Posts Tagged "Bringing Books Alive"

All Things Fancy Nancy

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All Things Fancy Nancy

As I shared with you in my construction post a few weeks back, I teach at a two-week day camp for elementary students every summer. My teaching partners are fabulous and always bring their A-game. Heidi, a kindergarten teacher, is one of those Martha Stewart types who can turn anything ordinary into something quite extraordinary. She pulled out all of the stops with her Fancy Nancy class this year and I was thrilled when she agreed that I could share her activities with all of you. As Nancy would say, it was truly “stupendous” and “posh”.   Project One:...

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Simple Ways to Encourage Imagination

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Simple Ways to Encourage Imagination

My 2.5 year old son, C, has just started imaginary play. He stretches his neck high into the air to become a giraffe and pretends to drink milk from an imaginary bowl when he is acting like a cat. It makes my heart melt every time he is inspired to try something new.   So I was THRILLED when I discovered that this week’s theme for MemeTales and PBS Kids’ Readathon was imagination. C and I jumped on the computer and read There’s A Dinosaur in the Park - a simple story about a boy who stumbles across a playful dinosaur in the park. As I watched C’s face light up...

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Kid-Friendly Ways to Spark Creativity

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Kid-Friendly Ways to Spark Creativity

I spend a few weeks each summer teaching at a camp for Kindergarten through Fifth Graders. This time, I was inspired by my 2.5 year old’s love of Legos and decided to teach a class that was filled with different construction projects.  Each day, we read a different book introducing the activity and then rolled up our sleeves to start building. The results were very impressive if I don’t say so myself. I hope that they inspire you too.   Project One : Junk Boats   First up, we read “Toy Boat” – a book about a boy who creates a boat out of a can, a cork,...

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25 Kid-Friendly Ways to Practice Kindness

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25 Kid-Friendly Ways to Practice Kindness

My 2.5 year old and I recently cuddled up in front of the computer to read Meme Tales  “Good Habits to Have” by Jenny Feely. The story shares kid-friendly ways to show kindness, honesty, confidence and perseverance. All of the examples are easy for little ones to understand and are simple to implement.   After the book ended, I brought out my latest creation: a jar of kindness. Inside were cards sharing kid-friendly ways we could help our community. I invited my son to reach in and grab one. He pulled out a paper that read, “Donate books to the...

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Engaging Reading : Act It Out

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Engaging Reading : Act It Out

Guest post by Suz at Lovely Little Bookworms.   The next blogger in our guest series is Suz, the writer behind Lovely Little Bookworms. This former elementary school teacher is passionate about reading and it shows.  Her posts share simple ways that you can help your children become lifelong readers. I love them all!  Her guest post shares an easy way to help little ones connect with stories: encourage them to act it out. Enjoy.   I have been thinking a lot lately about what really makes kids love reading from an early age and to me it is all about them seeing books as fun and...

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