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:
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). […]
Just in time for Thanksgiving and fall, Racing to Read has added a Native American themed deposit collection for preschoolers. Request the collection today. 859-962-4062 Written by: Richelle Rose, outreach programmer for the Kenton County Public Library and children's book critic.
Racing to Read is excited to offer our teachers STEM related kits for preschoolers. Our first kit is an interactive coding game where children “code” their own music! Osmo Coding Jam is a fun game where you can explore different types of rhythm and code your very own personalized song. This is recommended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes the Osmo Coding Jam game tiles, the iPad, iPad charger, and iPad base. Our second kit is just as exciting and comes pre-packaged with an attitude. Cozmo is an interactive robot that can not only recognize your face, but is very competitive. You can play with Cozmo, and his three cubes, in either free game mode, or you can code him in the “code lab” to complete tasks. When he’s not occupied he will explore his world and sing to himself. But, make sure you take care of Cozmo, he has to be properly calibrated, fed, and played with! Cozmo is intended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes Cozmo, Cozmo’s charging pad, Cozmo’s three blocks, plus the Asus tablet pre-loaded with the Cozmo App, and tablet charger. Our last kit is the most exciting of all, our Parrot Minidrone! Use the tablet to fly our minidrone!. This is an activity that can be either indoors or outdoors, but always with teacher supervision. Our kit includes the minidrone, along with the charger, plus the Asus tablet that is pre-loaded with the in-flight simulation app, and tablet charger. Call us at 859.962.4062 to reserve your STEM kit today! Written by: Teresa Curtis, outreach programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, and Pete the [...]
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 [...]
This adage isn't just for the aging. "Use it or lose it" applies to young kids as well. The brain goes through a process of neural pruning, where it will eliminate anything that isn't being used. How can early childhood educators take advantage of "use it or lose it"? Provide lots of opportunities for kids to practice what they learn. Here are a few ideas: Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Reinforce through repetition. Reading the same story or playing the same game 50 times may bore caregivers, but young kids will benefit from the repetition. Ask about a child's experiences. Bringing up the memory of events reinforces the initial learning experience. "Tell me about the animal noises you learned today." Create similar experiences. Link prior experiences to new experiences. "Does this chicken puppet look like the chicken we saw yesterday?" Contrast experiences. Link previously learned skills to things that are not the same. "This turkey is different from the chicken. How are they different?"