Ok. So these are not really the list of Caldecott and Newbery candidates for 2011 but School Library Journal Blog’s best guess… but I have feeling that they know what they are talking about. We shall see when the awards come out next year, but I’m betting they got quite a few correct.
You know how there are authors that your children always wait impatiently for the next new book? And maybe they do a great series which isn’t that much of a stretch. But then there are other authors that either 1) write in a wide range of genres from picture books to easy chapter books to YA fiction and EVERYTHING they write is amazing? Or 2) maybe it’s just that they never jave a dud even though everyone is allowed a dud when they are a prolific author. Or 3) their work is crazy imaginative! How do they DO that?!
Kulcutural Kids has a Foreign Langauge and Friends website to teach children vocabulary through a themed web games for Spanish but other languages coming soon. They offered me a code to check it out and I have to say that it took me a long time to get around to it, but when I finally took a look I was really impressed.
Invented spelling is the name for children’s misspellings before they know the rules adults use to spell, often before they know how to read. In some respects inventive spellers are learning to write as they learned to talk. Invented spelling is not so much an approach to writing as it is a way of removing obstacles in the path of a young writer. Children don’t automatically and spontaneously arrive at the correct spelling of a word simply because they read.
Tyler Stubenhofer’s assignment for a Master’s Seminar was this very assignment: come up with apps for distance learning. Here is the excellent list he put together. And click here to see his blog, Tyler Stubenhofer’s Blog: education, technology and other stuff.
You might have received this poem on Play is a Child’s Work called “Just Playing” from your preschool as well, but it bears re-reading! And it just might help you discover clues to what your child might become when he or she is all grown up!
RippleReader allows to you either buy ebooks or make a personalized recording of the ebook that you purchased! The ebook titles are for ages 2-7 and are primarily picture books through easy readers. The ebooks range in price from $3.49 to $9.99. Some of the most popular titles include The Kissing Hand, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, and The HICCUPotamus.
One of our favorite literary characters for my 8-year-old middle daughter and me is Clementine. She’s a cross between Ramona (of Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary) and Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park.
Kindergarteners do have the ability to understand and really enjoy learning big, fancy words. It makes them feel like big kids. It was fun also to see his big sisters chomping at the bit to define “his” words.