Supporting Advanced Learners
I was very lucky to be a guest on three terrific blogs in January, and my guest posts were somewhat linked with the topic of supporting advanced learners at home and advocating for them in school. If you are interested, you are welcome to hop over and check out these blogs and their terrific owners:
- I shared 8 Ways to Support Advanced Learners at Teach Mama
- I wrote about Supplementing Elementary School Math Curriculum for Teach Beside Me
I also shared both on my blog and on my Facebook page that we are working with school on how to make sure our gifted learner is working on her level, especially in math. I summarized our approach in a post for Imagination Soup on How to Advocate for Your Child in School.
Success in school is impossible without being able to read fluently, and I want to take an opportunity to feature posts from the last week that talk about supporting struggling readers and posts about good multicultural books appealing to minority readers.
1. My co-host Becky from This Reading Mama is sharing a terrific post on Supporting Reluctant Readers. Becky is a reading specialist and an author of a terrific eBook How to Choose Just Right Books (non-affiliate link). I sent this post to my parent friends and also highly recommend her book to my “real life” and virtual friends.
2. Mia from Pragmatic Mom shares the tips she learned from her experience as a parent of three kids with different interests and reading readiness. I loved her 12 Surefire Reading Strategies and all the resources she shares in her post.
3. It’s not a secret that minority groups, especially Latinos and African Americans, lag in their reading levels compared to Caucasians or Asian kids. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that kids love to read about characters like them. Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. This is why I want to share again information about Multicultural Book Day and a link to Jump Into a Book page where you can browse through 100+ multicultural book reviews from many kid bloggers.
4. February is Black History Month, and another of After School Link Up co-hosts Erica from What Do We Do All Day dedicated one of her terrific book lists to picture biographies of African American Women. I admit that I didn’t know there were so many great picture books about famous African American women before reading her post.
5. Caldecott Award is Oscar for lovers of children literature. Children’s Book and Reading shares a post about Caldecott Award Winners. If you don’t know yet, jump in and see who won this year!