Sunday, September 4, 2011

Learning from Books: A Recap of Favorite Strategies from this Summer

The pool closes this weekend.  School is back in session.  The beach is soon to be in the "off season".  It's dark by 8:00 in the evening.  The air feels "different" (and by "different" I mean tolerable).  We got our Halloween catalogs in the mail.  And heck, Hallmark even has Christmas stuff on display (why does it feel like it gets earlier every year)! So, while the calendar won't claim it's Fall until September 23rd, all the signs are here that Fall has begun. 

But before welcoming Fall wholeheartedly (with some good Fall-ish reads, of course - post to come), let me say good-bye to summer by reminding you of all the good books we read that led to some fun learning.  Here's a list of my favorite posts from this past summer.  Definitely check them out if you missed them the first time around!

*Want to know how to make the most out of a field trip?  Here's an example of how to boost learning while on your favorite outing, as well as a short list of our favorite fairy tales.

*Think that learning about multiculturalism has to wait until your child is in school?  Nope.  Check out these kid-friendly books that help introduce this topic well before your child may ever step foot in a preschool.

*Interested in teaching your little one some "baby" math?  Learning math by reading math is one easy way to build mathematical skills and build an appreciation for math in the everyday. 

*Tired of reading the same old books in the same old way?  Learn how to spice up your read alouds with 3 simple strategies

*Want to know how to prepare your child for success in Kindergarten?  Build vocabulary!  Here's a post to show you how, as well as a list of vocabulary-teaching tales for young children.

I also started a How To Series this summer which you may find helpful. 

And even though I KNOW these strategies work, I'm still sometimes amazed at how WELL.

Try them, and you will see.
Try them, and I bet you'll agree.

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