INVESTING IN THE FUTURE C of I, Caldwell School District team up to provide summer math/science institute

The seventh-grade students waited with anxious anticipation. What would the lab results show for the objects they had Math&Scienceswabbed? They definitely didn’t expect the toilet to have less bacteria than their own mouths.

Since 2009, The College of Idaho and the Caldwell School District have worked in conjunction to offer the week-long Math and Science Summer Institute (MASSI) for seventh- and eighth-grade middle school students. The institute, which operates this year from June 1-5, promotes taking math and science classes in high school and pursuing a STEM career.

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“Kids are really interested in math and science in elementary school, and then something happens in middle school,” said Dr. Robin Cruz, chair of the C of I mathematics and physical sciences department. “The aim of the program was for kids who had a high potential of going on to college, but also a high risk of not graduating high school.”

Last year, 40 boys and 40 girls from Syringa and Jefferson middle schools were chosen to take part in the program. The seventh graders became “disease detectives.” They designed their own survey and ventured around campus, interviewing College of Idaho staff and faculty members about their fictitious diseases. The students then used that information to calculate the most likely cause of the fictitious disease.

The eighth graders did a computer science project, working on circuits and computer coding in order to build their own computer. At the end of the week, both groups presented what they learned.

“It is a phenomenal experience to see a shy kid transform over the week, and by the end, give a PowerPoint presentation on a complicated subject,” Cruz said.

In addition to generating interest in math and science, the program gives middle-school-aged-kids the chance to step onto a college campus and see that it’s not a “scary place,” but something to strive for, said College of Idaho biology professor Dr. Ann Koga.

The kids get to interact with college students, especially on Ask the Teacher’s Assistant Day, where the kids ask questions ranging from how to afford college to what it is like to live in the dorms. The eighth graders also stay one night in a residence hall.

“It is fun to show [the students] something new, get them interested in (science and math), and also give them a taste of what college is like,” College of Idaho senior Juan Cervantes said. “I think the earlier you can get that thought of college into their heads, the better.”

The institute came about as part of a grant proposal that Cruz and Koga wrote. The grant money wasn’t awarded, but the principal at Syringa saw the institute’s potential and said, “let’s do it anyway,” Cruz said.

After the program started, it was funded through grants. But for the last two years, the grants have run dry and the Caldwell School District has footed the bill. Last year, Cruz wasn’t sure the program would happen at all, but the money came together.

“It’s really a collaborative effort with the school district,” she said.

While watching her own children and their friends go through the Caldwell School District, Koga realized that any type of encouragement for students would be helpful.

“The Caldwell School District does everything it can to reach all the kids, but the need is great in Caldwell,” Koga said.

And contact with an adult who cares can make a difference to a kid in pursuing higher education, Cruz said. With that in mind, The College of Idaho and the Caldwell School District hope to continue impacting children’s lives for years to come.

Bedtime for Chickies: Perfect for bedtime or story time!

Cheep cheep cheep! What does it take to get little Chickies to sleep? Meet the Chickies in their very first padded board book! With engaging rhymes, endearing illustrations, and a soft padded cover, these books are perfect for babies and toddlers to enjoy. Young readers will love to fall asleep along with Bedtime for Chickies board book  by Author, Illustrator Janee Trasler.

Bed Time

Cheep, cheep, cheep!

What does it take to get the chickies to sleep?

Fall asleep with the chickies in this hilarious bedtime book!

Amazon Review:

Bedtime for Chickies is a rollicking fun read aloud that is perfect for young toddlers and preschoolers. It’s a solid board book with padded covers, filled with charming animals all trying to get some sleep. Everyone’s ready for bed except three little chickies who just aren’t quite there yet. They still need a drink, a story, and of course a visit to the potty.

The repeating refrain is catchy and will soon have young listeners chanting along. The shows all the animals sleeping peacefully, which send just the right message for bedtime. The nice read aloud flow invites audience participation, and even though the book is a little on the small side for group sharing, the bright, simple illustrations ensure that all young story time listeners will be able to see what’s going on.

Bedtime for Chickies is a great choice for toddler story time or for any young one struggling to get into a bedtime routine. These chickies are sure to make going to bed a lot more fun for everyone!

Into the Woods intertwines Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests

“That joyous rarity, a work of sophisticated artistic ambition and deep political purpose that affords nonstop pleasure.”–William A. Henry III, Time

intothewoods_bannerInto the Woods is a musical that includes lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986, and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987.

This picture book-adaptation of the Broadway musical brings together many favorite characters in one tale, including the childless baker and his wife, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack with his beanstalk. Talbott’s adaptation retains the flavor of Sondheim’s lyrics, and those who know the score will find themselves singing along. All ages. – Publishers Weekly

Bernadette Peters’s performance as the Witch and Joanna Gleason’s portrayal of the Baker’s Wife brought acclaim to the production during its original Broadway run. Into the Woods won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera. The musical has been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival and in 2012 as part of New York City’s outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.

The musical intertwines mainly the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them to explore the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from “Little Red Riding Hood”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Rapunzel”, and “Cinderella”, as well as several others. The musical is tied together by an original story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter and other titles to peek at

Sin Eater's daughter From: Behold the Pretty Books! / January & February Book Haul.

EXCERPT:

Have you seen the Little Black Classics, published to celebrate 80 years of Penguin Books? I bought two: The Old Nurse’s Story (#39) by Elizabeth Gaskell and The Yellow Wall-Paper (#42) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and I’m sure I’ll be buying many more!

I actually meant to include this in my previous Behold! post but I completely forgot: I borrowed Friends With Boys from Debbie in January. We exchanged graphic novels and I loaned her Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. Faith Erin Hicks will be illustrating Rainbow Rowell’s upcoming graphic novel, so I’m quite looking forward to this! I am signed up toCaboodle, the rewards programme from National Book Tokens. I got to pick a free book and chose another classic I’ve not yet read: Oliver Twist. One for the 2015 Classics Challenge perhaps?

I attended the Scholastic Bloggers’ Brunch in January and got to hear about their wonderful upcoming books. They were kind enough to treat us to brunch, lovely authors and publishers as well as a few goodies. Seven Days, The Sin Eater’s Daughter (written by my awesome buddy Mel) and An Island of Our Own are three completely different but wonderful-sounding books.

Read the full blog entry here.

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Study helps predict which kindergartners will have reading difficulties

For years teachers have seen students who were promising readers in the primary grades begin to experience challenges in third and fourth grades as reading materials became more difficult. University of Kansas researchers conducted a study with the goal of identifying how to better predict in kindergarten who might have reading difficulties in the future and to determine what extra instruction should include in order to help ensure their later success as readers.

The researchers worked with more than 350 Lawrence kindergartners to see whether they could predict which studedianenielsen100nts might have future reading difficulties. They also provided reading interventions focused on both aspects of learning to read words (phonics and letter identification) and comprehension (vocabulary and story understanding) with a group of students that showed some difficulties with language and reading-related assessments in kindergarten.

“It was a study that asked, ‘Can we identify in kindergarten what language and reading-related elements will predict children’s ability to read later on?’” said Diane Corcoran Nielsen, professor of education. “And the results emphasize the importance of talking to your children and reading to your children.”

See more at The University of Kansas website.

Recommended reading:

Locating and Correcting Reading Difficulties by Ward Cockrum and James L. Shanker is my favorite reading diagnosis and intervention handbook.

Beginning and experienced teachers alike find the assessment resources and tools they need to document a child’s strengths and areas of need–and get effective instructional strategies to teach skills that are missing. The book is organized around the sub-skills of reading–phonemic awareness and letter recognition, decoding skills of sight words, phonics, structural analysis, use of context clues, and dictionary use–and fits well with most major reading programs currently in use.

Ready-to-use lesson ideas and assessments are available and each presents a definition of the reading skill covered, followed by a section on assessing the skill, a section on teaching the skill, and a section on how the skill might impact English Language Learners.

Using this text, teachers should be able to define each of the sub-skills; know how to observe the development of the skill; do quick assessments of the skill where appropriate; and do in-depth assessments when needed. 15 Appendices give teachers access to material to supplement their instruction of the subskills of reading. The teacher can find lists of books appropriate for providing instruction to emergent readers, lists of basic sight words in sentences, phonograms and words that contain the phonogram, lists of prefixes and suffixes, and more in the Appendices.

Assessments pulled into the chapters covering the appropriate sub-skill are among the book’s resources, along with coverage of different levels of assessment–observation, quick, and in-depth; teaching ideas in each major sub-skills reading chapter; and checklists for keeping track of the sub-skill development of each student.

Passing Down Artistic and Musical Heritage

Originally posted on Young People's Pavilion:

618r9zjOJWL._SL500_AA300_While children’s books are an art in and of themselves, when art and music are the topic, creative sharing experiences abound. Such texts give children a point of reference for understanding the role of the fine and performing arts in their own lives. Books in this category help develop children’s imagination, pique their curiosity, and enhance student confidence in their ability to connect with various genres, making them say: “I can be an artist or musician too.”

Here are a few of my favorite books for young readers that accomplish the above goals:

Magic Trash, Jane Shapiro (Author), Vanessa Newton (Illustrator):

Internationally acclaimed artist Tyree Guyton grew up on Heidelberg Street in Detroit, Michigan. When he was a boy he collected bits and pieces—trash—to create his own fun. Eventually Tyree left Heidelberg Street to find his way in the world, but his mind often traveled back home. When he did…

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