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Tool Time Rewind: A Month in Review at Literacy Toolbox

April 28, 2011

April was not as busy as March was at Literacy Toolbox.  I took a little time off this month to spend Spring Break with my kids.  We had an enjoyable week, but we still had some time to get some literacy learning in this month!

Lit World: A Global Poem for Change

April was National Poetry Month, so we began by sharing the month long Global Poem for change that Lit World is creating.  If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, do so today!  You are invited to submit a line of poetry to the growing poem at the Lit World website.

Paint Me A Poem: Poems Inspired by Masterpieces of Art by Justine Rowden

This post provided a brief look at one of my favorite poetry books.  I also provided a fun little activity you can do related to the book.

Building Readers, One Word at a Time

This is a sponsored post by WordWorld.  WordWorld is a fantastic educational cartoon on PBS.  It teaches children letters, phonics, and phonemic awareness.  My daughter loves it and in this post I’ve shared some activities you can begin to do with your pre-reader.

Literacy Toolbox Review: The Greedy Sparrow: An Armenian Tale Retold by Lucine Kasbarian

This is a great picture book to teach children a little about folktales, greed, and selfishness.  There are several teachable moments in this book and I share them at this post.

And that is Tool Time Rewind for the month of April.  Coming up next month, you’ll find a review of a resource for finding books for boys as well as a Q&A with the author!  Additionally, I’m going to announce a challenge I’m cooking up!  Come back in May and see what we have in store for you!

©2011 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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Tool Time Rewind: A Month in Review on Literacy Toolbox

March 31, 2011

March was a busy, busy month at Literacy Toolbox.  It was packed full of various literacy celebrations and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

A Preview of Share a Story: The Gift of Reading

I had the honor of hosting a day for the annual Share a Story, Shape a Future blog tour this year.  I took a day to preview the awesome bloggers that shared in “the gift of reading” with me!

Read All About It: Literacy Lava 8 is Out!

On the same day, Literacy Lava 8 came out!  If you aren’t familiar with Literacy Lava, you must become familiar with it!  Literacy Lava is a free pdf magazine lovingly edited by Susan Stephenson, known to most of us as The Book Chook.  Four times a year, she puts out this awesome magazine that is filled with tons of literacy tips and tools for parents!  In this eighth edition, you’ll find suggestions for developing plot in Writing Tips for Kids, storytelling as a way to bring literacy front and centre in kids’ lives, how to get kids reading, how different aged siblings share read-aloud time, great tips for a toddler book club, ideas for encouraging creative thinking in children, and how to help kids collect words.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd was Dr. Seuss’ birthday (Theodor Geisel), and so every year on his birthday, the US celebrates “Read Across America” Day!  I didn’t write an official post, but shared a picture of my daughter to show how we celebrated “Read Across America” Day.

Story Tellers: Telling Stories Around the House

Have you ever wondered how you could take every day items from around your home and encourage and increase literacy among your children?  A piece I originally wrote for the current issue of Literacy Lava, check out a few of my ideas to help you get started!

Share a Story, Shape a Future Literacy Blog Tour: The Gift of Reading

During the second week in March, Terry Doherty of the Reading Tub provides readers across the blogosphere with a feast for the literary eyes!  Pulling together bloggers passionate in literacy, she creates a blog tour that seems to get bigger and better every year!  This year’s theme was “Unwrapping the Gift of Literacy.” Check out this post to find links to all of the awesome bloggers who shared their “gifts of reading.”

What Would You Miss Most if You Could Not Read or Write?  Celebrating World Read Aloud Day!

World Read Aloud Day took place on March 9th, 2011.  This global literacy event was started by Lit World, a non-profit literacy organization.  Guided by the all important question, “What would you miss most if you could not read or write?” millions of people took part in this event around the world!

Story Tellers: Creative Writing Through Innovative Activities

I had the pleasure of presenting a parent workshop in Woburn, MA in early March.  During this workshop, I shared ways that families could integrate writing into their everyday activities.  Parents Learn to Help Their Children with Writing was also written about the evening.

Preschool Family Reading Night: Pajama Jam with Dr. Seuss

For the past three years, I have had the pleasure of designing and hosting Family Reading Nights at my daughter’s preschool.  She is moving on to kindergarten next year, and so a bit bittersweetly, I say this was my last one.  We went out in style of course, celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday a bit late with all sorts of Dr. Seuss arts and crafts, snacks, and of course READING!

“We-View” Wednesday: Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown

One Wednesday a month, I write up a “we-view.” My son and I review a book together and both write our own reviews of the book.  This month we “we-viewed” Flat Stanley because we were reading it together for our Flat Stanley Adventure Exchange we were participating in!

Chris Singer of Book Dads: Every Story is a Teacher

I had the pleasure of hosting my friend, Chris Singer, as a guest.  He wrote a very personal, true story of how books saved him from abuse in his childhood.  This is a fantastic post and a must read!

Our Flat Stanley Adventure Exchange

As previously stated, my son and I participated in a Flat Stanley Adventure Exchange, hosted by Trina of Book Loving Boys.  We hosted a Flat Stanley for several weeks and quickly integrated him into our lives.  He read books with us, played video games with us, and even played football.  This is a brief journal of our adventures.

Teach Your Child Individuality with Big Bouffant by Kate Hosford

I completed two book reviews at the end of March.  This was one of them!  Big Bouffant is a great story that teaches children to be themselves.  I loved reading this, especially with my (almost) five year old daughter!  It provides a great message!

Shoes for Me! by Sue Fliess

Our final review of the month was of Shoes for Me! by Sue Fliess.  This is a cute, rhyming story that led to encouraging my daughter to pick out the correct rhyming word to finish a sentence (a great activity to promote phonemic awareness!).

Whew!  And that is Tool Time Rewind for the month of March.  March was a long month filled with literacy fun.  I can’t wait to see what April brings us!

Don’t forget: ”We-View” Wednesday is back! The third Wednesday of every month is reserved for reviews of books you read with your children.  Share yours and your child’s thoughts on the book!  To participate, please email me [dlittle [at] linkstoliteracy [dot] com] your review by the Sunday prior.  I hope you will join us!

©2011 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Tool Time Rewind: A Month in Review

February 24, 2011

I reviewed several books and apps on Literacy Toolbox in February.  I’m going to try to do more reviews this year and hopefully, continue with a mix of reviews between books and iPad/iPhone apps.

Spotlight on Literacy Organizations: First Book

February began with a spotlight on another amazing literacy organization: First Book.  Since 1992, First Book has distributed over 80 million new books to children who might not have the opportunity to own their own books.

Use One by Kathryn Otoshi to Discuss Respect with Your Child

I had the opportunity to read aloud One to my daughter’s preschool class.  It’s a great book that uses colors to put bullying and respect in perspective for younger children.

Use 13 Words by Lemony Snicket to Model Vocabulary through Context

Using only thirteen words, this master author wove a story that engages children. I wondered how it was possible to create something engaging with only thirteen words. Lemony Snicket did it.

Reading App Review: Bob Books App

Technically, Bob Books isn’t a book – well, they do have books, but my children have never read them.  However, when I saw they had app for the iPad, I had to download it. This app is great for your beginning readers!

iPad App Review: How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills

This book app for the iPad is one of the best I’ve seen by far.  Essentially it brings the picture book, How Rocket Learned to Read, to life.

We-View” Wednesday: The Flat Stanley Adventure Exchange

Trina from Book Loving Boys created this online adventure that began yesterday.  My son and I are excited to participate.

iPad App Review: Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

What happens when Ms. McGrew drives her bookmobile into the zoo?  Why the animals learn to read of course – and love to read, too!  Another great interactive app from Random House Children’s Books.

What are You Reading? Literacy Resolutions February Update

An update on the literacy resolutions I created for myself for 2011.  Which ones have I met so far?  Which ones have I broken?  What books do you recommend for me?

And that is Tool Time Rewind for the month of February.

And don’t forget: ”We-View” Wednesday is back! The third Wednesday of every month is reserved for reviews of books you read with your children.  Share yours and your child’s thoughts on the book!  To participate, please email me [dlittle [at] linkstoliteracy [dot] com] your review by the Sunday prior.  I hope you will join us!

Tool Time Rewind: A Month in Review at Literacy Toolbox

November 30, 2010

November was Family Literacy Month.  I began Literacy Toolbox last year (yep, totally missed my blog birthday!) with a month of posts about family literacy in honor of Family Literacy Month.  I figured why not do the same this year?

Tips to Increase Family Literacy

What can families do together to promote literacy?  Here are six tips.  Read aloud together is the number one thing to do in my opinion!

Fun Ways to Encourage Literacy as a Family

Two “real-world” ways to encourage literacy in your house: label, label, label and Supermarket Scavenger Hunt.

My Go-To Online Literacy Resources

Do you go online to find literacy resources to help your children at home?  Here are four of my go-to online resources I use to encourage literacy at home.

“We-View” Wednesday: The Butt Book

My son and I read The Butt Book by Artie Bennett and reviewed it for our monthly “We-View” Wednesday link up.  I’m still working on the link-up part and hope to have others join us as soon as I become familiar and comfortable with linky options.  In the meantime, check out what my son’s thoughts were on this very funny book about butts!

In the Pages of a Book: Celebrating Your Family by Terry Doherty

This is a wonderful guest post from my friend Terry from The Reading Tub.  She shares her thoughts on finding your family in books.  Families come in all shapes and sizes.  Is yours represented in a book?

Family Literacy: “Fall Fun” Family Reading Night

I hosted my daughter’s preschool’s 4th Family Reading Night.  I’m happy to say it was another success!  We read to perform a task and students and their families created fall themed crafts, heard the director read aloud, ate a few snacks, and went home with a free book!

And that is Tool Time Rewind for the month of November.

As we become firmly ensconced in the holiday season, I wanted to take some time next month to spotlight literacy organizations that work to help get books into the hands of children that need them!

And don’t forget: ”We-View” Wednesday is back! The third Wednesday of every month is reserved for reviews of books you read with your children.  Share yours and your child’s thoughts on the book!  To participate, please email me [dlittle [at] linkstoliteracy [dot] com] your review by the Sunday prior.  I hope you will join us!

©2010 by Dawn Little for Literacy Toolbox. All Rights Reserved.  All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Tool Time Rewind: A Month in Review at Literacy Toolbox

November 4, 2010

I began this new monthly post, Tool Time Rewind in September, and then completely forgot to recap October’s posts!  So, a few days into November, here is October’s Tool Time Rewind.  I will be back next week with posts related to family literacy!

Boys and Reading: Tips for Making Reading “Boy-Friendly”

The media has put such an emphasis on the differences between boys and girls lately and really, whether there is a discrepancy between the ways boys and girls learn.  Find research based tips to make reading “boy-friendly” in this post.

“How to Raise Boys to Read:” An Educator and Parent Responds

In September, Thomas Spence wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal about boys and books.  In this piece he indicated that boys will become barbaric morons if we allow them to read gross humor books.  This is my response.

Getting Started with a Father/Son Book Club

Did you know that boys need male role models in reading?  Fathers have a great influence over their child’s education and how well they perform.  If a male role model values reading, boys will learn to value reading as well.  With this in mind, consider starting a Father/Son Book Club.

Is There Really a Significant Difference Between Boys and Girls Reading Scores?

Over the last several years media coverage has touched upon boys and reading.  According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), an assessment given to random students nationally every two years, fourth grade girls continue to outscore boys in reading; however, if you look at the data provided by The Nation’s Report Card, the difference is minimal.

Using Technology to Entice Boys to Read

Historically, science and math have always interested boys.  Now we have technology which is a newer form of science and math is used to create it.  Hmm.  Sounds right up a boy’s alley if you ask me.  So how can we harness technology and use it in a way that entices our boys to read instead of stopping them from reading altogether?  Consider video games and digital storytelling as two options.

And that is Tool Time Rewind for the month of October.

This month’s theme is “Family Literacy.”  Next week, you’ll find real world and online resources to encourage and increase family literacy.

And don’t forget: ”We-View” Wednesday is back! The third Wednesday of every month is reserved for reviews of books you read with your children.  Share yours and your child’s thoughts on the book!  To participate, please email me [dlittle [at] linkstoliteracy [dot] com] your review by the Sunday prior.  I hope you will join us!