Please welcome my guest author today, Donna Lasinski of ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program.
What is Reading?
Summer reading is a time honored tradition for adults and children alike. But what really counts as summer reading? With my three boys, we can often haggle over what “counts” for their daily reading time. So, with the benefit of insights from other parents, teachers and researchers, here is what my family has decided “counts”: Read more…
Last year, Mr. Avina’s kindergarte class from Los Angles United School District acted out Miss Nelson is Missing. It was adorable!
Do you know about the Miss Nelson picture book series? I had a copy but didn’t really read it until my babysitter, Kate, said that it was her favorite book of all time as a child. Read more…
My son’s elementary school spent the whole year fundraising in order to build a new playground because the old one was nearing the end of its life.
The new playground is wonderful and just opened this past week. PickyPidPix, now in middle school, came to the playround opening with her friend right after soccer practice.
My guest blogger today is Jeffrey Pfaum, an inner-city schoolteacher, who is sharing his creative ideas for reading, writing, imaginning and drawing exercises.
Reading-and-Imagining Writing Exercise
You can develop the imagination with simple exercises, where the mind changes words into pictures. Ask your child to close her eyes and picture—or visualize—words in her mind. For example, have her read the word dog, and say:
- “Picture the word ‘dog’ in your mind.”
- “What are you looking at?”
- What picture(s) do you imagine?”
- “Describe the mind-picture(s).”
- Draw or pencil-sketch what you imagine.”
- “What thoughts, feelings, and experiences are triggered by the mind-picture(s)?”
There aren’t many children’s book awards for graphic novels or comic books so I was excited to learn about The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly shortened to the Eisner Awards. It awards prizes for creative achievement in American comic books, sometimes referred to as the Comics Industry’s equivalent of the Oscar Awards.
The Cybils also has a graphic novel award but only in middle grade and young adult categories so it was nice to see graphic novels for young children awarded as well! There is very little overlap between the two awards: The Cybils vs the Eisner. The lone overlapping graphic novel is The Lost Boy.
The summer is a great time to expose kids to a foreign language. I received a huge box of books from Tuttle Publishing that are perfect for this and I am giving most of them away. Please see the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
What languages would your kids be interested in? Are you using any great sites, books or videos? Please share! Read more…
This year is first year we are breaking with our tradition of strawberry picking for Father’s Day.
My husband came up with this idea years ago and every year we hold our breath that the strawberries will be ready for Father’s Day picking. Read more…