One book I love to read to children is Owl Babies by Martin Waddell.  When reading this book, I always think of my mother and how I did not want to go to sleep at night.  My mother would always stay up with me at night until I fell asleep.  This nighttime ritual was our special time together.  When reading Owl Babies, I often thought about how those little owls wanted time with their mo...

People make connections all the time.  In reading, the purpose of making connections is to deepen the understanding of the literature.  Readers make connections through the use of their schema (one’s background knowledge and experiences) and the text to connect to their lives, other texts, and to the world. These connections support children in their ability to comprehend text.

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This is the perfect time of the year to explore the outdoors and the ideal opportunity to support children’s motor development. According to the Center for Disease Control, 12.7 million children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are obese.  The obesity rate was higher among Hispanics (21.9%) and non-Hispanic blacks (19.5%) than among non-Hispanic whites (14.7%).  These statistics provide a prime reason...

I have often witnessed children’s interest peak when someone has read a picture book on a science related topic. Their eyes are glued to the book, excitedly waiting for the page to be turned, yet still trying to take in all the stunning illustrations and information from the current page. 

Picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, can be a great way to support children in increasing their science kno...

In a conversation about picture books, I was asked how you know if a picture book is of good quality.  I didn’t quite know how to respond to this question.  In my mind I thought, “Well, you just know if a book is a great book or not,” but I couldn’t say that.  Instead, I said that you should look for books that grab your attention, that make you want to read them again and again, and that have words o...

As teachers we get the wonderful job of taking children on the journey of becoming writers.  I loved watching children develop as writers; to see them gain confidence in their writing abilities was one of the many joys in my teaching experience. Through this journey young writers explore all the successes and challenges of what it means to be a writer.

Getting children to write a story of their ow...

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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