Shaking Up Your Centers!

Centers are such an important part of an early childhood classroom. By allowing youngsters to discover, explore, and create with classmates, little ones develop social skills that will contribute to their success throughout school and into adulthood. Centertime is a wonderful time to work on academic skills as well as interpersonal skills. But occasionally, centers…

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Happy Holly!

This Wednesday, December 19, is Holly Day! It’s a day set aside to celebrate holly, an evergreen plant that is associated with Christmas. The Mailbox® is in North Carolina, and I see holly bushes all over the place, which seems odd to me in the middle of summer. Here are some interesting holly facts you…

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Happy Hanukkah!

Hanukkah began yesterday at sunset. So it’s perfect that we begin the week with a blog that focuses on this festival of lights! Here are some interesting facts to help those who aren’t familiar with Hanukkah traditions: The word “Hanukkah” is Hebrew for “dedication.” You may have seen “Hanukkah” spelled in a variety of different…

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Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes!

Tomorrow, November 27, is Kevin Henkes’ birthday! He’s the author of over 50 books, most of which he has illustrated as well. He’s well known for creating relatable characters that deal with familiar problems in whimsical and engaging ways. I did a bit of digging looking for interesting Kevin Henkes facts, and here’s what I…

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Terrific Tongue Twisters!

Looking to add giggles to your literacy time? Try spotlighting phonological awareness and alliteration with tongue twisters! Tongue twisters are fascinating. Check out these totally terrific twister tidbits: Almost every language has tongue twisters. People read tongue twisters slowly whether they are reading aloud or silently. Thus, tongue twisters aren’t so much about twisting the…

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