Understanding & Using Common Abbreviations

Are you Understanding and Using Common Abbreviations ?

Before we begin ~ this Post is about Abbreviations NOT Acronyms….

Both Abbreviations and Acronyms are shortened forms of words or phrases.

An Abbreviation is a shortened form of a word ~ usually 2-4 letters ~ used to represent the whole word, such as Dr. for Doctor or tbsp. for tablespoon, while an Acronym contains a set of initial letters from a phrase that usually form another word such as ASAP for As Soon As Possible or LOL for Laugh Out Loud.

Why  Use Abbreviations ?

When talking and/or writing it takes less time to say or write the first initial of each word or an abbreviated form of the full word than to spell out every single word. This makes communication easier and faster. Several every day examples are:

  • Writing down directions to somewhere is easier to when using N, S, E or W on a St., Ln. or Blvd. instead of writing North, South, East or West on a Street, Lane, or Boulevard.
  • Words like tablespoon, teaspoon, Fahrenheit, pounds are hard to fit on a recipe card, so, using tbsp,tsp. F. and lb. will keep the measurements on the 3 X 5″ recipe card.
  • Large group words like Company and Association take up a lot of space on a sign, so using Co. and Assn. can save time and money.

When to Use Abbreviations ?

In writing, abbreviations are especially useful when you need to squeeze a lot of writing into a small space, like:

  • signs
  • posters
  • letters
  • envelopes
  • lists
  • notes
  • texts
  • recipes
  • diagrams
  • measurements
  • directions

You can, also, use abbreviations in place of long or cumbersome phrases to make your sentences easier and quicker to read:

 Without Abbreviations ~Drive North on Highway 357. Take the Green Street exit. Turn right on Maple Lane. Then, continue on Maple Lane until Poplar Boulevard.

With Abbreviations ~ Drive N. on Hwy 357. Take the Green St. exit. Turn rt. on Maple Ln. Then, cont. on Maple Ln. until Poplar Blvd.

So, I created 6 Activity Units for Understanding and Using Common Abbreviations during everyday communications when writing and talking.

Each Activity Unit contains eight similar Components.

Activity  Unit  Components

Here is a list of the Components included in each of the six Abbreviation Activity Units:

  • Construction  Instructions
  • Lesson Plan
  • Anchor  Chart Diagram
  • Pre -Test Forms with Answer Cards
  • Game Sort Mats with Storage Pocket & Game Pieces*
  • Response Sheets
  • Abbreviation  Sentences & Answer Sheet

*Game Pieces include the “long” word and its abbreviation.

Keeping reading for a brief description of each Activity  Unit.

Classroom  Clips

This 37-page Activity Unit includes a general collection of Abbreviations seen in the different subject areas taught in the classroom: Reading, Writing, Social Studies, Geography, Science, and Math (Customary & Metric).

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product  access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-Classroom-Clips-7364876

It’s About Time

This 32-page Activity Unit includes Calendar (months & weekdays) Abbreviations, Time, and an annual, mini,  make-‘n-take Calendar.

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product  access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-Its-About-Time-7364912

Mini ~ Scopes  Measurements (Customary & Metric)

This 30-page Activity Unit includes Customary & Metric  Abbreviations for height, weight, distance, volume, and temperature. A Math problem-solving component is part of the Abbreviation Sentences.

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-Mini-Scopes-Measurements-7364959

People (Individuals & Special Groups)

This 22-page Activity Unit includes a Abbreviations given to individuals as Common & Special Titles as well as Group Titles.

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-People-7365008

Short  Order Kitchen (Customary & Metric)

This 24-page Activity Unit includes Customary & Metric Abbreviations seen in Recipes as well as Food Amounts found in packaging. A Math problem-solving component is part of the Abbreviation Sentences.

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product  access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-Short-Order-Kitchen-7365043

Travel  Tidbits (Customary & Metric)

This 45-page Activity Unit includes Customary & Metric Abbreviations for In-Town Directions, USA’s 50 States, the 7 Continents, and Global Directions.  A Geography/Map component is part of the Abbreviation Sentences.

Click on the link below for TpT’s Product access:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ABBREVIATIONS-Travel-Tidbits-7365068

A Few Last Words

Some of these Activity Units have “cross-over” Abbreviations. For example: Common Titles for Individuals are found in both Classroom Clips and People. Measurements can be found in Classroom Clips, Mini-Scopes, and Short-Order Kitchen. 

However, each specific Activity Unit offers more than a few Abbreviations regarding its Abbreviation subject area. Plus, the Game Sort Mats, Game Pieces, and Abbreviation Sentences are specific to its subject area as well.

Regardless of which Activity Units you decide to purchase for your teaching  purposes, I hope you and yours have fun while learning this valuable Literacy Skill.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS: FEETSPEAK!

HOT OFF THE PRESS: FEETSPEAK!

FEETSPEAK Book Cover

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!

With the help of Writers Republic, I have self-published the first story book of the I AM A CHILD trilogy! It’s Hot Off The Press: FEETSPEAK!

I wrote these three stories several years ago with a muse on my shoulder guiding me with ideas, verbiage, imagery, and, significantly, a common thread ~ the resilience of children faced with tragic circumstances.

The kindness and care of loved ones, the understanding and flexibility of community as well as  the beauty and solace of nature contributed to the healing process of each character.

Before I tell you how each of these three elements play a part in the story of  FEETSPEAK, I want to share with you why I wrote these stories.

Why I Wrote These Stories

Thirty years teaching Early Childhood and Elementary school children from all over the world on at-risk campuses confirms my belief in the uniqueness of each child.

Many of these children suffered life-altering tragedies from loss, displacement, hunger, and neglect. Their ability to overcome these challenges with their resilience continually astounded me, as a child who grew up in a comfortable, middle-class environment.

They inspired me to create the stories in the I AM A CHILD Trilogy.

So,  briefly, this is what the story of FEETSPEAK  shares with you, Readers….

FEETSPEAK’s Story

All children are born into an ancestral heritage, rich with tragedy, joy, and a touch of magic.

No two stories are alike, yet encouraging an appreciation for cultural diversity, creative problem solving, and ecological respect as well as protecting the timely development of the contemporary child are daily challenges faced by parents and educators.

In FEETSPEAK, a young child, traumatically mute after her parents are killed during a rainstorm, communicates by selecting different shoes to wear.

Living near a pond and its creatures on the Midwest Plains with her maternal grandmother provides Cinnamon with comfort and understanding.

However, when an engaging French family with a young girl her age moves into the house down the road, Cinnamon must learn other ways to share her thoughts and express her feelings with her new friends.

Soon to enter First Grade, will she be ready to participate and learn in this totally new environment?

You may now be wondering ~ how do those three elements: loved ones, community, and nature influence the healing process of a traumatized child? Please note my stories are just that ~ stories of fiction. Of course they are idealized, but in my experience, these three factors in people’s lives can be extremely influential and effective.

The Loved Ones of FEETSPEAK

My young heroine shares her story surrounded by her loving family. She lives with her grandmother. She frequently visits her uncles and aunt.

Her close neighbors become constant friends and company. Their kindness, acceptance, and care provide the six-year-old child with new experiences to help her explore other  places outside the quiet world she has escaped into.

Some of these “other places” are very new and, somewhat, uncomfortable to her, but her family and friends, as well as the community members she encounters help her overcome her reluctance to engage.

An Understanding Community of FEETSPEAK

When a variety of life’s circumstances enter and disrupt Cinnamon’s routine existence with her family and friends, she slowly begins to understand the necessity of living outside her sheltered world. She even begins to enjoy the diversity of the experiences.

Meeting new community members like doctors, teachers, shopkeepers, and entertainers, among others, open up different vistas for communication. She is definitely intrigued,  although hesitant. The community continues to engage with her in spite of her uncertainty.

And, perhaps, the most powerful of all the environmental elements is the constancy of Nature.

The Constancy of Nature in FEETSPEAK

I spent many hours ~ I LOVED it!~ researching the flora and fauna of the several environs described in the story,  FEETSPEAK,  as I did in the other two stories of the I AM A CHILD Trilogy.

Most of the story takes place during the Spring, Summer, and early Fall with one Wintry exception. The majority of the setting takes place on the Plains of the USA’s Midwest and special care was given to a little pond near the small wheat farm Cinnamon lives on with her Grandmother.

A respectful graciousness is shared by all the characters in the story for the beauty and gifts Nature gives.

Country living is shown to be bountiful, yet challenging. A willingness to work and respect the land is threaded throughout the story of FEETSPEAK.

A brief exploration of the USA’s  Blue Ridge Mountains and the maple woods of its Northeast are, also, part of the scenery.

Part of my publishing package with Writers Republic includes a whimsical, engaging website, which gives me opportunities to Blog about FEETSPEAK and include many Book Study activities.

My Author’s Website

This website is extremely easy to navigate. The Navigation Bar includes an animated Home Page ( it’s delightful ! ), an About the Author (ME!) link, an About the Book link with a summary and buttons to click for places to purchase and view book pages, my Blog link, and a Contact Me link for all your questions, comments, concerns, and requests.

FEETSPEAK is available in hardback, paperback, and digitally.

Here’s the link:   http://eashields.com/

I’ve already posted several Blogs (surprise!) and there’s LOTS more to come. Read on….

THE BLOG

As an educator, one of my VERY FAVORITE teaching opportunities involved a Book Study. Teased by my teammates for going on and on with activity after activity focused on ONE class-read novel, I just handed them the FAT Unit I created that went on and on into the wonders of a well-written novel.

“The possibilities,” I’d remark with a grin, “are ENDLESS!”

And it is with the same enthusiasm, I have created and developed MANY activities for you and yours to explore and choose while reading FEETSPEAK.

Some, not all, of course, of the Book Study activities include:

  • learning new Vocabulary Words
  • analyzing Comprehension Elements
  • using Graphic Organizers
  • investigating Characters and their Traits
  • exploring the Power of Colorful Descriptors
  • transferring Verbal Imagery into Drawings
  • writing Letters
  • cooking up a Recipe or five…
  • discovering Nature

Believe me ~ there’s MORE!!

 The Blogs I have published so far:

  • WELCOME !
  • CHILDHOOD MUTISM 
  • HELPING YOUR GRIEVING CHILD.

The next Blog is FEETSPEAK’S STORY SEQUENCE.

Most activities will be a digital download.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this Info~Blog for Hot Off The Press: FEETSPEAK! as much as I enjoyed writing it.  It’s  my latest (and, maybe, my greatest) “endeavor” !

I hope you will visit me @: http://eashields.com/.

Tell me what you think on my Author’s website Contact Me link.

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USING FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE: Add Color to Your Writing

 

                       USING FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE:                    Add  Color to Your Writing

in SEVEN Different Ways

Figurative Language is a creative element you can include for adding color to some of your writing.

Many writers want to share  their expressions with readers.

If you, as a writer, want to engage a reader, there are a few things all good writers do.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Establish a focus, or purpose your reader can follow and understand..
  • Have an organized sequence to your content ~ beginning, middle & ending.
  • Develop and support your “Main Idea”.
  • Use adjectives, adverbs, and synonyms  to upgrade your written expressions.
  • Edit your work for grammar, spelling, and sentence structure.

Need some additional  info on Vocabulary Upgrades ? 

Check out this blog post:

 CLAMDIGGERS’ SUMMER GAMES: Vocabulary Study for Grade Levels 3 ~ 6

BLB’s Resource Library had a read for you. Here’s the link: Vocabulary Study Book Lists for Engaging Grade Levels 3 ~

What Is Figurative Language ?

A writer uses Figurative Language to include a word or phrase that doesn’t have an everyday, or literal meaning.

S/he uses one or more types of Figurative Language to emphasize:

  • an emotion,
  • time,
  • amount,
  • and/or size of a situation and/or character

outside of its usual, normal place. 

Humor and drama can be part of the writer’s purpose and expression.

Usually, Figurative Language tries to explain something that is not real or factual by helping the reader form a visual image.

Writers of novels, short stories, poetry, songs, plays, speeches, news, and, even, informational, nonfiction texts will entertain and engage their readers with one or more of the different types of Figurative Language.

What Are The Different Forms, or Types of Figurative Language ?

Although there are between 10 and 15 types of Figurative Language, your 8 ~ 11 year-old child will be  learning seven of them.

As a Third Grader, s/he will be taught to recognize the difference between literal and non-literal language when reading, writing, and speaking.

Of the seven different forms of Figurative Language, usually Similes and Metaphors are introduced as the first of these types to explore. Your child may already be familiar with these 2forms of Figurative Language. S/he can identify them through the content s/he reads and hears in the classroom.

S/he will probably be familiar with the other types through interactive family, friends,  and environmental communication. They are: Idioms, Hyperboles, Personification, Alliteration, and Onomatopoeia. 

Now, you may be wondering why would a writer want to use Figurative Language.

  Are There Advantages to Using Figurative Language ?

Yes ! There are more than a few  Benefits for encouraging your budding writer (and speaker)  to include Figurative Language in his/her expressions.

Communication

  • Your child hears Figurative Language expressed in music, radio announcements, speeches, commercials, movies, and TV shows. It’s important for him/her to understand what is being said.
  • Your child engages their creativity and imagination when including Figurative Language during oral and written expression.
  • As your child transitions from concrete to abstract thinking, Figurative Language can make those complex ideas, concepts, and feelings easier to visualize and, then,  understand.
  • If your child is learning the literal words & phrases of English as another language, practice with Figurative Language will  improve his/her literacy & communication skills.

Reading

  • Your child’s understanding of Figurative Language will increase her/his overall comprehension of the content being read.
  • Not only does reading text with Figurative Language engage a reader, it, also, helps your child visualize,  interpret and analyze the setting, character traits, plot, and author’s purpose of the story.

Writing

  • Using Figurative Language when writing presents your child with many opportunities for expressing his/her thoughts in vivid, colorful, unique,  and interesting ways.
  • Your child’s ability to use Figurative Language is a way to effectively change a simple thought into a beautiful, complex image. 

So, How Do I Support My Child’s Learning?

Here are a few suggestions for supporting your child’s usage of Figurative Language:

  • Make sure s/he can define the meanings of each type of Figurative Language.
  • Use a variety of different forms of Figurative Language when communicating and identify them individually.
  • Point out examples when reading, watching media, listening to music, information & advertisements as well as writing.
  • Ask questions about your child’s writing, such as “compared to what, as in, sounds like, looks like, feels like, smells like, etc.
  • See if your child can differentiate the different kinds of Figurative Language and tell you when it is NOT being used.

Try some interactive activities, too.

How About Some FUN Learning Activities ?

Games and other interactive, hands-on activities with cross-curricular inclusions are effective ways to engage your child’s learning of figurative Language.

See if you and yours enjoy identifying some of the types when doing any of these:

  • Present a collection of picture books & magazines. Take turns locating and identifying which forms of Figurative Language are being used and what they mean.
  • During your next walk in Nature or anywhere, have your child describe the surroundings using the five senses with Figurative Language phrasing.
  • Select different objects around the house and ask your child you use a specific form of Figurative Language when describing them.
  • Look a a piece of art the next time you visit a museum and both of you use Figurative Language to describe the piece and how it makes you feel.
  • Create a Figurative Language Image Gallery and play a Match game with the drawings to the form of figurative Language.
  • Write skits that include Figurative Language and act them out.

Need a few more activity ideas? Here’s a  link:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/grades-4-5-figurative-language-lessons/

I have, also, created games and activities for each of the seven types of Figurative Language. So, keep reading……    

Product Unit Components & Elements

Each of my six  Product Units~Similes & Metaphors (combined as one unit), Idioms, Personifications, Hyperboles, Alliteration & Onomatopoeia contain the following Components:

  • Front & Back Covers
  • Contents List
  • Materials List with Construction Instructions
  • Literature List
  • Simple Lesson Plan
  • At least 4 Different Activities with Directions & Answers

The Elements follow Bloom’s Higher Order Thinking Sequence and provide opportunities for increasing Critical Thinking Skills through:

  • Definition Cards
  • May have Label and/or Name Cards
  • Storage Pocket for Game Pieces
  • May have Sort Mats
  • Fill-In & Matching Activities
  • Writing Applications

           First up ~ Similes & Metaphors

Similes and Metaphors

Let’s define these two types of Figurative Language:                

A SIMILE is Figurative Language that compares two unlike things using the words “like”, “as”, or “resembles”. It is very similar to a METAPHOR.

A METAPHOR is Figurative Language that compares two things, which are usually not alike and does not use comparison words                     ( like, as, resembles).

Here are Similes & Metaphors links for Kid-Friendly Lists:

https://examples.yourdictionary.com/simile-examples-for-kids.html

https://blog.udemy.com/metaphor-examples-for-kids/

You can access this 37-page Product Unit with learning activities from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SIMILES-METAPHORS-Same-andor-Different–7101599

And here’s a little 6-page Freebie to go with it:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MAKING-SENSE-OF-SIMILES-METAPHOR-MEANINGS-7101454

Idioms are next….

Idioms

  IDIOMS are Figurative Language phrases that are culturally-based, with meanings completely different from the  literal, every day meaning.

Here is an Idioms link for a Kid-Friendly List :

https://examples.yourdictionary.com/idioms-for-kids.html

You can access this 38-page Product Unit with learning activities from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/IDIOMS-Local-Lingo-7102372

And here’s a little 6-page Freebie to go with it:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/IDIOM-INQUIRY-7102149

Personifications coming up….

Personifications

PERSONIFICATIONS give an animal, object or idea human characteristics or actions.

Here is a Personifications link for a Kid-Friendly List :

https://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-personification-for-kids.html

You can access this 32-page Product Unit with learning activities from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/PERSONIFICATIONS-Animal-Vegetable-or-Mineral–7102654

And here’s a little 6-page Freebie to go with it:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/MAKING-IT-PERSONIFIED-7102528

Keep reading for HYPERBOLES

HYPERBOLES

 

HYPERBOLES are over-the-top exaggeration phrases usually included to make a point or add humor.

Here is a HYPERBOLES link for a Kid-Friendly List :

https://www.rd.com/article/hyperbole-examples/

You can access this 44-page Product Unit with learning activities, including several for Tall Tales from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HYPERBOLES-No-Way-Ever–7102911

And here’s a little 7-page Freebie to go with it:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HILARIOUS-HYPERBOLES-7102790

And now for a little Alliteration…

Alliteration

A Tongue Twister is a form of ALLITERATION, which is repeating  the beginning letter of several words close together in a sentence.

Here is an Alliterations link for a Kid-Friendly List :

https://examples.yourdictionary.com/alliteration-examples-for-kids.html

You can access this 29-page Product Unit with learning activities from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ALLITERATIONS-Word-Rhythms-Tongue-Twisters-7107779

And here’s a little 5-page Freebie to go with it:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Arranging-Alliterations-7107672

And, finally, onward and downward to  Onomatopoeia…

Onomatopoeia

ONOMATOPOEIA uses a word to describe a sound and actually mimics the sound of the object or action that is speaking.

Here is an Onomatopoeia link for a Kid-Friendly List :

 https://examples.yourdictionary.com/examples-of-onomatopoeia-for-kids.html

You can access this 38-page Product Unit with learning activities from my Teacher PayTeachers Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/ONOMATOPOEIA-Noun-Sounds-7107903

And here’s a little 5-page Freebie to go with it:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/OWNING-ONOMATOPOEIA-7107851

Teaching your growing Learners this valuable Literacy element can be a very engaging and valuable asset for encouraging creativity and understanding our Language. I hope you will find some, if not all, of these Units useful.

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CLAMDIGGERS:  August’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

 

 WELCOME

TO:

CLAMDIGGERS:  August’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

Friends, Sun, Sand & Sea; That sounds like a Summer to me. ~ Lily Ross

Depending on where you live or are, August can be the HOTTEST month of the year……

The breeze is hot. Swim water is warm (except the Pacific Ocean). You sweat in the shade. Ice ….what ice !?!

What do I do in August? Wish, wish, wish for RAIN!!!! And stay indoors near a fan and air co…..

Yes, staying indoors for hours during the day seems to solve the TOO HOT problem…..but it can, also, create another problem, too……

Here are a few Solutions: invite your family & friends to showcase their talents in a Show; daydream & create using your imagination; study great inventions as an inspiration for constructing a robot; and/or cook up some Edible Insects (with food stuff NOT bugs).

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in the four units of August’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at August’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ June Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

August’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-August-Poetry-Posters-6957502

SPOTLIGHT: Dancers, Singers, Musicians; Sculptors, Painters, Magicians

You could be the star, you shine so bright. You could be your own Spotlight! ~ Hey Miss Awesome/Sualci

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  August’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 50-page unit entitled SPOTLIGHT: Dancers, Singers, Musicians; Painters, Sculptors, Magicians .

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Begin with the Overview, Set-Up & Who’s Who List Template included in SPOTLIGHT.
  • Then, put  Publicity to work with try-out flyers and templates for posters & the program.
  • Next, have the Talent Selection Committee handle the Auditions & Callbacks, Performance List & Prep.
  • Prepare The Master of Ceremony with tips, vocabulary & a Master Performance List.
  • Finally, give the Crew their job descriptions for Staging the Show.
  • Decide if you want to present a Theme-Based Talent Show with an Additional Acts List.

General Supply List:   card-stock, printing paper,  poster board, colors, pencils, clipboards, highlighters, note-cards, stage setting materials/tools, etc.

You can access the SPOTLIGHT unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SPOTLIGHT-A-Showcase-of-Talent–6957558

INSECTS

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~ Confucius

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: June’s  Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 25-page unit entitled INSECTS.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Learn which insect is a Helper Or Pest: A Sort & Match Game.
  • Collect the Edible Insects Recipe Cards onto A Ring of Edible Insects. Then, cook & eat ’em up !

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil,  scissors, hole punch, O-ring, cooking tools, utensils & ingredients

You can access the INSECTS unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/INSECTS-6957642

I’M BORED!!! Daydreams & Mysteries

To be quite oneself, one must first waste a little time. ~ E Bowen

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  29-page unit entitled I’M BORED! : Daydreams & Mysteries.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  •  Un-Bored yourself with I’m Not Bored Activity Card Ideas compiled into a book, cards & category dividers.
  •  Pick A Daydream and make a poster about it.
  • Create Mystery Messages with invisible ink, solve a few word puzzles, and invent your own secret code.

General Supply List: cardstock, printing paper, O-ring, hole punch, pencil, colors, scissors, binding, poster board, invisible ink formula

You can access the I’m Bored!: Daydreams & Mysteries unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/IM-BORED-Daydreams-and-Mysteries-6958075

INVENTIONS: Machines & Robotics

If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary. ~ Jim Rohn

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: August’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 53-page unit entitled INVENTIONS: Machines & Robotics

  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  •  Learn about Simple Machines, tell what you know, and locate the Simple Machines in your home.
  • Create a Time Line Info-gram about World ~ Changing Inventions, play a Before & After Sort game, and make an Invention Reflections Booklet.
  • Read a Robotics interactive learning reference manual and invent a robot of your own.

General Supply List: heavy printing paper,  cardstock, scissors, tacky glue, colors, tape, stapler, binding, building materials & tools

You can access the INVENTIONS: Machines & Robotics unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/INVENTIONS-Machines-and-Robotics-6958118

 

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You can  access CLAMDiggers:  August’s Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

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AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

P.S. I included a Collection of Products, Resources & Freebies for a Summertime of Activities. You can access this read on my   blog : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/clamdiggers-summer-literacy-enrichment-collection/

P.S.S. My TpT Shop has a Summertime Freebie: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Memory-Makers-6831876

and a Summertime Product Unit : https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-Summer-Celebration-Calendars-6831968

AND…. four SUMMER GAMES: Vocabulary Study for Grades 3~6.

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(Sixth Grade Level is a Freebie!)

You can, also,  access an Overview of these Summer Game by clicking on this link:

CLAMDIGGERS’ SUMMER GAMES: Vocabulary Study for Grade Levels 3 ~ 6

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CLAMDIGGERS: July’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

 

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CLAMDIGGERS:  July’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

If you’re not barefoot, then you’re overdressed. ~ Anonymous

July is DEFINITELY a Summer month !

This HOT, HOT month if filled with activities & food to COOL, COOL you down ~ swimming, anything frosty & icy, non-heat cooking & eating (unless it’s a BBQ), fans, air co, shade, hammocks, shorts, flip-flops, sunglasses, and LOTS of sunscreen.

Our BIG summer celebration happens on The Fourth of July with lots of star-spangled fireworks to light up the Summer Night, which is usually full of the moon & stars. Many Tall Tales & Legends are shared on lazy Summer days & nights before & after hours of splishing & splashing in a cool body of water.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in the four units of July’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at July’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ July Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

July’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-Julys-Poetry-Posters-6879850

Independence Day

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  July’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 19-page unit entitled Independence Day .

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Create a Star Streaming Patriotic Pinwheel by following the directions & using the pinwheel & stars template.
  • If you want to contribute a dish or two for the Fourth of July Eats, read & select some Food Ideas for A Star-Spangled Celebration to make and/or prepare the recipes included: Sandwich Stars & Lemon Star Punch with Red, White & Blue Salad and A Patriot’s Parfait .

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper,  glitters, ribbons, pencil/pen, colors, scissors, hole-punch, O-ring, bead/button, push pin, unused pencil, food prep ingredients

You can access the Independence Day unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Independence-Day-6880148

Summer Nights: Moon & Stars

Summer Night ~ even the stars are whispering to each other. ~ Kabayashi Issa

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: July’s  Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 20-page unit entitled Summer Nights: Moon & Stars.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Study the phases of the moon after making the Moon Phases Shape Book.
  • Construct a Glow-in-the-Dark Mobile with special paper and/or craft foam for your room.
  •  All that star-gazing will, hopefully, inspire you to Create A Constellation & Its Story to tuck inside the book cover template.

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil, colors, scissors, ruler, glue, stapler, string, black paper

You can access the Summer Nights: Moon & Stars unit by  clicking on the link below:

  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/SUMMER-NIGHTS-Moon-Stars-6880207

Tall Tales & Legends

The thing about legends is…..sometimes, they’re true. ~Caretaker from the movie “Ghost Rider”

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: July’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  42-page unit entitled Tall Tales & Legends.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Put together & play the Am I A Tall Tale Or A Legend? game.
  • Read the Tall Tale Guide & Tell Me A Tall Tale.
  • Then, turn the Tale into a script and play with players for the Tall Tale Theater.

General Supply List: cardstock, printing paper, pencil, colors, scissors, binding, play production tools & materials

You can access the Tall Tales & Legends unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/American-Tall-Tales-Legends-6880264

Fun in the Water: Oceans, Lakes & Rivers

Water is the driving force of all Nature. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 36-page unit entitled Fun in the Water: Oceans, Lakes & Rivers.

  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Learn the difference between salty & fresh waters when you construct & play several sort & match games with What Do You Know About Water, Water Everywhere ?
  • Build Tiny Islands in the Sea and record your observations of their growth on a data chart.
  • Make a water safety poster & sort game when learning about Water Safety & Water Fun.
  • Create a Water Safety & Fun Memory Books Mobile with a variety of book cover images.

General Supply List: heavy printing paper,  cardstock, scissors, glue, tape, stapler, rubber bands, veggie tops & bottoms, book binding material, white poster board, colors, blue & green cardstock, notebook paper, pony beads, fishing line, crimps, hole punch, paper clips, pliers, ruler

You can access the Fun in the Water: Oceans, Lakes & Rivers unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FUN-IN-THE-WATER-Oceans-Lakes-Rivers-6880354

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You can  access CLAMDiggers:  July’s Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

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AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

P.S. I included a Collection of Products, Resources & Freebies for a Summertime of Activities. You can access this read on my   blog : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/clamdiggers-summer-literacy-enrichment-collection/

P.S.S. My TpT Shop has a Summertime Freebie: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Memory-Makers-6831876

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CLAMDIGGERS: June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

 

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CLAMDIGGERS:  June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. ~R.W.Emerson

How very lovely is the month of June !

There’s still enough Spring in the air with its gentle breezes to cool off Summer’s warming sun! Long vacations are on the horizon with camp outs, street fairs, amusement parks , and farmers’ markets gaining more attention.

It’s the perfect time to celebrate Fathers’ Day; organize some Summer Solstice Backyard Fun with friends, family & neighbors; go on the long-awaited vacation to a favorite haunt and/or a new, exciting place; and, of course, before the warm weather becomes HOT, enjoy The Sun with all its sparkle.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in the four units of June’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at June’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ June Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

June’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-June-Poetry-Posters-6866768

THE SUN

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but the wide world’s joy. ~Henry Ward Beecher

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 20-page unit entitled THE SUN .

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • A Facts About Our Sun Sheet to include in an informative text  entitled Our Sun Book
  • A Sun Sparkle Catcher includes how-to make directions for   constructing a beaded singular sun-mobile to hang in a  sun-catching window.
  • The Sun Mosaic is a piece of art you will create to symbolize the colors of the bright, glowing sun.
  • Write a storybook about the sun’s HEAT after collecting some reactions from others: “The Sun Was SOOOOO HOT……”

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  black poster-board, colored paper scraps, scissors, glue, binding, wire, chenille stems, pony beads, monofilament, crimp, wire cutters

You can access  THE SUN unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/THE-SUN-6866847

Fathers’ Day

A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow. ~ Anonymous

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: June’s  Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 16-page unit entitled Fathers’ Day.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • A Race Car Magnet includes Construction Instructions, Tracer Templates, and other race car model ideas.
  • Wrap your gift inside a Gift Box you have folded with a gift tag you’ve chosen from several tags.

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  craft foam, magnet strip, tacky glue, scissors, colors, paper clips, pencil

You can access the Fathers’ Day unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fathers-Day-6866931

Backyard Summer Fun

Anyone can go on an adventure, even if it’s in your own backyard. ~ Carmela Dutra

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  56-page unit entitled Backyard Summer Fun.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • A Backyard Fun Eco ~ Fair includes the planning, organizing, activities/games ideas with how-to direction cards, supply lists, and the images you’ll need to post at each site.
  • The seasonal NatureWatchers’ Summer Journal comes with the journal covers, page inserts , and vocabulary list. 

General Supply List: cardstock, printing paper,  pencil, colors, scissors, binding, O-ring, hole punch, specific Fair supplies

You can access the Backyard Summer Fun unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Backyard-Summer-Fun-6866987

Going On Vacation

A vacation is having nothing to do all day and all day to do it. ~Robert Orben

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 36-page unit entitled Going On Vacation.

  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Make & decorate a Brown Bag Backpack from a paper grocery bag to hold all your Travel Games.
  • The Travel Activities Overview lets you decide which projects you want to create & include in your Brown Bag Backpack.
  • There are over 6 different Travel Games you can make to take with you to play while you go on vacation.
  • Write about your vacation adventures in My Travel Journal you download, print & put together.
  • Don’t forget to correspond with family & friends while you’re on vacation on your “Wish You Were Here….”  Stationery.

General Supply List: large paper grocery bag, cloth strips, brad fasteners, string,, stapler, scissors, ruler, markers, glue, cardstock, game materials, printing paper, binding, pencil, stickers

You can access the Going On Vacation unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Going-On-Vacation-6867091

 How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers:  June’s Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-June-A-4-Unit-Bundle-6867291

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

 

P.S. I included a Collection of Products, Resources & Freebies for a Summertime of Activities. You can access this read on my   blog : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/clamdiggers-summer-literacy-enrichment-collection/

P.S.S. My TpT Shop has a Summertime Freebie: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Memory-Makers-6831876

and a Summertime Product Unit : https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-Summer-Celebration-Calendars-6831968

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CLAMDIGGERS: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

Nature is the art of God. ~Dante Alighieri

What a merry, merry month May is !

Artists celebrate this month with songs, poetry, and paintings. Warm breezes with plenty of sunshine invite all of Earth’s living  things to frolic through soft, grassy fields of wildflowers and wade in its warming waters.

It’s the perfect time to celebrate Mothers’ Day, giggle at Baby Animals, give your Bicycle a tune up, ride around your Neighborhood, and go on a Picnic with friends.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in the five units of May’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at May’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ May Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

May’s six poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-May-Poetry-Posters-6779604

Mothers’ Day

A mother understands what a child does not say. ~ Jewish Proverb

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 16-page unit entitled Mothers’  Day .

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • An I LOVE YOU Fan includes how-to make directions for constructing a large, usable Fan with Sample Sentences to choose for writing on each fold.
  • A Tea Party for Mom contains Invitation Templates, a Tea Party Checklist with a Sample Place Setting Diagram, and several Food preparation ideas.

General Supply List: file folder, card-stock, printing paper,  decorative paper, ribbon, pencil/pen, ruler, scissors, tacky glue, clothespins, food & tea ingredients

You can access the Mothers’ Day unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mothers-Day-6779662

Baby Animals

Animals are born who they are, accept it, and that is that. ~Gregory Maguire

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: May’s  Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 16-page unit entitled Baby Animals.

It contains the following Project/Activity:

  • A Baby Animals Pop-Up Book includes Construction Instructions, Cover/Page Insert Template, Info Chart with Blank Fill-In Template. Baby Animal Photos, And a Vocabulary List.

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil, colors, scissors, ruler, glue,double-stick tape

You can access the Baby Animals Pop-Up Book unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Baby-Animals-6779721

Bicycle Fun & Safety

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  21-page unit entitled Bicycle Fun & Safety.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • You & Your Bicycle offers Bicycle Adventure Ideas, a Bicycle Parts Diagram with a Checklist, and a Pre-Riding Safety List.
  • Bicycle Safety includes a Bicycle Safety Checklist paired with a mini-quiz for testing  Safety Knowledge.
  • A Bicycle Fun & Safety Shape Book has a Covers & Page Insert Template for making a Memory Book.

General Supply List: cardstock, printing paper, O-ring, hole punch, pencil, colors, scissors, binding

You can access the Bicycle Fun & Safety unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Bicycle-Fun-Safety-6779767

Neighbors in the Neighborhood

The whole world is one neighborhood. ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 22-page unit entitled Neighbors in the Neighborhood.

  It contains the following Project/Activity:

  • Design A Neighborhood includes Construction Instructions for building a Neighborhood with Places, Street Names, Building Names, Map Key & Compass for a Make-A-Map, and Building Faces Templates.

General Supply List: heavy printing paper,  cardstock, straws, play dough, green poster board, small chipboard boxes, black construction paper, colored paper & cardstock scraps, pencil, ruler, scissors, tacky glue, colors, tape, sticky notes

You can access the Neighbors in the Neighborhood unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Neighbors-in-the-Neighborhood-6779824

Let’s Have A Picnic

Nothing’s better than a picnic. ~ Zooey Deschanel

Week Five of CLAMDiggers: May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 24-page unit entitled Let’s Have A Picnic.

  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Plan A Picnic includes Picnic ~ Menu Ideas, a Sample Menu with Blank Menu Templates, 5 Picnic Recipe Cards with several Blank Recipe Cards & Collection Covers,   Lists for Eco-Packing a Picnic, and Invitations for Indoor/Outdoor Picnics.
  • Make  A Sit-Upon gives Instructions for Constructing a Indoor/Outdoor seating mat.

General Supply List: heavy printing paper,  cardstock, colored cardstock scraps, colors, white grease pencil, scissors, hole-punch, O-ring, newspapers, oilcloth, clothespins, tacky glue.

You can access the Let’s Have A Picnic unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Have-A-Picnic-6779852

 How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers:  May’s Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 5-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-May-A-5-Unit-Bundle-6782072

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

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CLAMDIGGERS: April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

Winter’s done, and April’s in the skies; Earth, look up with laughter in your eyes! ~ Ch.G.D.Roberts

Rain, rain, rain is usually the song April sings as it welcomes Spring and its bright greenery, vibrant flowers, and new baby animals. It almost appears to be magical how the Earth transforms from gray and white to a rainbow of colors everywhere!

April’s Magic can encourage your flights of fantasy into the world of Fairy Tales, inspire your creative side during Cloudy & Rainy days, empower your Earth~Saver awareness, and strengthen your respect for the beauty, diversity and power of Trees.

Opportunities for creative expressions in art, science, math, social studies, and writing are included in April’s activities.

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at April’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ April Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

April’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-April-Poetry-Posters-6686360

Fairy Tales

Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you get a story from everything you touch. ~Hans Christian Anderson

Week One of CLAMDiggers:  April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 33-page unit entitled Fairy Tales. 

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Fairy Tale Kingdom Board Game includes how-to make directions & placement Diagrams using a File Folder with Images/Labels,  Game Cards, Treasure Coins & an Answer Scroll
  • Pixie Puffs & A Magic Potion are recipes to make & eat while playing the Fairy Tale Kingdom Board Game

General Supply List: file folder, card-stock, printing paper,  paint sample cards, small yellow sticker dots, small toy animals, feather, star cluster, large button, ribbon, rubber bands, scissors, ruler, glue stick, large paper clips, baggies, recipe ingredients, cooking & serving tools/ utensils

You can access the Fairy Tales unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tales-6686403

Clouds & Rain

There is a way out of every dark mist, over the rainbow trail. ~ Navaho Song

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: April’s  Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 40-page unit entitled Clouds & Rain.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Cloud Study Booklet includes informative text, images & an observation log with  Comprehension & Vocabulary Fill-In components
  • Rainy Day Activities Poster provides directions, images and multiple Rainy Day Activities

General Supply List:  card-stock, printing paper,  binding materials, pencil, colors, scissors, ruler, glue, poster board, removable tape

You can access the Clouds & Rain unit by  clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Clouds-Rain-6686444

Earth Day Every Day

Nature does nothing uselessly. ~ Aristotle

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  36-page unit entitled Earth Day Every Day.

It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Eco ~ Desk Set: Upcycle Chipboard, Tin Cans & A CD includes a Recyclable Diagram with How-To make directions
  • 5 Upcycle ~ Action Lists calls all  upcyclers to create projects with Activity Cards for  reusing milk jugs, plastic bottles, tin cans, old socks and more
  • Earth Walk Journal: Track Your Carbon Footprint provides Earth-Savers  an opportunity to document  their progress with template inserts on tips for eco-friendly actions

General Supply List: chipboard boxes,  contact paper, metal cans, old CD, scissors, tacky glue, felt, printing paper, cardstock, hole punch, O-ring, laminate, pencil, binding materials

You can access the Earth Day Every Day unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Earth-Day-Every-Day-6686518

Arbor Day: A Celebration of Trees

Shade outstretch, wide and free; Grow well, good tree! ~ N.B. Turner

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 31-page unit entitled Arbor Day: A Celebration of Trees.

  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • Hello, Trees !  includes a collection of information formatted in cards, a diagram, leaf identification, tree sort game with  comprehension & vocabulary components
  • Hug A Tree Book provides the reader with informative text for writing & illustrating a book
  • Make A Twig Frame comes with sequential directions and a visual How-To diagram
  • Tree of Life Wall Sculpture gives step-by-step instructions for constructing a 2 (or 3) dimensional tree sculpture

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding materials, pencil, colors, construction paper, paper scraps, glues, tape, stapler, scissors, twigs, cardboard, photo, heavy book, brown kraft/butcher paper, brown paper bags, decorative papers

You can access the Arbor Day: A Celebration of Trees unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Arbor-Day-A-Celebration-of-Trees-6686564

 How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers:  April’s Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings.

Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-April-A-Four-Unit-Bundle-6686675

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

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CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

CLAMDiggers December cover

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. ~P. Corneille

The hustle and bustle of December is a month filled with festive memories ~ past, present & future, delicious & fragrant aromas~ inside & outside, exciting possibilities ~ every day & to come, and multiple celebrations of traditions~ old & new. In my opinion ~ ’tis not a Day, but a Season!

CLAMDiggers’ December Literacy Enrichment Collection includes six of these events:

  • Remembering an Early American Christmas
  • Including the Gifts of Nature with Oh! Christmas Tree!
  • Exploring the Mysteries of Santa and His Reindeer
  • Recognizing the Traditions of Hanukkah
  • Discovering the Principles of Kwanzaa
  • Celebrating the New Year to come

Each and Every Unit of the Literacy Enrichment Collection

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Ready, Set and Go!

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

What Is the CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program?

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at December’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ December Poetry for the Literacy Enrichment Collection

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

December’s seven poems are printed onto seven thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-December-Poetry-Posters-6218170

An Early American Christmas

An Early American ChristmasSmall cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. ~William Shakespeare

Week One of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 35-page unit entitled An Early American Christmas. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

EarlyAmericanChristmasGame
Earl American Christmas Game
  •  Merry Christmas, America ! : A Melting Pot Match Game of Our Traditions

    EarlyAmericanChristmasMemoir,Ornament&FamilyCoupons
    Early American Christmas Memoir, Ornament & Family Coupons
  • A Frontier Christmas Memory: A Nine-Page Mini-Storybook with a Vocabulary Challenge
  • Quilted Star Ornament: A Template with Construction Instructions
  • Family Coupon Book: Template Covers, Inserts & Coupon Ideas

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding, wallpaper, decorative papers, fabric scraps, craft paper, construction paper, ribbons, buttons, colors, glue, stapler, scissors, hole punch, O-ring

You can access the An Early American Christmas unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/An-Early-American-Christmas-6218217

Oh! Christmas Tree!

The whole world is a Christmas Tree; And stars its many candles be. ~H. Blodgett

Week Two of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a  31-page unit entitled Oh! Christmas Tree!. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oh!ChristmasTree!TrioofTrees&PineconePair
Oh!Christmas Tree!Trio of Trees & Pinecone Pair
  • A Trio of Trees: Templates for a 3-D Sculpture
  • A Pair of Pine-Cone Presents: Ornaments & Trees

    Oh!ChristmasTree!GatheringGuide+BirdFeeding
    Oh!Christmas Tree! Gathering Guide+Bird Feeding
  • Nature’s Decorations: A Gathering Guide
  • Seasons Greetings, Nature: Bird Feeders & Menu Ideas

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, decorative papers, binding, plant clippers, gathering container, pine-cones, beads, paintbrush, bird foods,  scissors, tacky glue, glue stick, glitz, pencil, colors

You can access the Oh! Christmas Tree! unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Oh-Christmas-Tree-6218258

Santa and His Reindeer

There seems to be magic in the very name of Christmas. ~Charles Dickens

Week Three of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   33-page unit entitled Santa and His Reindeer. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Santa+HisReindeerWreath,GiftBag, Manual
Santa+His Reindeer Wreath, GiftBag + Manual
  •  Santa’s Reindeer Flight Plan: A 7-Page Booklet with Fill-In Info
  • Just For Fun!: Color & Cut-Out Santa & His Reindeer Wreath
  • Reindeer Gift Bag: Template & Construction Instructions
Santa&HisReindeerGame
Santa & His Reindeer Game
  • Real Reindeer: A True/False Game

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding,  pencil, colors, glitz, ribbon,  scissors, glue, hole-punch, O-ring, stapler, heavy tape, Web access, reference books

You can access the Santa and His Reindeer unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Santa-and-His-Reindeer-6218381

Hanukkah

HanukkahA candle is a small thing; but one candle can light another. ~Moeshe Davis

Week Four of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 18-page unit entitled Hanukkah. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Hanukkah
Hanukkah
  • Star of David Ornament: Template with Construction Instructions
  • Lotsa Latkes with Applesauce & Some Matzo Ball Soup, Too!: Ingredients & Cookware List with Recipes
  • Hanukkah Memories Mini Fold -Up Book: Template with Diagram

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, construction paper, glitter, ribbon, recipe ingredients, pencil, colors, scissors, stapler

You can access the Hanukkah unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hanukkah-6218430

Kwanzaa

If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. ~African Proverb

Week Five  of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 15-page unit entitled Kwanzaa.. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

KwanzaaSevenPrinciplesBowl
Kwanzaa Seven Principles Bowl
  • A Harvest Bowl of Principles: Construction Instructions for A Poster with Image & Text Templates
KwanzaaMkekaMat
Kwanzaa Mkeka Mat
  • Make A Mkeka: Construction Instructions

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, construction paper, black marker, ruler, scissors, glue, framing materials, hole-punch, raffia, laminant or clear contact paper

You can access the Kwanzaa unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kwanzaa-6218485

The New Year

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind. ~C.S. Lewis

The final week  of CLAMDiggers: December’s Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 15-page unit entitled New Year. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

New Year
New Year
  • The Best & Worst of Last Year: A Memories Book with A Best/Worst  Choice List
  • New Year Wishes Basket: Construction Instructions with Wish Ideas

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding, pencil, colors, paper plates, paper scraps, glitz, ribbon, scissors, glue, hole-punch

You can access the New Year unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/New-Year-6218527

How About a Bundle ?!?

You can  access CLAMDiggers’  December Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 6-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-December-A-6-Unit-Bundle-6218752

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

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CLAMDiggers: November’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: NOVEMBER’S LITERACY ENRICHMENT COLLECTION

You won’t be happy with more until you’re happy with what you’ve got. ~ V. King

Crisp November is a  month full of creativity, discovery, and gratitude. CLAMDiggers: November’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes four of these events:

  • Engaging in an Autumn Fantasy
  • Exploring Long Ago to Modern Day
  • Discovering the Influence of Our Native Americans
  • Preparing for Giving Thanks

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • a Thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at November’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ November Poetry

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

November’s five poems are printed onto five thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-November-Poetry-Posters-6120613

Autumn Fantasy

Let cheerfulness abound with industry. ~ R.L. Stevenson

CLMDgrsNov: Autumn Fantasy
CLMDgrsNov: Autumn Fantasy

 Week One of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 22-page unit entitled Autumn Fantasy . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: AutumnFantasyProducts
Autumn Fantasy: Dancing Scarecrow, Barnyard Hoedown Diorama + Music Maker
  • DANCING SCARECROW: Template with Construction Instructions
  • MUSIC MAKER; Construction Instructions
  • BARNYARD HOE~DOWN DIORAMA: Farm Animal Templates with Construction Instructions

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, wallpaper, decorative papers, craft paper, construction paper, open diorama box, yarn, raffia, paper plates, large craft stick, dried beans, colors, glue, stapler, scissors

You can access the Autumn Fantasy unit by clicking on the link below:

  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autumn-Fantasy-6120722

Then And Now

Change is the law of life. ~ J.F. Kennedy

CLMDgrsNov: Then and Now
CLMDgrsNov: Then and Now

Week Two of CLAMDigger’s November Literacy Enrichment Colllection is a  55-page unit entitled Then And Now . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: Then and Now Products
Long Ago to Modern Day: Card Match and Vocabulary Game, Mini-Info Book Connecting the Past with the Present + Toys Will Be Toys Informational Text
  • LONG AGO TO MODERN DAY: A Card Match & Vocabulary Game
  • FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT: A Mini-Info Book Connecting the Past with the Present
  • TOYS WILL BE TOYS: Comparing & Contrasting Long Ago & Modern Day Toys Using Informative Text

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, binding material, pencil, colors,  rubber bands, scissors, highlighter, fine-point marker, dry-erase marker,

You can access the Then And Now unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Then-and-Now-6120874

Native Americans

Teach us to walk the soft earth as relatives to all that live. ~Sioux Prayer

CLMDgrsNov: Native Americans
CLMDgrsNov: Native Americans

Week Three of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   25-page unit entitled Native Americans. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit:Native AmericansProducts
Native American Words We Use Match Game, Fill-In Comprehension, Sacred Animal Sand Painting + Dream Catcher
  • NATIVE AMERICAN WORDS WE USE: Photo & Vocabulary Match Game with Fill-In Comprehension Activity
  • SACRED ANIMAL TOTEM SAND PAINTING :Some Animal Images with Construction Instructions
  • DREAM CATCHER: Construction Instructions

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glues, scissors, dictionary, colored sand, paintbrushes, small bowls, beads, feathers, yarn, paper plate, glitz

You can access the Native Americans unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Native-Americans-6120967

Giving Thanks

Take a rest; the field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. ~ Ovid

CLMDgrsNov: Giving Thanks
CLMDgrsNov: Giving Thanks

Week Four of CLAMDiggers’ November Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 20-page unit entitled Giving Thanks. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

CLMDgrsNovUnit: Giving Thanks Products2
Giving Thanks Wreath + Giving Thanks Placecards
  • LET US GIVE THANKS WREATH
  • LET US GIVE THANKS PLACE~CARDS
CLMDgrsNovUnit: Giving Thanks Products1
Giving Thanks Mini Poster + Placecards
  • LET US GIVE THANKS MINI POSTER

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, dry bean soup mix, heavy-weight paper plates, raffia, tacky glue, pencil, 8 X 10 picture frame, colors, scissors

You can access the Giving Thanks unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Giving-Thanks-6121058

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’  November Literacy Enrichment Collection units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDIGGERS-November-A-4-Unit-Bundle-6121225

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

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CLAMDiggers: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

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CLAMDIGGERS: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

The wind walks wildly in the trees tonight. ~ JT Stickney

Mysterious October is a  month full of exploration, discovery, color, and imagination. CLAMDIGGERS: October’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes four of these events:

  • Celebrating Country & City Pets
  • Discovering Old World Explorations
  • Learning & Applying Healthy Nutrition
  • Enjoying the Fun of Halloween

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • A thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at October’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ October Poetry

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

October’s five poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-October-Poetry-Posters-6022128

We LOVE Pets

Animals are such agreeable friends they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot

CLMDgrsOct:We Love Pets
CLMDgrsOct: We Love Pets

 Week One of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 30-page unit entitled We LOVE Pets . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Pets Care Manual
Oct:Pets Care Manual
  • COUNTRY PETS / CITY PETS: A PET~CARE MANUAL
Oct: Pets Poster Parade
Oct: Pets Poster Parade
  • SHOW & TELL PET PARADE

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glue- stick,  scissors, binding materials, reference materials, envelopes/stamps, poster board, pet photos, mementos

You can access the We LOVE Pets unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/We-LOVE-Pets-6022312

Old World Explorations

Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what’s beyond. ~Buzz Aldrin

CLMDgrsOct: Old World Explorations
CLMDgrsOct: Old World Explorations

Week Two of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Colllection is a  53-page unit entitled Old World Explorations . It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Ship & Game Cards
Oct: Ship & Game Cards
  • SETTING SAIL: Parts & Provisions of the Seafaring Vessel
Oct: Game Board
Oct: Game Board
  • INTO THE NEW WORLD: An Exploration Board Game

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors,  rubber bands, scissors, glue stick, tape/stapler, blue poster board, blue & green paint chips, ziploc, die, game-player movers, treasures

You can access the Old World Explorations unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-World-Explorations-6022465

Healthy Body! Healthy Brain!: A Nutrition Guide

Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. ~Jim Rohn

CLMDgrsOct: A Nutrition Guide
CLMDgrsOct: A Nutrition Guide

Week Three of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a   42-page unit entitled Healthy Body! Healthy Brain! : A Nutrition Guide. It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Nutrition Food Groups
Oct: Nutrition Food Groups
  • YES, YES, YES, PLEASE! 4 BAGS FULL!
Oct: Nutrition Menus, Servings & Recipes
Oct: Nutrition Menus, Servings & Recipes
  • EVERY DAY I NEED TO EAT…..
  • FOLLOW THE FOOD GROUPS RECIPES

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, glue-stick, scissors, reference materials, dry erase marker, hole punch, O-ring, food photos/images 

You can access Healthy Body! Healthy Brain! : A Nutrition Guide unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Healthy-Body-Healthy-Brain-A-Nutrition-Guide-6025336

Boos & Hisses ! It’s Halloween!

Boos and Hisses need Chocolate Kisses.~BLB

CLMDgrsOct: Halloween
CLMDgrsOct: Halloween

Week Four of CLAMDigger’s October Literacy Enrichment Collection is a 47-page unit entitled Boos & Hisses! It’s Halloween !  It contains the following Projects/Activities:

Oct: Pumpkins
Oct: Pumpkins
  • HANGING PUMPKIN PATCH
Oct: Halloween Party
Oct: Halloween Party
  • HAPPY HALLOWEEN PARTY!

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, recyclable paper shreds, straw-colored raffia, string, ribbon, yarn, pencil/pen, envelopes/stamps

You can access the Boos & Hisses! It’s Halloween! unit by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/BOOS-and-HISSES-Its-Halloween-6025457

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’  October Literacy Enrichment units individually or as a 4-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-October-A-4-Unit-Bundle-6025631

AND….as an added appreciation bonus…..

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

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CLAMDiggers: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

 WELCOME

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CLAMDiggers: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection

CLAMDiggers Septcover

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. ~A. Szent-Gyorgi

September is such a dynamic month full of celebration and changes. CLAMDIGGERS: September’s Literacy Enrichment Collection includes five of these events:

  • Appreciating our Community of Helpers
  • Preparing for Back to School
  • Celebrating our Grandparents
  • Observing the changes of Autumn
  • Exploring the wonderful world of Apples

The Components of each Unit include:

  • colorful Front & Back covers
  • a Contents list
  • an Introduction Sequence
  • a Master Materials List
  • A thematic Literature List of fiction& nonfiction trade books
  • an overall Lesson Plan
  • Projects/Activities with Construction Instructions written on an Independent Reading Level for Grades 3 ~ 6

Preparation for each of these units can be done  by following this sequence:

  • Read over the Materials & Tools needed for each project in the Master Materials List ~ a component included with each Unit.
  • Gather the Materials & Tools together specific for each Activity ~ card-stock, printing paper, scissors, glue, pencil, colors, etc.
  • Protect your work space with a plastic, washable tablecloth, newspaper, or butcher paper ~ the latter invites doodling & checklists.
  • Read all the steps included in the Sequence part of the Instructions provided for each Project/Activity BEFORE beginning.
  • Keep a copy of these Construction Instructions close by, so you can re-read as you create.
  • Clean up your work space when you have completed what you wanted to do.

Click on this link for more information on CLAMDiggers’ Literacy Enrichment Program:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

Read on for more Details on each Unit, but, first, take a look at September’s Poetry Posters to provide each Unit with a little focus.

CLAMDiggers’ September Poetry

CLMDgrsSept~Poetry Posters

During my years in the classroom, I discovered the best way to focus my students’ attention for new content was a choral read of thematic poetry written with colorful images.

September’s six poems are printed onto six thematic 8 ½ x 11″ images you can enlarge if needed. The font sizes are large as well.

You can access this PDF freebie in Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s TPT Shop by clicking on this link:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-September-Poetry-Posters-5901886

A Community of Helpers

Do what you can, with what you have, right where you are. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

CLMDgrsSept ~ A Community of Helpers
CLMDgrsSept ~ A Community of Helpers

The 25-page unit of A Community of Helpers contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • HATS, TOOLS & VEHICLES: A Community Helper’s Helpers Sort Game
  • LABOR DAY CELEBRITIES FILL-IN CARDS
  • INTERVIEW WITH A COMMUNITY HELPER
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A Community of Helpers

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, highlighters, scissors, binding materials, clipboard

You can access the A Community of Helpers unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Community-of-Helpers-5902019

Back to School

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. ~ J. Thurber

CLMDgrsSept~Back to School
CLMDgrsSept~Back to School

The 27-page unit of Back To School contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • MY SCHOOL TOOLS
  • I CAN MAKE MY LUNCH FOR SCHOOL*
  • WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK
  • I AM READY FOR SCHOOL

*Click on this link in BLB’s Shop for an effective Resource Product to further engage your child’s “Lunch Production”:

It’s Lunch Packin’ Time! (Kids Can Help Pack Their Lunches)

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Back To School

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, pencil, colors, fine-point dry erase marker, scissors, glue stick, tape/stapler, hole punch, O-ring,  binding materials

You can access the Back To School unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Back-To-School-5902175

 Hooray ! It’s Grandparents’ Day !

Nothing makes a child as smart as having grandparents. ~ F.P. Jones

CLMDgrsSept ~ Grandparents' Day!
CLMDgrsSept ~ Grandparents’ Day!

The 20-page unit of Hooray ! It’s Grandparents’ Day ! contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • MEMORY ACCORDION BOOK
  • HUG CARD
  • LOVE COUPONS BOOKLET
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Hooray! It’s Grandparents’ Day!

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, photos,  construction paper, decorative paper, pencil, colors, ruler, glue stick, glue, tape, scissors, binding materials, ribbon, yarn, filler, raffia, glitz, stickers, embellishments

You can access Hooray! It’s Grandparents’ Day! unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Hooray-Its-Grandparents-Day-5902416

Autumn Comes

And softly thro’ the altered air hurries a timid leaf. ~ E. Dickinson

CLMDgrsSept ~ Autumn Comes
CLMDgrsSept ~ Autumn Comes

The 27-page unit of Autumn Comes contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • AUTUMN TREES SORT: Trees, Leaves, Seeds / Nuts & Berries
  • AUTUMN LEAF SUN CATCHER
  • NATURE ~ WATCHER’S AUTUMN JOURNAL
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Autumn Comes

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, wax paper, clear contact paper, pencil, colors, tacky glue, scissors, rubber bands, binding materials, hole punch, O-ring, string/raffia/yarn

You can access the Autumn Comes unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Autumn-Comes-5902534

A Bushel of Apples

Johnny Appleseed is my hero ~ BLB

CLMDgrsSept ~ A Bushel of Apples
CLMDgrsSept ~ A Bushel of Apples

The 62-page unit of A Bushel of Apples contains the following Projects/Activities:

  • APPLEPEDIA: A 28-Page Interactive Reference of Apple Information, Organizers, Diagrams & Templates
  • A BASKET OF APPLES
  • TWO DOZEN APPLES BOOK COVER & PAGES INSERT TEMPLATE
  • APPLE EATS
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A Bushel of Apples

General Supply List: card-stock, printing paper, green poster board, pencil, colors, scissors, glue, stapler, rubber band, detachable gummy stick-um,  binding materials,  hole punch, O-ring

You can access A Bushel of Apples unit by clicking on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/A-Bushel-of-Apples-5902626

 

 

You can  access CLAMDiggers’ September units individually or as a 5-Unit bundle for your convenience & savings. Just click on the link below:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CLAMDiggers-September-Bundle-5903284

 

Here are two PDF freebies to thank you for reading!

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

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Elevating Your Upper Elementary Child’s Literacy

Elevating Your Upper Elementary Child’s Literacy

If you become a bird and fly away from me,  I will be a tree that you come home to.  ~ from The Runaway Bunnyby Margaret Wise Brown

I’m sure you’re noticing A LOT of changes in your 8~11 year-old child….oops..I mean, young girl/boy…

In my experience with this age group, I discovered these children to be immersed in what I call “The Golden Age of Learning”.

Their Literacy independence is inspiring them to explore a plethora of adventures in an imaginative and creative way. They are able to locate the answers to SO MANY of the questions they continually ask every day. And are SO VERY delighted to be able to do so!

Their Problem Solving skills as well as Task Completion rate are increasing with accuracy….most of the time.

If you haven’t done so already, dear Reader, NOW is the time to UP YOUR GAME for your Upper Elementary child’s Literacy!!!

 Your Upper Elementary Child’s Literacy

 I’m sure you’re SO over hearing “I’m NOT a CHILD anymore!” (note the correction in the Intro….), especially when supervision is a must.

Family Time is becoming…..rare, unless, of course, a few of “my friends” can be included…. Just how many extracurricular activities can one person participate in !?!?

I will tell you, though, those clubs, classes and sports will be a GOOD thing in the coming years….Seriously~keep the meter running.

Oh, and Hobbies & Collections are DEFINITELY a MUST for elevating your Upper Elementary child’s Literacy.   Here are a  few categories:

  • Visual Arts, like painting, sculpting, drawing
  • Crafts (several), like scrap-booking, sewing, cooking,  etc.
  • Performing Arts, like acting, singing, dancing, etc.
  • Musical Instruments, like piano, guitar, trumpet, etc.
  • Sports: Team & Solo, like soccer, baseball, tennis, track, skating, martial arts, etc.
  • Camping Excursions, like scouting, nature hikes, etc.
  • Gardening, like veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers, landscaping, etc.
  • Building Sets, like Legos, Lincoln logs, etc.
  • Model Kits, like ships, airplanes, cars, rockets, etc.
  • Board Games, especially ones that involve mystery & strategy.

Need more ideas ? BLB’s Library has a few Resources for you. Just click on these links:

Hobbies & Collections: Promoting Creativity & Discovery

Creative Arts Book List: 20 Reads to Share with Your Aspiring Artist

This website link lists “101 After School Club Ideas” you can start or suggest to neighbors, friends and/or your child’s school campus:

https://kidactivities.net/clubs-for-school-age-kids-page-1/

Not only is your 8~11 year-old  digging deep into how things work, they are, also,  developing quite a passion for the world beyond their family and surrounding community.

WOW! It’s A Great Big World Out There!

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The World Is Ours~Canva Foto

Your child’s interest in reading about exciting adventure, fantasies, and science fiction’s future feeds his/her daydreams. Seeking other places, cultures, and, yes, even worlds influences daily thoughts and ideas.

Having the tools of independent research allows her/him to travel into the far-reaching realms of imagination and creativity.

Here are a few family travel links:

https://www.travelchannel.com/interests/family/photos/bucket-list-trips-for-kids

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/national-geographic-kids-travel/index.html

BLB’s Library has a few Resources, too:

Ten Major Global Celebrations: Traditions, Symbols, Foods & a Book List

FABLES & FOLKTALES from AROUND THE WORLD : K~3 Book Lists & Websites

Don’t be surprised if s/he wants to learn a few more languages along the way….

Language’s listening and talking are taking on a whole new perspective within your 8~11 year-old’s communication skills.

Well, You Won’t Believe What Happened Next….

You may have to “listen in” to conversations between your youngster and her/his friends to hear the substantial amount of new vocabulary being included in the day-to-day dialogues.

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And, then, she said…~Canva5

And they’re not just everyday words either….

S/he is learning how to say exactly what s/he wants/means to say. Communication, especially between peers, is becoming more and more important.

The phone, if you are permitting one, is a new “appendage”…

You’ll, also, notice a keener sense of humor is emerging. There is, also,  an appreciation for solving riddles and a more sophisticated involvement in word play. S/he is very entertained/ing with his/her clever, sly Language skills.

BLB’s Library has a Resource for encouraging your child’s “funny bones”:

NOW THAT’S FUNNY!! Books for Smiling, Giggling & Laughing Out Loud

So, “Where is all this ‘sophistication’ coming from?” you wonder….

Common Core’s Ongoing Language Expectations

Beginning in Third Grade and continuing throughout each grade level,  s/he is expected to “demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking”.

Here’s a general list of the sentence structures s/he is expected to understand, form and utilize with accuracy:

  • Explain what a noun, verb, adjective and adverb is and how they are used in a sentence
  • Form sentences with accurate subject-verb agreement
  •  Can form & speak simple, compound & complex sentences

Specifically, there are expectations for forming & using the different parts of speech as well:

  • regular & irregular plural nouns
  • abstract nouns
  • regular & irregular verbs
  • simple verb tenses
  • comparative & superlative adjectives and adverbs
  • conjunctions

Many of these expectations are modeled and taught during reading instruction. Remember~ your child’s independent level of Reading is not only contributing to the amount s/he chooses to read, but, also, the escalating amount of fiction and nonfiction texts s/he is  experiencing in the classroom.

I Am Reading to Learn

Today a Reader, tomorrow a Leader.~Margaret Fuller

Even though your upper elementary child’s literacy level may enable her/him to read independently, you can continue to ensure her/his comprehension of the text by listening to him/her read aloud and using the following  strategies:

  • Ensure the content is not only appropriate for his/her maturity level, but, also, her/his actual reading level.
  • Encourage a Pre-Read for background knowledge, vocabulary understanding & interest level.
  • Confirm the content of fictional reads has a predictable Beginning, Middle & Ending structure with one Main Problem/Conflict.
  • Make sure the content of nonfictional reads has a predictable & supported Main topic.
  • Periodically, ask questions about the read and/or have her/him retell what was just read.
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Reading to Learn-Canva10

If you want to wait until after s/he has finished reading the chapter or slim book, here are some comprehensions questions to ask:

  • What happened in the Beginning of the story?  (listen for Important Details)
  • Middle? Ending? (again, listen for Important Details to be included during the Retell)
  • Did the story remind you of anything or anyone? (his/her response  should be a “Yes, it made me think about….”)
  • What is the Setting of the story? (characters, place & time)
  • What was the Main Problem, or Conflict in the story & how did it get Solved? (several solution attempts may be made before the actual success of one)

Using these comprehension strategies verbally or in a Reading Response Journal will continue to strengthen your Upper Elementary child’s Literacy.

Is your child a “Good” Reader?

“Good” Reader Strategies

Yes, reading for pleasure is VERY important. However, Your Independent Reader needs to read for accuracy so s/he is learning as s/he reads.

What Good Readers Do

~PREVIEW~

  • Look at the Book Cover & Title
  • Do a Picture Walk & scan some of the Text

~QUESTION~

  • Ask Who did What, When, Where, Why & How.
  • Ask if the text is making sense & supporting the Main Idea.

~PREDICT~

  • Wonder about what you think will happen in the story.
  • Make some predictions and, then, read to find out how accurate your predictions were.

~INFER~

  • Think about  how some of the Important Details are meaningful to the story.
  • Use those Details to help you define the Author’s Purpose for telling the story.

~CONNECT~

  • Relate the story to your thoughts, feelings and what you know.
  • Compare/Contrast the story to other stories you’ve read or heard as well as the world around you.

~SUMMARIZE~

  • Organize/Sequence the Main Details of the story.
  • Draw Conclusions about those Important Details.

~EVALUATE~

  • Once you have finished reading the story, decide what you learned from the text.
  • Then, decide if what you read was important to you & if you enjoyed reading it.

And, what is your Independent Reader reading?

Your Child’s Reading Interest Levels

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Reading to Learn~Canva12

You can continue elevating your upper elementary child’s Literacy by making sure s/he has access to a wide ~ and I mean WIDE~ variety of fiction and nonfiction books, magazines, newspapers & how-to project books.

Books about historic, modern, and futuristic adventures with humor, excitement, mystery and the “unexpected” are definitely reads to pique his/her interests.

Here’s a great link with Book Ideas for your Independent, Upper Elementary Reader:

https://kids.lovetoknow.com/wiki/Kids’_Book_Recommendations:_Ages_8_-_11

BLB’s Library has a Resource for Poetry:

Poetry Collections for K~5

As well as several Resources in BLB’s Library and Shop for Informative Text, which continues to GROW in importance:

Inquiry Investigations: Authors, Books & Websites for Your Child’s Exploration & Discovery

OH YAY! A RESEARCH PROJECT!: Processes, Templates & Resources

THE TINY GIANT: An Interactive Informational Text Features Learning Tool

However, if you have a struggling or non-reader, BLB’s Library has a Resource for you:

Guiding Your NonReader Into The Reader’s World

Perhaps, s/he would rather WRITE than read….

Writing to Read

What you don’t know would make a great book. ~Sydney Smith

If last year was Second Grade, you are aware of the Writing Expectations your child faces. Here’s a reminder link:

Upgrading the FLC with Your Second Grader’s Writing Skills

Now, multiply those Literacy Expectations again and again…..and again.

You may want to have access to Common Core’s Standards for Third Grade Writing and Beyond. Here’s a link:

http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/W/3/

Yes, it’s pretty extensive and will continue to increase with difficulty.

Oh……… and , then, there are the Expectations for the Writing Conventions of Standard English :

  • capitalization
  • commas
  • quotation marks
  • possessives
  • spelling : patterns, prefixes & suffixes

My Teachers Pay Teachers Shop has a Resource for Grammar Usage:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Please-Practice-Good-Grammar–4711045

Make glossaries, dictionaries, and other reference word helpers part of the easy-to-access library. They are definite tools for:

  •  unknown words’ spelling and multiple-meanings
  • root words
  • how prefixes & suffixes affect root words
  • figurative language
  • literal & non-literal words/phrases in context
  • abstract words

Fortunately, if those fine motor skills were hampering your child’s writing progress, the coordination of hand & fingers are improving ~ a plus to the actual physicality of writing.

Otherwise, if writing is a struggle ~ and it is for many of us ~read on for a few helpful suggestions.

ARGH!!! Writing !!!!

ARGH! Writing!~Alexandra Koch
ARGH! Writing!~Alexandra Koch

Loves to read, but Hates to Write!!!! BLB’s Library has a few Resources for you:

Reading About Writing: 15 Books to Encourage Your Young Author’s Writing Skills

and for some inspiration:

More Wonderful Wordless Picture Books for Readers, Ages 5~8

The BEST and most effective  suggestion I have for your I HATE TO WRITE writer is Interactive Writing between you and your child. Select a journal, have your writer decorate it, and begin:

INTERACTIVE Journal Prompts

BTW…  a few ideas and suggestions for making your home and your Upper Elementary child’s Literacy Learning Space an inviting environment.

Ready, Set….Learn!

Ready, Set, Learn!~KitzD66
Ready, Set, Learn!~KitzD66

Here are a few Resources & checklists for helping you make your home a Learning & Teaching ~Friendly environment:

A Materials & Activities List for the Home~Learning Experience

Questions for Brain Food Menu

 YOUR CHILD IS A BRAINIAC ! A Parent Guide for Building Thinking Skills

and last, but not least……

Your Homework Help HOTLINE : Parent Involvement Strategies

I hope this Post has some ideas and suggestions you can use in your Family Literacy Circle regardless of the Independence of your Learner.

Now…for the 52-week, cross-curricular, interactive, hands-on, enrichment program I promised to deliver for your 8~11 year-old Learners. Click on the link below for CLAMDiggers:

CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

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CLAMDiggers: An Enrichment Program for Upper Elementary Learners

This is the CLAMDiggers’ Enrichment Program Overview!

CLAMDiggers Overview

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his/her might that which s/he desires. ~Paulo Coelho

I am very excited to share CLAMDiggers: a 52~week, cross-curricular, enrichment, and  interactive program I developed from my teaching and learning experiences with children, ages 8~11 years-old.

They always encouraged and inspired hands-on activities with readily available materials. Producing projects, such as games, books, sculptures, puppets, skits, paintings, food, keepsakes, etc. enhanced not only the learning process propelled by children’s love of an engaging read, but also, stimulated their creative skills in critical thinking, problem solving, visual & spatial reasoning, etc.

In the Beginning…

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In the Classroom-Ludi

CLAMDiggers was originally developed as a classroom enrichment program and/or an after-school activity club for children, ages 8-11, integrating fiction and nonfiction literature with craft-making, role-play and artistic expression.

However, given the changing landscape of education, I tweaked and edited each Unit’s activities to make them more tech-friendly and accessible. Their priority remains as an interactive, hands-on learning experience.

Initially formatted for a classroom teacher, I re-worded Activity Directions into an Upper Elementary Independent Reading Level. The Lesson Plan is written as a guide for teaching reading comprehension within the thematic trade book selection list.

 An Educational Overview

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Building Cognitive Skills with CLAMDiggers-Hires

CLAMDiggers is designed to build Cognitive Skills through Critical Thinking.

While promoting the ongoing development of a child’s eagerness to explore the accomplishments of creative production through manipulative experiences, CLAMdiggers:

  • cultivates an appreciation for appropriate children’s literature using a thematic approach
  • addresses cross-curriculum objectives throughout each lesson for analysis, synthesis and evaluation
  • inspires creative production using a variety of art media
  • provides opportunities for extension and enrichment within the framework of each session
  • increases an understanding of the global community on both physical and cultural levels

The impact of CLAMDiggers is immediate and expansive, as each child internalizes the confidence to express imaginative responses.

CLAMDiggers’ Format

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CLAMDiggers’ Format-Canva

This labor of love of mine is assembled into seasonal / monthly / weekly collections (Summer, too) and formatted to correspond with educational guidelines. Each session includes:

 An  Introduction with an Instructional Sequence

The Unit’s Introductory Overview includes a suggested Instructional Sequence for integrating the fiction and nonfiction, Thematic Literature, grade-level  trade books listed  with the Haptic Activities included.

Master Materials & Literature Books Lists

The Unit’s Master Materials List is a complete inventory of each Activity’s necessary supplies for completion. Substitution ideas are, also, included. The Unit’s Thematic Literature List is compiled of titles I successfully used in the classroom. Children predictably and positively responded to these 10-12  reads. There are spaces for you to lists your choices as well.

A Lesson Plan with Curriculum Objectives

Each Lesson Plan generally focuses on  ideas for utilizing a variety of Comprehension Elements within the Literature reads. It, also, provides the Objectives the specific session will address. These Curriculum guidelines are designated in abbreviations: LA (Language Arts), MTH (Math), SS (Social Studies), SC (Science), HLTH (Health), A (Art), M (Music) & PE (Physical Education). The Activities/Projects are listed as well.

Activities/Projects with Directions, Illustrations, Templates & Extensions

Directions for the Activity or Project have been sequentially tested for understanding. I know how LITERAL  children can be, especially with Hands-On tasks. Some illustrations and templates may be included for, hopefully, easier modelling and tracer accessibility. Extension ideas at the conclusion of each Activity/Project will give you and your child more possibilities for enrichment.

Seasonal & Monthly Studies

CLAMDiggers' Invitation for Study--Atlantamomoffive
CLAMDiggers’ Invitation for Study-Atlantamomoffive

Each Seasonal collection of Literature Study & Activity/Project options includes opportunities to:

  • celebrate Nature’s seasonal changes
  • investigate weather patterns
  • observe the sky’s phenomena
  • explore a variety of animals
  • discover plant-life

Monthly Units have a collection of mini- poetry posters to introduce a focus on the content of the different lessons within each weekly session. They may include connections to:

  • celebrate holidays & special occasions
  • examine historical events
  • research social environments
  • create plays & games
  • apply critical thinking skills for problem solving
  • use imagination for expression

Here’s Condensed Contents List of the CLAMDiggers’ Seasonal & Monthly Main Ideas:

JANUARY: Nature in Winter/Snow/Civil Rights/Hibernation

FEBRUARY: Asian New Year/Valentines/Friendship/US Presidents

MARCH: Dr Seuss & Imagination/Windy Weather/A Wee Bit O’ Green/Spring Into Spring/Humor

 APRIL: Fairy Tales/Clouds & Rain/Earth Day Everyday/Arbor Day: A Celebration of Trees

 MAY: Mothers’ Day/Baby Animals/Bicycles & Safety/Neighbors in the Neighborhood/Let’s Have a Picnic 

JUNE: The Sun/Fathers’ Day/Backyard Summer Fun/Going on Vacation

JULY: Independence Day/Summer Nights: Moon & Stars/Tall Tales & Legends/Fun in the Water: Oceans, Lakes & Rivers 

AUGUST: Spotlight/Insects/I’m Bored ! Daydreams & Mysteries/ Inventions: Machines & Robotics

 SEPTEMBER: A Community of Helpers/Back to School/ Grandparents/Autumn Comes/A Bushel Of Apples 

OCTOBER: We Love Pets !/Old World Explorations/Nutrition Guide/ Boos & Hisses ! It’s Halloween! 

NOVEMBER: Autumn Fantasy/Then & Now/Native Americans/ Giving Thanks 

DECEMBER: An Early American Christmas/Oh! Christmas Tree!/ Santa & His Reindeer/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/New Year

Weekly Unit Components

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Weekly Literature-Canva

Each weekly unit, or session includes the following components:

  • front & back covers
  • a contents list
  • introductory sequence overview
  • master materials activities list
  • thematic literature book list
  • lesson plan
  • one-four activities with sequential instructions & extension ideas

Crafts, Literature & More

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Crafts, Literature & More-Hermann

You can utilize CLAMDiggers’ enrichment program in a variety of ways:

  • a Home-School enrichment program
  • an hour after-school club session introduced with a teacher-read trade book and guided activity
  • a several hours mini “workshop” with your child or several children partner-reading several trade books, electing a teacher-read book and producing activity (ies)
  • an on-going classroom, thematic DEAR with an independent and/or partner-student read, promoting a book-share, a teacher-read encouraging comprehension and culminating in project production with usage for evaluation
  • center-based tasks to include student-generated comprehension assessments in conjunction with activity production
  • cooperative group preparation of book and project presentation
  • multi-grade level student partnerships for book-shares and activity production
  • extra-credit or homework assignments to encourage parental involvement

Laminating a pocketed folder with brads or providing a notebook with dividers will help your child or children keep lessons and materials organized. A permanent black marker will enable them to title the cover.   

Book Reviews & Comprehension activities with Project Directions can be part of the folder’s contents.

Encourage your students to anecdote the Directions with questions & thoughts.  It will help generate Critical Thinking and, hopefully, facilitate Brainstorming and Creativity for Extension Activities .

CLAMDiggers’ Access

Whether selecting a few weekly units individually and/or a monthly bundle (which will include a 30-page booklet of Graphic Organizers for Reading Comprehension, Brainstorming & Writing), CLAMDiggers’ enrichment program for Upper Elementary Learners will be available ~hopefully~ for purchase on Mz. Bizzy Lizzy Biz’s Teachers Pay Teachers Shop several weeks before the Month’s due date. September’s Monthly/Weekly Units are first. Access to the Monthly Poetry Posters will be in the Shop as well. Here’s the link to my Shop:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Mz-Bizzy-Lizzy-Biz

A Few CLAMDiggers’ Thank You Freebies

I hope this literature-based, Literacy enrichment program has caught your interest. Here are a few 10-page Freebies I created to show my appreciation. Just click on the links to open these PDFs:

A Home Reading and Writing Guide

Let Me Show You What I Learned-AltAssess

As a parent-teacher and/or classroom teacher of children, ages 8-11, I know you and yours will find these Units engaging and fun. I would love to hear from you.

Questions? Concerns? Shares?

Just fill in the Contact Me form below. You will NOT be subscribing. 

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P.S.  HAPPY CLAMDIGGING!!!!

 

 

 

Nurturing the Family Literacy Circle with Your Newborn (0-6 mos.)

Our children will teach how to love, how to forgive, and how to be full expressions of our deepest selves, if we only let them.  ~Ann Ruethling & Patti Pitcher

When I first “organized” this series on The Family Literacy Circle, I thought “Nurturing the Family Literacy Circle with Your Newborn” would be its own post. However, after completing the research, I knew one post wasn’t going to be enough. Nurturing the Family LiteracyCircle with Your Newborn (0-6 mos.)

Your baby’s first year is  HUGE !  Continuing with the Literacy Circle  is one of the most important gifts you can share with your newest family member.  

Learning to control the physical world with her/his body is your baby’s primary focus: eating, grabbing, rolling over, sitting up, babbling/talking, crawling, walking, climbing, “toddling”. These skills are gained through imitation and repetition. You can see your baby’s personality begin to emerge while “working” on these accomplishments.

How To Make a Nurturing, Literacy-Friendly Home

There's No Place Like Home -Carlo Navarro
There’s No Place Like Home -Carlo Navarro

Cynthia Aldinger, founder of Lifeways North America & author of Home Away from Home , coined the phrase “Living Arts”. Creating a supportive and caring home has 4 major elements, according to Ms. Aldinger:

  • Domestic Activity– Model the work necessary to keep a home safe, healthy & secure. Include your child(ren) so they have opportunities to imitate what is being done and, then, participate with the family.
  • Domestic Activity’s  Literacy Value: oral language, sequential order, following directions, cause & effect, problem/solutions, details
  • Nurturing Care – Share your life experiences while focusing on your child(ren) as major contributors to the family’s history.                           
  • Nurturing Care’s Literacy Value: oral language, main ideas, characters & setting, fact & opinion, compare/contrast
  • Creative Discovery – Recognize your child(ren)’s desire to be physically & mentally active while exploring & mastering new skills
  • Creative Discovery’s Literacy Value:   experimenting, risk-taking, brainstorming, problem solving, sequencing, critical thinking
  • Social Ability – Build confidence in your child(ren) that will help grow & nurture relationships with others outside the family’s sphere, such as friends, schoolmates, clubs, teams.    
  • Social Ability’s Literacy Value : inference, prediction, character, settings, generalizations

Your Newborn’s BrainPower

Grasp of New Life-Jelly
Grasp of New Life-Jelly

Did you know ?

  • Newborns  have about 100 BILLION brain cells at birth
  • 75% of your newborn’s brain develops AFTER birth
  • Your baby’s brain DOUBLES in size within her/his first year
  • Your newborn can feel pleasure, fear & distress
  • Your newborn’s 5 senses quickly develop once outside the womb
  • His/her hearing is not fully developed, but s/he recognizes & prefers mother’s voice
  • S/he  recognizes mother’s smell at birth
  • S/he is sensitive to sounds, light & temperature
  • S/he can distinguish light from dark, but not different shades of color (pastels), which will develop later

Your newborn’s sensitivity to bright light does not affect his/her need to sleep 15-17 hours a day. During the first few weeks, s/he usually doesn’t know the difference between night and day.

How Smart Is My Baby?

Dr. John Medina, a brain scientist & author of the book, Brain Rules For Baby , shares a few facts about intelligence:

  • No intelligence gene has been isolated
  • IQ (intelligence quota) measures one’s ability to take IQ tests
  • Researchers can’t agree on what IQ tests measure
  • IQ can change throughout one’s life & is affected by stress, age & cultural environment
  • Family life affects a child’s IQ

He, also, says the human intelligence has 2 “essential ingredients”:

  1. The ability to record & keep information-the memory
  2. The capacity to use that information – reasoning & problem solving

You and your loved ones can support & nurture your newborn’s brain development in several ways.

How To Boost Your Newborn’s BrainPower for Literacy

Hello Baby!-Public Domain Pics
Hello Baby!-Public Domain Pic

Babies enter the world with a lot of love and trust. Bonding between parents and child is a major key to the healthy  growth and development of your baby’s brain.

Rahima Dancy, an internationally- known  early childhood educator & author of You Are Your Child’s First Teacher and Susan Sloop from the University of Illinois Extension (I combined the lists) offered some suggestions:

  • Touching, cuddling & rocking your baby a lot promotes brain growth and  a sense of security & well-being
  • Responding quickly to your baby’s cries or fussiness with a soothing & calming voice builds positive brain circuitry in her/his brain as well as emotional security
  • Giving your newborn some peace & quiet time so s/he will adjust to her/his physical life
  • Spending time face-to-face & being attentive with your baby gives her/him  the confidence to explore, discover & learn about the world BUT DO NOT overstimulate or force physical development
  • Talking, humming & singing with your newborn stimulates his/her brain for understanding speech, producing language, & gaining skills for reasoning as well as planning

Your Newborn’s Oral Language Development & Literacy

Enough Talk Already -Tim Bish
Enough Talk Already -Tim Bish

Yes, talking, singing & humming with your newborn helps develop language & literacy. Believe it or not, s/he is communicating with you, too!

Another way to communicate with your newborn is through sign language. “Between 6 to 8 months, babies’ long term memories are developmentally ready to retain the words they hear and the signs they see.” (White & Harper: Signs of a Happy Baby 2017)

Pathways.org, who is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ findings, provides some great information on early childhood growth & development abilities & milestones.

0-3 Months

  • Quiets and/or smiles in response to sound and/or voice
  • Turns head towards sound and/or voice
  • Shows interest in faces
  • Makes eye contact
  • Cries differently for different needs: hungry, tired, uncomfortable
  • Chuckles, gurgles & coos

Literacy Boosters

  • Talk about everything you are doing: washing your hands, getting dressed, cooking food, feeding baby & family, putting away toys
  • Use short sentences
  • Stress important words
  • Speak slowly & vary your tone
  • Use pictures and/or objects to help your baby understand
  • Read books (more on that later)

4-6  Months

  • Reacts to sudden sounds and/or noises
  • Listens and responds when spoken to
  • Begins to to use consonants when babbling: da da; ma ma; ba ba
  • Makes different kinds of sounds to express feelings
  • Notices toys that make sounds
  • Uses babbling to get attention

Literacy Boosters

  • Hum, chant, rock & bounce in a rhythmic way
  • Give your baby a rattle to shake while you sing and/or listen to music together
  • Use a mirror to play “who” & “where” games
  • Play “Peek-A-Boo” games
  • Make sure your newborn has musical toys
  • Give your newborn toys with a variety of textures

Baby Talk: The Communication  of Crying

You’ve probably noticed your infant:

  • playing with saliva (spit spray is fun)
  • raspberry-tongues (always a favorite)
  • blowing bubbles (they LOVE to do this)
  • vocalizations (yells, shouts, growls, howls)
  • cah-rrrryyyy-ing ( yes, it’s baby talk)

A few words about the Communication of Crying –  As a new mother, I was nervous about “understanding” the different cries my baby “spoke”. Very quickly, I learned to recognize what his cry-speak (just made up that term) was communicating. My Mother-Sense alerted me to what he was loudly “saying”. Believe me, they’re not ALL distress signals. Your tired-self will clue you in. And, you, like I, will be amazed at the variety of wails.

Here’s What I Discovered

The Distress Calls were no-brainers for me, as with many parents. My body went into immediate, reflex action. The other cries’ solutions came with a trial-and-error approach. No one wants to hear a baby’s mournful moans, but, sometimes, s/he is just expressing a feeling and/or thought of the moment. Listen closely to your little one and you will be able to distinguish the difference between a cry for help and a cry of frustration. It’s the language of babies-your baby- so, interpreting his/her cries will strengthen the bond between you. “Yay! S/he gets me!”

Here’s How I Discovered What To Do

  • Distress Calls or Pain: hunger, indigestion, teething, injury, sickness Mother-Sense: hair-raise on the back of my neck, increased heartbeat, stomach-clench, cool sweat, drop every & any thing to address the call, uh- alarm
  • Annoyance Alerts: diaper duty, clothing adjustment, sucking &/or attention need, toy access desired  Mother-Sense: respond & assist in a timely manner or escalation is imminent
  • Grumble Yowls: dissatisfaction, discomfort, irritation, moodiness Mother-Sense: distract with silliness or fake crying, change of scenery-going outdoors works great, everyone has days like this
  • Whimper Whines: confusion, tiredness, boredom, mild frustration, lonely, sound exploration, maybe some aches due to growing pains Mother-Sense: wait a short while to see if Baby will self-soothe (IMPORTANT), if not- talk to Baby calmly, offer toy to distract, give teething biscuit or ring, pick up & rock when big tears occur

Disclaimer: I am not a child expert – just a loving parent & elementary educator. well, that was more than “a few words” now, wasn’t it ?!

Literacy Needs Playtime

BabyBlocks-BethL
BabyBlocks-BethL

Watching your baby play is one of the most fascinating and revealing activities you can do. Listen to his/her babbling while at play. You may recognize some of your tones and expressions (in babblese). Not only will you learn how & what your baby is learning, but also, what keeps his/her interests.  Seeing glimpses of your baby’s emerging personality and the way problem solving happens is a treasure. Try not to interfere too much when you hear groans or wails of frustration. These, what I call “growing pains”, are helpful to your baby’s brain growth & development.

Kallokyri’s “Importance of Play”

 In June 2016 Anastasia Kalokyri created a whimsical  infographic : “Facts About the importance of Play in Early Childhood” for shoptwinkie.com.

Within  the 8 Stages of Play, from birth to ages 6 & 7, she describes several stages of your newborn’s play. 

During Unoccupied Play from birth -3months, your baby’s movements seem to be random without a clear purpose. However, researchers have found these movements are an important first step in the early stages of play.

Constructive Play, which also begins at birth, starts with infants putting things in their mouths to see how they feel & taste.

Beginning at 3 months your newborn may not notice others sitting & playing nearby.  During Solitary Play your baby is exploring the world by watching, grabbing & rattling objects.

 How Play Affects A Child’s Development

Here are some other facts Ms. Kalokyri shared:

  • How s/he learns & works out who s/he is
  • How the world works & how s/he fits into it
  • Helps build confidence
  • Helps to feel love, happy & safe
  • Helps to develop social skills, language & communication
  • Helps connect & refine pathways in her/his brain
  • Helps him/her learn about caring for others & the environment
  • Helps her/him learn physical skills

Playing with your newborn is a very important part of her/his literacy development because it stimulates brain and oral language growth & development. Remember to encourage quiet, solo playtime in your newborn because it is just as important to her/him.

  Games, Toys & Literacy

I'm Playing! -Colin Maynard
I’m Playing! -Colin Maynard

Playing games with your newborn is a wonderful way to bond and stimulate brain health. Learning  through our 5 senses is the human way to make contact with the physical world.

Choose toys that encourage creative and interactive play. Toys made with bright colors and a variety of textures, especially wood , wool, cotton, help your baby connect with the real world.

Talking, humming & singing during play is a great way to boost literacy. Oral language is an important building block when nurturing the Family Literacy Circle. encourage loved ones to participate.

When your baby is tired of playing & needs some quiet time, s/he may: begin sucking, wrinkle face, stare vacantly, yawn, squirm, cry.

Developmental Play for Your Newborn

Because games, toys & books are the POWER tools of your baby’s Literacy World, I researched several different sources to help bring this information to you. It was encouraging to read the repetition within the variety of authorities, scientists & specialists. Here are a few I used and combined their findings.

Dr. Glade Curtis, a pediatritian, and Judith Schuler, MS, co-authored 2010’s Your Baby’s First Year. They help parents  understand how they can help their baby’s first year of growth & development with a week-by-week approach. They divide play into: stimulate vision, talk & sing, and vocabulary & language.

Of The Hearth.com cited ZerotoThree.com & Maternal Child Nursing Care as sources to help her create her “Developmentally appropriate Play for Babies ” chart. It is divided into 4 types of play: visual, auditory, tactile & kinetic.

I created tables to share  the information. Remember to continue and build on each activity every week.

Developmental Play for Your Newborn (Birth to 1 Month)

AGE SEE & PLAY HEAR & PLAY TOUCH & PLAY GRAB & PLAY
WEEK 1*Show bold-patterned objects
*Show pictures of loved one's
faces
*Talk & sing to baby
*Play soothing music
*Hold, caress & cuddle baby
*Rock baby in a rocking chair
WEEK 2*Look closely into baby's face
*Look closely into baby's eyes
*Sing nursery rhymes
*Play lullaby CDs
*Swaddle baby*Put baby on his/her back
*Take baby for a stroller walk
WEEK 3*Move simple bright pics and
see if baby tracks
*Show bright toys close
*Vary the tone of your voice
*Say baby's name often
*Keep baby warm*Wear baby in a carrier
WEEK 4*Show pictures of loved one's
faces
*Read anything aloud
*Dance with toys while you sing
*Give butterfly kisses*Gently shake a rattle
WEEK 5*Show bright toys close *Take baby on a house tour, pointing out objects*Place baby on tummy with bright toys*Roll a ball while baby is in your lap or in a carrier
WEEK 6*Hang a mobile above baby*Describe what your doing when doing chores & caring for her/him*Play with baby & a mirror*See if baby will grab colorful rings
WEEK 7*Make funny faces*Take baby outside & point out trees, plants, sky, clouds, etc*Touch baby"s parts & name them*Shake toy keys & move them

Developmental Play for Your Newborn (2-3 Months)

AGE SEE & PLAY HEAR & PLAY TOUCH & PLAY GRAB & PLAY
WEEK 8* Make room bright with high contrast colors* Tell baby what you're doing while dressing him/her* Give baby a gentle massage
*Use an infant swing or bouncer
WEEK 9*Show baby bright toys & slowly move them right/left * Laugh when baby laughs* Comb baby's hair with a soft brush*Place baby on tummy with a mirror
WEEK 10*Show baby bright toys & slowly move them up/down * Dance with toys while you sing* Help baby touch different textures*Place baby on tummy with toys
WEEK 11*Show baby bright toys & slowly move them in a circle * Play CDs with nature sounds* Play "Little Piggies"*Utilize toy bars
WEEK 12*Show baby a small doll in the mirror*Make up a story to tell baby*Point to one of your body parts & then touch baby's same part*Utilize infant mats
WEEK 13*Show baby how to shake a rattle in the mirror*Talk to baby about using 4-5 word sentencesPlay "Pat-A-Cake"*Hold up a variety of toys to see which ones baby reaches for
WEEK 14*Wave bye-bye with baby in the mirror*Ask baby short questions: "Are you ready to eat?""Do a gentle horsey-rock*Hold a toy in each hand to see which one gets grabbed
WEEK 15*Read wordless books with bright, simple pictures*Expose baby to home sounds & different outdoor sounds*Blow on baby's fingers*Gently move baby's arms & legs in a swimming motion

Copy of Developmental Play for Your Newborn (4-6 Months)

AGE SEE & PLAY HEAR & PLAY TOUCH & PLAY GRAB & PLAY
WEEK 16* You might need to remove mobile or place out of baby's reach* Expose baby to classical, jazz & pop music as well as different languages* Look for toys with multiple sensory feels
* Bounce baby in lap while holding in a standing position
WEEK 17*Make a family & frequent friends photo display* Tell stories about the people in the photo display*Show baby the real person next to the photo & touch the person* Make sure loved ones are playing on the floor with baby
WEEK 18*Hang prisms to "catch" rainbows*Talk about the colors of the prism rainbows* Place your hand in the prism rainbow & then baby's hand* Place prism in baby's grasp
WEEK 19* Blow bubbles * Pop blown bubbles* Touch & hold blown bubbles*Catch a blown bubble & place on baby's hand
WEEK 20*Play peek-a-boo in the mirror*Look in the mirror with baby & make faces* Introduce wooden & plastic kitchen utensils*Put kitchen utensils on baby's play mat with baby
WEEK 21*Place some fruits & veggies in a variety of shapes & colors in front of baby*Talk about the fruits & veggies shapes & colors*Pick each one up & place in baby's hand using texture & temperature words*Place a few fruits & veggies in baby's reach
WEEK 22*Have baby see you make a bubble bath*Drop some toys to hear different splashes"See if baby will imitate your drop & splash play*Hold a bath toy in each hand to see which one gets grabbed
WEEK 23*Show baby a few books & see which one gets chosen*Change your voice when talking about different images in the book*Talk about the different textures of books: board, cloth, plastic, felt*See if baby will hold book & read to you

It might be fun to record some of the changes you see in your baby’s play. How’s the babblese progressing? Any new sounds? Preferences? I’m sure you’ve noticed a few books your baby likes to hold & eat.

Reading with Your Newborn in the Family Literacy Circle

Reading with My Feet-Iha21
Reading with My Feet-Iha21

Reading to a Newborn? Really?

Remember, you’ve already introduced reading to your baby-in utero. Reading aloud to your newborn has many benefits:

  • presents a perfect bonding opportunity: snuggle & read
  • watch & learn what interests your baby
  • interaction teaches your baby reading is fun
  • teaches your newborn new vocabulary & ideas
  • encourages different sound expressions for oral language

In 2014, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended reading to newborns. Evidence supports the fact your baby actually understands what your are reading, unless, of course, it’s The Theory of Realitivity or War and Peace .

Your baby’s brain is still developing; and reading stimulates the brain’s growth & development. Reading books with your Newborn nurtures the Literacy Circle, preparing and developing the habit of lifetime reading.

When & Where Do I Read to My Newborn ?

Yes, your baby is spending most of her/his time eating. sleeping & trying to master the physical world. Reading can be done during the day and for a few minutes at a time.  Make it part of your daily routine.Try “weaving” some pages or a short book throughout each day and/or evening:

  • when your newborn wakes up in the morning or from a nap
  • right before a nap or nightly bedtime
  • repeat some of the rhymes you’ve read during bath time

Or you can change up the reading routine:

  • while you are waiting in a restaurant, doctor’s office, the car
  • choose different places to read: the floor, at the table, on the bed, outside in the hammock, on a park bench
  • have loved ones read to the baby

How Do I Read to My Newborn ? 

  • Read with expression, changing your tone & pitch
  • Read slowly, pointing & describing the images
  • Pause in-between the pages so your baby can have time to look
  • Look to your baby for clues on interest /focus
  • Maybe you need to share a different book or read at another time
  • Re-read favorites often
  • Give your baby a chew toy while you read
  • Be interactive with your baby during the read: ask questions

What Kind of Books Should We Read to a Newborn?

There’s no substitute for books in the life of a child.     ~Mary Ellen Chase

 So many books! So little time! Fear not!  

I Remember This Picture! - Nickelbabe
I Remember This Picture! – Nickelbabe

Many of my Third  graders continued to read wordless books as source of enjoyment to themselves & others. They created vocabulary-rich stories around the pictures.

Parent & child development sites will give you “tried & true” recommendations. Siblings, relatives & loved ones will share their favorites, too. Mommy & Daddy can probably recite their favorites from memory.

Your child will let you know which books are the “preferred” reads. You’ll hear them being shared with friends, dolls, pets & stuffed animals in another year or two..

Book Choices

Some experts say select books with black & white images for babies under 6 months of age. Just a thought… Some other suggestions for book choices are:

  • Books with large, simple pictures
  • Thick, sturdy board books
  • Cloth & soft, vinyl books
  • “Bath-time” books

Remember books will first be explored in your baby’s mouth. Make sure your baby knows s/he is more important than the chewed & shredded book. It is well-loved!

Here’s a list of several of my “tried & true” board book choices from the BLB Resource Library: 

http://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/baby-board-booklist/

Go to your local library, elementary school library and/or bookstore to “check” them out.

A Little P.S. Note

While researching more sources, tips & ideas to add to this Family Literacy Circle Series, I came across Elizabeth of Frugal Mom Eh!’s post ” 20 Things to Do with Your Baby Before They Turn One.”  Here’s a few suggestions for the 0-6 months window:

  • Capture your newborn’s hand & foot prints. Looking at my adult son’s newborn “prints” still brings a gulp to by heart.
  •  Learn and/or compose some songs to sing to your baby. Remember “rhyme, rhythm & repetition.”
  • Take TONS of pictures. You’ll be amazed how much your little one changes in a matter of days. Seriously!
  • Go swimming in water if weather permits. Your baby will sigh with the memory.
  • Fill in that Baby Milestone Book while your emotions are present. You will absolutely LOVE re-reading it. Your growing child will love hearing about it, too!
  • Baby Milestone Book suggestions: bottle to high chair food, baby bath to bath tub, cradle or bassinet to crib, baby food to finger food, major movements, favorite toys & showing teeth

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Nurturing the Family Literacy Circle with Your Infant (7-12 Months)

The only time I ever felt qualified to be a parent was before I had kids.  ~ Father in comic strip “Baby Blues”

Infancy, the first year of a child’s life, comes from the Latin for “without Nurturing the Family Literacy Circle with Your Infant (7-12 mos.)words.” Watching your infant’s glee when s/he begins to independently roll over is one of many physical feats s/he is working hard to master. Pulling up, sitting alone, and crawling opens your baby’s world in a new way.

Now, learning to walk is what all these efforts  your infant is guiding him/her self towards. How your baby achieves these physical goals can give you some understanding of her/his personality.

Rahima Dancy, who authored You Are Your Child’s First Teacher offers some insightful observations.

Does your baby:

  • Constantly “work” at moving his/her body along OR is s/he content to stay in a seated position?
  • Seem to understand falling is part of the process & “forge” ahead OR become discouraged & seem hesitant to keep trying?
  • Use her/his arms & hands to reach for things OR just pick up things close by?
  • Howl & continue with his/her efforts OR stop & whine?

Praising and encouraging your striving infant will definitely help, but remember- it is her/his body that s/he needs to conquer. Sooner or later, the will to JUST DO IT overcomes the frustration and “growing pains.” Your infant’s growing brain is an important part of this process.

Our Brain

The 2-Sided Brain - Seanbatty
The 2-Sided Brain – Seanbatty

Curious about what the brain does? I found an interesting brain image listing some of the separate brain functions scientists have discovered.  The “corpus callosum”, the Latin word for the brain, is divided into 2 parts – the right side & the left side.

The Right side of the brain is labeled the Creative and controls:

  • the left side of the body
  • gross motor skills (large body movements)
  • visualization: the big picture, images & symbols 
  •  long term & visual memory
  •  “outside of the box”  & spontaneous thinking
  • feelings & encoding (creating secretive messages)

The Left side of the brain is labeled the Logical and controls:

  • the right side of the body
  • fine motor skills (hand tool control)
  • language: letters, numbers,  grammar, punctuation, detail
  • short term & hearing memory
  • rules, patterns & planned thinking
  • analysis & decoding ( solving secretive messages)

Which brain-side rules you? Some people’s brain-sides have equal control or an interweaving of skills from both sides. For example, I love language , but numbers-not so much.

Gifts of the Brain

 In Dr. John Medina’s book Brain Rules for Baby , he shares 5 of the intellectual gifts with their characteristics your baby has nestled within her/his brain:

The Visionary: Desire to Explore

  • loves & needs to experiment, test & “tinker”
  • asks extraordinary questions about ordinary things
  • sees connections between unrelated ideas, problems or questions
  • asks “what if” “why not” “how come you’re doing it this way”
  • does not value “right” answers over challenging questions

The Planner: Self-Control

  • loves to plans & problem-solve
  • has the ability to shut out distracting thoughts
  • sets goals with the foresight to complete them

The Creative: Power to Invent

  •  copes with puzzling situations
  • sees new relationships between “old” things
  • thinks up ideas & things not currently existing
  • engages in healthy “risk-taking”
  • Stirs positive and/or negative emotions in others

The Orator: Influence of Language

  • communicates using a variety of vocabulary & sounds
  • understands the social meanings of words
  • born with the ability to learn & speak any language

The Mime: Silent Messages

  • interprets nonverbal communication
  • uses facial expressions to communicate
  • uses body gestures to communicate

Some brain gifts are stronger than others in each person. Sometimes a little “exercise” will encourage and strengthen quieter gifts. Which ones do you feel particularly “gifted” with  in your life? How will you nurture these gifts in your infant?

Nurturing Your Infant’s Brain Growth & Development

Baby in Thought-Amy Elizabeth Quinn
Baby in Thought-Amy Elizabeth Quinn

Remember your infant will grow & develop in her/his own way at his/her own pace. S/he will progress in a sequential, or orderly, way & build on the skills s/he has already learned.

Depending on your baby’s personality, s/he may focus on only one task/goal at a time. So, if s/he is working hard on walking, language may be slower. Once the walking goal is met, you may hear an increase in babblese.

My son walked very early ( at 8 months) and didn’t start speaking until much later. He was enamored with his physical world and how he was able to “grasp”  it!

Dr. Margot Sunderland, a child psychotherapist & author of The Science of Parenting,  wrote ” your baby’s frontal lobes are in front of her/his brain. Their many important functions give us the following abilities:

  • to learn
  • to pay attention
  • to concentrate
  • to plan & problem-solve
  • to manage stress
  • to control impulses

Those frontal lobes need a lot of stimulation from relationship interaction to increase social, emotional & intellectual growth & development”.

Dr. Sunderland goes on to offer several strategies & techniques for nurturing the growth & development of your infant’s brain:

  • talk to you infant ALOT, using “normal” , yet simple language
  • always make eye contact & smile
  • use words with body gestures for everyday language: eat, drink, I love  you, hug, sad, happy, hurt, mad, scared

Talk to your infant during the day when s/he is with you. Pretend you are his/her Tour Guide to a new world. S/he is ready to learn & be a part of your world because you are the most important part of his/her world.

Brain Boosters for Your Infant

Baby Loves to Eat -Public Domain Pics
Baby Loves to Eat -Public Domain Pics

Talking & playing with your infant are necessary to help his/her brain grow & develop. Child research supports this interaction as a major key to a healthy & responsive intellect.

Words of Caution: Dr. John Medina listed a few major Early Learning Stunters in his book, Brain Rules for Baby:

  • Keep the TV, video games & computer off
  • Keep your baby physically active
  • Keep giving your baby lots of face-to-face interaction

In July 2016 Mom of 11 Kids posted an infographic: “Seven Ways to Boost Baby Brain Development”. They are simple, daily activities you will do without much “to-do”: 

      • Play peek-a-boo & other hiding games
      • Play patty-cake & other hand games
      • Read together every day
      • Play with toys that teach, like blocks
      • Get messy with water, mud, puddles
      • Sing songs & verses together with repetition, rhythm & rhyme
      • Teach as you eat different foods – taste, touch, smell, colors, shapes, cold, sweet

These brain boosters build vocabulary as well as oral language. Both are strong literacy elements. Don’t forget to ask questions. You might get your first nod and/or head-shake.

How To Use Oral Language for Your Infant’s Literacy Growth

I Wonder How These Taste-PublicDomain Pics
I Wonder How These Taste – PublicDomain Pics

Continuing with Dr. Sunderland’s  techniques for brain growth, she has specific strategies for parents to use when communicating with their child(ren):

  • Watch, wait & listen after giving your infant a toy
  • Copy & comment on her/his responses
  • Use comments & choices instead of commands
  • Use lots of facial expressions & touch

Go Out into Nature Everyday for At Least  20 Minutes

  • It will calm your baby
  • It positively impacts your infant’s brain wave patterns
  • It lowers the frequency of stress
  • The variety of textures, sights, sounds & smells are wonderful for your baby’s senses. Tasting can be , well you know……

My children ALWAYS loved being outdoors, regardless of the weather. When my son was an infant, I would settle him under the trees while I hung up his daily dozen diapers. His babblese was joyful and expressive!

Yes! Your Infant Is Talking to You (in Babblese)

The Language of Babblese-EME
The Language of Babblese-EME

Responding to infant’s language is one of the most important things people can do to encourage & increase more talk. Having conversations with your infant is a major pathway to literacy.

Oral language has 2 parts: Expressive Language – actual speech and Receptive Language – hearing & understanding what you hear. Between the ages of 9 and 12 months, you may see & hear a steady increase in both what your infant is saying and understanding.

Remember each child learns in her/his own way. Some are listeners,  some are talkers; some have a lot to say, some have a few special words; some love to talk, some not so much. Know any grown-ups like that?!

FYI-here’s a chart (love making these!) with some Expressive & Receptive Language milestones your infant may have met:

Infant Oral Language Milestones (7 - 12 Months)

AGE IN MONTHSEXPRESSIVE LANGUAGE
( SPEECH)
RECEPTIVE LANGUAGE
(HEAR &UNDERSTAND)
By 9 months*Imitates sounds
*4+ sounds in babblese
*Takes turns in vocalizations
*Begins using hands to communicate wants/needs (reaches to be picked up)
*Consistently responds to own name
*Looks at familiar objects & people when named
*Follows some routine directions when paired with gestures
*Not fearful of everyday sounds
By 12 months*Says 1 or 2 words
*Begins speech sounds
*Babblese has "strings"of speech
*May nod "yes"
*May shake head "no"
*Babblese has the sounds & rhythms of speech
*Understands up to 50 common words-baby, bottle
*Responds to simple directions- "come here"
*Follows your gaze & points
*Notices when hurt

If you and your loved ones are looking into your infants eyes and talking to her/him every day,  oral language will continue to grow. Playing with your infant is a great time to have conversations. Encourage loved ones to participate daily.

Literacy Needs Playtime

Wanna Play with Me? -Public Domain Pics
Wanna Play with Me? -Public Domain Pics

Your infant is probably no longer in an Unoccupied Stage of play (Kalokyri’s “Facts About the Importance of Play”), but comfortably immersed in the Solitary & Constructive Stages of play.

Having mastered some movement goals-sitting up, pulling up, crawling- means your Infant is ready to discover his/her world. Make sure your home is a safe place for your crawler (and those babies can pick up some speed!) to explore. Get low on your hands & knees (with padding, of course) for a dust bunny view (I mean…..).

Try not to “teach” too much, but help her/him find out what’s making the world around him/her come into his/her experience. Again, instead of you all the time,  have older siblings and/or loved ones attend to your infant’s fussiness or frustration when it happens – and it will! Taking your grumpy cub outside is usually a great soother and/or distraction.

When playing with your infant, remember to See & Play, Hear & Play, Touch & Play, and Grab & Play. Involving as many of the 5 senses as you can during playtime encourages literacy through language, interaction and experience. Building on the skills your baby knows will give her/him confidence to try new activities and make the physical world more familiar and exciting.

The Game Play of Literacy

Interactive games are your infants (and most children’s) favorite ways to play. They promote language, discovery, surprise, fun & laughter. Games using hands and feet bring giggles. Hiding games bring loud laughter (and hiccups). Make sure to maintain eye contact. Use rhyming & repetitive language.

Interactive Game Ideas

  • clapping to rhymes & songs
  • face-to-face play
  • lap movement
  • bathtime bubbles
  • song & dance

The Power of Music

During your pregnancy and your newborn’s first 6 months of life, I’m sure you used the power of music to soothe, calm & entertain the 2 of you. Lullabies, classical music, new age, jazz, and, even some soft rock were/are great ways to communicate with each other.

Now, you may notice a little rhythmic wiggling when certain songs & music is played. Using music as a fun way to “teach & play” with your infant. Try some of these musical activities:

  • Sing songs with rhymes, like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” in the tub.
  • Sing songs with body play, “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
  • Sing songs using your infant’s name while doing activities together, like “This is the way we…”.
  • Use toys as instruments while you sing songs, like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star & Mary (or baby’s name) Had A Little Lamb”.
  • Sing or hum (make up some words) while you dance with your baby.

You can, also, sing while creating interactive games with toys. It is lots of fun! Listen to how siblings & other loved ones talk, sing and play with the “new baby bird in the nest”.

Games with Toys as a Power Strategy for Literacy

A few words about toy selection- Gender Stereotype Freedom. Make sure all kinds of toys are available for your baby. Girls need to know about cars & trucks -how else will they learn to drive & maintain them. Boys need to know about dolls -how else will they learn to care & nurture their own children. Believe it or not, this can be a literacy opportunity-stretching both sides of the brain.

In my Home-Care & Day-School for children (yes, it’s going to be more than a few words-but this is true-life data), my toddler girls loved playing with cars, trucks, blocks. Think engineers, architects & designers. My toddler boys loved playing with stuffed animals, kitchen sets, dollhouses. Think veterinarians, chefs & designers. Not to mention what great partners they will be in a marriage. I’m just saying……

Does your infant have TOO MANY TOYS? Think your infant is feeling overwhelmed and/or overstimulated to the point of boredom?????

Try putting away some of the toys. Hold several choices in your hands to see which ones s/he reaches for. After a few weeks, bring out the “new” toys and see if s/he has an interest in them.

Babies usually enjoy playing with toys that:

  • Have different textures
  • Are very bright & colorful
  • Are musical
  • Make noises
  • Have mirrors
  • Have knobs, pushers, etc (reaction toys)
  • Can be banged on to make music
  • Can be easily grasped
  • Can be chewed on

Check out the Six Games with Toys activity list with directions I created for some play ideas:

 https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/infant-literacy-toy-games/

Don’t be too surprised if that $100 toy you absolutely had to have because you knew it would be your baby’s favorite toy is ignored for the box it came in. Your home is packed with “toys” your baby will love and play with all the time.

Your Home Is A Toy Land

Although there  was a playroom in my Home-Care/Day-School, the toys were always dragged out of the playroom and into the living room and/or dining room.

Couches & chairs became stages, platforms, building sites & race tracks. The kitchen table – the same- with additional puzzles, papers, play-doh, & crayons.

So, I  tucked toy bins in these areas for clean-up time. Those filled carriers, then, were stacked in the playroom at the end of each day.

Scarves, towels, socks, & pieces of colorful, textured fabrics become capes, hats, doll blankets, animal tents, meadows, ponds, puppets, beds, & rooftops-once they pass the taste test, of course.

Putting on & taking off hats, socks & shoes can entertain your older infant for quite a few minutes-over & over & over again. Day after day after day….

A favorite Toy Land spot-the kitchen!

Baby’s Kitchen Play Land

Keep in mind – play is your baby’s work. Where ever you are, s/he wants to be near. My baby’s food was handmade as well as our daily bread (I love to cook!). I spent quite a few hours a day in the kitchen. I discovered, as did my baby, the kitchen is a full of toys.

When my son began his search-and-see, I made sure the bottom kitchen cabinet had large bright plastic & wooden spoons, measuring cups, a colander, some pots & pans with their lids, plastic mixing bowls,  & some storage containers with lids. His clang- bang music was quite a dinner bell!

Sturdy empty boxes in a variety of sizes , especially those large, appliance ones, are worth the trees that donated their lives to make them. Be ready to cut out some windows & doors. Creativity & exploration will last longer than the boxes will!

Sounds like lots of messes every day, you say?!? 

Creativity + Discovery =  A Learning  Mess For Literacy

The Bliss of A Mess-Lubomirkin
The Bliss of A Mess-Lubomirkin

Personally, I would be considered a Master Messer. Not in a destructive way, but messes are part of the “creative & productive process.”  Making a mess and, then, cleaning or putting things away teaches cause & effect, freedom of expression, etc. The way I see it-” making a mess is part of success!” For me & children, anyway…..

When children are busy having fun & learning – be ready & hope for- a mess. Listen & participate in the language of exploration, sequence, cause & effect, details, etc. All the “story” elements are present. The Story of Discovery!

Of course, some are bigger than others…..

Try these messes on for size:

  • Water play in the tub: splash, squirt, pour, fill, sink, float, full, empty & bubbles (say the words to match the action)
  • Water play in the sink (see above)
  • Water play outside in the pool, water bucket, wagon, wash tub
  • Fill &Dump with water, toys, sand, dirt, mud (stay very close)
  • Finger-painting- find an edible recipe, like one made with cornstarch
  • Scribble with large pieces of paper & fat crayons (talk about color, shapes & pictures/stories)
  • Paint with a large paintbrush & colored water

BTW-Those plastic kitchen utensils make great water toys , sand, mud & dirt toys, too. A word of caution– use big rocks, pebbles are  too temptingly taste-worthy!

Sing a “Clean -Up” song. Wipe your baby down & maybe change clothes. Have a drink & a snack. Settle in for Book Time!

 Book Time & Infant Literacy

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. ~ Emily Buchwald

“Brain Wonders” is a joint project by Boston University Medical Center, Erikson Institute & Zero To Three (see link).  

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/1056-beginnings-of-literacy

Their 2003 study on Early Literacy supports, not only the “new   understanding of early literacy development”, but also, “its critical influence in shaping brain development.”

The research  states:

  • Language, reading & writing (early scribbling in infants) develop at the same time , making them interconnected.
  • This development process that begins in the first 3 years of life is continuous.
  • Real life settings through positive interactions with people, books, stories, paper & crayons are important factors in literacy skills development.

Please note: early literacy does NOT mean early reading. Trying to teach infants & toddlers to read before they are developmentally ready can cause more harm than good. The frustrations and failures will have a negative impact on their motivation to read.

How To Create Your Infant’s Love of Books & Stories

InfantLiteracy-Public DomainPics
InfantLiteracy-Public DomainPics

Believe it or not, chewing on a book page is part of early literacy behaviors. So, plastic, vinyl, cloth & sturdy board books need to be part of your infant’s hands, feet & mouth-on library.

Place them in the crib, playpen (if you use one), tub, diaper bag & a floor bin/basket for ready-access. Don’t forget to put a few books in the kitchen play-cabinet- fruits & veggies, breads & milk, pasta shapes & kitchen tools.

Include books with bright colored real-life images of everyday, familiar objects & toys, shapes, colors, animals, other babies’ faces & faces of loved ones, including pets.

Handmade books will become well-loved. Get your camera ready for “Baby Book Time Publication”. Click & slip photos into a mini-foto book with plastic sleeves. Here are some Book Titles:

  • My Family At Home
  • Other Family & Friends
  • My Pets
  • My Toys
  • In My Bedroom
  • In the Kitchen
  • Play Time Outside

If your infant has become a curious crawler, make sure you have a basket of books as part of his/her path. Cloth, plastic & sturdy board books will suit your infant’s “taste” at this time.

How To Read Wordless Books

 Bright, bold colored picture books without words are a wonderful beginning into her/his discovery of the book world. You & loved ones can make the “stories” personal & suitable for your young learner.

Whether you’re inventing a story to go with the pictures or just talking about the actual pictures, think about using these few tips:

  • Make sure there are no more than 3 images per page
  • Trace the images with your finger and, then, your baby’s finger
  • It’s okay to skip pages if your baby’s interest seems to lag
  • Talk about the images using short, simple sentences
  • Try to use rhyming words: cat, hat, mat, bat
  • Sing the book
Take A Minute to Read-NickelBabe
Take A Minute to Read-NickelBabe

 

Wordless picture books will inspire a story for many years into your child’s life, even after s/he becomes a reader of words. It will amaze you how many different stories can be told about the same pictures as s/he gets older. And the story being told can depend upon who & when it’s being told. If only stuffed animals could talk…….

Picture books without words encourage many literacy development skills, while answering the following questions:

  •  What is happening in this picture? comprehension/understanding
  • Why is this picture important to the story? vocabulary, oral language
  • What makes you think this picture is important? inference. drawing conclusions
  • What do you think will happen next? prediction
So, What Else Is New?-Yusuhyun
So, What Else Is New?-Yusuhyun

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Building Your Family Literacy Circle’s Reading & Writing with Your “I AM FOUR!”

The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris

 The months in your four year-old’s life (and yours) are flying by…..

Your baby is becoming a young child and will SOON be entering KINDERGARTEN!!!!!

A  classroom environment in a school is very different than your home school environment ~ VERY different.

The first noticeable difference, even if your child will be attending a “free-thinking  school” where the rules are more relaxed, is the amount of other children included in the environment. Think 15-400!

Then, there are a plethora of rules, routines & procedures…..oh my….

Finally, there are the academic expectations for your young one. The Literacy skills you have been building with her/him will encourage success in this new and exciting setting.

Regardless of “where” your Pre-Schooler’s education will be continued, learning how to teach her/him is one of the most important gifts you can share with your child and yourself.

 Pre~Schooling Your Pre~Kindergartener 

When several of my sisters and I were growing up, Kindergarten was not the first year of organized schooling.

As children growing up in the 50s & 60s, our parents, being our first teachers, “home~schooled” us (from birth, really) during the pre~school & kindergarten years.

PreSchooling ~Markus Spiske

Upon entering First grade, we knew our colors, basic shapes & sizes, alphabet, & numbers 1-maybe 20. We could write our names (and each others’ names), our numbers to 10, and draw ourselves with arms, legs & a torso.

Whether sitting at the kitchen table, driving in the car, playing in the park, digging in the backyard, building in the living room, shopping at the stores, or daydreaming on vacation, we were always talking, listening & sharing about anything and everything. 

Oh, AND we graduated from State Universities….. some of us with High Honors & Graduate degrees.

Current Kindergarten expectations have children reading by the end of the first semester, writing & editing complete sentences, and solving word problems with calculated precision.

REALLY!??

BUT….don’t get me started on THAT!

Anywho…

Before talking about your actual Learning Environment, here is an easy-to-use  Pre~School tool I’ve created for you in my BLB Shop  so you & your four-year-old can  monitor her/his Pre~Schooler’s Kindergarten Prep-Skills Progress.

My “I Am Ready for Kindergarten” Workbook: A Pre~School Checklist

Click on the link below for the downloadable & print PDF.

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-literacy-family-circle/ready-kindergarten-workbook-preschool-checklist/

What Does A Successful Learning Environment Look Like?

 If s/he is beginning to understand and use symbols – think letters & numbers, your Family Literacy Circle is progressing nicely.

If s/he is struggling with and/or not interested in  the beginning Literacy skills, including these key elements suggested by Dr. Michael Gurian, a brain scientist & author of Nurture the Nature  in your “Home Day School” may help encourage your child’s interest:

  • Learning must engage a child’s entire body & include the 5 senses by doing, moving, experiencing.
  • Learning happens uniquely for each child according to his/her own time, pace, interests, and thought patterns.
  • Learning happens indoors & outdoors.
  • Learning needs focus & meaning on a specific task or a set of related tasks thru story, action & individual responsibility.
  • Learning, however, can take place when your child’s mind wanders, doodles, etc.
  • Learning should have challenges with successes & failures addressed without shaming or hovering.
  • Learning can occur by rote and/or by relationships to your child’s world, objects & manipulatives.

Need some Materials & Activities Ideas for Your Home~Learning Experience?

Click, download & print from the PDF link below:

A Materials & Activities List for the Home~Learning Experience

Some Developmental Guidelines

Jenae, a former First Grade teacher & parent, created a great website to assist parents with educating their children.

She provides some guidelines in a variety of your child’s developmental areas and suggests playing with learning  15-20 minutes a day to encourage growth.

  • Social/Emotional: board games, play dates, clean up, task persistence
  • Language: 1 & 2-step directions, read together, free drawing, uppercase & lowercase letters with their sounds
  • Cognitive: object sort (color, size, shape), patterns, count aloud to 20, count objects, shape hunt, positional & directional concepts, opposites
  • Physical (Gross & Fine Motor): run, jump, climb, skip, catch, stack blocks, cut with scissors, string beads, puzzle play, play dough, write name
  • Creative: pretend play, color recognition, paint, draw, explore

Click on the link below to visit her website:

https://www.icanteachmychild.com/

Reading Everything About Anything

 Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything. ~ Tomie dePaola

Reading Together -Poechrist32

In all my years of meeting and teaching thousands of young children, I have never met a child who didn’t like/love to be told and/or read a story.

Your Pre-Schooler enjoys stories about being “big & strong”. S/he wants to hear about dancers, firefighters, animal caretakers, doctors, and other “new” characters that can be used in pretend play.

S/he can follow & understand the sequence of a story as well as  talk about its characters & events. Re-reading favorites strengthens these vocabulary and comprehension skills.

Include these activities for a change of pace when rereading certain stories:

  • make up different endings with your child
  • play with the words-rhyming, re-using, silly sentences
  • have your child retell the story
  • act out the story, using simple props & costumes

Some young children, however, struggle with sitting still long enough to hear a story. Even at bedtime, they are either too tired or too interested in other things to focus on listening to a story. They want to…..it’s just difficult.   Interactive stories, poems & rhymes with lots of movement are for them. Your comprehension questions will be answered verbally & physically!

Actually, almost all children love them!

For some squirmy children, the reading of words is boring and limited. These movers are usually talkers & doers, wanting to be “in” the story.

Enter….Wordless Picture Books!

“Reading” Stories Without Words

I am a part of everything I have read. ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Reading in My Own Words~Jeshoots

You can, also, try “reading” books without words as a great interactive,  Literacy book tool.

One of the wonderful things about this type of book is there are no right or wrong ways to read it!

A new story can be created each time the book is held by you and/or your child. Some children even like to read these valuable stories in reverse, beginning at the end of the story!

Here are some tips from Reading Rockets for sharing wordless picture books with your child to encourage pre-reading skills:

  • Model proper book handling & page turning behaviors.
  • Read the title & (author) illustrator.
  • If it’s a first read, ask for a prediction of the story.
  • Take a picture walk through the book pages.
  • Talk about the characters’ expressions, the setting & colors to reinforce the idea the story & pictures can be connected (and your words, too).
  • Go back to the beginning of the book & begin telling the story.
  • encourage your child to read the story with you by asking the “W” questions: who, what, when, where, why.
  • Add descriptive words to persons, places, objects & actions.
  • Finish the story by asking: Which pictures helped us tell the story? What was your favorite part of the story? Have you ever been in a story like this?

Need a few book suggestions? BLBs Resource Library can help. Just click on the link below.

 https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/wordless-picture-books/

PLUS~ Vanessa Levin @pre-kpages (a great pre-school resource website) suggests these additional “Wordless Picture Books for PreSchoolers”:

  • PANCAKES FOR BREAKFAST ~ Tomie dePaola
  • THE RED BOOK ~ Barbara Lehman
  • THE LION AND THE MOUSE ~ Jerry Pinkney
  • WHERE’S WALRUS ? ~ Stephen Savage
  • CHALK ~ Bill Thomson
  • DEEP IN THE FOREST ~ Brinton Turkle

Bonus Literacy Tool of Wordless Picture Books

 As a teacher of Reluctant Readers, my students eagerly looked forward to learning how to read stories they had created. Writing down simple sentences from your wordless picture book read is definitely a way to start the Emergent Reader process with a few other skills woven in, of course.

Remember to ask/ include “Who? Did what? When? Where? & Why or How?” when writing down the story sentences from your storyteller. These are  key comprehension elements ~ Main Idea.

 Reading the Language of Literacy in 26 Letters

TV. If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six. Open your child’s imagination. Open a book. ~ Anonymous

Print Awareness, Letter Recognition, and Letter Sounds are  3 important pre-reading skills necessary for your Pre-Schooler to master before s/he begins to read words with accuracy.

What Is Print Awareness ?

If your Family Literacy Circle Circle includes many  shared reading experiences with your four year old, s/he probably knows each boldly written word you’ve been pointing to as you read, represents a spoken word, and has meaning.

Reading Words Everywhere- oz_ka

S/he understands:  books are read from front to back,  print is read from top to bottom, and sentences are read from left to right.

You and others are using Environmental Print, such as product boxes, road signs, store marquees & logos, flyers, posters & billboards, labels, recipes, the mail & commercial ads to help your child understand words carry a variety of messages, not just storybook words.

S/he is recognizing individual letters, especially in his/her name and realizes uppercase & lowercase differences. Exploring, discovering & saying some of the sounds the letters make is beginning to make an impact in your child’s Literacy World.  S/he sings the Alphabet song as a daily activity with growing accuracy and independence.

How To Teach Those 26 Letters of Literacy

 Strong suggestion~ when teaching the Alphabet ~ do NOT teach the letters in ABC order.  Rote memorization of the alphabet in order will only help your child in Third grade whens/he is practicing dictionary skills.

Check BLB’s Resource Library for several different ways to present the alphabet to your PreSchooler. Just click on the link below.

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/teaching-alphabet-sequence-guide/

Here are a few ideas to help your Pre-Schooler learn the alphabet:

  • Go to the library. Lay out a collection of Alphabet books. Have your child select some to check out.
  • purchase magnetic, foam, puzzle, and/or block alphabet pieces.
  • Prepare meals/snacks with alphabet pasta. cereal, cookies & crackers.
  • Talk about letters that begin family members, pets & friends’ names.
  • Make sure to emphasize the sounds with letters.
  • Make letters from play dough, stickers, shaving cream, pipe cleaners.
  • Draw letters in sand, dirt, mud & on the driveway with chalk.
  • Make a game out of all these activities.

Need a few more ideas?

Check out BLB’s Resource Library for a list of 15 ABC Activities Websites to help you engage your Pre-Schooler’s interest in the Alphabet. Just click on the link below.

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/15-abc-activities-websites/

Need some alphabet game ideas?

I created some alphabet games & activities with uppercase & lowercase letter cards, real-life images as well as beginning vocabulary cards.

Let’s Play Some Alphabet Games : 8 Literacy Activities

Click on the link below to discover this tool.

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/alphabet-games-8-literacy-activities/

Phonology, Phonemes & Phonics ~ Oh My !?!

Understanding and speaking are the building blocks of a strong base for oral language. Oral language is an important key to understanding and acquiring  pre-reading skills.

Phonological Awareness, Phonemic Awareness & Phonics are the skills built from a strong foundation in oral language. They are necessary tools when learning to read.

Phonological Awareness skills are the beginning steps directly related to a person’s ability to read. They include:

  • recognizing when words rhyme
  • noticing similar beginning sounds in words
  • understanding the separate sounds in a word
  • combining separate sounds to make a word
  • separating parts of a word into segments, or syllables
  • hearing the beginning & ending sounds of words
  • understanding  letters & sounds  create a word

Phonemic Awareness skills are one’s ability to recognize, blend, take apart, and use individual sounds (a phoneme is one sound)  in words. There are 41 phonemes in the English language to combine into syllables & words. These skills include:

  • putting sound together to make a spoken word
  • taking a word apart into sections, or syllables
  • using a different sound to make a new word in a word family (bat, cat, mat, sat)

Phonics is the teaching of letters with their sounds to help learn the patterns in spelling words and use decoding to read unknown words. Phonemic awareness as well as knowing letter symbols with their sounds are necessary for learning this skill.

How To Promote Phonology & Phonemes Skills

There are lots of oral language activities you can do with your child throughout the day to encourage awareness and mastery of these pre-reading stepping stone skills:

  • read rhyming books
  • play rhyming games
  • sing rhyming songs
  • make up rhyming words
  • break up & say words in syllables/ clap each part & count
  • talk about words with the same beginning sound
  • talk about words with the same ending sound
  • break up & say simple words with their individual sounds

Reading to Write and/or Writing to Read ?

Reading to Write &  Writing to Read are basic principles in the Literacy Skills World.

Your child will guide you into the direction s/he needs to take in order to achieve success in both arenas.

Some children are very partial to reading, not writing. Some youngsters prefer writing to reading. Some enjoy both challenges interchangeably.

Some children, bright as they can be,  want nothing to do with either one! These young children are rare, but if you have this child, there are websites to help you & your child solve this struggle.

Here’s a great one to explore, created by Becky Spence, an experienced classroom teacher, reading tutor & parent.

Just click on the link below:

https://thisreadingmama.com/

Writing Activities & The Brain

Liz, an Early Childhood educator, created the infographic: “the importance of Developing Pre-Writing Skills in Early Childhood” on her  website, Liz’s Early Learning Spot. It includes brain information from Dinehart & Manfra’s multi-year research with 3000 pre-schoolers published in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. (“Handwriting in Early Childhood Education” 2015)

  • Writing stimulates attention, impulse control & working memory.
  • Writing (NOT tracing or typing) letters activates the reading circuit in 4 & 5 year olds.
  •  When the basic skills of writing are automatic, the brain can concentrate on creating written expression.

Pre-Writing Readiness

Walking Into Writing~ Sonja Paetow

A print-rich environment  is a very important arc in your Family Literacy Circle. Modeling and teaching your child the value of writing will boost her/his abilities to read and create expression.

Your guidance in helping to develop your Pre-Schooler’s fine motor skills will promote his/her ability to write & read  words/sentences as well as create & express thoughts.  

This sequential process, which began at birth, is easier for some to “grasp” and harder for others. Here are  some helpful fine motor skills activities I listed in the “Fine Motor Skills Mastery” section of Discovering the Family Literacy Circle with Your Post Toddler. Click on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/post-toddler-literacy-circle-discovery/

Hopefully, your Pre-Schooler wants to learn how to write his/her name. YAY!

I’ve, also, added a Fine Motor Skills Sites: Activities & Exercises page to BLB’s Resource Library. Here’s the link:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/fine-motor-skills-resource-sitesteaching-activities-exercises-for-ages-4-6/

For more great ideas, tips & how-to’s, visit “The Building Blocks for Writing Readiness” article on Liz’s Early Learning Spot. Her website is FULL of helpful activities. Just click on the link below.

http://www.lizs-early-learning-spot.com/pre-writing-skills-essential-for-early-learners/

Pardon My Wordiness

If you are here, still reading ~bless your heart~ thank you! (Perk to follow)

I hope I have given you some meaningful & helpful information for this critical age  (yes, another one) in your growing child’s development.

How your child enters Kindergarten is unbelievably important!

As an Elementary & Special educator, as well as a parent,~believe me~your role as your child’s First Teacher is the most significant part of her/his future education. Continuing an active Family Literacy Circle will play an incredible role in your child’s success. WAY TO GO!!!!

 The Perk is a download & print General School Readiness List. Just click on the link below.

5Rs of SchoolReadiness

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Encouraging the Family Literacy Circle with Your Kindergartner’s Language Skills

Welcome to the Family Literacy Circle’s Kindergarten Series

This year is a HUGE one for your 5-year-old ! Kindergarten is one (yes, another one) of your child’s milestones. Many preparations for changes are needed for a successful launch into his/her first, big school year.

Five of the major Literacy Acts influencing this new Play are: Language Skills, Play Power, Choosing a School, Reading Skills , and Writing Skills. So, I am dividing this incredibly important year into a series of 5 separate blog posts.

You should listen to even the smallest voice; someday it could be the one that makes a difference. ~ Crystal Marcos

ACT ONE : Language Skills

Your lively, spirited, and VERY curious 5-year-old child is SO ready to embrace theEncouraging the Family Literacy Circle with Your Kindergartner's Language Skills wonders of the world !   Those tools s/he has so diligently been working on and with are beginning to show some mastery. Frustration levels are lessening and confidence levels are rising. S/he is even amazing him/herself. “Look what I can do !” & “Wanna see me……?!?” are  frequent expressions now.

Within just one year, from age 4 to age 5, s/he has experienced tremendous growth in his/her gross & fine motor skills (moving & grasping) , language skills (understanding & speaking), cognitive skills (thinking & learning), and social skills (feeling & relating).

Here are some “new ” Motor & Social Skill developments you might be seeing during this incredible year:

Gross Motor Skills

  •  throws a ball overhead
  • jumps over low objects
  • rides a 3 wheeler with skill
  • skips ~ a thrilling  moment
  • catches bounced balls ~ another thriller
  • can change the direction, speed & quality of movements

Fine Motor Skills

  • shows a right or left hand preference
  • controls & uses a fork & knife
  • dresses oneself with little help
  • can manage zippers & buttons
  • can lace shoes, but not tie yet
  • cuts on a line with scissors
  • uses pencils & crayons in a more exacting way

Social Skills

  • is eager to try new things & take risks
  • makes decisions for oneself
  • notices the feelings of others
  • likes to feel grownup, especially when relating to younger children
  • has a basic understanding of right & wrong
  • understands & respects rules
  • enjoys giving & receiving
  • wants to collect things
  • needs to have a “hide-away” place for alone time

Encouraging Your Child’s Motor & Social Skills

Tired 0r Bored? Blake-Meyer
Tired 0r Bored? Blake-Meyer

Iowa State University’s Extension & Outreach program suggests these teaching & learning opportunities:

Gross & Fine Motor Skills

  • using a broom
  • pouring from a pitcher
  • playing “Follow the Leader” with skipping, galloping, hopping
  • tossing a ball at a target
  • helping to ride a bicycle with training wheels. if your child expresses an interest
  • cutting out coupons

Social Skills

  • setting the family table
  • providing that comfortable “hide-away” place
  • helping him/her understand strong feelings
  • giving her/him words to cope with strong feelings
  • praising specific behaviors specifically

Loving & Learning Language (with Some Deletions)

Believe it or not, your 5-year-old can understand between 4000 & 5000 words AND will gain 3000 more words within the year. Many new words will be learned through new experiences with new books, particular areas of interest (animals, plants, community helpers), and category names (weather, planets, cooking).

S/he has a speaking vocabulary of between 2200 and 2500 words with few pronunciation or grammatical errors. S/he is constructing 5-8 word complex & compound sentences, including conditional “If” statements!

I know you might be thinking, “Do we even say that many different words when speaking to him/her ?!?”

And now you’re saying, “Where did you hear / learn that word (or those words)?!?!?”

Your directed speech to your child may not contain a big variety of words, but s/he is listening to  and watching a LOT more language than your expressions from a LOT of different sources. Think ~ other people, young & old, everywhere…….

If your child  listens to what s/he hears,  understanding what is being said may, or may not be part of his/her language experience. Remember spelling certain words around certain ears….. 

You’ll know what s/he knows as the words (like them or not) come tumbling out of your “babe’s mouth”……

The Difference Between Understanding & Speaking Skills

Understanding Language Skills

  • follows 3-step directions without cues*
  • makes sense of what is said at home & at school (most of the time)
  • comprehends short stories &  answers question with accuracy

*Problems with Following Directions? Check out Meeting the Following Directions Challenge in my Resource Library : https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/meeting-following-directions-challenge/

Speaking Language Skills

  • speaks in multiple sentences at a time
  • enjoys conversations/dialogues with adults
  • likes to tell stories, riddles & jokes
  • will argue, debate & occasionally bargain
  • makes direct requests, using cause & effect reasoning

A major perk at this time of your child’s speech & language development is his/her ability learn a second or third language ! This will improve how quickly your child understands and, then, applies new information as well as using it in creative ways.

Encouraging Your Child’s Language Skills

Using 5 Senses for Language-Abigail Keenan
Using 5 Senses for Language -Abigail Keenan

During the last 5 years (and even before that- in utero), you have been engaging & interacting with your child. This is why his/her language skills are developing so nicely.

The “Ages & Stages” content for a 5-year-old in  Iowa State University’s Extension & Outreach program and I suggest continuing your productive work with these teaching &  learning opportunities. They will encourage your child’s   language growth  in  listening, understanding & speaking :

Listening & Understanding Skills

  • talk with your child as s/he learns & practices new tasks
  • ask your child to create new & different endings to familiar stories
  • help your child memorize his/her address & phone number
  • discuss community helpers & their jobs
  • have your child give you directions on how to do something

Speaking Skills

  • ask your child to tell you a story
  • encourage your child to recount an  adventure and/or outing
  • urge your child to use her/his 5 senses when describing an experience and/or object
  • engage your child in a conversation using questions
  • have conversations that promote your child’s curiosity

Carrie Clark, a speech pathologist, has LOTS of wonderful resources, tips, ideas & games on her website to promote your child’s growth & development in her/his language skills. Click on this link: https://www.speechandlanguagekids.com/

Speaking of Language & Literacy….

Understanding and using language to speak are building blocks for the reading component of Literacy. The beginning skills included in Phonological Awareness are followed closely by Phonemic Awareness and, then, Phonics.

Sound like the same stuff???

They are related, but skill specific. (See “Phonology, Phonemes & Phonics….Oh My !” in Reading & Writing with Your I Am Four !) Click on the link: https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/building-reading-writing-skills-with-your-preschooler/

During your child’s 4th year, s/he really showed an enjoyment for rhyme (can, fan, man, pan, ran) and alliteration (Freddy found forty fossils).

Between 5 & 6 years old, s/he can learn to:

  • recognize and produce rhyming words: bug, hug &_______?
  • clap and count syllables: cat (1), rabbit (2)
  • blend a beginning sound with a rime:  /m/ /at/ (mat)
  • identify a beginning sound: in “dog” /d/

This last component bridges into the Phonemic Awareness realm of  The 41 English Sounds. More on the Land of Phonemes the Family Literacy Circle post for age 6.

“J” Is the First Sound in ………….

 Starts with a J-Anissa Thompson
Starts with a J-Anissa Thompson

Wondering how  your child’s Phonological Awareness skills are progressing?

Jen, a K-12 Reading specialist, & Kathi, a K-6 Literacy coach are “hellotwopeasinapod”. They have combined their expertise and graciously freebied a great Phonological Awareness Assessment, which, also, tests Phonemic Awareness. This diagnostic will help you identify what your child’s skills are.

This verbal & audio assessment comes with teacher directions and is aligned with reading curriculum expectations. It  includes rhyme, syllable counts, & Phoneme objectives. Use it as a discovery tool every few months to help you & your child know which skills are mastered and which skills need review.

Click on this PDF link below for this thorough diagnostic tool:

https://www.sess.ie/sites/default/files/Temp_Upload_Files/2014-1/8%20Pg%20PhonologicalAwarenessAssessmentAFoundationalReadingSkillsDiagnosticTool.pdf

Remember Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear & manipulate individual sounds. Your child may not be ready to distinguish, identify & play with all 41 sounds yet, but s/he will as the year progresses.

  Phonological Awareness Skills Teaching Sequence

Language & Speech research agree on the following recommended order for teaching children these skills. The latter parts of the skill sequence are the beginnings of Phonemic Awareness. Dr. Rhea Paul, an expert in Psycho-linguistics, has published many books in this field. Here are her recommendations:

  1. Rhyming words
  2. Dividing words into syllables
  3. Combining syllables into words
  4. Identifying words with the same beginning sound
  5. Identifying words with the same ending sound
  6. Counting the individual sounds in words
  7. Identifying the different sounds in words
  8. Blending individual sounds into words
  9. Manipulating sounds in words
  10. Identifying the sounds each letter makes

This may all “sound” like a bunch of “hair-splitting mumbo-jumbo” to you, but being able to play with   word sounds  is a critical part of how your child will make sense of the words s/he is reading.

Teaching your child these skills doesn’t need to be a “sit down and do” affair. Informal, everyday, anywhere practice is a very productive way for learning the sounds of words. Oral interactivity is the only material needed.

Okay….So, Where & When Do I Teach These Skills?

Sounds of Ball-Baphael Biscaldi
Sounds of Ball-Baphael Biscaldi

You can practice Phonological Awareness skills with your child while standing in a line, sitting in a waiting room, shopping for groceries, driving in the car, watching your child bathe, picnicking  in the park, eating meals/snacks, reading books, looking at environmental print, reading cereal or juice boxes, playing in the pool, and/or walking the dog.

And How Do I Teach These Skills?

Carrie Clark, the speech pathologist @speechandlanguagekids offers some tips and ideas:

Rhyming words : point out rhyming words when reading rhyming books; make up rhyming word lists together

Dividing words into syllables : clap, stomp, jump & count syllables together and/or alone

Combining syllables into words : say syllables of words with pauses in between & ask your child to put them together to make the word; start with 2 syllables

Identifying words with the same beginning sound : help your child come up with a list of words with the same beginning sound (like in his/her name or favorite toy)

Identifying words with the same ending sound : help your child come up with a list of words with the same ending sound (like in his/her name or favorite toy)

Counting the individual sounds in words : start with a short word (dog) & divide the words, slowly,  into its individual sounds (d…o…g);  ask your child to count the different sounds

Identifying the different sounds in words : have your child choose a word, divide it into each sound, and repeat it to you

Blending individual sounds into words : say the separate sounds of a simple word (c….a….t) & ask your child to say the word

Manipulating sounds in words : remove the first letter of a word ( say the word “cup” without the “kah” sound); substitute letters in words (take off the “m” in “mop” & put in “t” to make the word……”top”)

Identifying the sounds each letter makes : reverse sound and letter (what letter has the sound “muh” / what sound does the letter “t” make); point out letters & print in books and everywhere

Click on Carrie Clark’s website link (speechandlanguagekids) found in the Speaking Skills section of “Encouraging Your Child’s Language Skills” for more tips & ideas.

 

I hope you found some useful Language Skill tips & strategies to help you & yours prepare for this eventful step in your family’s lives. Let me hear how you are ….

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Encouraging the Family Literacy Circle with Your Kindergartner’s Play Power

And Now for the Second Part of the Family Literacy Circle’s Kindergarten Series…

Play continues to be a significant part of your child’s growth & development.   Free Play, which is highly recommended by brain & child experts as well as children themselves and  Pretend Play, which is the natural-occurring form  of daily learning, are both important parts influencing the Brain’s wiring for Thinking & Learning skills as well as Creative & Social skills.

Even the toys, or tools, your child chooses to include in his/her play are essential. They influence creativity & imagination everyday.

ACT TWO : Play Power

Free Play, Toys as Tools, and Pretend Play all are important parts of FLC K Play Poweryour 5-year-old’s ability to problem solve, brainstorm & understand her/his immediate world as well as explore & discover new & different ones.

You can encourage how your child participates in & learns from these ongoing  adventures in a variety of ways.

Guidance without too much interference will strengthen in your child’s decision-making abilities, confidence & independence.

Of course, there will be times when issues of safety (and sanity ) have definite boundaries…. I mean, risk-taking has its limits in the REAL world…..

 Yes, Your 5 Year Old Is A BRAINIAC !

Teach a child how to think, not what to think. ~ Sidney Sugarman

Her/his brain is almost the size of an adult’s. It will continue to develop for the next 20 years. And just a “heads-up”…. you’re in for some REAL brain-wave excitement in about  10 years time….

Some these Cognitive, or Thinking & Learning Skills your child may be displaying are:

  • creating more imaginative ways to complete a task
  • asking more analytical questions while weighing the choices
  • understanding & using concepts like: big, bigger & biggest; first, middle & last; yesterday, today & tomorrow; first, then & next; more, less, same; before & after; above & below
  • asking & answering a variety of questions, including “how many”
  • inventing games with simple rules
  • identifying basic colors of blue, yellow, red, green & orange
  • beginning to understand how to sort & classify objects by size, shape or type
  • showing interest in cause & effect

Promoting Your Child’s Brain Growth & Development

Your continued interaction with your child, not only strengthens brain cell connections, but, also, builds skills in language, cognition & socialization as  well as self-help skills. Specifically:

  • Encourage independent problem solving; however make suggestions & decide on solutions together
  • Suggest your child use all 5 senses for more in-depth observations
  • Allow for an  extra “get ready” window to promote independence during time-sensitive preparations 
  • Promote Literacy through drawings, pictures & lots of questions
  • Make sure your child plays OUTSIDE a lot, especially with other children because, yes, s/he is preferring activities that involve others

Free Play and The Brain

When my children become wild and unruly, I use a nice safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. ~ Erma Bombeck

Free Play-Justin Young
Free Play-Justin Young

Whether alone in her/his “hide-away” place or playing with peers, child development and brain experts agree on the significant power of free, unstructured play.

During free play, children express their emotions & feelings, which helps them to identify who they  are.

Unorganized play without lots of rules  promotes the development and growth of creativity, flexibility , and adaptation to future challenges.

Sergio Pellis, a neuroscientist from Alberta, Canada, observed that “the brain rewires itself under the positive stress of play, as children figure out how to navigate the world and each other.”

As part of a peer-play group, children learn to share, resolve conflicts, make decisions, and be assertive.

“If You Play with Me, I’ll Be Your Best Friend….”

Children Play Together-Ed Gregory
Children Play Together-Ed Gregory

Your 5-year-old wonder has moved quite comfortably into the Social stage of play partnered with the Expressive stage of play. S/he enjoys playing with others in his/her age group, seeking and creating opportunities to engage in this type of play.

S/he is interested in exploring new playgrounds, parks and friends’ houses. Community play-spaces can have a positive effect on youngsters, making them feel more connected to their neighborhoods.

Swinging on playground swings & trying out new jungle gyms are especially enjoyable to your 5-year-old. You may notice her/him initiate conversations & play in a familiar way with other children, even though they’ve never met.

Free, physical play is SO important for your child’s development of his/her body awareness. It stimulates growth  as well as strengthens her/his fine & gross motor skills. S/he may bring toys to the play area and invite some peers to play with them. Together, of course !

YAY ! What A FUN Toy !

Creating A Toy-Emma Roorda
Creating A Toy-Emma Roorda

Your child’s toys should  stimulate & engage his/her imagination, communication, collaboration, creativity, and cognition, as well as her/his gross & fine motor skills.

You’ve heard the saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. It may have been created while watching children at play. Believe me when I tell you, I have seen & heard children create amazing worlds with little and/ or nothing but their incredible  imaginations, a few pebbles, sticks, leaves, and a pile of dirt……

So, What Are Some Brain~Food Toys ?

Open-ended toys, or play tools can used in many, many ways, depending in your child’s imagination or learning-needs.

Here are a few ideas child development experts suggest for your child’s growth in these areas:

Games

  • board games for pre-readers, like Chutes & Ladders, Connect Four
  • card games, like Uno, Go Fish, Old Maid
  • dominoes
  • memory & match games
  • puzzles with 15-20 pieces

Construction

  • large & small wooden/plastic blocks
  • Duplos
  • Lincoln logs
  • tinker toys

Arts & Crafts

  • play-dough & clays
  • scissors & glue
  • pencils. crayons, washable markers & watercolors
  • drawing & construction papers

Outdoor

  • jump ropes
  • high bouncing ball (utility rubber ball)
  • wagon
  • 3-wheeler
  • bicycle with training wheels

Dramatic & Pretend

  • puppets, dolls, stuffed animals
  • action & animal figures (Play-mobiles)
  • trucks, cars, train sets/race tracks
  • pretend walkie-talkies, phones & cameras
  • dress-up clothes & costumes
  • play tools
  • LARGE cardboard boxes

I know I repeat myself, but at my Home Day School, I observed my children create everything from blocks, rocks & sticks. And there were HUGE crates of toys readily available in their playroom !

Powerful Pretend Play

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination. ~ Albert Einstein

A Castle of the Imagination
A Castle of the Imagination

At the age of 5, your child is becoming more & more project-minded. S/he is planning play scenarios that include buildings, different roles, materials & tools with the drawings to implement them. A script may not be in writing, but the appropriate dialogue is in place…..with assignments  for each person, animal & object.

Not only are your child’s Pretend Play plans “elaborate”, they will be enacted for long periods of time with new (and improved) details added each time.

Feel like your child is ready to try  some new & different Pretend Plays ?  Visit my Resource Library for a Pretend Play website collection: Pretend Play Power : 8 Helpful Websites.

Or click on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/8-helpful-pretend-play-websites/

How You Can Contribute to Your Child’s Pretend Play

In The Play Kitchen-Shlomaster
In The Play Kitchen-Shlomaster

During Pretend Play, especially with others, your child is engaging in problem solving and building new understandings about the world , other people & oneself. New ideas are tested, many questions are asked (and some answered), and discoveries through exploration are numerous.

Although your 5-year-old has some definite ideas & plans regarding his/her Pretend Play, you can make some “suggestions” on what s/he might want to include into the setting. Ask questions, like “How will you….., What if the……, When will you….., Where are the……?” to promote details, cause/effect and expansion.

Six (or Seven) Simple Pretend Plays

As children we LOVED to play House, Mommy, Daddy, Baby, Cook, etc. Dressing up in our parents’ old clothes & accessories, including humongous shoes delighted us for hours, days, months, and, yes, years.

You might like to view a collection of 6 Simple Pretend Play ideas in a quick-read, table format, so I cheerfully created one (LOVE those info-tables). I included materials you will find around the house in the attic, basement, recycle bin or closets; at yard sales (gold mines); or neighborhood discount stores.

Six (or Seven) Simple Pretend Play Scenarios & Material Lists

SCENARIO
OR
ENVIRONMENT
LARGE-SIZED ITEMSMEDIUM-SIZED ITEMSSMALL-SIZED ITEMSCLOTHING & LINENS
Housebroom, mop, vacuum. ironing board, lawnmower, rake, washing machine, dryer, clothes baskettrash and/or leaf bags, feather duster, clothesline, cleaning spray bottles, cleaning caddy, phone, storage binsiron, cleaning & yard gloves, clothespins, drinking water bottle, message pad/pencil, small clipboards for listskerchief, cap, cleaning rags, sponges, laundry
Nurserycradle/crib, highchair, baby carrier, stroller, bathing tub, changing tabledolls, cuddly toys, diaper bag. storage binsbottles, rattles, chew toys, tub toys, board booksdoll clothes, diapers, wash & burb cloths, blankets, baby pillow
Kitchenstove/oven, sink, fridge, table, chairs, cabinet/shelves for kitchen stuffpots/pans, dishes,bowls,cups, mixing bowls, colander, dish rack, cookbooks, clipboards, storage bins cooking & eating utensils, food pictures, play fruits & veggies, play canned & boxed foodapron, wash cloths, dish towels, napkins, tablecloth, place-mats
People's Health Clinic
&
Vet's Office/Clinic
table & chairs, pet carriersscale,clipboards, medical bag, patients:dolls,stuffed animals, storage bins medical gloves, medical tools: stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, reflex hammer, bandages, gauze, band-aids, cotton ballslab coat, wash clothes, blankets, towels
Construction Site
wagon, table & chairs, trucks, earth movershardhats,tool box, shovels, clipboards, storage binstools: hammer, saw, screwdrivers, ruler, t-square, measuring tape, nuts, bolts,, screws, nails, vices, paper/pencils, phone, ropes, chains, safety goggleskerchief, boots, vests, work gloves, toolbelt
Restauranttables, chairs, stools, menu board, kitchen-to-server window, cash registerdishes, bowls, cups,vases & flowers, order wheel, trays, bus tub, storage bins eating utensils, play food, salt/pepper shakers, sugar & creamerpackets, ketchup/mustard containers, play money, order tickets/pencils, small clipboard, clothespins, phone, calculator, to-go bagsaprons, table settings: napkins, place-mats, tablecloths

To promote additional Literacy skills in these 6 Pretend Plays,  I created signs, bin labels, hat symbols, forms and lists to accompany each scenario. They are gathered together in a DIY Collection Manual : Prop~Templates for 6 Simple Pretend Plays complete with Construction Instructions as well as Tips & Idea Suggestions. Here’s the link to this product in BLB Shop:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/simple-pretend-plays-proptemplates/

 

I hope you found some useful Play Power tips & strategies  to help you & yours prepare for this eventful step in your family’s lives. Let me hear how you are ….

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Choosing A School for Your Kindergartner : Learning & Teaching Styles

This is Part Three of Your Family’s Literacy Circle Kindergarten Series

Preparing your 5-year-old for Kindergarten can be a daunting task. There are so many questions and concerns parents have regarding the  groundwork needed for your child to enter in this totally new learning environment. Academic & social skill abilities usually top the list of worries. 

Is my child really ready to enter Kindergarten?!?

ACT THREE: Learning & Teaching Styles

When one teaches, two learn. ~ Robert Heinlein

Hopefully, this post will address some of your concerns. It explores the different Learning Styles of your child as well as the variety of Teaching Styles available to help you & yours decide on the best learning environment for your Kindergartner.

Your Five-Year-Old Wonder Child

Choosing a School for Your KindergartnerRemember last year…around 12 months ago… when your child was 4?  Toddlerland  was in the distance with fewer & fewer bouts of frustration….S/he was building  & planning & talking about it….a lot, but, still experienced some….well, you know.

Did you notice the closer s/he came to his/her 5th birthday, some pretty big changes were beginning to occur? Or should I say evolve? Like a larger understanding & speaking vocabulary? Completing tasks without being told and, maybe, in a “different” way? Longer focus & concentration? Some serious debating going on?

 Hmmm… let’s see what else you’ve observed in this young child, who is now only a baby to you and anyone else your age….

Does your child:

  • show eagerness to learn new things?
  • like to solve problems & puzzles in creative ways?
  • use her/his imagination when doing most activities?
  • ask a lot of  “analytical ” questions?
  • consider a variety of options before making a decision?
  • enjoy challenges that require “long-term” thinking?
  • like to participate in a variety of new experiences?
  • prefer activities that involve other children?

S/he is DEFINITELY a 5-year-old, bursting with exuberant enthusiasm and an abundance of creativity.

Kind of….weird…and oh, so, refreshing…Not that this stage of growth & development doesn’t come with its own set of challenges…. But you got this! Your parenting teaching skills are preparing for this next HUGE adventure…..

I Got This, You Say ????

If your child is displaying some, if not all, of those above mentioned characteristics, here are some of the learning skills with confidence building blocks you have successfully and diligently put into play:

  • given her/him chances to make simple choices
  • helped him/her complete something new without too much interference
  • fostered creativity with new experiences with tools & adventures
  • exhibited patience during your child’s activity involvements
  • recognized her/his achievements
  • encouraged his/her progress

PBS Parents’ Child Development Tracker/Approaches to Learning offers a more in-depth study of your 5-year-old’s growth in these areas. Click on the link below:

http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/five/approachestolearning.html

Need a few more ideas? Check out my 10 Amazing, Info-Packed Websites for Parenting & Child Development in the BLB Resource Library. Just click on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/10-amazing-info-packed-lwebsites-parenting-child-development/

Your Child’s Learning Style

5 Senses Learning-Caroline Hernandez

I recently (today) read an article in my daily feed regarding people’s learning styles. It was debunking the theory, stating there was no significant data to support using this as a teaching tool ~ even though 90% of teachers continue to inventory their students as a basis for diversifying their lessons……

As an educator, I tried to design my lessons with the 3 major Learning Styles in mind. However, I found most Early & Primary students are Hands-On, or Kinesthetic, learners. Most students showed a preference for listening or seeing. Again, a lot of Visual learners.

Even as learning teachers going to workshops/ professional development seminars, we preferred “Make & Take” sessions instead of lectures with power points. The “hand-outs” served as our “hands-on” tools, which we used for…..

What IS My Child’s Learning Style ?

Anywho ~ there are numerous informal inventories you can do to help you “discover” your child’s Learning Style as you prepare for his/her “Going-To-Kindergarten” journey. Your observations are probably enough, but here are a few ideas I gathered from a variety of simple surveys:

My child learns best when:

  • watching someone else
  • listening to someone
  • touching or building

When in a new place, s/he :

  • notices the people & sights
  • listens to the new & different sounds
  • moves around a lot, wiggles & taps

While waiting somewhere, s/he:

  • looks around, reads or doodles
  • talks or listens to others
  • walks around, touching things

My child enjoys:

  • reading & drawing
  • talking & singing
  • running & building

When I read to him/her, s/he:

  • loves to point to & talk about the pictures
  • repeats the words I am saying
  • fidgets & squirms

S/he remembers things more easily when:

  • pictures are involved
  • verbal repetitions are made
  • movement is present

When my child writes or draws, s/he:

  • worries how it looks
  • talks to self
  • pushes hard on the pencil/crayon

S/he needs a learning environment that is:

  • free from clutter & lots of movement
  • free from a lot of noise
  • free from sitting still too long

Now, your child probably does ALL of these things at some time or another. Think in terms of “most of the time”.  First choice is a Visual Learner, second choice is an Auditory Learner & choice three is a Kinesthetic Learner.

Want a few more characteristics? Visit the link below for Dr. Molly Pennington’s 2015 article:

https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-to-identify-your-child-learning-style

Does My Child’s Learning Style Equal Intelligence?

First of all ~ Major NO !

Explore & Discover-Dimitri Svetsikas
Explore & Discover-Dimitri Svetsikas

Intelligence is one’s ABILITY to learn, solve and/or create. Learning Style is the WAY one prefers to learn, solve and/or create. Some experts say these are “personality traits” instead of learning styles and intelligence. Your call. 

I think being aware of people’s “learning” preferences is an effective way to teach AND learn. I wonder if that’s a smart, er-intelligent way to approach life…..

As a matter of discussion, there are “multiple intelligences”, according to several experts.

In particular, Howard Gardner’s Frames of the Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligence, states there are at least 7 (8, if you count Naturalistic).  SOOO, how about a Table of these “Smarts” & their characteristics?!?

Gardner's 8 Multiple Intelligences

Intelligence TypeThinking ProcessPreferencesLearning Tools
Word Smart: Verbal-Linguistic words & languageread, write, tell stories, speak other languagesbooks, writing tools, journals, word games, puns, tongue twisters, multimedia
Art Smart: Visual-Spatial images & spacedraw, paint, photography, sculpt, puppetry, daydreamart, mazes, puzzles, museums, maps, charts, diagrams, videos
Math Smart: Logical Mathematical
logic & reasoningnumbers, science, exploration, patterns, codespuzzles, investigations, experiments, mysteries, brain teasers, calculators, analogies, planetariums
Music Smart: Musical-Rhythmic
melodies & rhythmsing, whistle, hum, tap, listen to music, play an instrumentconcerts, multimedia, rhythm, rhyme, poetry, songs, recordings
Body Smart: Kinesthetic-Bodily
physical sensations & movementdance, run, jump, build, touch,role-play drama, athletics, tactile experiences, manipulatives
Nature Smart: Naturalist
connections with natureplants, animals,rocks, nature connections, outdoorsdata collection, exploration, classify natural objects, natural materials, growing things, animal care
People Smart: Interpersonal
social interactionsfriends, social events, discussions, interviews cooperative learning, board games, peer tutoring, clubs, group games, phones, multimedia, social networks
Self Smart: Intrapersonal
deep inside selfset goals, meditate, dream, quiet time, hobbies, reflection secret places, solo time, self-paced projects, journals, books, creative materials

PS Think you are smarter than you thought?!? Me, too!!!

Speaking of Brain Waves

Remember those Right & Left Brain choices discussed in “Our Brain” ?

See https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/nurturing-literacy-with-your-infant-7-12-months/

There are a few strategies you can put in place to assist with your child’s learning skills. You may need to mix it up depending on the subjects s/he is trying to understand.

Left Brain Needs

  • a quiet, well-lit space with an individual desk
  • structured, independent work
  • step-by-step with exact details
  • some assistance with defining Main Ideas & Inferences

Right Brain Needs

  • a softly-lit group work space
  • open-ended, group work
  • graphic organizers
  • manipulatives & experimentation

And there are a FEW things your 5-year-old needs to know how to do before entering a Kindergarten classroom that have little to do with his/her smarts…..

Ready (or Not) for Kindergarten Class

You don’t remember the times your parent held your handle bars. You remember the day s/he let go. ~ Lenore Skenazy

Creativity Tools-Mike Fox

If you enter “Kindergarten Readiness Skills” in a search engine, you will receive a LOT of responses. My advice ~ choose one written by a Kindergarten teacher. S/he not only is a voice of experience, but tips & strategies will, also,  be included on how to fill in some gaps your child may have before the BIG day.

So, some of the lists are quite lengthy…. Education.com lists 10 Kindergarten Readiness Skills with some tips & strategies.  I’ve combined it with other ideas, which you can access in the BLB Resource Library. Just click on the link below for Kindergarten Readiness Skills: A Parent & Child Checklist:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/kindergarten-readiness-skills-a-parent-child-checklist/

In addition to a healthy number of Literacy skills your 5-year-old needs in preparation for Kindergarten, s/he will be, well, bombarded with a KAZILLION classroom & school routines.  To be fair, these can change according to school district policy, campus policy and/or teacher preferences. 

Karen Jones, an elementary educator with 12 years experience & a parent came up with this lengthy, but accurate inventory of “Routines & Procedures”. Sit down with a snack & a tall drink while you check out this list…..

http://www.mrsjonessclass.com/2014/06/routines-routines-routines.html

Ready For Kindergarten ?

One of the most popular  Primary classroom activities with children is the Daily Calendar. Students gather as a group around a colorful board to interactively participate while learning some  life skill concepts, such as time, weather & vocabulary. I have created one for you & yours ~ My Calendar Corner ~ in BLB’s Shop. Just click on the link below & let me know what you think:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/shop/blb-press-writing-collection/my-calendar-corner-daily-prek-thru-3rd-grade-literacy-activities/

How to Choose A School for Your Kindergartner

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don’t tell you what to see. ~ Alexandra K. Trenfor

Playscape- Noah Hurricane
Playscape- Noah Hurricane

As your child’s first teacher, you are very aware of how s/he learns, successfully. Kindergarten is a critical year and can set the stage for many years to come. Expectations & curriculum may vary with school/district policy, but most schools, regardless of classification, want your child reading, writing & problem solving with math computations before entering First Grade.

Here are a few of the  10 Factors to consider when selecting a school for your child, according to publicschoolreviews/2017:

Finding a Good Fit

  • Will the school provide a specific, rigorous course of study ?
  • Will the school accommodate my child’s learning style and/or special needs ?
  • What is the level of social contact with peers ?
  • How do scheduling & extracurricular activities fit with our family’s ?

Choosing a Focus

  • Does the school offer a second language study ?
  • Does the school offer opportunities in the Fine and/or Performing Arts ?
  • How important is Science & Math ?
  • Is new & innovative Technology used as part of the curriculum ?

 Looking At Basic Campus Effectiveness

  • High expectations
  • Great teachers & staff
  • Engaged, visible children
  • Rigorous curriculum
  • Active parent participation

Visiting the School

  • Meet teachers, staff & principal
  • Talk to other parents & students
  • Check out a PTA meeting
  • Ask questions

Have A Few More Questions ?

Speaking of questions, readingrockets.org has an article, “Four Steps to Selecting a School for Your Child”, written by the US Department of Education & other websites offering an EXTENSIVE list of questions to address your concerns. You can even download a booklet. Connect with the link below:

 http://www.readingrockets.org/article/four-steps-selecting-school-your-child

So, What Are the Choices ?

Free Play-Jessica Tootoo
Free Play-Jessica Tootoo

There are lots of options including Homeschools, Private Schools & Online Public Schools. The options I will offer in this post are Neighborhood Public Schools & Alternative, or Non-Traditional Schools, which can be considered private.

As an parent & educator, I found the regular availability of Free Play, or Recess was just as important to learning as Nutrition & Academics. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as other studies, children, who had indoor or outdoor Free Play/Recess as a regular part of their school day:

  • were more attentive & more productive in the classroom
  • developed the thinking skills that are positively linked to learning & academic performance
  • created fantasies to help them cope with difficult situations
  • provided stress-relief

There are several types of Neighborhood Public Schools to consider:

  • the one around the corner or across the street from your home that your child(ren) can walk or ride their bikes to
  • a Charter School that may offer an unique, smaller class-size, learning environment and are free from  many traditional public school regulations
  • a Magnet School that exists outside of “zoned school boundaries”, but is part of the local public school system with alternative methods of instruction

Read below for several other  Alternative Schools with unique approaches to educating minds.

Is A Non~Traditional School Right for My Child ?

Several effective methods of teaching do NOT include lectures, homework, report cards or formal assessments. I have only listed these 3 : Montessori, Steiner,  and Reggio Emilia, but there are more.

Montessori

The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn. ~ Maria Montessori, M.D.

  • Children select learning activities independently each day.
  • Learning tools are tactile.
  • Teachers observe, not direct.
  • Classes  are grouped for 3-year movement.
  • Methods are usually found in preschool & elementary schools.
  • Several hundred US public schools utilize Montessori practices.

You can learn more by clicking on the link below:

  https://amshq.org/Montessori-Education/Introduction-to-Montessori

 

Waldorf

The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education. ~ Rudolf Steiner, founder

  • Children are prepared for “living”, emphasizing creative expression with social & spiritual values .
  • Learning tools are :(4-6) sensory-based, (7-14) creativity-based, (15-18) structure & social-based.
  • Teacher & curriculum- directed.
  • Classes  are grouped for 7-year movement.
  • Methods are found in K-12 Waldorf schools.
  • There are eight hundred Waldorf schools internationally.

You can learn more by clicking on the link below:

 https://www.waldorfeducation.org/waldorf-education

 

Reggio Emilia

Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colors. ~ Loris Malaguzzi, founder 

  • Children self-direct a variety of creative projects.
  • Learning tools are art & discovery-based.
  • Teachers guide, not instruct, without set lesson plans.
  • Classrooms mimic home environments.
  • Methods are used for teaching children ages 3-6 .
  • Schools all over the world utilize this inquiry-based practice.

You can learn more by clicking on the link below:

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggio_Emilia_approach

Need More Educational Options Info ?

There are other traditional & non-traditional school options available for you to think about. Educational World. com can help you with this.

Click on the link below for multiple articles, reviews, resources & links regarding teaching approaches, philosophies & practices:

http://www.educationworld.com/preservice/learning/methods.shtml

You, Your Child & School

Kindergarten School-HPGuesen
Kindergarten School-HPGuesen

As an educator in Primary & Intermediate classrooms, I discovered one of the most important ways to ensure a student’s success was the parent’s involvement with his/her child’s school activities & academic engagement. Putting habits and expectations in place during  this first year will lay the foundation for self-motivation and responsibility in the future (until adolescence…..). You will see a resurgence, usually, during Senior-itis & college, hopefully.

Your child will benefit by your involvement in his/her education at school. Send him/her ready for school by:

  • Making sure s/he is well-fed & rested
  • Checking s/he is dressed appropriately
  • Has the necessary school supplies
  • Has completed homework and/or projects

I created a mini~picture “Ready For School” poster help your Kindergartner each school morning & evening before. Post it at eye level in your child’s room or by the front door. Click on the link below to print the PDF:

K Ready for School Pic-List

Parent Involvement Strategies

Tiffani Chin, PhD, the founder of EdBoost & author of School Sense, suggests several  general strategies for parents to follow when becoming involved in your child’s education in school:

  The School

  • attend school events, like “Meet the Teacher”, Open House, festivals & fairs
  • visit the website
  • talk with teachers, counselors, administrators & staff
  • volunteer

School Is A Priority

  • check the backpack every day for school notes & correspondence
  • help with homework
  • visit your neighborhood library
  • attend educational events & places
  • go to conferences

Partner with The Teachers

  • ask how to help your child
  • voice your concerns about your child performance & behaviors
  • listen carefully & follow the advice
  • respond to notes, emails and/or phone calls
  • show you appreciate their efforts

The relationship between you, your child & school is best expressed as one of teamwork. Strengthening this bond tells your child his/her “work on the job” is important, meaningful & necessary.

Remember to keep the Family Literacy Circle alive & well as your child’s First classroom.  Read Your Educational Home Environment in BLB’s Resource Library by clicking on the link below:

https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/resources/your-educational-home-environment-activities-to-boost-your-childs-literacy-growth/

So, How Was Your Day At School ?

In spite of my child “doing nothing” at school everyday (because I always asked) for 12 years, or let’s just say the last 8 years of K~HS, he was able to graduate from college with honors and go on to graduate school…..

Fear not, Liz Evans @simplesimon&company offers some creative,  answerable questions  to ask your child each day after school. Click on the link below:

https://www.simplesimonandco.com/2014/08/25-ways-ask-kids-school-today-without-asking-school-today.html/

 AND… if and when Homework is involved……I created a a read with some Parent Involvement Strategies in Your Homework Help HOTLINE,  available in BLB’s Resource Library. Just click on the link below:

 https://www.bizzylizzybiz.com/blb-resource-library/homework-help-hotline-parent-involvement-strategies/

 

I hope this post has been helpful to you. These decisions can cause anxiety with some sleeplessness……

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