and morphology activities and printables! In addition, we just added 60 new illustrated beginning readers that focus on advanced phonics (compound words, word families, etc.), fluency and comprehension skills!
Vocabulary lessons target tier 2 vocabulary words from ~150 popular children’s stories including books like Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Fancy Nancy. To see all of the Vocabulary graphic organizers and build mastery activities click here. You can also find vocabulary activities by common themes such as family and friends and my world here.
Comprehension lessons focus on important skills and strategies such as identifying a purpose for reading, story elements, prediction and more. For links to all of the comprehension printables click here.
Check the new FreeReading resources out and tell your friends about FreeReading by sending them a link to FreeReading here.
I always visit the chatboards at Teachers.net for innovative ideas from my colleagues. Even though I’ve been to this website a million times, it was not until this morning that I took a look at the Gazette. It is definitely worth checking out. It is a monthly newsletter with a variety of relevant topics for educators and parents. The June issues has articles that range from “Atrocious Advice from Supernanny” to “A Great Model of Differentiation”. I highly recommend reading this worthwhile newsletter. -Melissa
Tags: college, CollegeFinder, GlobalScholar, school, SchoolFinder, summer, summer enrichment, summer reading, tutor, tutoring
Since summer holiday is right around the corner, I suspect that many of you are getting questions from parents about summer tutoring and/or resources that students can use at home to keep up their literacy skills. Today while browsing through my Google alerts, I learned about GlobalScholar. Quoting the site’s about page:
GlobalScholar.com offers a unique online tutoring platform, where parents and students can safely connect with trusted educators who provide one-on-one tutoring, homework help or self-paced learning. The GlobalScholar platform also can be used by schools and school districts to enable teachers and administrators to more efficiently and effectively create, manage and align content, assessments, curriculum, standards and supplemental learning to drive educational performance.
Having come from a school system in Japan where online tutoring was quite popular, I am always interested to see how companies and school districts in the States and abroad develop online learning courses and modules for children that want to study from home. GlobalScholar certainly seems to be creating a lot of buzz!
To learn more background about the development of GlobalScholar, check out this brief article in TechCruch. You can also watch a brief video tutorial about GlobalScholar here. One nice thing about GlobalScholar is that all tutors have 4 year college degrees and teaching experience. In addition, I was pleased to see that the company does background checks for all of its tutor employees (Education World, May 2008.)
While exploring the site, also take a look at GlobalScholar’s SchoolFinder (a site that enables users to search for general information, test scores and user discussions about elementary and secondary schools around the country) and CollegeFinder (the college-focused equivalent of SchoolFinder).
Enjoy browsing through GlobalScholar!