Back To School Celebration

Back To School Self Care

Today kicked off my back to school celebration. I asked teachers what they did to take care of themselves during the busy back to school season. Between last minute Walmart runs for supplies and setting up your classroom, it can be difficult to make time for taking care of yourself. Wether you take a nap, watch your favourite tv show while you laminate, spend time with your kids, or sit on the porch with a big bowl of ice cream, make sure you spend some quality ‘you’ time before the school year starts.

What do you do to start of the year refreshed and relaxed? I’d love to hear from you on social media, in the comments below, or at lifelonglearning1234@gmail.com.

 

 

Back To School Celebration

BTS Celebration Lifelong Learning

It’s back to school season and I think that’s a reason to celebrate! Though it can be a busy season of stress and to do lists, it’s important to focus on the positive aspects of a new school year. For the next seven days I’ll be posting dollar deals, flash freebies, and more! Keep an eye out on social media to participate! While you’re on the lookout for flash freebies you can also join the conversation- comment on the back to school themed questions and see what other educators are thinking this back to school season.

Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to participate.

Beach Themed Sensory Bin

Summer is a great season for sensory play experiences. Water tables, gardening, and playing at the beach all provide children with valuable opportunities for sensory play. But what about those stormy summer days spent inside? Create a fun beach themed sensory bin to bring the summer indoors.

Beach Sensory Bin

In this bin the sand provides a fun foundation, and with the addition of water becomes a building material. Coloured threads mimic seaweed, and rounded beach glass, driftwood and seashells provide interesting textures and colours to explore. The best part? Most of these materials can be collected on your next trip to the beach.

Wan’t to learn more about sensory bins? You might like the following posts:

Sensory Play & Sensory Bins
Calming Sensory Bin
Autumn Sensory Bin

Relaxing Into Reading: 20 Places To Read

20 places to read

A question to ponder when considering how we can help students develop a love of reading is how we can make reading more than an academic task. We want students to look at reading not as something they have to do, but something they want to do. How can we foster this perspective? I believe that  a big part of creating this reality is helping students relax into reading. When we give students the space to read for pleasure we help them see it as something other than a performative task.

So if reading is something that students often perceive as being an academic pursuit completed at at desk, why not help them see it in a new light by changing the physical location and creating a relaxed atmosphere?

Needs ideas? Here is a list of 20 places to read that break free of the academic limitations we often place on reading. Challenge your students or your family to read in as many different places as they can.

1. In the garden.

2. In a blanket fort.

3. Under a table.

4. On a road trip.

5. On a swingset.

6. In the bath.

7. In a sleeping bag.

8. By a campfire.

9. Under a tree.

10. By a pond or pool.

11. In a reading nook.

12. To the family pet.

13. At a park.

14. In a tent.

15. While eating breakfast

16. At the library.

17. In a hammock.

18. At the beach.

19. In a closet.

20. In the dark with a flashlight.

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Story Sunday

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Story Sundays are about exploring the conversation surrounding how a love of reading can be fostered in children, and how this passion can be ignited in the classroom.

  • Do you have any great strategies for encouraging a love of reading in your classroom?
  • What books do you recommend for students for summer reading?
  • What books have personally inspired you as a teacher?
  • Where do you love to read in the summer?

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them when you link up during Story Sunday.

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Making The Most Of Your Local Library

Making The Most Of Your Local Library

For children to develop a love of reading they must read books that interest them. It’s not always easy to find a book your child will love! But what better place to start your search than your local library? In addition to books, libraries offer a variety of resources you can use to support your child’s love of learning and reading. Here are some tips to make the most of the resources your library offers.

Albert Einstein Library Quote

1. Free Programming

Most libraries offer a variety of free reading programming that you and your child can enjoy. Book groups and readings for young children as well as teens are a great way to connect over literacy as a group.

2. Your Librarian

The librarian at your local branch will be an expert at finding books that your child might like. They know the trends for your child’s age group, what books have won awards, and the best new releases. Use their knowledge and don’t be afraid to ask for a recommendation.

3. Audiobooks

Most libraries offer a variety of audiobooks. This can be a great option for reluctant readers to follow along with the recording. You might like to read my previous Story Sunday post about using audiobooks to support readers.

4. Modeled Reading

Given the opportunity to see other readers interested and engaged in reading and learning, reluctant readers are often more willing to explore a book themselves. Spending time in the atmosphere of the library provides the perfect opportunity for the free exploration of literature.

5. Order It In

Many libraries offer an interlibrary loan service. If there is a particular topic or book you are looking to explore you can have an item from the catalogue delivered to your local branch. This is an often overlooked resource, so remember that you aren’t just limited to the resources you see on the shelves.

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Story Sunday

(please link back by including this button in your post)

Story Sundays are about exploring the conversation surrounding how a love of reading can be fostered in children, and how this passion can be ignited in the classroom.

  • Do you have any great strategies for encouraging a love of reading in your classroom?
  • What books do you recommend for students for summer reading?
  • What books have personally inspired you as a teacher?
  • How do you use your local library?

What are your thoughts? I would love to hear them when you link up during Story Sunday.

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