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This page contains "Great Free Apps for Kids" items of interest and links for parents, educators, school librarians, home schoolers, and kids. Below are some direct links in addition, consider the Early Literacy iPad Apps , Mother Goose on the Loose Felt Board, and Babies and Toddlers First Mobile Apps!
|Miss Spell's Class||Planets||123s ABCs Handwriting Fun!||ABC Alphabet Phonics||ABC Letter Tracing||Animal Sounds|
|Cinderella Magic Ink Books||First Words Sampler||iBooks||ICDL Books for Children||Kids Socks||Touch and Learn: Emotions|
|MeeGenius!||MeMetales||Story Kit - Reading and Writing||Story||Ten Giggly Gorillas||The Three Little Pigs|
|BrainPOP Featured Movie||Build and Play 3D||Leafsnap||Mango Languages||Toontastic!||Toy Story Read-A-Long|
Suggested Digital Storytelling and Early Literacy APPS
Recommended reading lists compiled by New Mexico Public Education Department for children in grades PreK-12.
The NM Centennial books cover the rich history and culture of New Mexico
Reach Out and Read's for infants through age 5, in Spanish and English.
Reading Rockets for children up to 9 years old.
From the American Library Association/Association for College & Research Libraries:
READING KINGDOM http://www.readingkingdom.com/learn-to-read/is-it-right/
The Reading Kingdom teaches children 4-10 years old how to read and write to a third grade level. Before teaching your child to read, the program evaluates each child and places him or her at the appropriate level in the program. This means that the program works for almost all children in this age range including early readers, accelerated readers and struggling readers. Because the Reading Kingdom customizes itself to each child, it's the ideal program for teaching children at all levels how to read and write to the third grade.
TRAILS (high school): http://www.trails-9.org
TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills appropriate for high school students. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for library media specialists and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students.
Approaches to information Literacy: http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic72.htm
This page explores the most popular information inquiry models. Many of these web sites contain examples and sample projects. The resources will guide you to resources designed for teachers and links for students.
The Big Six: http://www.big6.com/
The Big6 is an information and technology literacy model and curriculum, implemented in thousands of schools – K through higher education. Some people call the Big6 an information problem-solving strategy because with the Big6, students are able to handle any problem, assignment, decision or task.
Farmington Area Home School group contacts:
Four Corners Home Educators (4CHE) is a non-profit organization formed to provide information about home schooling and to organize group activities in which its members can participate. Contact Mandy Christensen at email@example.com
Future Statesmen Academy - A New Mexico Commonwealth School is building a community of families working together to give their children a world class leadership education based on principles of truth and liberty. Contact Miranda Meador (chairman) at 634-2429 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Mandy Christensen (junior director) at 435-979-8282 or email@example.com.
Farmington Homeschool Support Group is a non-denominational and inclusive group. There are no dues to join this group. While they do organize a monthly calender and send out weekly reminders of what is happening in their group, it is a member driven group. They encourage members to add activities to the calender, organize field trips, and plan other things they would like to see in a homeschool group. Contact Jackie Wiebe, 505-258-4406, firstname.lastname@example.org
CHEF (Christian Home Education Fellowship) can be reached at 505-427-3180 or email@example.com for more information.
Homeschool.com http://www.homeschool.com/subscribe/ is the leading online resource for parents who want to help their children develop and learn. We do everything we can to make your homeschooling easier! We interview homeschoolers who are winning awards, writing best-sellers, getting scholarships, or creating successful businesses and pass their advice and insights on to you. We refer you to educational products and services that make your homeschooling easier.
School libraries provide equitable physical and intellectual access to the resources and tools required for learning in a warm, stimulating, and safe environment. School librarians collaborate with others to provide instruction, learning strategies, and practice in using the essential learning skills needed in the 21st century.
From Standards for the 21st- Century Learner - downloadable PDF here.
Below are the links from a presentation given on February 5, 2010 to school librarians from the Farmington Municipal School System.
Consider joining a librarians’ list serve. Choose the digest option to get a collection of messages sent out by the list serve-usually daily. This will give you a wealth of ideas, tips and opportunities to share what you know.
Cooperative ideas from the Association for Library Service to Children – ALSC