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The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
By: Linda Dobson

As a homeschooling parent, you're always looking for new and creative ways to teach your child the basics. Look no longer! Inside this innovative helper, you'll find kid-tested and parent-approved techniques for learning math, science, writing, history, manners, and more that you can easily adapt to your family's homeschooling needs. And even if you don't homeschool, you'll find this book a great teaching tool outside the classroom.

The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship
By: Eileen Kennedy-Moore

This practical and compassionate guidebook enables parents to sharpen any child's social skills by pinpointing the child's particular social strengths and difficulties. Each chapter — from "The Shy Child" to "The Little Adult," from "The Short-Fused Child" to "The Sensitive Soul" — uses case studies that focus on the specific social conventions that certain children don't "get," and offers drills that parents and teachers can use to help children understand the unspoken underpinnings of social situations, the knowledge essential to building, sustaining, and repairing relationships.

The Words Came Down!
The Words Came Down!
By: Emelie Parker, Tess Pardini
Stenhouse
(2006)

Beginning with designing a classroom that welcomes students and creates appropriate conditions for learning, the authors go on to detail a workshop format for reading, writing and content-area studies. Oral language is emphasized in a continuum from teacher modeling to student-to-student communication. This book emphasizes that when children's attempts at communicating are accepted and celebrated, they will learn to communicate with each other comfortably and spontaneously wherever they may be.

Think Write Book: A Sentence Combining Workbook for ELL Students (Student Edition)
Think Write Book: A Sentence Combining Workbook for ELL Students (Student Edition)
By: Ines Mevs
AuthorHouse
(2008)

Educator Inés Millin Mevs provide guidance on how to use sentence combining as a writing strategy for ELLs. Students combine two or more short sentences into one longer, more interesting sentence, using conjunctions, relative pronouns, and other function words. In the process, students learn about English grammar and syntax and how to construct paragraphs. The workbook is accompanied by a teacher's edition that includes the research base for all strategies, examples of scoring rubrics, and ideas for incorporating sentence combining into instruction.

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Revised Edition
Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Revised Edition
By: David C. Pollock, Ruth E. Van Reken
Nicholas Brealey
(2009)

Product Description: Third Culture Kids are children of expatriates, missionaries, military personnel and others who live and work abroad. With a significant part of their developmental years spent outside of their passport country, TCKs create their own, unique "third" cultures. Through interviews and personal writings, this new, expanded edition explores the challenges and benefits that TCKs encounter, and also widens the net to discuss the experiences of cross-cultural kids who are immigrants, international adoptees or the children of biracial or bicultural parents.

To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World
To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World
By: Laurie Rubin
Stenhouse Publishers
(2013)

Product Description: Whether it's a trickling stream, a grassy slope, or an abandoned rail line, the natural world offers teachers a wonderful resource around which to center creative, inquiry-based learning throughout the year. Nobody knows this better than veteran teacher Laurie Rubin. In this guide, Laurie demonstrates how nature study can help a classroom of diverse students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process.

Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders
Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders
By: Debbie Zacarian
Corwin Press
(2011)

In this well-researched and helpful guide, ELL expert Debbie Zacarian presents administrators with a framework to help understand and meet their own ELL population's needs. Emphasizing policy and best practices, Dr. Zacarian outlines strategies for effective instruction and assessment, referring to numerous student examples throughout the text. Dr. Zacarian also offers in-depth information about serving ELLs with learning differences/disabilities, the importance of family engagement, and making appropriate data-driven decisions regarding ELLs. Excerpts from Chapters 1 and 2 are available from Google books.

True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children
True American: Language, Identity, and the Education of Immigrant Children
By: Rosemary C. Salomone
Harvard University Press
(2009)

Product Description: In this ambitious book, Rosemary Salomone uses the heated debate over how best to educate immigrant children as a way to explore what national identity means in an age of globalization, trans-nationalism, and dual citizenship. She reveals the little-known legislative history of bilingual education, its dizzying range of meanings in different schools, districts, and states, and the difficulty in proving or disproving whether it works — or defining it as a legal right.

Tutor in a Book: Better Grades as Easy as 1-2-3
Tutor in a Book: Better Grades as Easy as 1-2-3
By: Alexandra Mayzler, Ana McGann
Adams Media

Instead of promoting quick fixes, this handbook shows students how to adapt their studies to their own strengths and weaknesses. Tutor in a Book guides students through realistic and personalized approaches, hands-on worksheets, and short vignettes describing the academic obstacles many students face and overcome. Tutor in a Book includes strategies for Organization: finding the system that works best and maintaining it; Time Management: how to finish school work with time to spare; and Study Skills: introducing subject-specific approaches and multi-sensory techniques for a personalized study regimen.

Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process: A Guide for Educators and Parents
By: Marion Sanders

This book provides an understanding not only of dyslexia but also of the broader population of weaker readers and presents information on how to help them. Understanding Dyslexia and the Reading Process presents dyslexia against a background of normal reading development, and in the context of child development, taking into account multiple factors that affect how well a child overcomes or compensates for dyslexia. Case examples are presented throughout to illustrate specific skill weaknesses. Dyslexia research provides considerable knowledge about how to help all children who do not learn to read on schedule. The final two chapters of the book deal with the history and nature of reading instruction, and how we can improve the teaching of reading in our schools. For anyone interested in reading development.

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