What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story?

What is happening inside your child’s brain while they are listening to a story? As it turns out, quite a lot. Researchers have studied the parts of a child’s brain that have to do with language, seeing images and imagining images on your own while they were exposed to different types of stories – a story read aloud with no …

How an Old Murfreesboro City Schools Bus Became a Library on Wheels

What do you do with an old school bus? Why not turn it into a library! Murfreesboro City Schools has done that, converting grant money and donated books into a traveling library on wheels. The Books On a Bus, or “BOB” contains over 1,000 books for students to read, borrow or take for their own, aiming to combat the summer …

Why Your Child Needs Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are more than just fun songs or poems to sing or say to your young child – they have many benefits to early literacy development to get your child off to a strong start. This article explains the many reasons you should be singing nursery rhymes with your baby, toddler or child.

Funding Home Visits For Children

We are thrilled to see the state legislature put an additional $1.4 million toward evidence-based home visit programs. These programs lead to a number of benefits, including “infant and maternal health, education attainment and readiness, reduction of child abuse, and positive, supportive parenting practices.” This Op-Ed in the Jackson Sun as well as a multitude of other efforts led to …

Using Stories to Teach Math

As children develop their literacy skills, they shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” applying these skills to other subjects, such as math, social studies and science. By doing so, students are developing important vocabulary and context to help them build reading comprehension, and are also practicing all of the reading strategies they have learned. This article gives …

Blog post on Summer Reading From Eva Kohlmoos

Check out this blog post from our Teacher Cabinet member Eva Kohlmoos, who teaches English language arts at East End Prep. She suggests some great books that are perfect for reading over the summer and are favorites of hers and of other teachers at her school. If you have any recommendations of your favorite books to read, let us know …