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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Bike Locks in Chippewa Falls

silver and orange bicycle locked to bike rack
Image from Pixabay
In case you missed this great press from the Chippewa Falls Public Library--a sad and frustrating situation (a kid's bike got stolen) turned into a terrific opportunity to do something cool (a bike lock collection).  I've seen the bike lock collection advertised at the library in Eau Claire, too.  Anyone else do this?  It is a good way to encourage biking, deter crime, and make the library more welcoming and easier to use for people who might not have other reliable forms of transportation!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Thanks to Patti Blount in Durand for sharing news about this upcoming webinar from Lee & Low Books and the Anti-Defamation League:

Back to School Webinar: Teaching Tough Topics with Children's Literature

Teaching Tough Topics with Children's Literature, along with logos for Anti Defamation League and Lee & Low Books

The start of the school year is a critical time to establish community and shared values of respect, honesty and trust.
With the one-year anniversary of the violence in Charlottesville coming up and other traumatic news constantly making headlines, many educators are left wondering how to discuss current events with their students and to navigate meaningful, age-appropriate discussions on topics like hate, racism, and prejudice.
Join Lee & Low Books in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and special education teacher and Responsive Classroom teacher consultant, Ina Pannell-St. Surin, for the timely, hour-long webinar: “Teaching Tough Topics with Children’s Literature” that aims to help address these concerns through worthy books, activities, and resources on Wednesday, August 22 at 3PM EDT. Registration is free, but space is limited so register today!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Inspiring Play in Young Children

book cover for Loose Parts:  Inspiring Play in Young Children
I came across some books that some of you may already be familiar with:  Loose Parts:  Inspiring Play in Young Children and Loose Parts 2:  Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers, both written by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky, with gorgeous photos by Jenna Daly.

The books are lovely reminders, beautiful to look at, of how fundamental play is for children, and full of simple and easy-to-obtain suggestions of materials that you can use to intentionally support their development by having them available for them to explore.  The books hone in on the importance of letting kids explore and problem-solve, and setting up an environment that allows for that.  They also give examples of things teachers/caregivers have done to support and challenge kids to try more things. 

I highly recommend taking a look at these books!  Whether you consider using loose parts in your play areas, or think about how to use them in play groups, story times, or other programs, there is a lot of potential for awesome exploration and fun.