Just for fun – Why did the sheep go to the doctor?

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Because it was feeling baaaaaad.

Go throw your TV set away …

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

-Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

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Interact with The Berenstain Bears’ Really Big Pet Show Reading App

Berenstain Bears Biggest Pet Show - app

The Bear family loves their pets and they take very good care of them. When the Bear Town Festival hosts a pet show, the Bear family makes sure their pets – Little Lady, Grace, Swish and their new bird, Keats – look and feel their best for the big day. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, bunnies, snakes and even skunks are all entered in the show. With such a diverse group, who will receive prize ribbons from Mayor Honeypot? => http://bit.ly/XZyEvW

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs. The Saurus Street Series by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
 
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

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What we owe our parents …

The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.

–Nancy Friday

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If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices Book 3)

Cassandra Clare

Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.

If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. http://bit.ly/10mFeOO

The Print Friendly Classroom

There is strong emphasis in today’s early childhood world for teachers to be aware of making their classrooms “print friendly.” This used to mean tacking up colorful alphabet cards as decorations in the classroom and moving on to other activities. The only time the alphabet cards were mentioned to students was when the teacher introduced a new letter to the class. That has changed. Print friendly means much more today.

When a teacher is practicing “print friendly” there is evidence everywhere in the classroom. That awareness, literacy awareness, takes the form of age appropriate media being available for all its students. In an infant room “print friendly” means having large colorful pictures around the room, placed at the infant’s eye level. The goal is to help young children focus their attention on printed matter. For infants this may mean placing pictures lower on the walls at their eye level. It is a recognition by the teacher that all the wonderful printed items available will do no good if the child can not see them.
America, long considered the melting pot of the world, often serves families whose primary language is not English. This means children often enter the classroom with no or limited English. These children will be learning a minimum of two languages at the same time, one at home and one at school. In these cases, a teacher’s print friendly environment may include labeling items in English and simultaneously labeling them in the secondary language such as Spanish or Chinese.

Here are a few ways to easily and quickly begin to make a classroom print friendly.

1. Establish an attendance wall chart large enough so that all children are listed and all children can easily record their presence with an check mark. Each child can learn to check in daily. At first the child will learn to find their picture and then mark his attendance. After a while the teacher can replace the picture with a card that now has a smaller picture with the child’s name printed next to it. Soon that card is replaced with a new card and this one will bear only the child’s printed name. By now the child has learned his own name and can check in easily. He’s probably also learned to recognize all of his classmates’ names as well. The important message here is that children learn to go to printed material to retrieve information. He’s beginning to use a new tool.

2. Each learning center within the classroom offers different possibilities for labeling. The Domestic Center may have pictures of common fruits and vegetables along side their printed names. There may be posted recipes that have drawings to explain the measurements. The Block Corner may show diagrams on how to construct a building. These diagrams may or may not used printed words. Again, they lead the child to printed material to retrieve information. Print friendly doesn’t always have to use words.

3. The Library Center can be rich with a variety of books. From board books to pictionaries, from short picture books to chapter books, from recreational books to reference books, there are opportunities for children to learn to use the printed word. Even though a classroom may have children who all speak the same language a print friendly room will include books from different languages. For example, adding Spanish books, Russian books or Chinese books helps children understand that there are many different languages in our world and they all communicate through the printed word.

The classroom teacher sets the print friendly goals in her classroom through labeling, material selection, and curriculum development. The teacher that values language and desires to create readers will find many ways to use words and symbols throughout the room. When children pick up on this enthusiasm they will begin to add to the classroom collection of print friendly materials by contributing newspapers and magazines from home and making their own books. One of the child’s greatest achievements in early childhood education is understanding how to use language and print friendly gives them a strong start.

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Elaine S. Rexdale earned a BA in Elementary Education from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and an MA in Early Childhood Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in NY. She has been an early childhood educator and administrator for the past 30 years and has served in public and private schools in IL, LA, and NY. Her website is http://www.ElaineRexdale.com

Reading – intensely alive

“Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

Ezra Pound