Sunshine Classics have returned to US classrooms! The features that made them popular – timeless titles that draw on children’s experience and view of the world, loveable characters and engaging stories, leveled and constructed titles to specifically support to K-2 readers – have all returned.
I love the book, George Washington's Teeth. I read it every year in the month of February with my K-1 crowd to teach beginning research skills. I have an enlarged picture of George's head from one of the pages in the book where his mouth is open that I use to put "teeth" in with facts.
Rigor in early childhood education is a hot topic. At a recent NAEYC, Follett hosted early childhood expert, Dr. Susan Neuman. She discussed the importance of academic vocabulary in preschool - 1st grade in the World of Words (WOW) program, her collaborative project with Follett.
Encourage students to think about why they collect and why others may have gathered objects in different historical periods. Doing so helps twenty-first century kids position themselves in relation to a broader tradition, seeing the legacy of the past in their own personal habits.
Last November, my father embarked on the unenviable task of clearing out the contents of his mother’s house. The process yielded some forgotten treasures, among them a small, handheld chalkboard he used in the late 1950s as an elementary student in a one-room schoolhouse in Blair, Wisconsin. Ligh