Friday, August 13, 2004

A WORLD OF KINDERGARTENS

A WORLD OF KINDERGARTENS Nancy Yost, a kindergarten teacher at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's lab school, provides a variety of resources for teaching young children.

From the site:

To assist teachers in locating information on topics that are being investigated in their classrooms, I have filed ideas and information alphabetically. The information was originally shared on list serves and email messages to me. I collected it into one site to assist you in your classrooms. Happy surfing.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Foundation for Children's Books

The Foundation for Children's Books

From the site:

We believe . . .

In order for children to become fluent readers they must want to read. But how do we instill in children the enthusiasm for reading good books? We believe teachers, librarians, and parents are key.

Good books, properly shared in school and family settings, help children develop a love of reading and learning. Good books also offer an invaluable introduction to language, literacy, values, critical thinking, and cultural diversity

Mission

In 1983, a group of educators and children's literature advocates founded The Foundation for Children's Books (FCB), a nonprofit, educational organization. The mission they established endures: to help teachers, librarians and parents select and use quality children's literature in order to instill in children the joy of reading as a prerequisite for literacy and lifelong learning.

Program Summary

The Foundation produces innovative programs, workshops, and teaching materials to help educators and parents engage children in reading. We draw upon a network of talented professionals – authors and illustrators, master teachers, librarians, children's book scholars– to make compelling presentations. With the exception of school–based workshops, all programs are open to the public and are offered at the lowest price possible. Some programs are free. The Foundation is listed by the State Department of Education as a Massachusetts Professional Development Provider for educators (PDPs).

Monday, August 09, 2004

Reggio Emilia: Some Lessons for U.S. Educators. ERIC Digest.

Reggio Emilia: Some Lessons for U.S. Educators. ERIC Digest. This is an essay on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. It certainly relates to elementary school education.

From the site:

During the past several decades, U.S. educators have increasingly turned their attention to other nations' policies and practices to inform deliberations on American child care and early education. One internationally acclaimed program that supports and challenges American notions of appropriate early education is the municipal early childhood program in Reggio Emilia, Italy. For the past 25 years, this affluent northern Italian community has committed 12% of the town budget to the provision of high quality child care for children six years and under. Today the community boasts 22 preprimary schools and 14 infant-toddler centers serving about half of the city's young children.

There is much about Reggio Emilia's approach to child care and education that distinguishes it from other efforts both inside and outside of Italy and that attracts worldwide attention. Of special interest is the emphasis on children's SYMBOLIC LANGUAGES in the context of a project-oriented curriculum. This feature has been well-documented in two traveling exhibitions. The Reggio Emilia approach is made possible through a carefully articulated and collaborative approach to the care and education of young children.