Monday, October 31, 2011

Looking Back to October Past

Towards the end of each month, I like to revisit some articles I've written in 2009 and 2010. Not only does this mean new readers of the blog may find something useful otherwise buried in the archives, but it also reminds me of content I can refer to when I write new articles.

2009

Fun with Words - Spell with Flickr A simple and fun way to focus on visual literacy.

Ten Ways to Involve the Whole Family in Reading Aloud Weaving read aloud time into the fabric of family life is often just a matter of looking for read-aloud opportunities and turning them into habits.

Creative Writing with PIC-LITS Use PIC-LITS to get kids started with writing their own poetry.

Blabberize Here's a cool tool that encourages kids to record their voices and use an animated photograph to "talk" for them.

Oh, What Nonsense! The Book Chook emphatically believes in nonsense. Here are some ideas for combining it with children's literacy and learning.

2010

Let's Celebrate World Animal Day Some Book Chook ideas for learning activities that focus on animals. Find more ideas on using special events with kids by clicking on the Celebrating button in my right sidebar.

Creative Prompt - Start with What If? When kids find their creativity is blocked, try using that magical question, What if…?

There is More to Life than Good Grades Thought-provoking article from writer and blogger, Susan Whelan of Reading Upside Down.

Creative Prompt - Look to Nature Going outside to look for a prompt for creative expression is a great idea.

Becoming a Story Detective - Guest Post Wonderful ideas to get kids writing by Australian author, Sandy Fussell.

Creative Prompt - Start with Some Story Elements I believe setting parameters almost forces our creative juices to start flowing.

Tips for Reading Aloud and Tips for Reading Aloud with Toddlers Making the most of story sharing time.

Creative Prompt - Start with One Word Some creative possibilities when choosing one word as a prompt.

(Poster above made by Book Chook from out-of-copyright image at Flicker CC, and altered slightly at Picnik. If you'd like to use it for your classroom or library, by all means do so.  Contact me if you need a higher quality image.)
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