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Joyful Learning

Individuals can decide to learn something relatively complicated on their own. And left to their own devices, most folks figure out how to use available resources to make learning a relaxed, fulfilling project. Consider the following examples: Example A – A four year old watched with envy as his much taller, six-year-old brother rode his new bicycle. […]

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The Value of Diversity

Linguistic Diversity Cultural Diversity Racial Diversity Gender Diversity Recognizing our differences from one another is a first, easy step in coming to know, understand and hopefully accept those unlike us. We humans immediately detect those who don’t fit familiar or comfortable impressions of how things are supposed to be. We also pick up on the […]

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Unlimited? Yes, if you think about it.

It’s National Library Week! Most of us don’t think about libraries much. In fact, most of us probably don’t think about them at all. If we do give libraries any thought, we probably tend to think about THE library. By that I mean the one we engage with on a regular basis. I’m headed over to […]

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Celebrate Digital Learning Day, Even in Early Childhood! 

This Friday is Digital Learning Day, sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education. Ten years ago, no one would have conceived of such a thing. Now, folks may be asking, “Just one day!?” The focus is to call attention to all of the resources that are available for school-aged kids’ classroom learning, and how those […]

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Old-fashioned Good Reads

What’s the difference between a child reading a digital picture book on a screen and reading the same book, printed? Small children often find digital books fascinating; they also become excited with the opportunity to enjoy a printed book. They’re both books, right? So, what’s the diff? Important to note here, is that what are […]

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In Learning to Read, There’s No Such Thing as a Second Chance

That’s depressing, isn’t it?  …but actually it isn’t. No really, it’s not. This notion was spawned when I read an article about a teacher who gives students a “second chance” .  It was a very uplifting argument by an excellent middle school teacher that understood children and childhood and academic standards for particular grades and […]

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When Reading a book Isn’t Reading the Words…

  At Unite for Literacy, we provide free narrated picture books online to children around the world. Aimed at children birth through about age eight (and their cuddling parents), our books are free, via mobile networks and the Internet. Wondrously Infinite Global Library The narrations of our books include 15 different languages, to date. Parents […]

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Checking Out Checking Out

  Think of all the places you can Check Out. Hotels, Hospitals, Grocery stores, and of course Libraries. Think of all the ways you can Check something Out. “Check out that hairdo over there!” “Sorry, could you repeat that, I must have checked out for a sec.” “Everything checks out, it’s good to go.” “Did […]

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It’s Screen Time!

It’s common for a new term to take awhile to be refined until it actually means what we need it to mean. For example, we don’t hear about young children’s “screen time” in positive contexts these days. That is because Screen Time is a very broad brush that includes TV as baby sitter, violent video […]