Category Archives: Literacy

#DidYouKnow – Songwriting & Poetry

Did you know that songwriting and poetry both have rhythm, rhyme, or both? Both are intended to make their audience feel something. There are many styles to both, but they remain paralleled to one another, nonetheless. These two art forms have always walked hand-in-hand through time. Poetry was the most popular form of storytelling, and it was often put to

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#DidYouKnow – AUDIOBOOKS

Most people aren’t aware of this, but did you know that audiobooks have been around since 1877? Yep, that’s right. They were first created by the famous inventor Thomas Edison. With the advent of his phonograph (the precursor to the record player), he effectively brought forth the audiobook by reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Now, I am not a

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Let’s Talk With Author Kelly Brakenhoff!

My Interview with KELLY BRAKENHOFF! I worked with OH kids (I am certain they use a different term today) while I was in school and took ASL as my second language during college.  Understanding the need for inclusion and the desire to eliminate all prejudices, I am honored to chat with you, and introduce you to my readers.  Thank you

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Early February Celebrates World Read Aloud Day

Reading Aloud Builds Literacy During early February, over 173 countries now celebrate what the non-profit organization LitWorld created in 2010. This holiday – event – observance is sponsored by Scholastic each year, and this year, we celebrate it on February 2nd. In honor of this celebration, Scholastic is hosting a FREE virtual event from Jan 31st through Feb 2nd and they’ve put together

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Literacy Through Music & Poetry

Did you know that music and poetry have walked hand-in-hand throughout time? Perhaps if you consider the minstrel it will be more evident. Did you know that rhythm in language helps develop readers? That’s right – it is an important part of literacy. In antiquity, poetry (which was the popular form of storytelling and communal entertainment) was put to music or sung. Today. FOLK poetry and FOLK

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Braille Literacy – Celebrate Reading

Braille… it isn’t a language, but a reading system that generally involves the use of both hands. Think about that for a moment. Writing is a way of representing language while braille is tool for allow visually impaired to read the written word. Is that as profound to you as it is to me? Humans have such a passion for

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STUDENTS IN TIME!

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS! STUDENTS IN TIME A book designed to bring history alive by critically-acclaimed mystery author, Terry Shepherd and cowrote with Jae Rose! Now out by Ramirez and Clark Publishers A fascinating companion to the 4th Grade History Curriculum, Students In Time brings history alive as Hudson and Maria join their teacher, Ms. Keefe to witness

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