Archive for the 'elementary education' Category

Down Syndrome

Thursday, August 14, 2008

by Dawn Laney

Call Number: RC571 .D66 2008

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Practical Wisdom for Parents: Demystifying the Preschool Years

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum

Call Number: HQ769 .S3355 2007

This reassuring guide to navigating nursery school life-both at home and in the classroom-is the most comprehensive book on the subject. Nancy Schulman and Ellen Birnbaum draw on their decades of experience at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School to respond to parents’ hunger for practical information on a wide range of topics, including:

• What to look for in a preschool
• Strategies for separation, discipline, toilet training, and bedtime
• The best toys, books, and activities at every stage
• How to stimulate your children without over scheduling them
• Ways to talk about difficult topics like divorce, illness, or death
• How to support your child’s social and intellectual development

Schulman and Birnbaum have devoted their lives to listening to and understanding young children, and the advice they offer is as warm and humorous as it is comforting and wise.

Hats, Hats, Hats

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Ann Morris, Ken Heyman (Illustrator)

Call Number: PZ9 .M764 1989

A hat can say a lot about where you come from, what you do, and who you are. You see, there’s a lot more under a hat than just a head! With dazzling full-color photographs and an index.

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush

Friday, August 1, 2008

By Tomie de Paola

Call Number: PZ9 .G73 D4 1988

Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to earth.

FERPA Made Simple: Staff Training on Student Privacy Rights, School Responsibilities

Friday, August 1, 2008

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Call Number: KF4156.5 .F47 2004

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Building a House

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Byron Barton

Call Number: PZ9 .B37 1981

“You could almost do it yourself–by carefully noting the steps depicted in each bright, brisk, clearly delineated picture….With independently interesting pictures and a definite, sunny personality, a very fine piece of work indeed.”–Kirkus Reviews

Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Gerold McDermott

Call Number: PZ9 .N77 M33 1993

Raven, the trickster, wants to give people the gift of light. But can he find out where Sky Chief keeps it? And if he does, will he be able to escape without being discovered? His dream seems impossible, but if anyone can find a way to bring light to the world, wise and clever Raven can!

On The Day You Were Born

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Debra Frasier

Call Number: PZ9 .F74 1991

Inspired by Debra Frasier’s enormously popular On the Day You Were Born, this charming photo journal invites families to celebrate the arrival of their loved one into the natural world. A star-spangled blue sky, crossed by a swath of sunshine yellow with gold birds, introduces the reader to “the very first day you arrived.” Baby’s picture and name go right in the middle of all the cheery yellow. Turn the page: “You were born on the round planet Earth. Was it day, or was it night?” is printed with another space for a picture and a line to write the date and time of birth against the backdrop of more starry sky with that old blue and green globe plopped in the middle and a figure of a child frolicking across the ocean. On another page, the jubilant child dances across a beach: “On the day you were born waves washed the beaches clean for your footprints. How little were your fingers? How tiny were your toes?” By adding eight photographs and filling in a few details, parents can create a very special journal for their child, rejoicing together in all the natural wonders of the universe. Here is an ideal gift for the new parents with a vibrant connection to nature.

The Way I Feel

Thursday, July 31, 2008

By Janan Cain

Call Number: PZ9 .E6 C34 2000

First-time author and artist Cain treads familiar ground here with a picture book that pales in comparison to Jamie Lee Curtis’s subtler and snappier Today I Feel Silly. From scared to shy, bored to jealous, Cain covers the emotional waterfront in a series of rhymes paired with pastel pencil drawings featuring elflike children. The opening spread, “silly” (“Silly is the way I feel when I make a funny face/ and wear a goofy, poofy hat that takes up lots of space”), casts a child in a rainbow-colored clown outfit against a sunny yellow backdrop and heralds the book’s main artistic conceit–a palette picked to suit each mood. “Bored,” for instance, is played out on a background of drab tans and browns, while “angry” steams with fiery reds and purples. Though energetic and bright, the cartoonlike illustrations skate close to being strident, while the verses are pedestrian (“Sometimes I feel so very sad and really don’t know why./ Instead of playing and having fun, I cry and cry and cry”).