Amy Chesman's blog
Clarkstown Central School District
As the school year comes to end, families are excited about relaxing, sleeping in, camp, and vacations away from home. But before you get too caught up in those lazy days, you should think about summer reading. Research has shown that
“… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer."
Expand your knowledge of world geography at Kids Geo while playing games that include the U.S. as well countries from each continent on the globe. Learn the names and locations of the oceans, capitals of countries, longitude and latitude.
Healthy Children is a valuable resource for parents from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It provides developmental milestones for children from birth to young adult. In addition, it covers important medical topics, such as:
- General Health Issues
- Medical News
- Chronic Illness
- Symptom Checker
Ever want to have a storytime with your favorite celebrity? Storyline Online is a website brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation and includes video of famous actors and actresses reading aloud some of children's favorite books. Titles include:
Brave Irene read by: Al Gore
The Night I Followed the Dog read by: Amanda Bynes
Harry the Dirty Dog read by: Betty White
Wonderopolis is a website sponsored by the National Center for Family Literacy that encourages families to learn together. Check out the "Wonder of the Day" or search through a list of topics to find fun facts (art, nature, sports,..). Each curiosity is presented using a question, such as:
What is a butte?
Can you count with letters?
Why are they called Daddy longlegs?
What is a masa?
Wednesdays at 10:00am
6 weeks to 1 year old
Playtime, stories, songs and more!
Pandora is a free online radio station that you customize to your own taste. It also offers a great selection of music for kids. Start out at www.pandora.com to create a free account with a valid email address and password. Browse a list of popular stations or search using a music genre or artist's name. Once you have made your selection, Pandora will begin playing songs within your chosen genre or artist and others like it. Don't like what they have selected? Just fast forward to the next song. Do you love what they have selected? You can name and save your station for future listening. Most lyrics and artist's biograpies are included. Some suggested playlists to try are:
Thursday, January 3rd and February 7th at 6:30pm
Help During a Difficult Time
Since the day that tragedy struck the town of Newtown, Connecticut, people have been struggling to comprehend this unimagineable act of violence. As a result, many of us (including children and students) are experiencing sadness, grief, and anxiety. Below is a resource link, prepared by the youth service librarians of Rockland County, to help us cope during this difficult time. We hope that it can be of help and comfort.
GoGoNews: Big News for Little People!
Gogo News "has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and awareness of the world." This website takes news directly from the headlines and presents it for a young audience. Subjects range from the political debate on climate change, martian bluberries, an erupting volcano, healthy candy and a Korean speaking elephant. Also included is a world map, glossary, back to school guide, teaching tools, and jokes. Whether you have a school assignment or are just curious about the world around you, GoGo News is a fun resource for kids!!