Monday, April 24, 2017

Week of the Young Child - April 24-28, 2017

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The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers and families.     

 

We're so excited for a week long celebration of our youngest learners! Start planning your celebration today with event ideas and activities below!


Music Monday!   April 24, 2017

Sing, dance, celebrate, and learn

Through music, children develop math, language, and literacy skills - All while having fun and being active! This year, make up and record your own unique version of a song or write your own, and share it on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17.
TRY THIS: Find the beat to connect music, movement, and math. Practice clapping, drumming, or stomping to the beat of the music while counting.
Music resources for families and teachers
NAEYC For Families also has a great collection of family-friendly songs and musicians to inspire more ways to learn with music!

Tasty Tuesday   April 25, 2017

Healthy eating and fitness at home and school

This fun, food-themed day is about more than just cheese and crackers. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills, science, and more. With the rise in childhood obesity, you can encourage healthy nutrition and fitness habits at home and in the classroom. Create your own healthy snacks and share the recipes and photos of your creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17
TRY THISMeasure your ingredients while making your snacks! Ask children if they’d like the same or different amounts of each ingredient.
For more fun ideas on how to incorporate cooking into your classroom activities, check out how one NAEYC-accredited center prepared for the day!
Cooking and nutrition resources for families and teachers
Download the Week of the Young Child Taco Cookbook!

Work Together Wednesday   April 26, 2017

Work together, build together, learn together

When children build together they explore math and science concepts and develop their social and early literacy skills. Children can use any building material—from a fort of branches on the playground to a block city in the classroom, or a hideaway made from couch pillows at home. Build and share pictures of children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Practice organizing blocks by size! Try building a block tower with large blocks on the bottom and little blocks on top!
'Building Together' resources for families and teachers

Artsy Thursday   April 27,2017

Think, problem solve, create

Children develop creativity, social skills and fine motor skills with open-ended art projects where they can make choices, use their imaginations, and create with their hands. On Artsy Thursday celebrate the joy and learning children experience when engaged in creative art making. Use any materials—from crayons to paint, clay to crafts! Create and share a photos of your children’s creations on NAEYC's Facebook page or Twitter using the #woyc17 hashtag.
TRY THIS: Bring art outdoors! Offer dark and light paper, chalk and pastels, and suggest children create their own versions of the day and night sky!
Open-ended art resources for families and teachers

Family Friday   April 28, 2017

Sharing family stories

Engaging and celebrating families is at the heart of supporting our youngest learners. NAEYC applauds family members’ role as young children’s first and most important teachers.  Share pictures and stories about your family on NAEYC's Facebook page or post to Twitter using the hashtag #woyc17 as we celebrate the unique role families play in their children's learning and development.
TRY THIS: Invite parents for a Family Friday breakfast, where children can prepare and share breakfast treats with their families!
Resources for engaging and celebrating families 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Please read the notice below for some significant changes coming to the SERC Library -

Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Equinox!!!!

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Happy Spring Equinox - are we New Englanders happy for this day or what!    Spring officially began today Monday, March 20th at 6:29 am EDT, still had to warm up my car since it was only around 22 this morning at 7:15 am in the sun in the car, however, for a great many of us, we are still looking at the remains of the snow fall from Tuesday, March 14th.  We definitely are hopeful that "March has come in like a lion and will leave like a lamb"!  Well we can always be optimistic, opening day at Fenway is April 3rd, now you know which metropolitan city gets my loyalty!  To learn more about the Spring Equinox,  check out the links below:


Friday, March 17, 2017

Free Webinar - Tuesday, March 21st

FROM BROOKES PUBLISHING -

Strategies to Improve Behavior and Instruction in the Classroom

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Strategies to Improve Behavior
Presented by Lee Kern, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Center for Promoting Research to Practice; with Michael George, Ed.D., Director, Centennial School of Lehigh University
Sponsored by Brookes Publishing
If you attend the live session, you’ll be emailed a CE certificate within 24 hours of the webinar. If you view the recording and would like a CE certificate, join theTeaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community and go to the Webinar Archives folder to take the CE quiz.
In this webinar, Lee Kern, Ph.D., and Michael George, Ed.D., will provide basic classroom management and instructional strategies that have a large impact on problem behavior and learning. They will introduce three basic behavior management strategies and three powerful instructional strategies that will greatly improve student behavior and learning. Specific steps of each strategy will be described in detail so that participants can readily implement the interventions in their own classrooms with little additional preparation.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will familiarize you with assessments that will allow you to take a deeper look at your classroom environment in order to optimize behavior and learning over the long term. Attendees will be introduced to assessments that will help them determine strengths in their classroom and identify areas needing improvement. The information will link directly to classroom improvements.
Dr. Kern and Dr. George will share how to:
  • Identify classroom features that contribute to optimal learning and appropriate behavior
  • Assess the environment in your own classroom to determine variables contributing to behavior and learning problems
  • Describe three strategies to improve student behavioral outcomes and three instructional approaches that will enhance student engagement and motivation
There will be time for Dr. Kern and Dr. George to answer your questions after their presentation. This webinar is designed for classroom teachers, staff, and administrators at all grade levels.
About the Presenters
Lee KernLee Kern, Ph.D., received her doctorate in special education from the University of South Florida. She is currently Professor of special education at Lehigh University and Director of the Center for Promoting Research to Practice. Dr. Kern has worked in the field of special education for more than 35 years as a classroom teacher, behavior specialist, professor, and consultant. Her research interests are in the area of interventions to reduce challenging behavior. She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and two books on topics related to problem behavior. Dr. Kern has received more than $20 million in grant support from the U.S. Department of Education and National Institutes of Mental Health to pursue research in behavior problems. She is currently Co-editor of Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
Michael GeorgeMichael P. George, Ed.D., received his doctorate in special education from the University of Missouri–Columbia and is presently Director of Centennial School of Lehigh University. He has been an administrator of programs for children and youth with the most severe social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties for nearly 30 years. Dr. George has served as a director of day school programs in St. Louis County, Missouri; Eugene, Oregon; and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. His work on behalf of students and families has received numerous accolades over the years, including recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Justice, the American Institutes for Research, CNN, and ABC’s Nightline.

Join the Teaching All Students: Practical Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms community to participate in online discussions with peers, for invitations to upcoming webinars, to view past webinar recordings, to take a quiz and receive a CE certificate for a past webinar, and for access to more resources.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Special hours for Friday, March 17th!

Due to all the weather related closings, the SERLibrary will open on Friday, March 17th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  Resources due this week will be due on Friday and we will hold all reserves until Tuesday, March 21st.