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Best Early Learning Tool: Bonding

Brain research indicates the best early indicator of a child's success is "a strong bond to at least one loving, predictable, responsive caregiver." Creating such a bond with a child "is the most important factor in creating a healthy brain" (Jill Stamm, PhD, Boosting Brain Power). The greatest thing you can impart to your children or students is not information. It is how much you care about them. One easy way to do this? "Reading to children ... stimulates the pleasure centers in their brains and strengthens the caregiver-child bond" (Jill Stamm, PhD, Boosting Brain Power). For more information, get it @yourlibrary:  

By |August 13th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|0 Comments

Makerspace: Art Mosaic

Racing to Read’s sticker mosaic is underway! Last year, kids used the sticker board to create the mosaic of a tiger. What will it be this year? Makerspaces are all the rage, but it’s not just hype. Makerspaces promote higher-order problem-solving skills according to the New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report for 2015. When kids are creating, designing and constructing, they are building the necessary skill sets for students in the 21st Century (NMC 2015). […]

By |September 17th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|0 Comments

New! Teacher Resource Books

The Racing to Read team is always looking for new and improved ways of serving their teachers and children. We are excited to share with you our latest addition to the van; our revamped “Teacher Resource” shelf. This shelf offers a collection of books that teachers exclusively get to check out. They range from informational picture books, that help teach a variety of early literacy topics, to topical pop-up books; that are just fun to share with children during circle time. I’m going to highlight some of our newer additions to the shelf, and what you should be on the look out for this upcoming school year.   Our new teacher resource shelf will replace the moving book shelf on the van. We want the books on the highest shelf to reinforce the notion that these specific books are for teacher checkout only; not for children to checkout and take home. We have flagged these books with a green teacher resource sticker.     One of our newest teacher resource books is titled “My Body Belongs to Me: a book about body safety” by Jill Starishevsky.“This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers, and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another safe adult.” – Provided by publisher. There are recommended tips for using this book with a child, in easy to follow steps located at [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|0 Comments