Thursday, April 26, 2012

See visions and dream dreams!

This week's quote is one of our favorites. We think that it describes exactly what we are trying to achieve here at the Literacy Alliance. Let us know what this quote means to you!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Do you have a balanced literacy diet?

Check out this new online resource for literacy. It is called The Balanced Literacy Diet and can be found here - It has real examples for parents and teachers that can be used in the home or classroom. A sample lesson which promotes phonemic awareness and includes puppets (which you know we love at The Literacy Alliance) is called “Picky Puppet”. For this lesson, choose a fun puppet to play the part of Penelope the picky puppet and prepare picture cards with familiar objects that start with the letter “p”. Put the two together and have fun with sounds.

The Balanced Literacy Diet knows that students who do not learn to read on level by 3rd grade are much more likely to develop low self-esteem, drop out of school, and engage in antisocial and aggressive behavior. The Balanced Literacy Diet website supports educators in developing effective and engaging literacy programs across the elementary grades. 

The Literacy Alliance understands this connection between literacy and aggressive behavior. Our programs with youths in trouble at several Seminole County facilities strive to bring literature into their lives in a fun and rewarding way. Our newest program with the Eugene Gregory Memorial Youth Academy will engage teens, who are on conditional release from residential commitment programs or who have been suspended or expelled from school, in a movie production using puppets and children’s books. We are very excited about this program. Please look for the teens' puppet movie this summer!

Have you used a puppet to share a story? What puppet? What story?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Story Never Forgets

Today's quote comes from the English writer Rudyard Kipling. 

Do you agree with Kipling?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Book is a Weapon

Today's quote comes from the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson:

What does President Johnson mean by this? What is your interpretation?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Random Acts of Reading

Every Wednesday we will be posting our favorite quotes about literacy, education and our youth. This week our favorite quote came from Baha'i Writings:
What does this quote mean to you?