Young children can find it hard to sit still sometimes. The music you choose to use with them can match that energy level, combining music and movement. In the following video, Lindsay Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks, two children’s librarians from Vancouver, sing a song to help “get the wiggles out”. For more songs to engage… Read more
Here’s a way to make a drum with material you can find around the house. Why not enter our Family Literacy Week photo contest with a picture of making a musical instrument or making music?
‘Growth mindset’ has become a popular concept in education over the past few years. But, it isn’t always well understood or well used. Read about common misunderstanding and misuses of ‘growth mindset’ and how to avoid them in: How Praise Became a Consolation Prize Mindset Misconceptions: Trying Hard ≠ Growth Mindset Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth… Read more
Freeze Dance is a fun activity for parents and young children that combines music and movement. You need space for dancing and something to make music that is easy to start and stop (e.g. CD player, musical instrument, your voice). The game is simple. Play or make music and invite your child to move to… Read more
If you are teaching technology topics for beginners, you can find good the ideas in the Tech Guide Handouts from NYPL Tech Connect at the New York Public Library. There are class handouts on computers, digital devices, internet and email, and Microsoft Office 2010. And, some of the handouts are available multiple languages, including Chinese,… Read more
Click here for the full TED Ed lesson.
Rainsticks make a lovely sound and you can make one yourself. Here are some instructions from Science World.
The Irish National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) has developed a new website with print exercises, online exercises, games and resources for tutors. It’s a useful for resource for adult students, tutors and teachers. Visit LiteracyTools.ie to browse through the resources.
Sharing familiar songs and rhymes with young children is a fun way to support literacy development. But, it’s also good to have a supply of new songs to add variety and more fun. The Brooklyn Public Library has an extensive listing of songs organized by theme on their website. Click here to see their First… Read more
Fake news is in the news. Can you tell if online news is true or false? As we mentioned in an earlier blogpost, recent research shows that students may not be able to tell if online news is true or fake. Here are a couple of resources to help teach media literacy: Fighting Fake News… Read more