Literacy

Star Books: For Kids and Caregivers, From Librarians

The Lion and the Mouse

The Hennipen County in Library gives us not just a great list of picture books, but hints on how to share those books with your child. Try something new to keep reading time fresh and exciting. Here is one suggestion from the website:

Pinkney, Jerry. The Lion & the Mouse

An Ultimate Resource

Ultimate Phonics logo

Phonics and spelling rules are not simple. But, learning to use Ultimate Phonics in our computer lab is simple. It's a perfect way for your eager learner to get extra practice. Try incorporating it into your weekly lesson as an easy phonics component.

Even if you think you or your learner are not computer savvy, you'll be using this computer program with confidence within an hour. Check out the website for more information- http://www.spencerlearning.com/

Tell me about your holidays

Fireworks

Pretend that you are a visitor to your learner's home country, and that you know nothing about it. Have the months of the year written on a piece of paper, and ask your learner to go through the year and tell about the holidays of each month. You could even break this up and do a different season over four sessions. Talk about the name of the holiday, what it celebrates/commemorates, how people celebrate, what they eat, etc; he or she can even quiz you at the end.

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.

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