Literacy

Tulsa Bridges the Latino Children's Book Gap

Latino Children's Books

A quarter of all school children in America are Latino, but children's books are primarily written by whites and the characters are mostly white, reports National Public Radio.

Why is that bad? Latino children need to see people in their books that look like them. It will help them connect with books, and time spent reading is the most important factor in school success. White children, too, will benefit from seeing a world in books as diverse as the world they live in.

How do I ...?

writing

It is important for learners to know how to write about and verbally explain a process. Have your learner think of something he or she knows how to do that doesn't require a lot of time or materials (example: Origami, darning a sock, doing a card trick). Talk about the process to help generate the necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures, then ask them to write the process for homework.

Fred Rogers Center Early learning Environment

Fred Rogers Center

Speaking of Fred Rogers, the Fred Rogers Center website has five minute activities that you can use at home or in a preschool classroom if you are a teacher.

There are: Books, videos, games, songs, interactive tools for your computer, and apps for your mobile device...

Including activities for: Listening & Talking, Reading, Writing, Playing, Arts, Science & Math...

All designed for: Newborns, 1, 2,3, and 4 year-olds.

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Songs To Sing Along With

Mr. Fred Rogers

For decades, Mr. Rogers entertained kids on PBS, but did you know that he was an expert on child development? (And a Marine?!?) Everything Mr. Rogers did was based on great research and designed to help children grow and learn. Now you can play his songs and print out the lyrics so you and your child can sing along. Start here: http://pbskids.org/rogers/songs/index.html
 

Parents' Choice Book Awards!

Parents' Choice Award Medal

The Parents' Choice Awards recognize the best in audios, books, DVDs, magazines, mobile apps, software, television, toys, video games, and websites for kids. Click here to see the best kids' books for Spring of 2013 in these categories:

Doing & Learning
Fiction
Historical Fiction
Non-Fiction
Picture Books
Poetry

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