Geared for Parents and Teachers:
Kids learn to read best, not when they complete worksheets and drills, but when they see ideas in the world they want to discover, and they realize reading is one powerful way to help them do this. This blog helps provide them intriguing books and science/world ideas, encourage their discussions, and hopefully inspire them to dig deeper.
Larry Ferlazzo offers interesting insights on education. Before 2011 closes out, I thought we might want to take a look at his predictions for the year. How many actually occurred? Hmm, well, how about next year? The ideas are still good...
This 8-page story, Cage, practices the silent e rule. It is appropriate for mid-first grade (or any time a child is practicing the silent e). It also practices digraphs (ch, sh, th, wh) and blends (br, st, cr, etc).
(Refer to last year's November 14th posting for description of what CADERS readers -- once called Berenson Books -- are all about.)
Directions for creating this 8-page booklet:
1. Click on story title above, then on link that opens under it.
2. Run off story that opens. (If your printer prints double-sided, print only on one side.)
3. Take every other page and turn it upside down. All pages will still face upwards, but every other one will be upside down.
4. Run in copier, double-sided.
5. Fold in middle. Result is 8-page booklet, using only two sheets of paper.
6. If making more than one copy, set copier to "sort."
Justin Torres's debute novel, We the Animals, tells his childhood with two brothers and two very broken parents. Such stories remind us all of the diversity of families we live among. An excellent and engaging literary piece, he has passages that require repeated rereading.For example, it opens with the following:
We wanted more. We knocked the butt ends of our forks against the table, tapped our spoons against our empty bowls; we were hungry. We wanted more volume, more riots. We turned up the knob on the TV until our ears ached with the shouts of angry men. We wanted more music on the radio; we wanted beats; we wanted rock. We wanted muscles on our skinny arms. We had bird bones, hollow and light, and we wanted more density, more weight. We were six snatching hands, six stomping feet; we were brothers, boys, three little kings locked in a feud for more.
Sounds like a typical house with three loud and thrashing boys, yes? But in my ego-centric way, I think of such a household through my own eyes -- a mom, a grown-up, a female. Torres allows us a wonderful brash glimpse of one boy's view. A literary romp through a young man's coming of age...
Ben Casnocha, in his My Start-Up Life, tells how he, as a 12-year old, began a path that made him a CEO by the age of 14 and a millionaire by 16. I found it wonderfully inspirational and, if placed in the right hands, might help a youngster see beyond the world around her, into the world of possible dreams. I see that Ben Casnocha is an active blogger and would like to follow his ideas, his thoughts, his direction.