[Teach the Teacher] + Free nature reader eBook

The ebook is an scanned copy of actual material written by the St. Paul Teacher’s Training school. It’s from way back when, but it’s an excellent resource! It begins with plan for teaching this particular material. This plan would be such a great help for new teachers/homeschoolers. It can be adapted to fit any material.

Some of the stories –such as myths– are not appropriate for our Muslim children. But the rest seem okay.

Method of instruction
Materials. — The teacher goes out with her pupils to collect enough material referred to in the lessons, gathering enough to allow each pupil one specimen. Animals and plants are kept alive in the schoolroom to enable all to study their growth and habits.

After the material is at hand, the development of a specific lesson is divided (though not formally and rigidly) into five parts.

I. Morning Talk
II. Drawing
III. Spelling
IV. Reading
V. Language

There is an explanation of what the teacher can do for each of these five parts.

The method of instruction is designed to stimulate thought, enlarge vocabulary, and open the eyes of children to the wonders of the world around them.

This book is for second graders but it can also be used for third and fourth graders as well.

FREE: All the Year Round: Autumn Nature Reader (PDF ebook)
Here’s a classic nature reader compiled by Frances L. Strong way back in 1895, filled with engaging stories and poetry about plants, animals and insects as they go through the fall season, preparing for wintertime. Lovely illustrations, gentle text, great for read-alouds & nature study! Highly recommended!

Click here for today’s resource!


Early childhood education resources:

Early education resources:

activity_logo.jpgEarly Childhood Activity Bank
New for the 2009-2010 school year, find 400+ activities perfect for the early childhood setting. These activities have been culled from previous issues of our Early Childhood Newsletter. Search by month for timely activities, or search the Activity Bank by subject.

poems.gifPoems for Early Childhood
Sue LaBella, Education World’s early childhood editor, has written fun rhymes to fit many themes. Scan her list of poems by month. Don’t miss her "Poems for Anytime" too.

Early Childhood Teaching Themes
Our early childhood editor, Sue LaBella, offers hundreds of activities on dozens of classroom teaching themes. Check out our archive today. Since the archive is updated infrequently, we suggest you signup to receive our Early Childhood Newsletter [see sidebar]. That way, you will receive Sue’s fresh ideas as they are published.

Castaldo’s Corner: Early Childhood Activities
Educator Nancy Castaldo shares timely activities throughout the school year for engaging young children in discovery and learning. Each link will take you to a hands-on activity and ideas for extending that activity.

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Professional Development: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

I have found myself having to teach good character along with teaching reading, writing, and spelling. Having articles like the ones below helped a lot!
" . . . far too many of their students do not know the meaning of critical character traits."
" . . . students learn character traits is by watching others do things right."

Read full article here: Five Steps to Teaching Any Character Trait

Related Articles

Good Character.com
Lesson plans, guides, and essays designed to help children make good choices.

Better World Project
Free printable resources that address such issues as conflict resolution, citizenship, human rights, and volunteering.

Cyber Nation
An interactive online simulation game where users can create and manage their own nation.

Math Skill-Builders for High-schoolers

Math Skill-Builders

Boost your high-schooler’s math skills.

Fraction Models
Formulas for Perimeter, Area, and Volume
Measuring Angles
Drawing Common Denominators
Polynomial Functions
Equations and Inequalities
Relations, Functions, and Graphs
Matrices and Determinants
More Math Printables

Indoor Crafts

Wintertime means the kids are trapped indoors so you may need lots of these:

Easy Indoor Crafts

Make patchwork art!

See also…

Playful Paper Crafts

Cardboard Crafts

Go, Tube Racer, Go! The Great Cardboard Castle Box Seats

Snow Day Stuff

Learn to Sew: Snuggly Scarves

Snuggly Fleece Scarves Pocket Scarf Pom-Pom Scarf

Let It Snow: Winter Crafts & Games

Antarctic Auditions: Penguin Craft Mixed-up Mittens Snowball Soap Surprise

Resources for teaching econ/finance

  • PBS Launches Online Resources for Finance and Economics Teachers

    In the midst of all the talk about such important 21st-century skills as critical thinking, problem solving, and technological proficiency, the topic that dominates the news and many an adult discussion is one that often gets short shrift in the K-12 environment: finance and the economy. PBS Teachers is looking to remedy this with “Access, Analyze, Act,” a new collection of digital resources to help primary and secondary school teachers give students an introduction to and overview of what all the “money talk” really means.

The Story of Stuff :: Another Way

The Story of Stuff :: Another Way

thestory of stuff

The Story of Stuff shows how everything is interconnected —from the production and disposal of stuff to the disastrous impact that over-consumption has on our environment and developing countries. And it’s not just about consumption—the film raises questions and issues about the role of government, the purpose of an economy, and what makes us happy.

The YES! Education Program and Free Range Studios (producers of The Story of Stuff), present teaching resources on consumption and sustainability.

Teaching Economics as if People Mattered

Teaching Economics as if People Mattered

United for a Fair Economy

United for a Fair Economy’s curriculum materials give your students a candid assessment of the current economic crisis, and identify strategies for an economic recovery that is sustainable and just. It’s the kind of frank, real-life discussion your students need, to make sense of this chaos.

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