19. cool kids bookstore

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The design of the store makes me want to read...Unfortunately I do not know where the store is located.

If anyone knows please comment!

18. More found type

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Check out this beautiful collection of images of found type:http://www.fontef.com/photolog/?cat=9

17. Cool images of Found type

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A great collection of images of found type!

16. Fun Alphabet book by Nadia Budde

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For my german friends or whoever likes to have a quirky introduction to German: Nadia Budde wrote and illustrated an unusual Alphabet book for toddlers "Trauriger Tiger toastet Tomaten"...check it out!

15. How Does Your Child Learn?

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When your child tries to put a new toy together, does he read the instructions first? Then he may be a visual learner who learns best by seeing.

Would he rather listen to someone else tell him the directions? He may be an auditory learner who learns best by listening.
Or, does he want to start putting the toy together without any instructions? Then he may be a kinesthetic learner who learns best by moving his body—arms, legs, fingers, etc.
Children learn in all three ways. But, by understanding learning styles, parents can help make study time more effective.

14. Is Your Child Ready to Read?

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Is your child interested in learning the names of letters? Does he look through books and magazines on his own? Does he like to  “write” with a pencil or pen? Does he listen attentively during story time? If the answer is yes, he may be ready to learn some of the basics of reading. If not, he’s like most preschoolers, and will take another year or two to develop the language skills, visual perception, and memory he needs to begin formal reading.

Full article on the pediatrician's website healthychildren.org:


13. Language is different from speech

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Language is made up of socially shared rules that include the following:

  • What words mean (e.g., "star" can refer to a bright object in the night sky or a celebrity)
  • How to make new words (e.g., friend, friendly, unfriendly)
  • How to put words together (e.g., "Peg walked to the new store" rather than "Peg walk store new")
  • What word combinations are best in what situations ("Would you mind moving your foot?" could quickly change to "Get off my foot, please!" if the first request did not produce results)

Speech is the verbal means of communicating. Speech consists of the following:

How speech sounds are made (e.g., children must learn how to produce the "r" sound in order to say "rabbit" instead of "wabbit").

Use of the vocal folds and breathing to produce sound (e.g., the voice can be abused from overuse or misuse and can lead to hoarseness or loss of voice).

The rhythm of speech (e.g., hesitations or stuttering can affect fluency).

Here are some guidelines regarding speech development of children:

12. Creative Alphabets

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11. Cool Typography

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10. Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!

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I love the the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson…and had the privilege of seeing him speak. He challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types.In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled TED 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.

great talk:


more info about Sir Ken Robinson: http://blog.ted.com/2009/08/ted_and_reddit_1.php


09. Video of Queen Rania who speaks about literacy

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Queen Rania speaks at the International Reading Association 55th Annual Convention "As literacy empowers us, cross-cultural literacy enriches us"


08. Philadelphia Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential

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I took a week-long parenting class at the Institute in Philadelphia.  I took from it the general idea of offering to my children limitless opportunities for growth. While the class was useful, it is not designed for anyone. It is exclusively for professional parents, that can home-school full-time. At the time  I took the class, the institute philosophy did not include media, tv, commuters, or anything technical. I think nowadays you cannot leave out these important stimulating learning tools.

Their website is: http://www.iahp.org/


This is the class I took: How To Multiply Your Baby's Intelligence Course
The course features lectures, live demonstrations by parents and children, and practical instruction. Parents learn how to teach their children to read, how to learn a foreign language, indeed how to learn anything and everything including: Mathematics, and music appreciation. Parents learn about sensory and motor development and the fundamentals of a good nutritional program for the family.

07. No Einstein in Your Crib? Get a Refund

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Published: October 23, 2009
Parent alert: the Walt Disney Company is now offering refunds for all those “Baby Einstein” videos that did not make children into geniuses.
They may have been a great electronic baby sitter, but the unusual refunds appear to be a tacit admission that they did not increase infant intellect.
“We see it as an acknowledgment by the leading baby video company that baby videos are not educational, and we hope other baby media companies will follow suit by offering refunds,” said Susan Linn, director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which has been pushing the issue for years.


06. Study: Games, Video Improve Preschooler Literacy

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A new study has shown that educational videos and interactive games can have a positive impact on preschooler literacy when incorporated into the curriculum in a classroom setting.

According to the study, released today, children from low-income families whose teachers incorporated digital media (videos, games) in the classroom as part of the Ready to Learn program came out more prepared for kindergarten in terms of literacy skills than those who were not exposed to such a program.




05. Gever Tulley teaches life lessons through tinkering

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This seems like an interesting thing for older kids:


04. David Merrill demos Siftables

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Really fun to see new learning toys: David Merrill demos Siftables


03. Sharon Darling: The Story of Family Literacy

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Sharon Darling changed the world of education in America. Addressing the intergenerational propogation of poverty and inequity, she focused national attention on how to reduce them both through family-centric literacy learning practices. Not just adult literacy and not just teaching reading in schools, Darling proved that working with families was a better lever for improving both. This video collage tells the story of Sharon Darling and the emergence of family literacy in America. From her early beginnings teaching adults in a church basement to the hundreds of thousands of families her work has lifted, this is the story of one of America's educational heroines.

02. Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech

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I think Steve Jobs is one of the most creative and progressive thinker of our days.

Here we see Steve Jobs delivering his commencement speech to the graduates of Stanford University in 2005. In it he talks about getting fired from Apple in 1985, life & death.

The International Reading Association encourages consumers to be thoughtful about the purchase of materials that claim to teach new readers or improve the ability of developing readers quickly. People become readers over time through a variety of experiences: by being read to, by identifying words and labels in their environment, by experimenting with writing, by learning about words, and by reading enjoyable rhymes, poems, and predictable stories with familiar patterns that support comprehension. Readers build meaning from texts when they actively use their background knowledge to make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. As readers gain competence, literacy activities with personal relevance contribute to their ongoing reading development.