Friday, April 07, 2006

Look! Teddy Bears!

Check out the photo montage over at Laurier Students for Literacy from their Teddy Bear's picnic event April 2! Looks like it was a great event. (And I'll give a shout out to Andrew from over yonder for stopping by and commenting about the event).

Big A little a has a nice piece on teens writing for teens.

Fun review over at Kids Lit on a book called The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zen. I mean, just look at the cover. Don't you want to read it?



The Magic of Books reminds us that April 22 is Earth Day and provides some good links for kids.

What's New in JK-12 has an interesting article on how parents and children are losing the art of conversation with each other. Issue being that kids now watch TV and play video games, while work schedules tend to limit the amount of meals families spend together so kids aren't developing communication skills and thus don't arrive at school with skills previously had for expressing themselves. Interesting idea.

And for all the English Lit students out there - your wait is over Geoffrey Chaucer Hath a Blog. Thanks to Book Moot for the link.

Finally - story below picked up by quite a few papers this morning about the benefits of school librarians.

Louise

PUBLICATION: The Thunder Bay Chronicle-Journal
DATE: 2006.04.07

School librarians good for kids TORONTO (CP) - Kids at Ontario schools with good library resources and staff do better on standardized tests and like reading more, researchers said Thursday]

School librarians good for kids

TORONTO (CP) - Kids at Ontario schools with good library resources and staff do better on standardized tests and like reading more, researchers said Thursday as they called on the province to stop underfunding elementary school libraries.

While more research is required into the influence libraries and librarian-teachers have on students' literacy, "it is essential to halt the decline of Ontario's school library resources and staffing now," said researcher Kathryn Blackett of People for Education, which helped with the study.

The province's funding formula doesn't provide dedicated resources for libraries and their staff, so it's up to the discretion of each school whether the cash is spent on the library or to cover other shortfalls, Blackett said.

If this shift in resources continues "school libraries are surely on the way to demise," said Michael Rosettis, president of the Ontario School Library Association.

1 Comments:

At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Louise (and everyone else at Students For Literacy Ottawa)! Thanks for the comment on the LSFL blog - I figured I'd return the favour!

I would love to get in touch with you about program and event ideas related to literacy, as well as more information about Frontier College. I was re-hired for coordinator of Laurier Students For Literacy for 2006-2007 and I am excited to start planning!

Please drop me an email if you have a chance - rc_woods@hotmail.com

Thanks!
Rachel W.

 

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