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Recommended Blogs for January: Parents,Teachers, Toddlers and More

Learning is Fun

Having little people in your life can be a challenge at times.  Regardless if you are a parent, caregiver, teacher, social worker, aunt or uncle, to name a few of the many roles we play as an adult in the life of a child, your role is an important one.  Many studies show that the first three years of a child’s life is crucial in establishing a strong cornerstone for learning.  This doesn’t mean that if the child in your life is older than three, all is lost, but it does mean that there is no time like the present to participate in your child’s learning process.

I spend a lot of time researching case studies, articles and basically anything I can get my hands on, that give insight and opinion on developmental stages and learning platforms for children of all ages.  Two common threads found are the importance of communication and collaboration.  I will be posting blogs on parenting, teaching and other sites  I think you would like to view for enhancing your knowledge base and sites that will allow you an opportunity to collaborate with others who have similar questions and concerns.

I am encouraging the mom groups  Iam  working with on the research for my  book to start sending questions or inquiries that can be researched and help provide resources for.  Please join in this collaboration and send me  your questions and comments.  If you view one of these blogs and they are not appropriate to our discussion, let me know so I can delete it and in return, if you view a FABULOUS blog…share!  Celebrate the sharing of knowledge in education, so all can participate in making a difference in the lives of our children, our future.

Recommended Blogs for Learning this Week:

Have a great month surfing these sites and we look forward to your comments and/or suggestions.

Thank you for being the difference in the life of a child today,

Denise

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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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Achievement Gap…Who is Responsible?

Achievement Gap

D. Wickham writes in USA Today on the achievement gap in African-American boys. He is not the first to write on this topic and will not be the last given how we have historically approached this problem. However, the article it is interesting and is sure to get the dendrites firing. In fact, Andrew Wisdom of
Cincinnati was so fired up by the article that he wrote his own reply into the paper. His reply/thoughts on this matter can be read in the opinion section.

Who Is Responsible

The ownership is on us all to seek out why ANY of our children in this great country are falling through the cracks of our education system. As an educator
and mom, I get fired up over discussions on our education system, as I would hope many if not all of you do as well. One thing agreed upon that Wickham
states, is that we all are stakeholders in this. There is great need for more collaboration and training for educators and the primary caregivers in the home
environment.

Easier Said Than Done

This may come across as an “easier said than done” type of situation, but education is meant to challenge and to stretch our intellectual abilities. The path is
not meant to be easy…if that was the case, then why bother learning at all! Many do not feel motivated to act on educational issues in this country, let
alone ones that do not specifically relate to themselves and/or family. However, we all need to invest our time and energy into problem solving
solutions that will address our educational system on a systemic level in order to insure that not only will our young African-American males learn and grow to
be productive members of society, but all of our children as a whole. Whatever your race, political or religious inclination, they are, all of our children
and they are our future!

Read and Stay Informed

Fellow students and I had a plethora of discussions on this topic since our teaching time in an urban classroom. Also during our UDM days, under Dr. Letscher’s tutelage, we read a number of books in this area of concern. Dr. Ruby Payne is just one of the many authors we read and found inspirational on this topic. Write in and share your thoughts, reading material suggestions or websites to visit, so we can all collaborate and raise our nation’s level of education to a
competitive status in our global society.

Together we can make a difference!

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

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