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Unlock the Teacher LLC Gives the First Year Donation to Support Literacy Fund to Local Elementary School

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” an academic eBook

We are happy to report that we were able to give a check to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School this past month in support of the Literacy Fund.  Last March, we donated one of our Academic eBooks, “Katie’s Farm Adventures” to support the OLQM Literacy Fund.  In April 2011, we went into the school and conducted one of our “Writing Workshops” with Mrs. McMahon’s amazing 1st grade class.  This group of students through a brain-storming exercise, drafted a book idea, wrote the story as a group, colored the pages and published two eBooks for their school’s literacy fund.

“Katie’s Farm Adventures” an academic eBook

Katie’s Horse Adventure” BN ID: 2940013605886

This twenty page book is written and illustrated by 1st graders. It is the third book in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series. All proceeds go to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School Literacy Fund. The academic focus for this book is sight words. It is a great book for children ages 4-8 that are working on building their cornerstone for reading. It is also a great example of what children can do if only given an opportunity. These students attended a writing workshop from Unlock the Teacher LLC and their teacher Mrs. McMahon learned how to utilize students work to create an eBook and promote literacy throughout their school.

Katie’s Exploring Adventure an academic eBook

Katie’s Exploring Adventure” BN ID: 2940012471550

This 23 page book is written and illustrated by a 1st grade class. “Katie’s Exploring Adventure” is the second book in “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series. In this book, Katie goes on a hike through the woods with her parents and discovers some colorful insects, falls into a huge pile of mud and through it all maintains a great sense of humor and sense of adventure.

All proceeds from these books go towards promoting literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs School at http://www.olqmcatholicschool.org For further information about having your class participate in a “Writing ePublishing Workshop” please contact Unlock the Teacher LLC at or visit our website at www.unlocktheteacher.com.

Given that these books are on sale for $2.99-$3.99 and the school receives 100% of the profits earned from the sale of these academic eBooks (keeping in mind each book profits 65-75% of the value via Barnes and Noble), we are thrilled to be able to continue to see the fruits of our labors as we strive to be the difference in education!

Thank you to all those who support our work in schools, purchase our academic eBooks and share the good in education.

Together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Recommended Books for Avid Readers, Boys Ages 8-12 with Some Great Author Websites

After having a wonderful conversation with a few parents last night, I thought I would put down some thoughts to share.

I think we in education, often forget that we have been given amazing gifts in our collegial studies and in the classroom that many parents would love to have.  Personally, this past week with sixty-two family members in town for a celebration, many with whom I ever see, asked many questions on the “Academic Chart” on the refrigerator and how did I know just what Nathaniel and Claire needed to work on at ages 6 and 9?  How did Unlock the Teacher come up with the ideas for our academic eBooks, why those given topics? Can I send them drafts of our first in the series of books being written with Dr. Lick (Director of Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital) and Dr. Letscher (UDM Professor) and what languages are we planning on publishing them in?   Does phonics need special attention with young school children etc.

Interestingly enough, these are similar questions I found when conducting the Needs Assessment for our Unlock the Teacher book.  Many of the parents in our focus groups had similar questions…a thirst if I may, for knowledge that would allow them to better help their children, identify their child’s learning styles and begin to provide them tools for life-long learning.  Parents who wanted to become planters of knowledge seeds.

So this week, on the sidelines of the freshman football field, I have had similar conversations as the ones mentioned, but on the topic of books.  If you are a parent or teacher of boys who reads often, then hopefully these book recommendations will help. (Example: my 9-year-old son reads approximately 30 minutes when he wakes and an hour before bed and sometimes for a time during the day to calm his spirit.  He reads through 2-3 300-400 page books a week.  This has been his pattern of behavior since the beginning of 3rd grade and lasted through the school year and has increased this summer.)  Talking to various parents, this is common for a few boys and parents are desperately seeking reading material that will engage their avid readers minds, without filling it with inappropriate images.  This can be tricky, when you have 8-10 year olds reading at a grade 9 and above, where many book written for that given age has some sort of sexual undertones.  A subject undertone that I would rather my 9-year-old not to read about yet.

Given all this, and the wonderful dialogue I had with these parents and seeking out additional recommendations from some of my teacher colleagues, here is a brief list of recommended books sans inappropriate material:

The Rangers Apprentice Series Books 1-10 by John Flannagan (Note: A great website  for young boys with free games etc.)

The Percy Jackson Series and Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (Note: A great website for Narnia games online.)

The Youngest Templar Books 1-3 by Michael P. Spradlin

A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (My son loved this, a great mystery.)

The 39 Clues Series by Rick Riordan (Note: Great free online games at this site.)

The Mysterious Benedict Society  by Trenton Lee Stewart (Note: Fun website!)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

No Talking by Andrew Clements

Tom Sawyer Companion Library by Samuel Clemens (Note: Many teachable moments when reading this with child.)

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Hardy Boys Series by Franklin w. Dixon

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

These books are well written and sure to engage the avid reader (boy or girl really).  I have read all these books before my son, so we could discuss and I could utilize them to further his learning.  However, I also had available many if not most of these books in my classroom over the years as well.  I hope this helps, and these books are found to engage and activate the imagination for your young reader.

I would love to hear your suggestions and post them here on our blog…knowledge is meant to be shared no hoarded!

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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Unlock the Teacher has Regained Control Over our unlocktheteacher.wordpress Blog

Wow, what a long week of trying to figure out why someone would manipulate our system, to take over our blog.  However, once we figured out the who…all it took was effort.

We want to thank Google Security and the WordPress team for working so diligently on our behalf and in such a professional manner.

We realize that our logo has been modified as well as many lost articles.  We will get our blog back into shape and appreciate your patience.

Give us a few days to repair and we have some exciting articles to share with you on utilizing Google in education and some great educational conferences coming!

For all of the well wishes this past week, knowing that someone had hacked our blog, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our goal is to be a beacon of light and to help make a difference for children, parents and teachers.

Have a super weekend…we will be getting our tools ready to repair our blog 🙂

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise and the entire Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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“Reading with Max”…A Great Reminder that we all Have Gifts and Talents to Share

We love to support local businesses and schools that promote the good in education.  Reading with Max  has been featured on our blog before, but we want to share with you a wonderful event being planned to promote reading this summer:

Read With Max Reading and Fundraising Event Set for August 10th, 2011

Max is an award winning children book author who is dedicated to helping children manage similar experiences in their lives. Maximus, a.k.a “Max,” is an
English Labrador who shares stories about his real life experiences from his point of view so children can relate too. You can purchase Max’s newest books,
music, ask him questions, enter his contests, ask him for his paw-o-graph, shop, or share your own adventures at his website www.readwithmax.com

Max has teamed up with sharing knowledge about LeaderDogs for the Blind.  We applaud his efforts to utilize his gifts and talents for the betterment of many.  This is a wonderful example for our children, our future.  Together we can make a difference if we ALL choose to utilize our unique gifts and talents for the good of us all.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

http://readwithmax.blogspot.com/

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NationalBook Tweets on Great Book Ideas

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NationalBook had some good tweets today that I thought I would share…enjoy!

For all of my teaching buddies and parents of teens: The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s list of recommended books for young readers includes Laurie Halse Anderson‘s latest novel: http://bit.ly/hjCrRd.

Check out Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2010 list, which includes several books by National Book Award authors: http://amzn.to/eWqroq
 
Happy reading and in order to try to engage our young ones to read…modeling it is a great start!

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This Thanksgiving and More Holiday Online Games for Children

Santa Clause on skies in Adelboden, Switzerland

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The following online games were found.  Try some out and let us know your thoughts.

A variety of games including Santa, ornaments etc. Good hand-eye coordination for ages 6-10.  Children need to read for these games: http://holidays.kaboose.com/games-xmas.html

This site is fun with a variety of holiday music, online coloring pages and games for ages 4-10: http://www.northpole.com/clubhouse/games/

Boys and girls will like this website.  One can dress up an elf, color or shoot with snow balls. Oh, there are stories and music too: http://akidsheart.com/holidays/christms/chgames.htm

For holiday mazes and more, visit this online site for ages 6-12: http://www.kidsturncentral.com/holidays/christmas/cgames.htm

Enjoy and we look forward to your reviews.  We will be with our families, trying out these sites with our children.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Denise, Trisha and Sue and the entire Unlock the Teacher Team

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