Category Archives: Engage Their Brains

ArtPrize 2013: Engaging our Communities

At SLD Center, we are passionate about experiences that support engaging brains and ArtPrize is one of those experiences!

Our friends at grkids.com have developed their ArtPrize Tour for Kids and Families in 2013 again this year. We will again post tips, suggestions and resources for engaging with literacy while visiting ArtPrize. We’ll include entry specific books and questions for further exploration and development of vocabulary or phonological awareness as well as general activities that can be incorporated for engaging brains of all ages in literacy while visiting ArtPrize. Enjoy!!!

Create Your Own ArtPrize Alphabet

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Can you find an item for each letter of the alphabet? Send us your completed list and we’ll enter you in a drawing for a DYStinctive Prize Package! Email your list (doc, pdf or photo) to abarto@sldcenter.org or as a message at our Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/SLDCenter.  Are you a multi-media fan? Send us a slideshow or video instead!! Be sure to include your name, age and phone number or email.

** Earn a bonus entry if your list happens to include one of the top 3 entries in this year’s ArtPrize!

All completed lists that are submitted will be entered in the drawing (we support brains of all ages!). Drawing will be held and the winner announced on October 6, 2013.

Click here to download: Brain Food alphabet hunt artprize 2013

Engaging Brains to Be Ready for Reading

The first five years of a child’s life are the most important in establishing life-long language success.  Their environment and experiences determine connections formed in the brain.

parents reading with baby

SLD Center offers a special Engage Their Brains! Early Childhood Workshop focused on early language development. This training workshop is perfect for caregivers, parents, pre-school teachers and others who spend time with children ages 0-5. Participants will learn pre-reading and reading multisensory activities to steer young children down the road to success!

Early Childhood Essentials Class: Engage Their Brains!

September 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

– See more at: http://www.grpl.org/event/early-childhood-essentials-class-engage-their-brains/#sthash.YNYn0Xiu.dpuf

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Grand Rapids Public Library is hosting a September Early Childhood Engage Their Brains! and you are welcome to attend!

If you are a child care provider, you can register through Great Start Connect and track your professional development hours.

All others, you can register below on our contact form!

From Our Friends at TED: Books Can Open Your Mind

What has opened your mind lately? 
TED TALK OF THE WEEK June 1

Lisa Bu: How books can open your mind

06:16 minutes · Filmed Feb 2013 · Posted May 2013 · TED2013

What happens when a dream you’ve held since childhood … doesn’t come true? As Lisa Bu adjusted to a new life in the United States, she turned to books to expand her mind and create a new path for herself. She shares her unique approach to “comparative reading” in this lovely, personal talk about the magic of books.

Serving our Community: A New Partnership Between SLD Center and Let’s Learn

Engage Their Brains flyer lets learn

Valentines and Word Study

 

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I am a firm believer in celebrating word study. As part of our monthly tutor newsletters, Tutor Notes, I have included a “Genius Parking” section. For February, the task was to send me words that could be made from the word Valentine. I enjoyed the responses so much that I am sharing them here!

Using the Letters in the Word: Valentine

I did not even edit as far as removing duplicates. I have to admit that I enjoyed the variety of styles too much to change them – and it looks like the word “nine” was the most frequent addition. Do you have any that weren’t posted? 

nine

line

veil

neat

Vine, line, nine, lent, tin, van, vent, net, let, lane, vein,

lean

valet
nine
nail

Lent, lint, Val ( girl’s  name) ,  salt, tin, tins,sin, Sal, sat, net

lint, vent, lean, and late.

Vie

Van

Vat

Vane

Veal

Vine

Veil

Vital

Venal

Tin

Tan

Ten

Tea

Tie

Tine

Teen

Tale

Tail

Tile

Teal

Lei

Lea

Lie

Line

Lane

Late

Lean

Lent

Lint

Latin

Linen

Leave

Leaven

Neat

Net

Nit

Nine

Nite (? Spelling but seen often)

Nail

Naïve

Nee

Nat

Entail

Ale

Ant

Anvil

Eat

Eel

Even

Event

Inn

Ate

Invent

The Brain and Reading: Engage Their Brains!

Reading does not come naturally to everyone. Join us as we share information, materials and some techniques to Engage the Brains! of readers of all ages. 

sponsored by Specialized Language Development Center Community Outreach

Kent District Library – Plainfield Branch

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

6:00 pm

via The Brain and Reading: Engage Their Brains! (click on link for more details including how to register)

Book List with some Brief Annotation: Engaging Their Brains! Training, Jan 2013, Head Start

As part of our Professional Development offerings, I got to spend 2 hours with Head Start educators from Kent County one snowy morning at the start of 2013. Thank you to the 140 early educators who came out while other schools were still on Winter Break to delve more into various topics, including Engaging Their Brains! with Multisensory Reading.

Below is a briefly annotated list of the storybooks I brought with me to support the topics in our presentation. I’ve also tried to link a cover photo for each to provide a visual. We weren’t able to get to the full props or possibilities for each one, but feel free to add your 2cents in the comments of you think of something we didn’t talk about!

– Amy

from Author Eric Carle

Interactive

  • Press Here by Henre Tullet 
    • use with yellow dot stickers or circles
    • counting to 5
    • dark/light
    • movement
    • colors
  • Shirley Barber’s Count with Me!  

    (used copies starting at $.01)

    • Numbers from 1-10
    • Each two page spread includes one rhyme about the number as an invitation to find that same of other objects (i.e. Can you see 3 of anything else?)
    • vocabulary

Rhyming  

Picture Walking

  • Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George  
    • also authored Julie of the Wolves which is read in upper el or middle school
    • multicultural
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
    • winter
    • Caldecott Winner

      audio and video available at KDL

Alphabet Action  

KDL has sound recording

  • Shiver Me Letters: A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
  • The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

    video available at KDL

    • vocabulary
    • verbs
    • local (GR based) author
    • author of The Polar Express

Comprehension and Making Connections

Feeling, Thinking; Asking Why (problem solving; making predictions)  

  • Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
    • also available as a Big Book
    • adjectives
    • emotion
    • similes
  • I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont  
    • self-esteem

Colors

Books are Listed to reflect moving from Simple to Complex concepts all with a base in color recognition and naming.

  • Paddington’s Colors by Michael Bond
    • prop friendly (stuffed Paddington; color swatches)
  • Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne

    also available as a big book

    • Not for reading independently
    • very conducive to a stop and point at the colors mentioned as read through the story
  • White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker
    • color combinations
    • making predictions

Reading for Special Days (one way to add repetition for older children)  

  • The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
    • have the birthday boy/girl lead the actions
    • could have a stuffed dog that is the “Birthday Friend” of the day
  • Happy Birthday to You by Dr. Seuss
    • is a full Dr. Seuss, so can be long for read aloud, depending on attention spans

Pattern Recognition and Classification

Supports story parts as well as flexible thinking.

  • Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland
    • recognition of story characters
    • visual images
    • making predictions
    • imagination

KDL also offers sound recording and vide

  • Gray Rabbit’s Odd One Out by Alan Baker
    • related to White Rabbit by same author
    • making predictions
    • finding what does not belong

Story Patterns 

The Little Red Hen

    • The Little Red Hen by Alan Garner & Norman Messenger
    • The Little Red Hen ill. by Barry Downard
    • multiple versions of same tales assist with flexible thinking and generalizations; recognizing story patterns; making predictions….

Cinderella

  • The Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo
    • multicultural
  • Cinderella as told by Russell Shorto/The Untold Story of Cinderella by Russell Shorto
    • First half of the book is the traditional tale and compeletes half way through.
    • Flip the book and start from the back and it’s tells a different perspective of Cinderella and the prince.

used copies start at $0.95 at B&N

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