December is a great month for celebrations of all kinds! Browse our resources for gift ideas, free e-cards from award-winning illustrators, ideas for parents and teachers, and much more.
This article shows teachers how to bring rich cultural content into their teaching in a way that expands students' knowledge, interest, and respect for the group being featured. The article offers suggestions that teachers can use throughout the school year, as well as when observing cultural and religious holidays and celebrations.
Looking for more information on culturally responsive teaching? Read more from Dr. Cynthia Lundgren, from The Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning.
The winter holidays are a great time to create low-key learning opportunities centered around books, storytelling, writing, and family adventures. You'll find great resources, including a reading adventure pack about cooking, ideas for things to do before visiting museums, and creating a family calendar.
The holidays bring joy but can also bring a bit of chaos into our homes, with all of the anticipation, visiting, and regular schedules flipped upside down. For kids who thrive on daily routines and planning, the holidays can be stressful. Our friends at the National Center for Learning Disabilities have developed a helpful set of tips for a fun, relaxing holiday. Tip #10: It's OK to peel away!
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Motivate the special children in your life to read and read some more! Send one of our free Season's Readings! e-cards to a child, student, grandchild, colleague, or friend. The e-cards were created for our sister site Reading Rockets by award-winning children's book illustrators Bruce Degen, Betsy Lewin, Peter Sís, Marc Brown, and many others.
Question: My 14-year-old son has been diagnosed with Asperger's, ADHD, and bipolar disorder. He has math and science teachers that have no special education training. And he struggles in both these classes. The teaching methods do not engage him. This is our second year trying to suggest new methods to the teachers, and they do not seem to be successful. Any advice on how to handle this teacher skill barrier with the school?
Answer: The schools are required to use peer-reviewed, scientifically-based educational programs to the extent possible. If the math and science programs your son is being provided do not seem to be working, the first thing to ask the school is whether the program is a research-based, systematic instructional program designed to address his specific disability.
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A problem-solving process for addressing student problem behavior that uses techniques to identify what triggers a given behavior and to select interventions that directly address them.
Having compassion and showing respect for others brings deep satisfaction and joy. It's important to remind kids about ways to be involved in their community and to give especially during the Christmas season when many children are focused on their letters to Santa and gift wishlists. Simple good deeds done by the whole family are an excellent place to start. This year, the Grinch has inspired a special Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes campaign that encourages the celebration of family reading, giving from the heart, and community spirit. Kids are encouraged to see how many good deeds they can do during the 25 Days of Grinch-mas.
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This Parents' Choice Gold Award-winning mobile app gives teachers and parents instant and unlimited access to over 1,500 audio stories from leading publishers and storytellers to play on Apple iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches in the classroom, at home, in the car, or on the go.
Stories range from well-known fairytales to Clifford and Curious George to popular series and characters such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ivy and Bean or How to Train Your Dragon.
Interested in getting your Bachelor's degree? The Anne Ford scholarship awards future college students $10,000 over the course of a four-year bachelor's degree program.
Interested in getting your Associate's degree? The Allegra Ford scholarship awards $2,500 to a graduating senior who will enroll in a community college, vocational school, or technical training program.
Graduating high school seniors with a documented LD may apply.
The ALA Youth Media Awards will be presented, including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards.
Research and News
According to a study published in Science, dyslexia may be caused by weaker connections between the auditory and speech areas of the brain. People with dyslexia often have trouble connecting spoken sound to written symbols. One theory says that the representations of sounds are disrupted in the brain. Another says that sound representations are intact in the brain, but that people with dyslexia can't connect or use those representations. Using brain scans, this study found that people with dyslexia had distinct brain signals for different sounds but had reduced connective tissues between auditory and speech areas.
Brain researchers have long studied how students hear and read individual words, but it's been difficult to tease out exactly what happens when a reader understands a long and difficult passage of text. Now a team of researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new way to observe and test for reading comprehension in the brain.
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