The 2009 Read with Kids Challenge runs April 1 – June 30, 2009. Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and US Airways have teamed up to log 5 million minutes of reading with kids. All participants have a chance to win a vacation to the Walt Disney World Resort as well as flights on US Airways and [...]
Many psychologists think that the best way to remember what you read is to follow the PQ4R method. PQ4R is a mnemonic device for: Preview, Question, and four R’s: Read, Reflect, Recite, Review. If you are reading a chapter in your biology book, for example, you should start by skimming the whole chapter for an [...]
This year’s Newbery Medal was awarded to Susan Patron for The Higher Power of Lucky. Illustrator David Wiesner won the Caldecott for Flotsam. Gene Luen Yang’s graphic novel American Born Chinese won the Printz Award, a newer prize for books in the young adult category.
An article in CNN.com introduces the wonderful poetry of Jack Prelutsky, creator of a variety of improbable animals, and provides a fascinating sketch of his life. Share the joys of “sailing to Scranimal Island / It doesn’t appear on most maps. / The PARROTTERS float on the tide there. / The STORMY PETRELEPHANT flaps. / [...]
What’s greater than a great book? A free great book! A terrific resource, Project Gutenberg is “the first and largest single collection of free electronic books.” If you’re looking for a classic text, check Project Gutenberg before you check Amazon or Border’s. Entries range from Great Expectations to The Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter, [...]
A San Jose public school placed on a federal watch list for under performance has turned around. The key? An intense focus on “improving reading and shaping instruction to individual students’ needs.” The article in this Saturday’s San Jose Mercury News highlights how teachers are addressing their students’ varied needs. A focus on individual needs [...]
I’m from the government, and I’m here to help. Makes you smile, doesn’t it? After all, what kind of help can you really expect? Well, if you’re a parent of younger students start with the Helping Your Child series. “These booklets feature practical lessons and activities to help their school aged and preschool children master [...]