Easy Ideas for Read Across America Day


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March 2nd is Read Across America Day!

Read Across America Day has been a day created by the National Education Association (NEA) to celebrate reading since 1998. The NEA chose the beloved Dr. Seuss’s birthday to get children excited about literacy and reading, much like a pep rally for football. So, we want to help cheer children on as they develop a love for reading and provide you with some easy, hands-on and fun actvities. We’ve gathered together our favorite crafts and ideas to engage your students and bring their reading to life on Read Across America Day. Continue reading

Top 3 Literacy Support Materials for the Classroom


classroom literacyBuilding strong literacy and language skills is so important. They are what forms the basis for learning in all subjects. With effective instruction and literacy development in early childhood education classrooms, teachers and educators can have a substantial impact on these skills.

With many schools and districts focused on increasing literacy skills right now, we turned to our friends at Steps To Literacy to help us gather the best support tools to help you. Steps to Literacy specializes in curating customized classroom libraries based on reading levels, genres, topics and specific students’ needs. The expertise they have developed from providing thousands of teachers with literacy solutions has led them to develop some exclusive support materials for the classroom. Back in July, S&S brought on a handful of our favorites. We are excited to take a closer look at them below and share with you how you can use them in your classroom. Continue reading

Media Center Activity – Therapy Dog for Students


Thursday afternoons have gone to the dogs at Boston Middle School in Laporte, Indiana. Well, actually only one dog! Her name is Newdle and she is a licensed therapy dog. Newdle is part Newfoundland and part Standard Poodle. Her owner, Colleen Mellendy brings her to The Media Center at Boston Middle School every Thursday afternoon to work with the special needs students. She also is part of a Grief Counseling group for students experiencing a loss through death. Newdle and Mellendy were found through Therapy Dogs International. They also work with Hospice patients.

Prior to Newdle’s arrival at Boston, students were taught how to approach a dog. They were told to always ask the owner if they could pet them before they made physical contact. They were shown to approach a dog with the back of their hand and to let the dog get to know them by sniffing their hand. Students were also taught how to give treats to a dog with an open hand and not with their fingers. Newdle’s favorite treats are belly rubs! Continue reading