10 tips to keep kids learning over the winter break

You don’t have to be an ivy-league-educated, Ph.D.-holding professor to help kids stay sharp over the holiday break. By using any of the following 10 tips (a “few of our favorite things”), parents can ensure that their kids can learn a thing or two—even while away from school! Read more »

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Get your students writing for National Novel Writing Month

It’s November, which means it’s time to start working on your winter classroom decorations, your end-of-term grading, and, of course, your first novel.

What?

That’s right, November is the perfect month to start writing a novel with the National Novel Writing Month program. And for kids who want to join in the fun, NaNoWriMo (as it’s affectionately called by participants) has some excellent tools just for young writers. Visit the young writers website for more information. Or read about one school’s success story with NaNoWriMo here. There are plenty of ideas for getting involved and getting your students writing, so be sure to take a look.

Happy NaNoWriMo, everyone!

 

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Best poetry books to share with your students

We’ve already posted some ideas for poetry-themed classroom activities, but just in case you’re looking for a few new poetry books to read with your class, here’s another list from Amy Carr — a former fifth and sixth grade teacher who loves bringing poetry to life for children of all ages. Her list of best poetry books for pre-K to sixth grade students is sure to get you excited about reading your favorite poems with the whole class.

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How to get your kids itching to write: Insights from The Book Thief author Markus Zusak

When I went to see Markus Zusak, famed author of The Book Thief and I Am the Messenger, I expected to learn a little more about his books and get my copy of The Book Thief signed. What I didn’t expect was to walk away itching to write my own stories.

But I did. And if what Mr. Zusak shared with his audience of nearly 500 fans at a local library on a Saturday night gave me the story-writing bug, I’m willing to bet it can help you get your students — especially your struggling readers and reluctant writers — a little more excited about creating their own stories.

So what exactly did he say?

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