3 Must-Have Resources for National Family Literacy Day

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“No skill is more crucial to the future of a child than literacy.” Los Angeles Times November 1st kicks off Family Literacy Month with National Family Literacy Day. These events highlight the importance of family literacy programs. Typical activities include inviting family members to the school to read to students, book drives, celebrity readers, and … read more »


Learning Life Lessons from Classic Children’s Books

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All that I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world. E. B. White Do you have a favorite children’s book? Perhaps you still remember your favorite book from childhood. My favorite was the Little House on the Prairie series. When this book collection became … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: WriteReader

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In honor of World Storytelling Day (celebrated on March 20th), the tech tool of the month for March is WriteReader. If you aren’t familiar with World Storytelling Day, it is a global celebration of oral storytelling! On this day, people are encouraged to tell and listen to stories in as many languages as possible (and … read more »


4 Sites for Using Trade Books in the Classroom

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Do you use trade books in your classroom? Research has proven the many benefits of using trade books for instruction. This article from Scholastic features literary successes achieved by providing students with a variety of diverse reading material. Everyone agrees that using a wide variety of reading materials is good practice. However, this provides some … read more »


Tech Tool of the Month: Reading Treks

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I have heard it said that books open the world to students. This month our tech tool proves that saying to be true. In honor of Read a New Book Month (happening every December), I chose a tech tool that related to reading books. Reading Treks, a TeachersFirst original, offers students the chance to visit … read more »