At-Home Activities for Families with Preschoolers

Now that I’ve got two sets of activities ready to go, I’m ready to tell you about them! I’ve been working with a preschool teacher to come up with fun, age-appropriate activities to accompany her weekly newsletters. She wanted something that was only one page so it could be copied onto the back of her one-page newsletter. The first set includes 14 activities and the second includes 12 activities. This means that downloading both will give you a total of 26 activities to send home with your students (if you’re in a school), patrons (if you’re in a library), or children if you’ll be using these at home yourself. The activities provide a platform to count, talk, write, draw, color, name, give, and story-tell together. My organizational advice… print them all and keep them in a binder (inside those clear sheet protectors). Stick a post-it onto the front of the protector to write the date it was used. This will not only help you in deciding what activity to use next but well also assist in reprinting for a caregiver.As a thank you for following Circulating Knowledge and reading this post, all activities are available to be downloaded for free […]

The Power of Play

As an alumni of the College of Education and Human Development, within the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, I receive every new issue of CEHD Connect (their magazine). This is one magazine I’m always happy to receive and look through eagerly. For April 2017, it was even more exciting because it was all about the power of play! Therefore, I wanted to share with all of you! Whether you are a caregiver, teacher, librarian, or any other figure within the life of a child, you’re sure to get something out of at least one of the articles. Use the link above if you’re interested in browsing the entire issue or the links below to arrive at specific articles. The Power of Play Play Lab Setting the Stage for Learning A Breath of Fresh Air If you’re a librarian interested in ways to make your library more engaging to babies and their families…I highly recommend checking out Engaging Babies in the Library: Putting Theory into Practice by Debra J. Knoll. She does a great job explaining the ins and out of catering to babies, families, and your library environment. Lastly, I’ve made bookmarks to celebrate the power of play and […]

Quality Resource: Core Knowledge

The last post focused on door displays with proverbs being one of the topics included. This was chosen thanks to Core Knowledge. Core Knowledge is an amazing foundation built on the idea that knowledge builds on knowledge. It was founded in 1986 by E.D. Hirsch and continues to work toward every child receiving a high quality education. Read Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know by E.D. Hirsch in order to gain the knowledge of where Core Knowledge (not to be confused with Common Core) is coming from and why it’s organized the way it is. The resources from Core Knowledge are completely free for download or you can order them if you would like printed copies. They have CKLA (Core Knowledge Language Arts) and HGCA (History, Geography, Civics, and the Arts). HGCA is for 3rd – 5th grades and is currently under development. CKLA is completed and available for preschool through 5th grades. Please visit the website if you’re unfamiliar with this foundation and check out what resources are helpful to you! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn

Quality Resource: Lego Education

Lego Education is a great resource to satisfy your curricular needs. I have experience working with the Lego StoryStarter curriculum however based on how useful and well organized this kit was I would be inclined to think the others are the same. I would highly recommend to stick with their numbers of how many students per kit. I tried to stretch it and it did not work well. I stuck with smaller groups after that. I’m interested to try out the math curriculum they have available and pretty much anything else I can get supplies for. My favorite part about using legos is that is easily transfers learning to home. So many of my students love legos and love building. Doing activities in school allows them to replicate them at home with their own sets. I’m a proponent of anything that will get self-directed learning to occur with elementary through high school students. Check out Lego Education if you’re looking for new materials for your preschool through middle school students! Thanks for reading! Your librarian, Katelyn