Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Great Blog- Prestwick Cafe!

I'm in the car on my way to Tennessee. The first amazing thing I love about computers is that I can check to make sure I spelled Tennessee correctly, which I did! Horray for me!! (I've always excelled in spelling but it never hurts when you feel a bit uneasy about your spelling to hit the 'spellcheck' button- just to be on the safe side. The second amazing and incredible aspect (I truly LOVE this part) is that I can access the internet while my husband drives the car!! I love leisurely reading or blogging in the backseat while he does the driving. Now, of course, I did offer to drive but he wants to do it...so I'm happy to be in the back reporting the following to you all...

I've just found a very resourceful blog called the Prestwick Cafe. Full of interesting and helpful topics, links to other helpful blogs, I wanted to mention it because as an educator and new to the blogging world- I want to bring to 'LivingLearners' readers the most useful sites and blogs so that my readers don't have to spend time looking for those resources themselves. I you will enjoy it. Here is the link... http://prestwickhouse.blogspot.com/
Tell me what you think by leaving a comment!! Thanks!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A Literacy Must-Have Resource!


One of the most useful tools that I've come across during my years of teaching has been the International Reading Association's (IRA) website, ReadWriteThink.org. It has resources, links, downloadable materials available for all educators from Kindergarten throught 12th grade! If you find that you've found a great lesson on how to create a "flip-book" but have no idea what a "flip-book" is because you are new to the education field as you're previous job was being the CFO of the Trumpt National Bank; well have no fear... there are video lessons on how to create a variety of resources that teachers use in the classroom, i.e. a 'flip-book'.

Check out the following resources and look for some of your own!
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/flipbook/
http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/alphabet/

The best part of IRA's ReadWriteThink is that there is no cost to access any of the materials... They are completely free!! There are benefits to being a member of IRA, and having been one myself for over 12 years, I can only state that I find the benefits FAR outweigh the price of membership. If you'd like to visit the IRA's website and see about membership and current research regarding literacy and language, check out their wonderful website; another wonderful tool for educators of all areas!
http://www.reading.org/General/Default.aspx



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